Shane is born and bred from Shepparton; a strong Yorta Yorta, Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung man. He is a highly experienced and inspirational Aboriginal leader with a strong track record across a range of sectors including education and training, justice, and cultural heritage within both Aboriginal and mainstream organisations. Mr Charles said he was a passionate advocate for reconciliation who enjoys sharing cultural knowledge to make a difference.
Aislinn has a BA (Hons) in Anthropology and Aboriginal Studies, an Executive MBA and a Certificate IV in Business Governance. She has 17 years’ experience working in the NGO and government sectors including a short term role as Administration Officer at Reconciliation Victoria in the early 2000s. She was Executive Officer of Tarwirri, the Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria for six years and more recently, worked for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner's (RACGP) National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and as a Manager in the Dept of Justice and Regulation's Koori Justice Unit. Her areas of expertise include community development, social justice, inclusion, administration and family violence. Aislinn believes her reconciliation journey is ongoing and based on respect, continuous learning and a commitment to addressing racism and inequality. She contributed to the 'Racism. It stops with me' campaign and the 'Close the Gap' campaign whilst working for the RACGP, and also assisted in the development of Reconciliation Action Plans for several of Melbourne's large law firms.
Keith has been a member of his local reconciliation group for 18 years, 17 of which he has been President. He was elected to the Reconciliation Victoria Council in 2006 and served as Co-Chair from 2008 until 2016. He sees that reconciliation has two major outcomes: one is to overcome the unacceptable disadvantage that Aboriginal people experience due to the arrival of Europeans to the land now called Australia. The second is for non-Aboriginal Australians to embrace, recognise and value Aboriginal culture, identity and history; to build it into a new Australian identity. This respect and recognition will strengthen Aboriginal people and communities.
Bob is a full time accountant and managing director with Yarn Strong Sista.
Professor Andrew Gunstone is Executive Director – ReconciliationStrategy and Leadership, Executive Director – Moondani Toombadool Centre, andProfessor of Indigenous Studies at Swinburne University. Andrew has awhole-of-institution responsibility for reconciliation, the ReconciliationAction Plan (RAP), and Indigenous matters. Andrew led the development ofSwinburne's 2017-19 RAP, which is the first university RAP in Australia to beendorsed as an Elevate RAP. Andrew’s research expertise is in the areas ofreconciliation, stolen wages, reparative justice and Indigenous publicpolicies. He has written over 130 publications, including eight books, on theseareas. Andrew regularly advises community groups, corporates, universities, andgovernment, on reconciliation matters. Andrew is also the Foundation Editor oftheJournal of Australian IndigenousIssuesand the Convenor of the2018 National Reconciliation ActionPlan Conference. Based on his experiences and research,Andrewargues that reconciliation requires several interrelated elements, including:recognising Indigenous sovereignty and Indigenous rights; addressing individualand institutional racism; acknowledging history; implementing reparativejustice; and improving relationships.
Tom is a proud Noongar man andschool leader with the Victorian Department of Education. Originally fromcountry Victoria, Tom gained undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications inPolitics and Education at the University of Melbourne prior to embarking on acareer in the education and political arenas. Tom has worked as a politicaladvisor and campaign manager in both Federal and State Election contexts, aswell as providing specialist advice on the growth and recruitment of members toa major political party. Outside of politics, Tom has worked in a number ofschools as both a classroom teacher and school leader, including time spent inWestern Australia and the United Kingdom. Tom is passionate about workingalongside Koori students to achieve the highest standard of education possibleand to provide a learning environment that allows each student the opportunityto work towards their individual goals. Tom is humbled to have been appointedto the board of Reconciliation Victoria and looks forward to making acontribution to the strategic direction of the organisation.
Jay Longworth is a fundraising and philanthropyexecutive with 10 years’ experience working in the non-profit and educationsectors. Jay is an Associate Director of Advancement at the University ofMelbourne and serves as the Co-Chair on the University’s MelbourneReconciliation Network Committee. In Jay’s current and previous roles,including as Head of Philanthropy at World Vision, a key part of the portfoliohas focused on raising funds for a range of Indigenous programs. Jay isfiercely driven to deliver results for Reconciliation Victoria, spurred by apassion for philanthropy and its employment to achieve equitable outcomes injustice, health and education for Indigenous peoples.
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