Banok is a proud Badimaya Yamatji woman from WA and is currently based in Melbourne. Banok is a registered nurse with an extensive background in Aboriginal health well-being including working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in areas of policy, advocacy, mentoring and facilitating programs. A 2018 Poche Fellow Alumni, Banok has recently worked at the Koorie Youth Council as their Deputy Executive Officer and has taught First Nation's health across various different universities.
Gregory is a Waanyi and Jaru medical anthropologist from Cloncurry and Mount Isa. He has more than thirty years experience in leading change in cultural safety, healing and decolonisation. He is Chief Executive Officer of ABSTARR Consulting, Chair of the Ebony Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Institute, and Professor of First People’s Health in the School of Medicine at Griffith University.
Jason is a queer Wiradjuri start-up founder with extensive governance expertise and experience across community, corporate, government and philanthropy. He works as an adviser on strategy, leadership, governance and systems transformation across the commercial, for-purpose, and creative sectors to create platforms for sustainable change. He is a Co-founder and Director of Native Foodways, was the inaugural Executive Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity program and creator and inaugural CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, and, until recently, was Chair of PwC Indigenous Consulting and was founder and inaugural Chair of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute.
Kimberley is a Nyikina woman from the West Kimberley region of Western Australia through her Kabay and Karloo (Paternal Grandmother & Grandfather). She also has connections to Bardi, Jabirr Jabirr and Nyul Nyul saltwater Country through her Karloo. Kimberley has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health. Kimberley works at the Australian Human Rights Commission within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Unit as a Research and Policy Advisor - working mostly in the coordination of the landmark Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project.
Lilly Brown belongs to the Gumbaynggirr people of mid-north coast NSW. With a Master of Philosophy in education from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate in youth studies from the University of Melbourne, Lilly’s research has focused on the social and emotional wellbeing of young First Peoples across Australia, particularly in education contexts. Lilly Brown is the inaugural Executive Director of First Nations Wellbeing and Engagement at Headspace National, Co-Founder of Shifting Ground, and played a key role in the development of the pilot for the Aurora Education Foundation’s High School Program.
Louis is a Djugun man from the West Kimberley. He has a background in architecture, design and communications, working across both practice, policy and advocacy within the architectural industry and First Nations not-for-profits. He works as a consultant within the architectural industry, is a First Nations Advisory Committee Member at the Australian Institute of Architects, and was previously a Director at Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria, and Communications Officer at Culture is Life.
Rona is a Kaytetye woman from Central Australia based on Arrernte Country. Rona is the founder of Common Ground a not-for-profit working to shape a society that centres First Nations people by amplifying knowledge, cultures and stories. Rona has a background in economics, and brings experience across co-design and systems thinking. Through her work with First Nations communities across Australia, Rona aims to help shape future systems that centre First Nations people, knowledge and solutions.
Skye Trudgett is a Gamilaroi woman, and a First Nations evaluator and changemaker who has contributed to numerous evaluations and research projects. She has a passion for Indigenous Data Sovereignty and amplifying the voice of First Nations peoples in impact measurement and evaluation. Skye is the CEO of Kowa Collaboration, Research Coordinator at Youth-At-Risk-Research-Network (YARRN), and was previously the Blak Impact Lead at NCIE, and Data & Strategy Consultant for Just Reinvest NSW.