NCIE Board of Directors

The NCIE's governing Board of Directors consists of six members who are appointed by the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation. The Board meets quarterly and oversees the strategic direction of the NCIE.

ALISON PAGE
CHAIRPERSON

Alison Page is an award winning designer, entrepreneur and film producer.

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DR DONNA ODEGAARD AM
DEPUTY CHAIR

Dr Donna Odegaard AM is a businesswoman with over 40 years’ experience.

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Alison Page is descendant of the Walbanga and Wadi Wadi people of the Yuin nation who grew up in La Perouse, Sydney. She is an award-winning designer and a member of the Design Institute of Australia’s Hall of Fame, an entrepreneur and film and television producer.

Alison is currently a Board member of Ninti One Ltd and the Australian National Maritime Museum and was previously the founding CEO of the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance and the National Aboriginal Design Agency.

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Dr Donna Odegaard AM, Larrakia Elder from Darwin, is a businesswoman with over 40 years’ experience. She is owner and founder of Australia’s largest privately owned media network, Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia, which has four television channels, four radio stations and production company reaching 2,400 Indigenous communities across Australia in over 30 Indigenous languages. Dr Odegaard has a Masters on Aboriginal Land Rights and PhD on Treaty and holds numerous awards and appointments.

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KATE CAM
BOARD DIRECTOR

Kate Cam is experienced in governance solutions and strategic investment advice.

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DILLON KOMBUMERRI
BOARD DIRECTOR

Dillon Kombumerri is an architect, strategic design thinker and social conciliator.

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Kate Cam has more than 20 years’ experience in the global investment and capital markets industries in Sydney, London and Hong Kong and is currently an independent governance and investment consultant based in Sydney.

Kate has worked with a range of Indigenous, wealth management, insurance and superannuation organisations to provide governance solutions and strategic investment advice. She is graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and is a member of the Sydney Society of Financial Analysts.

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Dillon Kombumerri grew up on Minjerriba, North Stradbroke Island and has family connections to the island as well as to the Yugembir nation (Gold Coast) but lives and works in Sydney.

With more than 25 years of experience in architectural practice, he brings a unique indigenous perspective to re-imagining the built environment and speaks nationally and internationally on the positive effects of Indigenous knowledges on building better places for living.

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ROY AH-SEE
BOARD DIRECTOR

Roy Ah-See has extensive experience across community and government sectors.

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Mr Roy Ah-See is a Wiradjuri man who was born and raised on Nanima Reserve near Wellington, NSW. He was elected to the NSW Aboriginal Land Council in 2007 and has been Chairperson of the Council since 2015. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, and and previously worked at various government agencies and Aboriginal community controlled organisations.

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Alison Page is descendant of the Walbanga and Wadi Wadi people of the Yuin nation who grew up in La Perouse, Sydney. She is an award-winning designer and a member of the Design Institute of Australia’s Hall of Fame, an entrepreneur and film and television producer.

Alison is currently a Board member of Ninti One Ltd and the Australian National Maritime Museum and was previously the founding CEO of the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance and the National Aboriginal Design Agency.

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Dr Donna Odegaard AM, Larrakia Elder from Darwin, is a businesswoman with over 40 years’ experience. She is owner and founder of Australia’s largest privately owned media network, Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia, which has four television channels, four radio stations and production company reaching 2,400 Indigenous communities across Australia in over 30 Indigenous languages. Dr Odegaard has a Masters on Aboriginal Land Rights and PhD on Treaty and holds numerous awards and appointments.

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ALISON PAGE
CHAIRPERSON
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Alison Page is descendant of the Walbanga and Wadi Wadi people of the Yuin nation who grew up in La Perouse, Sydney. She is an award-winning designer and a member of the Design Institute of Australia’s Hall of Fame, an entrepreneur and film and television producer.

Alison is currently a Board member of Ninti One Ltd and the Australian National Maritime Museum and was previously the founding CEO of the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance and the National Aboriginal Design Agency.

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DR DONNA ODEGAARD AM
BOARD DIRECTOR
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Dr Donna Odegaard AM, Larrakia Elder from Darwin, is a businesswoman with over 40 years’ experience. She is owner and founder of Australia’s largest privately owned media network, Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia, which has four television channels, four radio stations and production company reaching 2,400 Indigenous communities across Australia in over 30 Indigenous languages. Dr Odegaard has a Masters on Aboriginal Land Rights and PhD on Treaty and holds numerous awards and appointments.

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KATE CAM
BOARD DIRECTOR
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Kate Cam has more than 20 years’ experience in the global investment and capital markets industries in Sydney, London and Hong Kong and is currently an independent governance and investment consultant based in Sydney.

Kate has worked with a range of Indigenous, wealth management, insurance and superannuation organisations to provide governance solutions and strategic investment advice. She is graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and is a member of the Sydney Society of Financial Analysts.

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DAMIEN BIDJARA-BARNES
BOARD DIRECTOR
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Damien is a Bidjara Murri from Woorabinda and Central Qld who has lived much of his life in Sydney. He is a Senior Legal Counsel with UGL Ltd.

Damien has both civil engineering, business and legal qualifications and his legal experience covers 20 years in construction, environment, planning, local government, cultural heritage and native title - mining, rail, energy and resources industries.

He has been a director of; Bangarra; the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre; Ngalaya Indigenous Lawyers Association and the Aboriginal Housing Office NSW.

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DILLON KOMBUMERRI
BOARD DIRECTOR
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Dillon Kombumerri grew up on Minjerriba, North Stradbroke Island and has family connections to the island as well as to the Yugembir nation (Gold Coast) but lives and works in Sydney.

With more than 25 years of experience in architectural practice, he brings a unique indigenous perspective to re-imagining the built environment and speaks nationally and internationally on the positive effects of Indigenous knowledges on building better places for living.

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ROY AH SEE
BOARD DIRECTOR
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Mr Roy Ah-See is a Wiradjuri man who was born and raised on Nanima Reserve near Wellington, NSW. He was elected to the NSW Aboriginal Land Council in 2007 and has been Chairperson of the Council since 2015. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, and and previously worked at various government agencies and Aboriginal community controlled organisations

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NCIE EXECUTIVE TEAM

NCIE's leadership team is instrumental in the delivery of the NCIE Board's strategic directions and leads our team of up to 100 staff who keep the NCIE running seven days a week.

CLARE MCHUGH
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Clare McHugh is experienced in strategic and operations management in the not-for-profit and Aboriginal community-controlled sectors.

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GLENDRA STUBBS
ELDER IN RESIDENCE

Aunty Glendra brings decades of community support experience to the NCIE.

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Clare McHugh is a proud Gamilaroi and Dhungutti person. Clare is an active member of the Redfern Aboriginal community and is associated with the La Perouse Aboriginal community. Clare’s career is built on a desire to create positive change for her people.

With more than 20 years' experience working in senior roles in First Nations organisations at a local, state and national level, Clare brings a breadth of skills and knowledge to her work.

Clare is the proud mother of four children.

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Aunty Glendra is a proud Wiradjuri woman with over 20 years' experience providing advice and practical assistance to survivors of trauma.

As CEO of Link-Up (NSW) Aboriginal Corporation she established a range of services to address the inter-generational impacts of the removal of Aboriginal children from their families and communities. She has worked with a number of state and national bodies including as Aboriginal Engagement Advisor for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the National Stolen Generations Alliance and Metro Migrant Resource Centre.

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INDU BALACHANDRAN
DIRECTOR OF IMPACT

Indu Balachandran has finance and social enterprise executive experience.

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Nel de Silva
Finance & Business MANAGER

Nel de Silva brings her extensive international finance experience to NCIE.

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Indu Balachandran has worked in enterprise development in the creative and social sectors for 15 years and previously managed the Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund at Social Ventures Australia. Prior to this, she worked in the corporate sector in project finance. She is a musician in the Indian Carnatic tradition and a keen contributor to cultural development in the South Asian diaspora. Her work has been recognised by the UTS Human Rights Award for Reconciliation.

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Nelum (Nel) De Silva has held senior finance executive roles in the hospitality industry for over 12 years in world-wide hotel chains such as Accor, IHG & Pan Pacific hotels group (PPHG). She previously conducted finance & business analysis at NCIE.

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JOHN LEHA
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

John Leha is an active community member and experienced program manager.

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John Leha is a Birri Gubba, Wakka Wakka and Tongan man born and raised on Gadigal land (Sydney). He has worked extensively in Indigenous education and employment programs in government and community.

He is the Chairperson for Gadigal Information Service (home of Koori Radio), founding member and Chairperson of Blaq Aboriginal Corporation aimed at improving the visibility and perspectives of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ community and the Founder of Sydney Deadly Runners.

John brings a wealth of knowledge and strategic thinking to the design and delivery of services in his role as the Director of Operations at NCIE.

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CLARE MCHUGH
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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Clare McHugh is a proud Gamilaroi and Dhungutti person. Clare is an active member of the Redfern Aboriginal community and is associated with the La Perouse Aboriginal community.

Clare’s career is built on a desire to create positive change for her people. With more than 20 years’ experience working in senior roles in First Nations organisations at a local, state and national level, Clare brings a breadth of skills and knowledge to her work.

Clare is the proud mother of four children.

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GLENDRA STUBBS
ELDER IN RESIDENCE
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Aunty Glendra is a proud Wiradjuri woman with over 20 years experience providing advice and practical assistance to survivors of trauma.

As CEO of Link-Up (NSW) Aboriginal Corporation she established a range of services to address the inter-generational impacts of the removal of Aboriginal children from their families and communities. She has worked with a number of state and national bodies including as Aboriginal Engagement Advisor for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the National Stolen Generations Alliance and Metro Migrant Resource Centre.

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INDU BALACHANDRAN
DIRECTOR OF IMPACT
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Indu Balachandran has worked in enterprise development in the creative and social sectors for 15 years and previously managed the Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund at Social Ventures Australia. Prior to this, she worked in the corporate sector in project finance. She is a musician in the Indian Carnatic tradition and a keen contributor to cultural development in the South Asian diaspora. Her work has been recognised by the UTS Human Rights Award for Reconciliation.

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NEL DE SILVA
FINANCE & BUSINESS MANAGER
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Nelum (Nel) De Silva has held senior finance executive roles in the hospitality industry for over 12 years in world-wide hotel chains such as Accor, IHG & Pan Pacific hotels group (PPHG). She previously conducted finance & business analysis at NCIE.

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JOHN LEHA
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
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John Leha is a Birri Gubba, Wakka Wakka and Tongan man born and raised on Gadigal land (Sydney). John is an active member of the community and an experienced program manager. He has worked extensively in Indigenous education and employment programs within government and community.

He is the Chairperson for Gadigal Information Service (home of Koori Radio), founding member and Chairperson of BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation, aimed at improving the visibility and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ community, and the Founder of Sydney Deadly Runners.

John brings a wealth of knowledge and strategic thinking to the design and delivery of services in his role as the Director of Operations for the NCIE.

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