National Manager Workforce Development, National Disability Services
Caroline Alcorso has been National Manager, Workforce Development, at National Disability Services since 2014. She manages several national workforce development projects and coordinates workforce policy and programs across NDS. Caroline has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania and a Master of Arts from Cambridge University, England. In 2006 she completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics at the University of Sydney that explored how and why employers segment their workforces in the information technology and hotel industries. Caroline has an extensive research, policy and advocacy background.
Senior Manager Community Partnerships, AnglicareSA
Olive has more than 30 years experience working in both Commonwealth and State Government in education, child wellbeing, employment and training, family violence prevention and youth affairs. Her passion is working to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of all South Australians, particularly Aboriginal people. Olive has many years experience as a strategic leader and has developed key partnerships, policies and programs with non-government, private and government stakeholders. Olive has had an extensive and diverse background in homelessness strategy, social housing policy, management and operations.
Dr Ngaire Brown
Founding Director, NGAOARA
Dr Ngaire Brown is a Yuin nation woman from the south coast of NSW. She is a senior Aboriginal medical practitioner with qualifications in medicine, public health and primary care, and has studied bioethics, medical law and human rights. She was the first identified Aboriginal medical graduate from NSW, and is one of the first Aboriginal doctors in Australia. Over the past two decades she has developed extensive national and international networks in Indigenous health and social justice. Ngiare is a founding member and was Foundation CEO of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA); is a founding member of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors’ Congress (PRIDoC); and is Chair of the Health, Rights and Sovereignty committee of PRIDoC.
CEO, Western Desert Dialysis
Sarah has been the CEO of Western Desert dialysis since its inception in 2003. Before that she was a remote nurse and uni lecturer. She has a Master of Nursing and Grad Diplomas in Aboriginal Education and Health Service Management. She paints, drives a Morris Minor and has 3 kids.
Not For Profit Sector Leader, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Since 2011 Phil has led the Not for Profit Project for AICD. This project is designed to support organisations in the NFP sector to achieve their respective missions through ongoing improvements in governance and to build greater awareness of the contribution of NFP directors and support their ongoing professional development. Examples of this work include the Good Governance Principles and Guidance for NFP Organisations and the annual NFP Governance and Performance Study. Phil is a Graduate of the Company Directors Course and a member of CPA Australia. He has been on a range of boards of NFP and Government organisations and currently is a Director of Alzheimer’s Australia ACT.
Former CEO, NATSILS
Eddie is an Aboriginal man with strong family links in both the urban and rural areas throughout the Northern Territory. His mother is of Larrakia/Wadjigan descent and his father is Central Arrente. His family has experienced the intergenerational effects of the policy of forced removal of children of mixed descent from their family and country. Mr Cubillo has over 20 years’ experience working at the grass roots of Aboriginal affairs. In 2009 Mr Cubillo completed a Masters of Laws (International Law and International Relations) at Flinders University in South Australia. In 2010 Mr Cubillo was appointed the Anti – Discrimination Commissioner of the Northern Territory and following his term in October 2012, Mr Cubillo took on the role of Executive Officer with National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (NATSILS). As the Executive Officer, he championed the rights of Indigenous Australians in a legal context. He is currently undertaking a PhD with the University of Technology of Sydney.
Prof Rolf Gerritsen
Research Leader Central Australia, Charles Darwin University
Professor Rolf Gerritsen is a graduate of UWA, University of Ghana and ANU. He first came to the NT in the early 1980s spending four years at the North Australia Research Unit (interrupted by nine months as policy adviser to the Leader of the Opposition in the NT Assembly). He gleefully returned to the NT in 2002 after 20 years absence and spent three (wasted) years as a senior bureaucrat in the Department of the Chief Minister. He left government and joined Tropical Savannas CRC, which 18 months later was de-funded (sic) by the Howard Government because it was a public good CRC. Rolf then accepted the position of Research Leader, Central Australia at CDU. He has since happily been “speaking truth to power”, not to universal approbation.
Prof David Gilchrist
Professor of Accounting, UWA Business School
David Gilchrist is a chartered accountant and an economic historian. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Notre Dame Australia and is currently professor of accounting at the University of Western Australia. Over a career spanning 25 years, David has held a number of senior roles in the not-for-profit, commercial and public sectors. Most recently, he held the role of Assistant Auditor General for Western Australia and, prior to that, he taught accounting and finance at the London School of Economics and Portsmouth University in the UK as well as at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University in Australia. He was Foundation Director of the Curtin not-for-profit Initiative for five years.
Dr Cassandra Goldie
CEO, Australian Council of Social Service
Cassandra Goldie has been CEO of ACOSS since 2010. With public policy expertise in economic and social issues, civil society, social justice and human rights, she has represented the interests of people who are disadvantaged and civil society in major national and international processes as well as in grassroots communities. Cassandra has a PhD from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Law from University College London. She is a Graduate of the AICD and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and as a member of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality and Law Advisory Committees.
Royal Commissioner for the Royal Commission into the Child Protection and Youth Detention Systems of the Northern Territory.
Mick Gooda resigned from the Australian Human Rights Commission effective 1 August 2016 to take up a position as Royal Commissioner for the Royal Commission into the Child Protection and Youth Detention Systems of the Northern Territory.
Mick has been involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs throughout Australia for over 35 years and has always maintained and actively promotes the concept of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples being intimately involved in decisions that affect them. He is currently on the Referendum Council on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. His focus has been on the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Immediately prior to taking up the position of Social Justice Commissioner in 2010, Mick was the Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health for close to five and a half years. Here, he drove a research agenda which placed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ‘front and centre’ in the research agenda, working alongside world leading researchers.
Mick is a proud Gangulu person from Central Queensland and in his spare time, can usually be found in the Sunshine State.
Director, Centre for Innovative Justice RMIT
In October 2012 Rob Hulls was appointed Adjunct Professor at RMIT and was invited to establish the new Centre for Innovative Justice as its inaugural Director. The Centre’s objective is to develop, drive, and expand the capacity of the justice system to meet and adapt to the needs of its diverse users. As Attorney-General of Victoria, Rob instigated significant changes to the legal system which saw the establishment of the state’s first Charter of Human Rights and reform to Victoria’s Upper House. He established specialist courts in Victoria including for Victoria’s indigenous community, for people with mental health issues, and for victims of family violence and introduced an open tender process for applicants to Victoria’s judiciary.
CEO, Sisters Inside
After her release from prison in 1992, Debbie Kilroy established Sisters Inside to fight for the human rights of incarcerated women and to address gaps in services available to them and their children. Since then, Debbie has completed four tertiary degrees – in social work, forensic mental health and law – and was the first and only former prisoner to be admitted as a legal practitioner in Queensland. She has spearheaded a long list of ground-breaking programs which have broken the cycle of imprisonment. Debbie was awarded the Order of Australia in 2003 for her tireless work with criminalised and imprisoned women and girls and the Australian Human Rights Award in 2004.
Deputy CEO, Department of Chief Minister
Maria was formerly Deputy Director-General, Conservation and Sustainability Services in the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP). Prior to joining EHP in May 2016, Maria was Executive Director Fisheries Policy and Operations in the QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for 4 years. Maria held a range of positions in various portfolios related to economic development, tourism, transport and housing, since joining the QLD Public Service in 1988. Maria holds a Bachelor of Business with a Major in Government and an Executive Masters of Public Administration through the Australia New Zealand School of Government.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberly region. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). In 1990 she was appointed to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and in 2013 was a winner of the 100 Women of Influence in the Social Enterprise and Not For Profit category. In 2015 June received the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with FASD. June began her five-year term as Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner in April 2017.
Architect, Director Totalspace Design
Sarah trained in Architecture at the University of Adelaide, graduating with Honours in 1991. Over her 20+ year career, Sarah has been part of the team responsible for major upgrades of six of South Australia’s prison control rooms, including the award winning Mt Gambier Prison Control Room Building. In 2010 she undertook a worldwide tour of Women’s Secure Facilities in her role as the Catherine Helen Spence Memorial Scholar, focusing on residential parenting programs. Sarah is currently working on projects at the Adelaide Youth Training Centre, the Port Augusta Prison and the Adelaide Women’s Prison, and is also undertaking a research project looking at how the design of the secure environment affects mental health and wellbeing.
Royal Commission Coordinator, NAAJA
CEO, Anglicare NT
After nearly 30 years away, David returned to Darwin from Victoria in 2013 to take over the role as CEO at Anglicare NT. David’s vision for Anglicare NT is to see delivering consistently effective services that make a lasting change in the lives of Territorians that may need support. He is committed to ensuring Anglicare NT is strongly linked to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture and communities. He believes Anglicare NT, as a faith-based agency, has a significant role in contributing to fairness, respect and community
Senior Research Fellow, Director Criminal Justice Policy and Management Program, Harvard Kennedy School
Vincent Schiraldi has extensive experience in public life, founding the policy think tank, the Justice Policy Institute, then moving to government as director of the juvenile corrections in Washington DC, and then as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Probation. Most recently Schiraldi served as Senior Advisor to the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. Schiraldi gained a national reputation as a fearless reformer who emphasised the humane and decent treatment of the men, women, and children under his correctional supervision. He pioneered efforts at community-based alternatives to incarceration in NYC and Washington DC. Schiraldi received a MSW from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University.
What RU4 NT
CEO, Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
Michael is the CEO of the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation in Australia’s Northern Territory. Established in September 2016 following the last NT General Election, the Department is the NT Public Sector’s coordinating agency for economic development. Prior to the NT General Election in August 2016, Michael had been CEO of the former Department of Business since October 2014. Michael was previously Deputy CEO of the NT Department of the Chief Minister (DCM) from June 2013. Michael is an experienced public sector administration professional having previously worked in the Queensland public service in a range of leadership roles across a range of agencies covering central, economic and social agency portfolios and as Queensland’s COAG Deputy Senior Official.
Luke Twyford joined the Department of Children and Families in 2012. As the Executive Director of Strategy, Policy and Performance, he is responsible for providing high level leadership and advice to government on the performance and strategic reform of Territory Families’ core business areas. Mr Twyford holds a honours degree in law.
Judge John Walker
Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand
His Honour Judge John Walker was appointed to the role of Principal Youth Court Judge for New Zealand in 2016. Born in Belfast, Ireland, Judge Walker graduated with an LLB from Victoria University, Wellington. He was admitted to the bar in 1976 and appointed to the District Court Bench in 1994. Judge Walker has been instrumental in the development of court assisted interventions for AOD dependency, including the establishment of the Youth Drug Court in Christchurch and the Adult Drug Courts in Auckland. During his time as Resident Judge for the Porirua District Court, Judge Walker encouraged better engagement between the Court and the community, mainstreaming the community justice centre model and developing a solution focused judging approach.
Principal Legal Officer, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
David has over 18 years’ experience in criminal law and legal management and was the first Aboriginal male to graduate in the Northern Territory and be admitted to the Supreme Court. David’s passion and vision has seen him succeed as a Principal Legal Officer with NAAJA as one of the largest legal practices in the Northern Territory. His dedication and skill in these roles has earned him the respect of his colleagues and the communities in which he has worked. He is a respected advocate and was awarded National Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year in 2013. David is President of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Lawyers Association Winkuku Rrambanji. In each legal environment, David has established and built upon his reputation for incredible hard work on behalf of his clients and a passion for protecting and promoting the rights of Aboriginal people.