Our 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 tribal group in the NT. He is the National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Chancellor of the University of Canberra.
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.
Ms Sharon Davis is from both Bardi and Kija Peoples of the Kimberley, and the Director of Education at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.
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. She has 25 years’ experience in mainstream and Indigenous journalism, communications 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 more than 20 years’ experience leading community engagement, public advocacy, communications and social marketing campaigns.
Mr Damien Coke is from the Yorta Yorta and Wemba Wemba nations, and a Yuin man from the south coast of NSW. He has held senior roles representing Australia with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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 & Government Affairs
Andy brings a long history of leadership in non-profit organisations, specialising in policy analysis, advocacy and government relations, campaigning, communications, strategy and business development.
General Manager – Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program
Peter has international experience in various leadership roles and is dedicated to building a more inclusive society that values and benefits from the resilience and ingenuity of First Peoples.