Aunty Joan Tranter
Our patron, Aunty Joan Tranter, has been involved with NSW Reconciliation Council for many years and actively promotes reconciliation within the wider community.
Aunty Joan is an Elder and previous Co-Chair of the NSW Reconciliation Council. She is the current Chair of the Aboriginal Advisory Group to Canterbury Municipal Council, where she advises and contributes to programs and issues relating to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander issues within the council municipality. Aunty Joan is also the Inaugural Elder in Residence at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has received UTS’ Human Rights Reconciliation Awards, the Citizen of the Year 2011 Award from Canterbury Municipal Council, and a UTS Distinguished Service Award. You can read about Aunt Joan’s life, work, and values in her own words here.
Indigenous Chair: Lindon Coombes
Lindon has worked in Aboriginal Affairs for over 18 years in a range of positions. Prior to joining PwC’s Indigenous Consulting (PIC) in January 2014, he was the CEO of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, a representative body that provides a national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Previous to these positions, he was CEO of Tranby Aboriginal College in Glebe, the oldest Indigenous education institution in Australia. He has also worked in a range of roles in the NSW Government. The last position held there was in the Senior Executive Service as Executive Director of Policy and Research at the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs. He also acted in the position of Director General of the Department on a number of occasions. He has worked for ATSIC and spent a number of years as Senior Policy Advisor to successive Ministers for Aboriginal Affairs in the NSW Government.
Non-Indigenous Chair: Cecilia Anthony
Cecilia Anthony is a strategic expert with a professional background in training, advocacy and campaigning, politics and policy. She has worked extensively in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy development in government and at NGO level. Cecilia is a former Principal Policy Officer with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs where she was responsible for economic development and employment policy. In recent years Cecilia has worked with the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, responsible for developing and implementing their Government Relations Strategy. Between 2007 and 2011 Cecilia worked as a senior advisor to the New South Wales Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Cecilia is now a senior consultant for Diverse Werks.
Treasurer: Deborah Soler
Deborah is an experienced leader with over 20 years experience developing and strengthening financial and corporate management practices in corporate and not for profit. Environments with strength in operational and people management. Her objective on the Management Committee is to make a valuable contribution within a dynamic and socially responsible organisation.
Secretary: Alison Whittaker
Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet and legal researcher from the floodplains of Gunnedah in NSW. Between 2017-2018, she was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School, where she was named the Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law. Her second book, BLAKWORK, was released with Magabala Books in September 2018. Prior to this, Alison worked at UTS:CAIK, UTS:Law, the Gendered Violence Research Network, and received a black&write! fellowship from the State Library of Queensland.
Indigenous Member: Jody Broun
Jody Broun has vast experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs having held a number of roles at the state and national levels, including senior executive and elected roles throughout her career. She began working life as a teacher at Clontarf Aboriginal College in WA and went on to hold the positions of Executive Director Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure and Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment with the WA Government. Jody moved to NSW to take up the position of Deputy Director General in the Department Aboriginal Affairs, becoming DG nine months later. In 2015 she completed a two year term as then first elected female co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. Jody is currently the NSW Director of Australian Red Cross. Jody has held a number of community based positions and is also a practicing artist, having exhibited nationally and internationally. In 1998 Jody won the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and the 2005 Canberra Art Award.
Jody brings policy development, program administration and community engagement experience.
Indigenous Member: Carol Vale
Carol is a Dunghutti/Gumbaingirr woman from Armidale NSW, who holds a unique position of having grown up on an Aboriginal Mission and experienced the varied complexities still persisting today for many Indigenous people, but who through fortunate circumstances and persistence created a career in government spanning three decades.
Carol has extensive hands-on-experience and theoretical understanding across a broad range of portfolios, relevant to Aboriginal affairs, including social policy, education, housing, health, community development, impact of incarceration and justice, disabilities and child protection.
Carol also has a background as a senior manager in a range of government departments, including the NSW Department of Education and Communities, Housing NSW and the Office of Aboriginal Affairs. Her experience includes the provision of advice on Aboriginal affairs at both State and National levels and high level leadership and direction for strategic initiatives and projects.
Carol now turns her extensive lived and employment experience to a broader audience, incorporating the international, business and corporates, non-government organisations, communities, individuals and government sectors, to empower all to influence change not just within the Indigenous space but this certainly remains a key focus of her work.
Non-Indigenous Member: Annie Tennant
Originally trained as an architect and with a Masters of Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley, Annie’s primary expertise lies in the spaces between and affected by buildings in the areas of urban design, public space design, sustainability and public art. Annie has that developed and nurtured relationships and projects that celebrate Country. As such, she works with development teams, designers, architects, engineers, sustainability consultants and building owners to make their developments, both buildings and public spaces, more engaging, responsive, respectful and appropriate to our culture and our climate.
Annie is currently the General Manager, Sustainability and Culture, Barangaroo South (Sydney NSW) Lendlease.
Non-Indigenous Member: Sophie Mouritsen
Sophie grew up on the South Coast in Wollongong and commenced her studies at the University of Wollongong. She graduated in a B.A. with a double major in Aboriginal Studies and Sociology, and in 2014 completed a graduate diploma in Human Rights Law and Policy at UNSW. Throughout the course of her studies she engaged in the AIME program including homework workshops for K-12, one-on-one and group mentoring sessions as well as fundraiser events. Sophie is passionate about working with young people and developing skills around self-belief and self-efficacy to pave their own path and reach their potential. She has recently returned from a two-year stint in Alice Springs Northern Territory working on an integrated coaching and athlete development program and was also working on the Yapa Styles Fashion Festival which is a diversionary program for the youth of Alice Springs. Earlier in her career, Sophie has worked in homelessness in both Mount Isa Queensland, and inner-city Sydney. She has undertaken roles across OOHC, working as a support worker in residential care and case manager with young people in foster care. She is currently living in Sydney working at a College in education and training while engaging in self-directed study in neuroscience to accompany her interests in social justice and law.
Executive Director : Alison Faure-Brac
Over the past 20 years Alison has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, leading and contributing to social research projects and major evaluations in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Much of her work has centred on the drivers of social change, and policies and programs that aim to create positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.
Prior to joining Reconciliation NSW in early 2018, Alison was Director of the Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia (CIRCA).
Alison is an Associate of UTS Institute of Public Policy and Governance. Alison has served on the Boards of Reconciliation NSW and the Cultural Perspectives Group.
Project Manager: Danielle Cooper
Danielle has a Bachelor of Arts in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies from the University of Sydney and currently works for Reconciliation NSW and the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW ACT. Danielle has experience in working for not for profit organisations in Indigenous affairs, content, events and project management.
In addition to her work with Reconciliation NSW and the ALS, Danielle is also undertaking a Juris Doctor at the University of Technology Sydney.
Project Manager : Thea Butler
Thea is a highly experienced and capable communications specialist and producer, with expertise in events, website development, conceptual and creative envisioning, research and strategic planning, business development and relationship management.
As a freelancer, Thea has worked for clients including Geeza, Saatchi & Saatchi, Australia Council for the Arts, and Ripe. As a project manager for the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) Thea developed and implemented a high-profile national program of digital awareness raising, brand building and industry networking projects.
Finance Officer: Nikki Fasolo
Nikki has had 25 years of administrative and financial management experience including as a director of operations, based overseas for a group of successful global startups.
On her return to Australia she chose to focus her attention on small ethical businesses and her family. Nikki enjoys being able to offer her skills and expertise to support and develop these organisations, to help them grow.
Social Media Manager: Summer May Finlay
Summer is a Yorta Yorta Woman who grew up in Lake Macquarie near Newcastle. She specialises in health policy, qualitative research and communications. She has worked in Aboriginal affairs at the National level and has strong professional connections across the country in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service sector.
Summer is currently self employed as a researcher and communications consultant, while undertaking a PhD at the University of South Australia. She is also a contributing editor for Croakey.org. With the Croakey team she was one of the authors of the book #JustJustice- Tackling the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Summer is an avid tweeter whose handle is @SummerMayFinlay
She is currently the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Vice President for the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and was previously the Acting Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Special Interest Group Co-Convener. She is also the Co-Vice Chair of the recently established World Federation of Public Health Associations Indigenous Working Group. Summer has a Bachelor of Social Science from Macquarie University, a Master of Public Health Advance from the University of Wollongong and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.