Mr Jason Glanville


Jason is Wiradjuri. He is a pragmatic optimist devoted to living a life as free from lateral and actual violence as possible. Jason’s addicted to his family and is fiercely loyal to a wide and diverse group of friends. He  has spent most of his adult life in an often clumsy pursuit of sustainable and impactful fellowship.

Jason is a fierce judge of talent. He is prone to frustrating levels of self-doubt and is acutely aware of his imperfection but is always up for a laugh, both at himself and the increasingly confusing world in which we live.

Jason was raised to value the dignity of work, to always work hard and to know how to have fun. He attempts to model self-care by walking, knitting and laughing but doesn’t do enough of any of them, yet.

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 the inaugural Executive Director of 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.

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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