Board and CEO
Prof Tom Calma AO
Professor Tom Calma is an Aboriginal Elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja and Woolwonga tribal groups in the NT. He is currently Senior Australian of the Year.
Ms Melinda Cilento is a company director, economist and experienced senior executive. She has been on the Reconciliation Australia Board since 2010, and Co-Chair since 2011.
Mr Kenny Bedford lives on and represents the remote island of Erub (Darnley) on the Torres Strait Regional Authority and has held the Executive position of Portfolio Member for Fisheries since 2008.
Sharon Davis (pronouns: they/them) is from both Bardi and Kija Peoples of the Kimberley, and is a respected education practitioner and researcher.
Mr Doug Ferguson is a Partner with KPMG and has held leadership roles in Australia and Asia since 1997. He is currently the NSW Chairman and Head of Asia and International Markets, based in Sydney.
Bill Lawson AM
Mr Bill Lawson AM is a retired Engineer and former Principal of Sinclair Knight Merz. He has worked across Australia in both Local Government and Indigenous sectors.
Ms Kirstie Parker is a Yuwallarai woman from NSW. Ms Parker has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, advocacy and management of Indigenous organisations.
Ms Joy Thomas has worked as an adviser to Federal Government Ministers, has held senior management positions across the primary health care sector and currently works with and advises rural and regional industries and the energy sector.
Dr Blaze Kwaymullina is a Palyku Traditional Owner from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. He is an academic, writer, children’s author and business owner.
Executive Leadership Team
Ms Karen Mundine is from the Bundjalung Nation of northern NSW. She brings to the role more than 25 years’ experience leading community engagement, public advocacy, communications and social marketing campaigns.
General Manager – Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education
Tessa joined Reconciliation Australia in 2015 as part of a team of early learning, primary and secondary to design and develop Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning.
General Manager – Policy, Research & Strategic Programs
Katie is a proud Wiradyuri woman with belonging to Central NSW. She has extensive experience in managing research and strategic initiatives and is passionate about creating meaningful change.
General Manager – Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program
Peter has dedicated his career to building a more inclusive society that values and benefits from the resilience and ingenuity of First Peoples. His experience includes international leadership roles.
General Manager – Communications and Engagement
Liz Willis brings decades of experience in a wide range of workplaces and positions to Reconciliation Australia.