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Our Executive

Chief Executive Officer Mr Ray Griggs AO, CSC
Chief Executive Officer Mr Ray Griggs AO, CSC commenced as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the NIAA on 1 July 2019. Ray is responsible for leading policy, program and delivery reform in line with the Government’s commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This includes responsibility for over 1200 staff across Australia. Ray is also Co-Chair of the National Voice Co-Design group.

Letitia Hope
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations and Delivery Mrs Letitia Hope was appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Operations and Delivery in December 2019, a new position in the NIAA. Letitia’s appointment makes her the highest ranked Indigenous public servant in the Commonwealth. Letitia is responsible for the NIAA regional presence including: West and South, Central and Eastern Group as well as Program Performance Delivery Group and the Strategic Implementation and Standardisation Branch. Letitia is the Co-Chair of the Local and Regional Voice co-design group.
Blair Exell
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Policy and Programs Mr Blair Exell commenced in the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Policy and Programs, in April 2020. Blair is responsible for strategic policy, economic and social policy and programs, and the Northern Australian Development Taskforce. These responsibilities include partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak organisations and all Australian governments to deliver key Government priorities.