Our Board of Directors

The NCIE's governing Board of Directors consists of eight members who are appointed by the Indigenous Land 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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TERRI JANKE
DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON

Terri Janke is an Indigenous intellectual property and business law expert.

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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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Terri Janke is an international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP), as well as a business mentor, an author and public speaker. She is Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company which specialises in intellectual property and business law.

She was born in Cairns with family connections to the Torres Strait Islands (Meriam) and Cape York Peninsula (Wuthathi). Terri is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Council member of the State Library of NSW and a member of Telstra’s Indigenous Advisory Committee.

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DAMIEN BIDJARA-BARNES
BOARD DIRECTOR

Damien Bidjara-Barnes is a senior legal counsel with a background in engineering.

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JOHN MAHER
BOARD DIRECTOR

John Maher has extensive executive experience agriculture and business.

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KATE CAM
BOARD DIRECTOR

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

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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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John Maher is the CEO of the Indigenous Land Corporation. Previously he was Managing Director and Chief Executive of Ruralco Holdings Ltd for nine years and an executive at Wesfarmers Ltd for 10 years. John has national and international qualifications in agriculture and agribusiness, is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has also served on a number of boards and industry organisations including Landmark, Agfarm, LiveCorp, AuctionsPlus and Autism Awareness Australia.

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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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ANTHONY ASHBY
BOARD DIRECTOR

Anthony Ashby is a Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor.

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DILLON KOMBUMERRI
BOARD DIRECTOR

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

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Anthony Ashby is a Gamilaraay-Yuwaalaraay man from north-western New South Wales. He is a Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Certificate of Public Practice from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and operates a public accounting practice’

He is Deputy Chair of Indigenous Business Australia, Director of Indigenous Land Corporation, and Director of Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network Ltd. Anthony is also an ex-officio member of the Supply Nation Audit and Risk Committee.

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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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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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TERRI JANKE
DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON
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Terri Janke is an international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP), as well as a business mentor, an author and public speaker. She is Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company which specialises in intellectual property and business law.

She was born in Cairns with family connections to the Torres Strait Islands (Meriam) and Cape York Peninsula (Wuthathi). Terri is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Council member of the State Library of NSW and a member of Telstra’s Indigenous Advisory Committee.

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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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JOHN MAHER
BOARD DIRECTOR
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John Maher is the CEO of the Indigenous Land Corporation. Previously he was Managing Director and Chief Executive of Ruralco Holdings Ltd for nine years and an executive at Wesfarmers Ltd for 10 years. John has national and international qualifications in agriculture and agribusiness, is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has also served on a number of boards and industry organisations including Landmark, Agfarm, LiveCorp, AuctionsPlus and Autism Awareness Australia.

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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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ANTHONY ASHBY
BOARD DIRECTOR
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Anthony Ashby is a Gamilaraay-Yuwaalaraay man from north-western New South Wales. He is a Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Certificate of Public Practice from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and operates a public accounting practice’

He is Deputy Chair of Indigenous Business Australia, Director of Indigenous Land Corporation, and Director of Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network Ltd. Anthony is also an ex-officio member of the Supply Nation Audit and Risk Committee.

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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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NCIE EXECUTIVE TEAM

The NCIE's leadership team is instrumental to 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
ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Clare McHugh has held key executive positions across the NSW Land Rights system.

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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. a member of the Redfern Aboriginal community and is associated with the La Perouse Aboriginal Community through her partner and children. Clare’s career is on a desire to create positive change for her people.

She has worked in policy at the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs, was the Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, and the Executive Director of Policy and Programs and Executive Director of Corporate Services for the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council.

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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
GENERAL MANAGER ENTERPRISES

Indu Balachandran has finance and social enterprise executive experience.

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PEOPLE & CULTURE MANAGER

This position is currently vacant. Please see the job ad for details

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NEL DE SILVA
FINANCE & BUSINESS MANAGER

Nel de Silva brings her extensive international finance experience to the 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
GENERAL MANAGER PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS

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

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LIZ WILLIS
MEDIA, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Liz Willis has a wide range of media and communications experience.

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John Leha is a proud Birri Gubba, Wakka Wakka and Tongan man born and raised Sydney. He has worked extensively in Indigenous education and employment programs in government and community and is well-known as a health ambassador and founder of Sydney Deadly Runners. John is an active member of the Sydney Aboriginal community. He is a Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council member, and is involved with community through Kingsford Community Legal Centre, The Aboriginal Project with the Aids Council of New South Wales, the Indigenous Marathon Foundation and Gadigal Information Service.

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Liz Willis has worked in the industry from darkroom to digital as a practitioner, and in a wide range of positions across community, political and government media and communications.

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CLARE MCHUGH
ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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Clare McHugh is a proud Gamilaroi and Dhungutti person. a member of the Redfern Aboriginal community and is associated with the La Perouse Aboriginal Community through her partner and children. Clare’s career is on a desire to create positive change for her people.

She has worked in policy at the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs, was the Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, and the Executive Director of Policy and Programs and Executive Director of Corporate Services for the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council.

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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
GENERAL MANAGER ENTERPRISES
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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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PEOPLE & CULTURE MANAGER
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This position is currently vacant. Please see the job ad for details.

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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
GENERAL MANAGER PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS
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John Leha is a proud Birri Gubba, Wakka Wakka and Tongan man born and raised Sydney. He has worked extensively in Indigenous education and employment programs in government and community and is well-known as a health ambassador and founder of Sydney Deadly Runners. John is an active member of the Sydney Aboriginal community.

He is a Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council member, and is involved with community through Kingsford Community Legal Centre, The Aboriginal Project with the Aids Council of New South Wales, the Indigenous Marathon Foundation and Gadigal Information Service.

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LIZ WILLIS
MEDIA, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
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Liz Willis has worked in the industry from darkroom to digital as a practitioner, and in a wide range of positions across community, political and government media and communications.

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