Linda Burney

patron

Linda is the first Aboriginal Australian to be elected to the NSW Parliament and a proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation. Her commitment to Indigenous issues spans more than 30 years. She was elected Member for Canterbury in 2003 and has held various NSW Government portfolios including Minister for Women 2009. She led the whole of government reform of child protection in response to Justice Wood’s recommendations through the five year-plan Keep Them Safe. In 2011 she was appointed Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Planning, Infrastructure and Heritage; Sport and Recreation; the Hunter; and Central Coast. Linda has held senior leadership positions in the non-government sector and has served on a number of boards including SBS, the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, the NSW Board of Studies, Board of Trustees of the University of Western Sydney and Chairman of the Natural Resources Advisory Council. Linda was also an executive member of the National Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, President of the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and is a former Director-General of the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs. Linda is the current Chair of the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council and Patron of Beyond Empathy Ltd.

Tony Green

 chair

Tony is the Managing Director of several family companies that have developed and operated some of Sydney’s leading pubs: The Royal Hotel in Paddington, Greenwood Hotel in North Sydney, Clock Hotel in Surry Hills, Pontoon Bar at Darling Harbour and Merewether Surfhouse in Newcastle. For the last 15 years he has also been Managing Director of Andreasens Green Wholesale Nurseries, one of the largest wholesale nurseries in Australia, supplying native and exotic trees, shrubs and grasses to the building and landscaping industries generally and to projects such as The RAS Showground and Olympic Village at Newington, Fox Studios, The Conservatorium of Music and most of the major housing and commercial developments in and around Sydney.Tony has a Commerce/Law degree (majoring in Accounting) from the University of New South Wales and practised as a solicitor for Freehills in Sydney for nearly four years. He has worked with and supported many charitable organisations in recent years, but this is his first board appointment.

Kim McConville

executive director

Kim has been working with First Nations communities for 27 years and has used arts, culture and community development practices to influence change, increase health and wellbeing for people and communities living under pressure.  Kim worked for seven years alongside creative partner Phillip Crawford with the award-winning organisation Big hART, producing HURT and KNOT@Home before establishing BE in 2004 with Phillip. Kim has extensive expertise in facilitating collaborative practices across divided and multiply disadvantaged communities, enabling people to find new ways to work together. She is accomplished at designing collaborative, artist led projects and cultural processes to support healing for people living with intergenerational trauma. Her work is renowned for its resolute ethics, knowledge of and respect for cultural protocols and the self-determination of the people involved.  Kim has been awarded for her collaborative practices and forging new partnerships across Government, Corporate, Philanthropic and Community sectors.

Phillip Crawford

director

After several years of working in the community welfare sector, Phillip moved from Sydney to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts. His graduating film DENIAL won best short film at five national and international film festivals. In 1998 Phillip started working with BIG hART and over the following seven years he collaborated with communities all around Australia on various performance, installation and multi-media projects included in the programs of major arts Festivals: Adelaide, Melbourne and Ten Days on the Island in Tasmania. In 1999 Phillip won an AFI Award for his work on the BIG hART film project HURT, which screened on SBS television and was transformed into an installation work for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Phillip also won an award from the Film Critics Circle of Australia for HURT’s innovative combination of fiction and documentary, the Inaugural Justice Fellowship of the Arts from the NSW Law Foundation and Best Short Doco at Flickerfest. Phillip produced and was the overall creative director of ‘kNOT@Home’: an eight part TV series screened on SBS in 2006 and which was nominated for AFI and ATOM awards in Australia. In 2006, Phillip received an Australia Council Fellowship in Community Cultural Development, which enabled him to expand his work with a specific focus on the environment and conservation. Through this Fellowship he has coordinated the Lake Illawarra MAP (Memory And Place) Project which utilised digital story telling techniques. He is the Director of the award winning film Rites of Passage.

Vivienne Skinner

director

Vivienne is the Principle of Metropolis, a consulting firm working with the government and corporate sector in urban development, transport strategy, the arts and media. Until September 2013, she was speechwriter and senior adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese. She was arts adviser to Premiers Nathan Rees and Bob Carr, and between 2006 and 2008 was communications manager for Regional Arts Australia. Vivienne has always believed that the arts can be used as a tool to improve the lives of marginalised young people. After growing up in the small NSW town of Cooma, Vivienne trained as a nurse before completing an arts degree at the Australian National University and beginning a career as a journalist. She worked as both a television and radio reporter with the ABC and was a newsreader with Channel 7 in Canberra. She has written for a variety of publications including the Sydney Morning Herald. Vivienne is a member of the Women’s Advisory Committee for The Big Issue and is a member of the Centennial Parklands Community Consultative Committee.

Este Darin-Cooper

director

Este is a consultant at Social Ventures Australia, a social purpose organisation that works with partners to improve the lives of people in need. In her role, Este helps business, government and philanthropists to be more effective funders, and social purpose organisations to be more effective at delivering services. Prior to her role at SVA, Este was a director of human rights strategy for the federal Government, where she advised the public, private and start-up sectors on data initiatives that included emerging technologies, big data and national security. Este spent several years working at major law firms in Australia, and was an Associate at the Federal Court to the former Justice Lindgren. She holds a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (1st class hons) from the University of Melbourne. Este has been a long-standing supporter of the arts and is a passionate believer in the power of the arts to achieve social change. She is the founding director of the Darin Cooper Foundation, whose mission is to advance the Australian community through grants to arts organisations and education programmes. She is a member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving program, and supports a range of arts companies to develop the careers of young Australian artists and engage with remote or disadvantaged communities.

David Leha / Radical Son

director

Effortlessly crossing genres from soul to hip-hop and beyond, Radical Son is a standout vocalist and songwriter like no other. His often-poignant lyrics chart a course from hopelessness to healing; mercilessly deconstructing what is, and forever imagining what could be. Radical Son’s music and stories are always guided by his Indigenous heritage from the Kamilaroi nation of Australia and the south pacific nation of Tonga. As a vocalist, Radical Son has a unique ability to deliver as a soul singer, rapper and spoken word artist. This natural dexterity defines his earned place and presence in the contemporary musical landscape. The back-bone of radical son’s stories continuously urge our human spirit to approach life through love and compassion.

Marlikka Perdrisat

director

Marlikka is a genuine multicultural Broome girl. Her mother is Nyikina and Waawa, Timorese and European. Her father is Barkinji, Wangkumurra, European and Afghan from the east coast. Marlikka was home-schooled by her parents in a remote Aboriginal outstation in the Kimberley bush. This was a special education grounding her personal identity in relationship to family and country. Marlikka has achieved catwalk and photographic modelling work, as well as acting and presenting which gave her the tools to conduct self-esteem workshops for girls in remote Aboriginal communities with the Kimberley Girl Program. Academically, she has completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree externally, winning an Outstanding Academic Achievement award. Currently Marlikka is in 3rd year of a Juris Doctor at The University of Sydney where she is the First Nations Officer for the Sydney University Law Society and a mentor with Mentoring Our Brothers and Sisters program. Marlikka works part-time as paralegal for Gilbert and Tobin and as an Emerging Producer with Create NSW.

Rachel Howard

director

Rachel is a Senior Adviser in Strategy for the Australian Trade and Investment Commission. She previously worked for Policy Cures Research, a not-for-profit global health think tank who work with governments and philanthropic groups, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to enable them to make optimal policy and funding decisions for R&D in diseases of the developing world. Rachel has been part of the NEXUS Australia Committee since 2017, working with NEXUS’ international network of young philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and influencers to increase philanthropy and social investing. Rachel has been a mentor through the Foundation for Young Australians’ Young Social Pioneer program and was a member of the Sydney 10×10 Philanthropy Committee in 2018. Rachel is a member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving program and is passionate about bringing about positive change to improve our world.

Mikael Smith

director

Mik is a high energy, solution focused and people-oriented leader. He is a fully reconciled Aboriginal Australian, raised in Balmain, matured in Melbourne and now settled on the Far North Coast, NSW, Mik’s Senior Executive and Director experience allows him to lead from the grass roots. He has extensive senior management experience in Aboriginal Education, managing and leading complex projects across the Education, Training and business development sector including Quality Assurance. He has worked extensively with the State and Local Aboriginal Land Councils. In his senior executive and management roles, Mik has ensured the provision, management and review of strategic plan(s), financial, legal/compliance, Information Communication Systems, human resources employment and training, business development, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Protection and advice. Mik’s education profile includes a Bachelor Applied Management, member of the  National Indigenous Leadership Group, a Graduate Certificate of Management (incomplete),  Adv Dip Management, Dip Management, Dip Information Technology, Cert IV Information Technology, Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment and a Certificate Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation). Mik is the current CEO of Jali LALC and is committed to improving the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities.