Chairperson- Karen Milward Karen MilwardKaren owns and operates Karen Milward Consultancy Services (since 2004) and has extensive consulting experience and networks across Australia within all levels of government and with Indigenous communities and organisations on a broad range of initiatives – especially those targeting Indigenous communities.  Karen has held senior policy and program management positions in Government and has been involved in Aboriginal Affairs all of her life and consulting in Aboriginal affairs for 20 years.Karen is a Yorta Yorta woman who was born and raised in Melbourne.  Karen is a strong advocate for developing culturally appropriate solutions to the issues confronting Indigenous people that empower individuals and communities so they can confidently and effectively move forward.
Marcia Ella-Duncan OAMMarcia Ella-Duncan headshotMarcia Ella-Duncan is a former Australian netball representative. She was the first Indigenous woman to hold a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport and the first Indigenous woman to represent Australia at netball and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her services to netball in 1988.Marcia continues to be extensively involved in sport. She currently holds the Coaching Coordinator position on the Randwick Netball Association Executive Committee. She is the RNA State League Division 2 coach and RNA 12 Years State Age coach. She is also a life member of the Pearlers Netball Club.Born and raised at La Perouse in Sydney, Marcia is a descendant of the Yuin Nation on the NSW Far South Coast and the Bidigal people of Botany Bay. She has over 30 years experience in Aboriginal affairs, having held senior positions in the NSW public service and an elected community representative. Marcia has led, and been a member of, a number of high level government review panels and advisory boards.Marcia is currently employed as the General Manager – Indigenous Employment at Chandler Macleod and is Chairperson of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council.
Melina SaundersMelina SaundersMelina Saunders is a Program Manager for the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience and previously managed the Deadly Sista Girls program for the David Wirrpanda Foundation in ACT. Melina was a member of the Australian 21/U team and played for the Queensland Firebirds in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy.
Dr Richard Walley OAMDr Richard Walley OAMDr Richard Walley OAM is a Nyoongar man of the South-West regions of Western Australia within Nyoongar country.Musician, artist, director, actor, writer, linguist, activist, educator – the extraordinary versatility of Richard Walley has seen him wear many hats over his long and illustrious career.Richard has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal and two honorary doctorates for his contribution to the promotion of Nyoongar Culture and the Arts.In 2010, Richard received the ‘Citizen of the Year’ Award in the ‘Indigenous leadership’ category of the WA Awards.As a renowned and highly respected exponent of the didgeridoo, Richard Walley has produced a 7 CD collection of didgeridoo music that is inspired by the six seasons of the Nyungar calendar and collaborations with other world instruments.Over the past thirteen years, Richard has been working with Australian, European and American companies as a cultural consultant and presenter and has participated at the perfume industry ‘Centrefolia Conferences’ in France over the past 5 years presenting Cultural and Indigenous business opportunities.

Richard lectures on Aboriginal Culture within the education system and the private and public sector. He has continued participation in Nyoongar community cultural and contemporary events including the annual Survival Day Concert and Wardanji Festival.

Richard engages in cultural advisory and education, which he carries out through his family owned company Aboriginal Productions and Promotions.

A fluent speaker of Nyungar language, a role model for Aboriginals and non-Aboriginal people alike, Richard continues to push boundaries, continually developing personally whilst always focussed on the bigger ‘community’ picture of Culture, Arts and Environment.

Carl Curreycarl-curreyCarl Currey, a Barkindji man from Western NSW, is the founder of Left-field Business Solutions Pty Ltd. with over 21 years of experience working in and across government jurisdictions, particularly relating to coordinated Indigenous service delivery. He has assisted with the development and implementation of key strategic and service delivery partnerships with all State Departments of Sport and Recreation, the mainstream sports industry, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPM&C), the then Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), and the international apolitical, charitable organisation, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.Carl was an integral member of the 2002 Indigenous Coordination Taskforce, which was a whole of Government working party that laid the foundations for today’s Australian Government commitment to closing the disadvantage gap for Indigenous Australians. It is this broader understanding of how government agencies operate that has enabled Carl to identify where the best opportunities for communities exist.
Sharon Finnan OAMSharon FinnanSharon Finnan OAM represented Australia on 20 occasions with her first coming in 1990 where she captured a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Her career highlights also include two World Championship victories in 1991 and 1999. Prior to taking on the role of Technical Director with Trinidad and Tobago Netball, Finnan worked as National Netball Development Manager for the National Aboriginal Sports Corporation Australia. She currently works as an Indigenous Advisor for the Queensland Department of Sport and Recreation in Cairns and is coach of the Indamu Lightning Netball team which competes in the Cairns Division One competition.Finnan was awarded the Medal of the Order Of Australia (OAM) for services to sport in 1992 and in 1995 she was inducted into the Randwick City Council Hall of Fame. As a member of the victorious 1991 and 1999 World Championship teams Sharon and her team mates were inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2012 receiving the Team Sport Australia Award. Sharon is also a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Hall of Fame.
Josie Janz-DawsonJanz-Dawson01LiJosie Janz-Dawson was born on Thursday Island and her background is Torres Strait Islander. She grew up in Derby in the Kimberley region of Western Australia until she was 14 when she received a scholarship to attend Presbyterian Ladies College in Perth. Josie plays State League netball for the South East Metro Demons and is currently playing with the West Coast Fever in the ANZ Championship. Josie works full time at the Wirrpanda Foundation as the Program Manager of the Deadly Sista Girlz Program whilst also playing netball. Josie is an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador, is in the ACCARE Group (Aboriginal Collaborative Council Advising Research and Evaluation) for the Telethon Kids Institute and is a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reference group for the Commissioner for Children and Young People.
Secretariat Julia Symons General Manager – Community Engagement, Netball Australia