Maria Myers is Chairman of the Kimberley Foundation Australia. She is a director of the State Library of Victoria and Chairman of the State Library of Victoria Foundation. She is a director of Dunkeld Pastoral Company Pty Ltd and Loreto College Ballarat. She is a member of Council at St Mary’s College at the University of Melbourne and The Nature Conservancy’s Advisory Council. She is a supporter of and advocate for the Burnet Institute and Patron of the Australian String Quartet. Maria was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the 2016 Australia Day Honours for the advancement of the understanding of Indigenous rock art and for her service to the community through philanthropic leadership. Maria joined the KFA Board in 2001.
The Hon Laurie Brereton is Chairman of Beelgara Estate (Australia) Pty Ltd, Wine Insights Pty Ltd & Cumulus Wines Pty Ltd and is a Director of Airbus Group Australia Pacific Limited & John Curtin House Limited. In 2004 Laurie retired from public life after a distinguished parliamentary career spanning 34 years in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and the Australian House of Representatives. Laurie joined the KFA Board in 2006.
Brenda Shanahan has served in senior executive and board roles in Australia and overseas primarily in stockbroking, funds management and investment consulting and is widely acknowledged for her expertise on boards and management. Brenda is a Director of Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Bell Financial Group Ltd., Phoslock Environment Technologies Ltd., DMP Asset Management Ltd., and a member of the Advisory Board of Swinburne University Industry Advisory Board, and the Australian Advisory Board on Technology and Healthcare Competitiveness. Brenda is a recent past Chair of St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research and is currently a member of the SVI Foundation. She is a former Director of Challenger Limited, member of the Australian Stock Exchange, partner of May Mellor Laing & Cruikshank and principal of Investment Consulting and worldwide partner at WM Mercer. Brenda joined the KFA Board in 2009 and has been the Treasurer since 2011.
Susan Bradley has lived in the Kimberley for 49 years. In 1994/95, at the request of four Ngarinyin aboriginal elders, she established ‘Bush University’. From this developed Friends of the Ngarinyin, and with former KFA Director Christina Kennedy she formed the Wandjina Foundation in 1997. In 2002 The Wandjina Foundation was renamed the Kimberley Foundation Australia. Susan has been a KFA Board member since. Susan has held many prominent public and private board positions, primarily relating to northern Australia. She lives on a pastoral property in the North Kimberley and manages three cattle stations. She is involved with many Aboriginal communities and is a member of the Regional Development Australia Council Kimberley.
Bruce Cameron is a graduate of Monash University and holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws. Bruce has broad experience in commercial law and is a Principal at Piper Alderman in Melbourne which merged with boutique corporate and commercial firm Norton Gledhill a firm Bruce helped established in 1986. Bruce has experience in a number of sectors including the health industry, venture and development capital, funds management, manufacturing, and tourism and hospitality. He is a director and trustee of a number of private companies and trusts which are involved in matters of business and the care of others. Bruce joined the KFA Board in 2010.
Andrew Gleadow is an Emeritus Professor of Geology and former Head of the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne. In 2017 he was awarded an AO for distinguished service to the earth sciences and to education, as an academic and researcher in the field of thermo- chronology and landscape evolution, and to professional geological and scientific societies.
Professor Gleadow has researched and published widely on the development and application of radiometric dating techniques, particularly in fission track analysis and thermochronology. His work has included dating of hominin fossil sites in East Africa. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences and a former President of the Geological Society of Australia. He was appointed Chair of the Science Advisory Council in November 2013 and joined the KFA Board in 2014.
Cissy Gore-Birch has Jaru heritage through her grandmother’s country and is connected to Nyikina and Balanggarra country. She grew up on Balanggarra country in the East Kimberley region where she was the Chairperson of Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation for nearly 5 years.
Cissy sits on the Kimberley Land Council & NAILSMA Board, the Indigenous Advisory Committee to the Commonwealth Department of Environment and also on the TSR Indigenous Hub. Cissy is passionate about country, people and sustainable livelihoods. Cissy is the National Aboriginal Engagement Manager at the Bush Heritage Australia. Cissy joined the KFA Board in June 2018.
Steve is Chairman of Caltex, a director of Challenger Limited, Challenger Life Company Limited, Lorna Hodgkinson Foundation, Tabcorp Holdings Limited and William Inglis & Son Limited. He is the Chairman of Unisson Disability Limited and a trustee of the Australian Museum. He has previously served as Chairman of Goodman Fielder Limited and Austock Group Limited, and was a member of the Grant Samuel non-executive advisory board. Steve joined the KFA Board in June 2018.
Nolan Hunter is CEO of the Kimberley Land Council, an organisation representing Traditional Owners in the Kimberley. Nolan is a Bardi man with strong links to his people and culture across saltwater country in northern Western Australia. He spent 14 years with various Commonwealth agencies specialising in Indigenous affairs, and has worked with Indigenous communities in Australia. Nolan is Chairman of the National Native Title Council as well as an Indigenous Leader representing the Kimberley in Empowered Communities, a group of Indigenous Leaders informing policy development to the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Indigenous Affairs. Nolan was appointed to the KFA Board in 2014.
Wal King holds a Bachelor of Engineering, a Master of Engineering Science and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of New South Wales. Wal has worked in the construction industry for over 40 years and was CEO of Leighton Holdings Limited from 1987 until December 2010. He is Chairman of Sundance Resources Ltd; Deputy Chairman of UNSW Foundation Ltd; a Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd, and a Senior Advisor to CITIC Mining International Ltd. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Institute of Building and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Wal joined the KFA Board in 2008.
Sam Lovell lives in Derby in the Kimberley. He has been employed by Aboriginal Economic Development (AED), Department of Industry and Resources as an Aboriginal Tourism Project Officer since 1995 and works as an indigenous consultant for Western Power. Sam has a background in tourism and established his own business ‘Kimberley Safari Tours’ in 1981. A tourism award in his name is presented annually by the Kimberley Tourism Association. Sam is regarded as the ‘father’ of Indigenous Tourism in WA and is affectionately known as ‘Mr Kimberley’. Sam is also a musician and travels across the country to Queensland every year to play at the Tamworth Music Festival. Sam joined the KFA Board in 2009.
John Mullen is the Chairman of Telstra and until recently was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Asciano Ltd. He has worked for more than two decades in a multitude of senior positions with different multinationals in the logistics industry. John is passionate about maritime exploration and the Kimberley WA. He spends his spare time diving for colonial shipwrecks and is an avid collector of historical material from early maritime voyages to the Pacific.
Directorships of listed companies (past three years) and other directorships/appointments: Director, Asciano Ltd (2011-2016), Brambles Limited (2009-2011). Other: Member, Australian Graduate School of Management (from 2005) and Councillor of the Australian National Maritime Museum (from 2016). John joined the KFA Board in 2016.
Deidre Willmott is currently a Non-Executive Director of Australia Post and former Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry WA. Deidre holds law degrees from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne. She has been a senior executive at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd and Chief of Staff to the Premier of Western Australia. Deidre joined the KFA Board in 2010.
Rona Charles is a Nyikina/Ngarinyin woman belonging to the Nikina/Mangala and Wilinggin people of the North Kimberley in Western Australia. She is based in the Yumurlun (Pandanus Park) Community and Mowanjum Community of WA. Rona is a leader in teaching young people about learning and maintaining junba dance and stories, and how these practices relate to country, incorporating junba practice in her work as a ranger and anthropological and conservation consultant. Rona joined the KFA Board in October 2016.
KFA Board 2010-2016.
John Calvert-Jones is the Executive Chairman of Seafirst Australia, a family investment company. He is a Trustee of the McClelland Gallery. He is a former member of the Australian Stock Exchange Limited, former Chairman and Managing Director of Prudential Bache Securities (Australia) Ltd and has been a director of several public and private companies.
KFA Board 1997-2017.
Christina Kennedy and fellow KFA Director Susan Bradley established KFA in 1997 and together remain the longest serving members. Christina is a physiotherapist and operated a private clinic in Sydney for 25 years. She is now a farmer in Bodalla NSW. She is a director of a number of private companies and a former Director of Film Australia and The Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts. She is a member of the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Rock Art Research +Management Advisory Board.
KFA Board 2000-2016
Henric Nicholas, a former Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, is also a former director of NSW Cultural Management Ltd., a former chairman of St. Paul’s College, University of Sydney, and an honorary councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. He is an arts/ law graduate of Sydney University. Henric was Chairman of the Board from February 1, 2000 until November 2009.
KFA Board & Chair of Science Advisory Council 2007-2013
Jimis a leader in geoscience education in Western Australia. He chairs the John de Laeter Centre for Mass Spectrometry at Curtin University, a joint venture with UWA, and has a long standing interest in hominid evolution. In the last five years he has commenced a research program following his appointment as an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Earth and Geographical Sciences at The University of Western Australia (UWA).
Andrew and Nicola Forrest are philanthropic leaders and strong community and arts supporters. They believe a collaborative approach encompassing the arts, education and health is essential to build sustainable empowerment in individuals and communities. They are passionate about the Kimberley’s rock artand support KFA’s goals to research and protect it. Nicola is CEO of the Minderoo Foundation which she and Andrew established in 2001.
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