The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) Chairperson, Alison Page, has welcomed two incoming Directors to the NCIE Board.

On Thursday 6 June, Dr Donna Odegaard AM and Mr Roy Ah-See joined Ms Page, Dillon Kombumerri, Kate Cam, and Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) CEO John Maher (ex officio) on the NCIE Board of Directors.

“Both new Directors bring expertise, wisdom and passion in their own professional and personal fields to add to the wealth of experience and dedication already on the Board,” Ms Page said.

“Dr Odegaard has 40 years’ experience in Indigenous affairs, cultural heritage, education, native title, land rights, community development and business.

“Mr Ah-See brings his decades of experience in community, state and national organisations to our Board.

“The appointments help strengthen synergies between NCIE and its parent company the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC).”

The NCIE Board of Directors vacancies result from Director Anthony Ashby’s term expiring on the ILSC Board, and the resignation of Director Damien Barnes for personal reasons.

“On behalf of the NCIE Board and Staff I want to express my sincerest gratitude to both Anthony Ashby and Damien Barnes for their outstanding contributions, “ Ms Page said.

“Anthony joined NCIE’s Board of Directors in November 2014 and his financial and governance expertise has provided a strong and lasting foundation for NCIE’s financial strength.

“His knowledge and guidance on these matters to both the Board and the Executive was extremely valuable.

“Damien’s strategic thinking and action, his legal knowledge and expertise will be missed on our Board. He has contributed greatly to the understanding and management of our mixed use and mixed heritage site.

“The NCIE Board’s vision is set firmly on the future as we continue our vital work in guiding the sustainable growth and self-sufficiency of the organisation’s services towards future divestment of the site.

“Our services are going from strength to strength and our programs and partnerships lay the foundation for the next generation of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders,” Ms Page said.

See more info on NCIE’s Board of Directors here.