BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BRONWYN BANCROFT DIRECTOR
Bronwyn is a descendant of the Djanbun clan of the Bundjalung nation.
She works as an artist across many mediums. Over her 30 year career, Bronwyn has participated in more than 200 exhibitions, comprising solo and group shows within Australia and overseas.
Her work is held in Australian collections, such as the National Gallery of Australia, Macquarie University, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Australian Museum and Artbank, as well as in overseas collections including Newark Museum USA, Prime Minister of Turkey, The Kelton Foundation USA, Volkerkunde Museum, Germany and Westpac USA.
Bronwyn currently holds Board positions with: Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, Commonwealth Bank RAP Committee, Fone Free Feb and Copyright Agency.
Bronwyn has a Diploma of Visual Arts and two Masters degrees from the University of Sydney, one in Studio Art and the other in Visual Art. She is currently a Doctoral candidate at The University of Sydney.
PROFESSOR NGIARE BROWN DIRECTOR
Ngiare is a proud Yuin nation woman from the south coast of NSW. She is passionate about Indigenous health, child safety, adolescent development, and building the evidence base that demonstrates connection across culture, resilience and wellbeing.
Ngiare was one of the first Aboriginal medical graduates in Australia, completing her medical degree at the University of Newcastle in 1992 and a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from James Cook University in 2000. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and is currently undertaking doctoral research in Aboriginal child protection at the University of New South Wales.
During her career Ngiare has held a variety of positions in education, mentoring, clinical practice, research and advocacy. She is a founding member and was foundation CEO with the Aboriginal Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA); founding member of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors’ Congress (PRIDoC); Associate Professor and Director of the Poche Centre of Indigenous Health at The University of Sydney; Indigenous Health Adviser to the Australian Medical Association; and Manager of Preventative Indigenous Health Programs for World Vision Australia.
In her role of Assistant Director at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, Ngiare developed a program around child health and human rights within the child health division, and is an inaugural member of the AHRC Close the Gap Campaign.
Ngiare has made extensive contributions in research process, bioethics, policy, translation and practice within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and has worked over the past two decades to develop an extensive international network in Indigenous health and research. In 2005 she was named the AMA’s Woman in Medicine for her contributions to the profession.
Ngiare is currently Executive Manager Research and Senior Public Health Medical Officer at the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation where she is making a significant contribution to the research and reform agenda. She also has an academic appointment at the University of Wollongong as Professor of Indigenous Health and Education.
PROFESSOR PAUL CHANDLER DIRECTOR
Professor Chandler holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Sydney and a Master of Science in Psychology and PhD from the University of New South Wales.
Paul is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards and is regarded as an international expert in cognition and learning. He is known as an innovative and popular lecturer and a strong advocate for education and social inclusion. Paul has graduated over 45 research students from 20 countries and has attracted over $5 million of competitive research funding.
In 2008, he was awarded as one of Australia’s ten most preeminent researchers and is currently the most cited educational researcher appointed at any Australian university.
Paul completed two terms as Head of School of Education at UNSW prior to being appointed Dean of Education at the University of Wollongong in 2007. A highly respected leader in his community, Paul has a long history of working with Aboriginal communities across Australia for over 30 years.
Paul is currently the Executive Director ‘Early Start’ and was instrumental in the success of the $44 million Early Start Project, which is a worldclass facility concentrating on social inclusion and the early years of life. In addition, he is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Inclusion & Outreach) at the University of Wollongong.
PHILIP CLARK AM DIRECTOR
Philip Clark AM is a member of the J P Morgan Advisory Council. He was Managing Partner and CEO of Minter Ellison and worked with that firm from 1995 until June 2005.
Prior to joining Minter Ellison, Phil was Director and Head of Corporate with ABN Amro Australia and prior to that he was Managing Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques for 16 years. Earlier in his career he worked with a Pratt Industries subsidiary and with Shell Australia.
Phil now serves on a number of boards and advisory boards. His appointments include listed and private companies and a number of government boards and advisory boards.
His work in the notfor profit sector is focussed on education outcomes and includes Chairing the University of Wollongong Early Start Advisory Board, Director of High Resolves Foundation and AIME, where he is a Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Phil has Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law from The University of Sydney and an MBA from Columbia University.
He was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2007 for his contribution to the development of national law firms and encouraging corporate involvement in community programs.
GEOFF LOVELL DIRECTOR (CHAIR)
Geoff was a founding Director of AIME in 2008 and has been Chairman since 2009.
Geoff has over 20 years of professional experience in banking, funds management, management consulting and engineering. He is currently a Division Director of Macquarie Bank Limited, based in Sydney, where he has worked since 2001. Geoff is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Apart from AIME, Geoff has served in a number of non-executive roles, including as: Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Indigenous Real Estate Investment Trust managed by Indigenous Business Australia (since 2013); Member of the Council of St Paul’s College at The University of Sydney (1995-2013; Chairman 2010-13; Treasurer 2002-09); Member of the Council of Sydney Church of England Grammar School (since 2013); and VicePresident of Sydney University Cricket Club (since 1989).
Geoff has First Class Honours Degrees in Engineering from the University of Sydney and in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford, where he was the inaugural Bradman Scholar (1990-93).
He received Blues for Cricket at both universities and was Captain of the Oxford University Cricket Club in 1992.
MICHAEL MCLEOD DIRECTOR
Michael McLeod has been described by a senior Federal politician as “one of Australia’s most valuable sons.”
Michael and his family are part of Australia’s stolen generations, having been removed from his parents, along with his siblings, at the age of two and never reunited as a family. Michael grew up alone in state ward homes and foster homes. Alcohol and drug addition plagued Michael in his twenties and by his early thirties Michael was homeless. A successful rehabilitation program has seen him clean and sober for thirteen years.
Michael was reluctant to depend on government social handouts or welfare, refusing employment benefits and Aboriginal housing benefits. He started his own niche telecommunications business ten years ago and today Message Stick is a growing multimillion dollar business.
Message Stick is a unique business and has shown that Aboriginal Australians can own and manage a services business that engages with large corporations and government agencies, without seeking sponsorships, donations or social grants.
Message Stick is also working closely with the Federal Government, the Chamber and the Business Council of Australia to change government policy approach to Indigenous Australians from a welfare and subsidy-based focus to supporting real economic development, business ownership and entrepreneurship.
Following the establishment and subsequent success of Message Stick, Michael was looking for ways to give back to the community. Initial research into a US model of supplier diversity, lead to the establishment of Supply Nation, which attracted an investment of $3M from the government to pilot Australia’s first ever minority supplier development council and was launched in 2009.
JEFF MCMULLEN AM DIRECTOR
Journalist, author and filmmaker for five decades, Jeff McMullen AM has been a foreign correspondent for Australian Broadcasting Corporation, reporter for Four Corners and Sixty Minutes, anchor of the 33 part issue series on ABC Television, Difference of Opinion and host of forums on National Indigenous Television.
Recent documentaries have focussed on the human rights of the First Peoples, the impact of the NT Intervention and the chronic illness taking many lives. McMullen’s film, East Coast Encounter, is now travelling Australia as part of an exhibition by leading artists, poets and historians who explore James Cook’s 1770 contact with Aboriginal people and the impact of terra nullius.
As well as serving as a director of AIME and the Engineering Aid Australia Indigenous Summer School program, Jeff worked for fourteen years as Honorary CEO of Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for Youth, establishing early learning and the Literacy Backpack program in 22 remote communities. He was a foundation Trustee of the Jimmy Little Foundation.
Jeff has been prominent in the Close the Gap campaign, chairing forums for NACCHO in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria. He has worked closely with the Sunrise Health Service in the Katherine Region of the Northern Territory developing maternal and infant health programs.
Jeff is patron of the Merry Maker’s troupe for Down’s Syndrome children and Mirabel, the foundation working to support the extended families caring for children whose parents have died from drug overdose.
Jeff worked with the University of Canberra’s Healthpact Centre developing health promotion and social equality programs for children.
In 2006 Jeff was awarded an Order of Australia (AM), for service to journalism and efforts to raise awareness of economic, social and human rights issues in Australia and overseas, as well as service to charity.
MAYRAH SONTER DIRECTOR
Proud Wiradjuri woman, Mayrah Sonter holds her culture and her early beginnings growing up in inner western Sydney’s Redfern, close to her heart. Mayrah has forged a career path supporting and empowering her people at the grassroots community level and on the national stage.
Mayrah’s latest initiative is 33 Creative with its mantra of ‘Engage, Inspire, Empower’ and takes her passion a step further, as well as complimenting her experience as a Board Director of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, Event Manager for the Deadlys® and her communications specialist roles over 10 years with both private and government organisations.
Mayrah is an accomplished events producer, TV presenter, radio producer and presenter, journalist, public relations and media specialist. She holds a BA in Communications (Public Communications) from the University of Technology, Sydney and was, most recently, the Head of Events at the Deadly Vibe Group, and a Cultural Consultant for the IUCN World Indigenous Parks Congress.
Mayrah’s career motivation aligns with her desire to empower First Nations peoples, through meaningful conversations and helping to bring people together through media, events, breaking down stereotypes and providing opportunities for real connections.
One of Mayrah’s greatest experiences has been producing grassroots community events such as the national Vibe 3on3® and the Vibe Alive festivals and the opportunities this created for working with communities across the country and gaining knowledge of the issues they face and the great work being done on the ground.
Prior to Vibe, Mayrah worked with Emma Collison Publicity and Michelle Guthrie Publicity on a range of community and stage events. In the education sphere, Mayrah has worked at the Aboriginal Education and Training Directorate, on the inaugural Nanga Mai Awards to recognise Aboriginal student achievement and as the Indigenous Student Liaison Officer at the Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney.
TANISHA STANTON DIRECTOR
Tanisha is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people. After spending her early years in Dubbo, Tanisha’s family moved to Newcastle to increase her educational and sporting opportunities.
At 15 years of age Tanisha won Most Promising Sports Talent at the 2011 Deadly Awards and featured on the SBS television program Living Black that same year.
She became a member of the Indigenous Women’s All Stars rugby league team at 18 and played in the Australian Women’s All Stars. Tanisha was then named in the Australian under19 Netball Development Squad after captaining NSW at the national championships in Melbourne.
In early 2014 Tanisha joined AIME as a Program Manager on the Sydney Team, delivering program sessions for mentees and mentors on campus at The University of Sydney.
Later in the year she joined the Australian Rugby Union’s sevens squad, in pursuit of her longterm goal to wear the green and gold at the Olympics. At that time Tanisha was one of only two Aboriginal female players to sign a fulltime, professional contract with the ARU program.
Tanisha was nominated for a Most Popular New Talent Logie award in 2014 for her role hosting NITV’s Barefoot Sunday program, where she covered events such as the Murri Rugby League Carnival in Queensland and the NSW Koori Knockout, as well as previewing the Anthony Mundine v ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley fight.
Tanisha joined the AIME Board in late 2014 and is delighted to continue her involvement with AIME and have the opportunity to contribute to the organisation through her role as Director.