Jason GlanvilleMr Jason Glanville


Jason Glanville is a member of the Wiradjuri peoples from south-western New South Wales. Over the last twenty years he has worked in a range of positions in community-based Indigenous organisations, state and federal governments and non-government peak organisations.

Jason is currently inaugural Executive Director for the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity, Chair of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and Chair of PwC’s Indigenous Consulting (PIC). He serves on the board of the National Australia Day Council and is also a member of the Indigenous Advisory Group of the Art Gallery of NSW and the Indigenous Advisory Council to the AFL. Jason is an Honorary Associate Professor at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University.

Jason was the inaugural CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) based in Redfern, former Director of Programs and Strategy at Reconciliation Australia and was a member of the Steering Committee for the creation of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

In 2010 he was named in the (Sydney) magazine’s 100 most influential people and in 2011 he was featured in Boss Magazine’s True Leaders of 2011 list.

mick_dodsonProf. Michael Dodson

B Juris; LlB; LlD(HC) Lit D (HC) 

Deputy Chairman

Professor Mick Dodson is a member of the Yawuru peoples the traditional Aboriginal owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia. He is currently Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University and a Professor of Law at the ANU College of Law.

Professor Dodson is also currently a Director of Dodson, Bauman & Associates Pty Ltd  – Legal  & Anthropological Consultants.  He is formerly the Director of the Indigenous Law Centre at the University of New South Wales, Kensington.

Professor Dodson was Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity. He served as Commissioner from April 1993 to January 1998.

Tanya Hosch2 (small)Ms Tanya Hosch

Tanya Hosch is the General Manager, Inclusion and Social Policy with the Australian Football League (AFL).

Prior to this, Tanya has been in advocacy and consulting roles with the aim of increasing philanthropic investment into Indigenous development. Tanya was an integral member of the team responsible for the model design and establishment of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. More recently Tanya was the Joint Campaign Director for Recognise, the movement to raise community awareness and support for constitutional change to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.

Tanya currently sits on the boards of the Bangarra Dance Theatre, the National Board of the Australian Red Cross, and has recently been appointed as the Independent Chair of Price Waterhouse Coopers Indigenous Consulting. 

In 2013 Tanya was named in the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll and for two consecutive years was recognised in the list of ‘100 Women of Influence’ Awards run by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review to recognise women who are achievers in Australian business and society.

Di Smith(4)Dr Diane Smith

PhD (Anthropology), MA, BA(Hons), Assoc Dip (Wood Design)

Dr Diane Smith is an anthropologist with over 40 years’ experience working with Indigenous Australian communities and organisations in remote, rural and urban locations. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at The Australian National University.

Diane has carried out extensive applied governance research on the ground, and published widely on related issues of government policy, Indigenous governance evaluation and capacity development, native title and land rights, development, organisational effectiveness, and cultures of governance.

She was Chief Investigator of the ground-breaking Australian Indigenous Community Governance Research Project and subsequently wrote the learning content for the Indigenous Governance Toolkit – a web-based resource that assists Indigenous people in their efforts to build effective and culturally legitimate governance.

Jane Pound 300dpi_3997Ms Jane Pound


Jane is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at The Australian National University and has nearly 20 years experience providing legal and strategic advice across both the private and not-for-profit sectors, most recently at PwC Indigenous Consulting as the Victorian State Director. Jane currently sits on the board of Culture is Life Limited and First Australian Capital Limited. 

Previous appointments include Legal Counsel at Foundation for Young Australians, Director at Social Ventures Australia, senior lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin and in a corporate advisory role as Senior Manager at Ernst and Young. Jane was admitted to practice as a solicitor in Victoria in 1996. 

Professor Daryle Rigney

Professor Daryle Rigney is a citizen of the Ngarrindjeri Nation and the lands and waters of the Lower River Murray, Coorong, Lakes and southern Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. He is currently Dean of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement, Flinders University. For many years he has worked on nation-building with Ngarrindjeri leaders and the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority Inc (NRA). Daryle currently serves several Ngarrindjeri organisations including the board of the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority, the NRA’s Research, Policy and Planning Unit and as a Director on the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal Corporation for Native Title. Daryle is also a member of the University of Arizona’s, Native Nations Institute’s International Advisory Council, co-chairs the United League of Indigenous Nations and is a former Director of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI). In 2013 Daryle was named NAIDOC South Australian Aboriginal person of the year. 

Dean Matthews

Dean Mathews is a descendant of the Yawuru and Jaru People from the Kimberley.

Dean works at Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd (NBY) as a Senior Project Officer in the Native Title and Environmental Service Unit, where he uses his knowledge in the cultural natural environmental resource management field. He has 25yrs of experience in government, NGO’s and private industry sectors in advocacy of the rights and interests of Indigenous people through cultural natural resource management and community development.

Dean is a Director on the Yawuru PBC Board, representing the Native Title Holders for Broome and the surrounding area.  He has also been involved in CANZUS discussions on Indigenous self-determination and economic development.   As a visiting fellow to ANU Fenner School of Environment, Dean works with Dr Doran and received the inaugural vice chancellors award for Indigenous Education. He was Project Leader of the Western Australian Marine Science Institute’s “Kimberley Indigenous Science Project”.

Ms Michelle Deshong


Michelle Deshong is from Townsville, North Queensland and draws here connection to Kuku Yulanji nation. She has completed a BA with First Class Honours in Political Science and Indigenous studies and is working on her PhD (on the participation of Aboriginal women in public and political life) at James Cook University.  Michelle is currently the CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute.

Michelle has worked in both the Government and NGO sectors, and has held many senior leadership roles  and she currently holds a number of directorship roles in the Not for Profit sector, including the Supply Nation Board, Thirrili and the OXFAM Indigenous Advisory Council.   In 2013 Michelle was named in the Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.

Michelle has extensive experience in areas of leadership, governance and politics. She has a strong commitment to human rights and has also been an NGO representative on many occasions at the United Nations forums on the Commission on the Status of Women and Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. She has a strong background in gender equality and works to ensures that the voices of Indigenous women are represented at all levels.

In 2016 Michelle is undertook research in the USA and Canada as part of her Fulbright scholarship to develop strategies for Nation building, leadership and gender equality. She was also named as the 2015 National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year.

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