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Council

Our organisation is governed by a Council of nine members. Four are elected by AIATSIS members and five are appointed by our Minister and must be Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders.

The Council is responsible for setting our policies and ensuring we perform properly and efficiently across all of our functions.

  • Jodie Sizer - Chairperson
    Jodie Sizer

    Ms Jodie Sizer is a Djap Wurrung / Gunditjmara woman, and part of the Framlingham Community of South West Victoria.

    Jodie is currently the inaugural CEO of the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority, land manager to 170,000 hectares of Crown land, 3 Marine National Parks, 3 Marine Sanctuaries and 2 National Parks from Bells beach stretching beyond the 12 Apostles. Jodie was a Co-Founder and Co-CEO of PwC’s Indigenous Consulting. She is currently Vice President of the Collingwood Football Club, Board member of the Ebony Institute and an Enterprise Professor of the University of Melbourne.

    Jodie commenced her career in the Aboriginal community controlled sector, further graduated to work as an auditor and qualified Accountant (CPA), she possesses a strong background in corporate governance and is a graduate of the University of Melbourne Asia-Australia New Leaders Program.

    Jodie has also worked in Indigenous organisations and government. She was an ATSIC Regional Councillor, listed in the Australian Women's Who's Who publication, inducted on the Victorian Women's Honour roll, recipient of the Prime Minister's Centenary medal and listed as one of the Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence. 

    Jodie was appointed to the AIATSIS Council in 2016 and appointed as Chair in 2020, succeeding Prof Michael McDaniel.

  • Prof Clint Bracknell - Deputy Chairperson
    Clint Bracknell

    Professor Clint Bracknell is a Noongar musician from the south coast of Western Australia and Professor of Linguistics at the University of Queensland.

    He has investigated connections between song, language, and landscapes in Australia’s southwest for over a decade, co-developing Noongar language resources including both the first fully adapted Shakespearean stage work and dubbed feature film in a language of Australia.

    Clint holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Western Australia and received the 2020 Barrett Award for Australian Studies.

  • Michelle Deshong
    Michelle Deshong

    Michelle has held senior executive positions spanning the Public Service, including roles such as National Manager for Indigenous Services at Centrelink, and Senior Adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has also held roles in the non-government sector, including as Queensland State Manager for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategies for Australian Red Cross and more recently as the CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute. Michelle has maintained a strong interest in community organisations and worked in a range of governance capacities, including as a director of many.

    Alongside these professional roles, Michelle has maintained a strong interest in community organisations and worked in a range of governance capacities including Director of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre, QATSILS, Fair Agenda and is currently a Director of Supply Nation and Asia Pacific Indigenous Women’s Network.

  • Duane Fraser
    Duane Fraser

    Duane is a Wulgurukaba and Bidjara man with extensive experience advising Commonwealth and state governments on matters relating to Indigenous affairs and environmental policy. He has spent the last six years working to achieve greater recognition of the rights and interests of traditional owners of the Great Barrier Reef, and their empowerment in reef decision-making and management. Duane was critical in including traditional owner perspectives in the Reef 2050 plan, and in 2018 helped drive a major project to document the rights and aspirations of reef traditional owners and present recommendations for a greater future role for traditional owners in reef business.

    Duane is a member of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and currently chairs the Indigenous Advisory Committee to the Minister for the Environment and Energy. Residence: Melbourne, Vic.
     

  • Henrietta Marrie AM
    Henrietta Marrie

    Henrietta Marrie AM (Masters in Environmental and Local Government Law; Diploma T; Grad. Diploma of Arts [Indigenous Studies]).

    Elder of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinj people, traditional owners of the land on which Cairns now stands. Wide experience in Indigenous cultural and natural resource management and impact assessment, intellectual property law, heritage legislation and philanthropy. Henrietta has over 50 papers published in academic books and journals.  Henrietta has served six years in the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal (1997-2003) and nine years as Program Manager Northern Australia with The Christensen Fund, a California-based private philanthropic fund (2003-2012).

    A Visiting Fellow with United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability based in Tokyo (2012-2016). She is also Patron First Nations of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.  Listed among the Westpac and Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence for 2014 for her work in public policy. Made a Member of the Order of Australia (26 January 2018) and recognised as a Queensland Great (8 June 2018). Member of the Queensland Human Right Commission’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group and the Commonwealth’s National Cultural Heritage Committee. Her life and accomplishments were dramatized in a play Bukal produced by the JUTE Theatre Company (Cairns) in association with CQUniversity in 2018.

  • Judith Ryan AM
    AIATSIS Council - Judith Ryan

    Judith Ryan received a BA Honours in Fine Arts and English Literature at the University of Melbourne in 1970 and a Certificate in Education at Oxford University in 1972. She began her Art Museum career in 1977 at the National Gallery of Victoria where she is currently the Senior Curator of Indigenous Art. Judith's special interest is Indigenous Australian art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries – its diversity, dynamism and transformation in the face of social change.

    Judith has curated about fifty exhibitions of Indigenous art and has published widely in the field. Judith is currently working on TIWI, a major exhibition and publication scheduled for 18 September 2020 – 31 January 2021. In 2017 Judith was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division ‘For significant service to the visual arts, particularly to the museums and galleries sector, as a curator of Indigenous exhibitions and as an author.’

  • Murray Saylor
    Murray Saylor

    Murray Saylor is a Samsep man from Erub (Darnley Island) in the Torres Strait. Murray’s passion and drive are focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural, ecological and economic sustainability. Murray has over 20 years of diverse experience in the fields of Government, Defence, Community Development, Indigenous affairs and Resource sectors.

    Murray is the founder/Managing Director of Tagai Management Consultants, a company driven to work respectfully with clients in the Australia and Asia/Pacific region to deliver market leading procurement/supply chain management, business advisory, innovative futures, and stakeholder engagement services. In 2019, Tagai Management Consultants were presented with the Innovation in Business award by the Ipswich Business Chamber, and in 2018 was selected as one of 100 faces of Small business in Queensland.

  • A/Prof Myfany Turpin FAHA
    Myfany Turpin

    Associate Professor Myfany Turpin FAHA is a linguist and ethnomusicologist at the University of Sydney. She has worked with Aboriginal communities in central Australia since 1994 to document their language and music. Her research interests are in the relationship between language and music and language documentation.

    Her research on the Kaytetye language resulted in a co-authored encyclopaedic dictionary, picture dictionary and collection of stories with the late Kaytetye speaker Alison Nangala Ross. She has written scholarly articles in the areas of semantics, music, phonology and ethnobiology and produced audio-visual publications of Aboriginal songs. She works with local organisations to produce resources and provide opportunities for Aboriginal people to further their work in cultural and language survival.

    She is a member of the Musicological Society of Australia and the Australian Linguistics Society, editor for the Indigenous Music of Australia series of Sydney University Press and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

  • Ash Walker
    Ash Walker

    Ash Walker is a Dharawal/Dhurga man belonging to the La Perouse Aboriginal community in Coastal Sydney.

    Previously, Ash has worked as a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group, a corporate lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin and as Acting CEO of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council.

    Ash holds a Master in Business Administration (Distinction) from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales

AIATSIS Council Chairpersons

  • Jodie Sizer, 2019 - present
  • Professor Michael McDaniel, 2017 - 2019
  • Professor Michael (Mick) Dodson AM, 1999 - 2017
  • Professor Marcia Langton AM, 1992 - 1998
  • Ken Colbung AM MBE, 1984 - 1990
  • Professor JD Mulvaney, 1982 - 1984
  • Dr Les Hiatt, 1974 - 1982
  • Emeritus Professor NWG MacIntosh, 1966 - 1974
  • Emeritus Professor AD Trendall, 1961 - 1966
Last updated: 07 June 2022