NCIE Board of Directors

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

NIGEL BROWN
Board director

Nigel is a descendent of the Larrakia and Wulna peoples.

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JOE MORRISON
BOARD DIRECTOR

Joe Morrison has Dagoman and Torres Strait Islander heritage and has 30 years’ experience working with Indigenous people in northern Australia.

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He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Larrakia Development Corporation, having served as a Director on the board from 2006 and as Chair from 2010 to 2013. He is a Director with The Healing Foundation, Aboriginal Area Protection Authority (NT) and Chair of the Australia Day Council (NT). Nigel studied at Northern Territory University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law in 2001. Previous professional roles include Crown Prosecutor (ODPPNT), Aboriginal Lands (SFNT), and Policy Adviser (Chief Minister’s Office). Nigel has held board positions with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, Law Society (NT) and various other government and industry boards and committees including the Northern Australia Indigenous Reference Group (NIAA), Darwin Harbor Advisory Committee, Aboriginal Tourism Committee (Tourism NT), Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity and the Northern Australia Advisory Council. In August 2011 Nigel was announced as the National Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Joe Morrison has a BA in Land Management from the University of Sydney and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of New South Wales for his contribution to Indigenous land and sea management, policy development, advocacy and related topics nationally. He is currently the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC), a corporate Commonwealth entity established to assist Indigenous Australians to realise economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits that the ownership of land, water and water related rights can provide.

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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 chairperson

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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DR DONNA ODEGAARD AM
CHAIRPERSON

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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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JOE MORRISON
BOARD DIRECTOR

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Joe Morrison has Dagoman and Torres Strait Islander heritage and has 30 years’ experience working with Indigenous people in northern Australia. Joe Morrison has a BA in Land Management from the University of Sydney and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of New South Wales for his contribution to Indigenous land and sea management, policy development, advocacy and related topics nationally. He is currently the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC), a corporate Commonwealth entity established to assist Indigenous Australians to realise economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits that the ownership of land, water and water related rights can provide.

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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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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 who keep the NCIE running seven days a week.

DARREN HAMMOND
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Darren Hammond is experienced in and passionate about working with community to drive change and positive outcomes for First Nations people.

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Darren Hammond is a Gomeroi man from Moree NSW and has called Sydney home from a young age, contributing to and forming a connection to the Gadigal community.

Darren brings with him a wealth of experience from his past work at Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation and years of experience working within corporate entities in Human Resources related roles.

Darren has been involved in a number of advisory panels, many business transformation pieces and overseen a range of community programs. Darren understands the level of empathy, passion and drive it takes to run community based programs whilst still upholding the high expectations, capabilities and fundamentals he has taken away from the corporate world.

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SARA HAMILTON
DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS

Sara is a proud Gomeroi woman, born and raised on Gadigal country around Redfern, Waterloo and Alexandria.

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Sara has a BA in Business Administration (Indigenous) from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Diploma in Education (Aboriginal) from the University of Sydney. Her diverse skills and experience in sport and community development, communications, programs, events, operations and project management have been developed over 20 years working across a range of roles in the community and government sector. Sara is passionate about working with and for her community and has had the opportunity to participate in the Indigenous Women’s Leaderships Program (FaHCSIA), Oxfam’s Straight Talk Summit, Jawun’s Emerging Leaders Program, NASCA’s ARMTour and Mentoring Program, Inner City Aboriginal Women’s Consultative Group and the City of Sydney’s Aboriginal Advisory and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel. Sara has re-joined the NCIE Team after 8 years and brings invaluable insights and networks developed through her most recent experience working across state government initiatives.
DARREN HAMMOND
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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Darren Hammond is a Gomeroi man from Moree NSW and has called Sydney home from a young age, contributing to and forming a connection to the Gadigal community.

Darren brings with him a wealth of experience from his past work at Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation and years of experience working within corporate entities in Human Resources related roles. Darren has been involved in a number of advisory panels, many business transformation pieces and overseen a range of community programs. Darren understands the level of empathy, passion and drive it takes to run community based programs whilst still upholding the high expectations, capabilities and fundamentals he has taken away from the corporate world.

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SHANE STURGISS
DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS
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Shane is a Gundungurra man with family connections to Captains Flat, Queanbeyan and the Central Coast of NSW. He has worked extensively in the areas of housing and homelessness, managing a suite of homeless support services for inner city Sydney.

Shane has a strong social justice belief and is the Treasurer and one of the founding Board Members of BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation, aimed at improving the visibility and perspectives of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ community. As a qualified counsellor, financial counsellor and community advocate, combined with his experience in finance, disabilities, tenancy, homelessness and education, Shane brings a wealth of knowledge and care in his role as the Director of Operations at NCIE.

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