Changes to Reconciliation Australia Board of Directors

Reconciliation Australia has welcomed Mr Doug Ferguson to its Board of Directors.

Mr Ferguson, a Partner with KPMG and currently the NSW Chairman and Head of Asia and International Markets, attended his first Board meeting on 26 February 2021.

On behalf of the Reconciliation Australia Board of Directors, Co-Chairs Professor Tom Calma AO and Ms Melinda Cilento welcomed Mr Ferguson to the organisation as it enters its 20th year as the national body for reconciliation in Australia.

“Mr Ferguson brings valuable business experience to the Board through his extensive work both in Australia and throughout the Indo-Pacific region, and we are pleased to welcome him to the Board,” said Professor Calma.

Mr Ferguson is also a Board member of, The Banksia Project, a Business Champion of the New Colombo Plan, Chairman Emeritus and Advisory Council member of Asia Society Australia, and a member of the Business Council of Australia’s International Leadership Group.

Mr Ferguson said he was looking forward to joining the Board not only to contribute his skills and experience but also to continue to learn about and advance reconciliation.

“I am deeply honoured to join the Board at such an important time in Australia’s reconciliation journey,” said Mr Ferguson.

“Having grown up in North Queensland and central west NSW, I am passionate about serving and making a national contribution.”

The Board has also farewelled two of its long-serving Directors, Ms Djapirri Mununggirritj and Mr Peter Nash.

“Ms Mununggirritj has made an exceptional contribution to the work of reconciliation since she joined the Board in February 2009, sharing her leadership insights, skills and knowledge,” said Ms Cilento.

“Djapirri’s service to the organisation and reconciliation as a whole has been invaluable and she and her contribution to our work will be missed.”

Ms Cilento said Mr Nash’s wealth of experience in financial services and the resources sector was valued during his time at Reconciliation Australia.

“We thank Peter for his service since joining the Board of Directors in 2012 including in particular in his capacity of Chair of our Audit and Risk Committee and wish him all the best for the future.

“We know that both Djapirri and Peter will continue remain exceptional advocates for reconciliation.”

The Co-Chairs also thanked Mr Glen Kelly who has served on the Board since 2015 and is taking leave of absence as he fulfills his new role as a Member of the National Native Title Tribunal.

See more information on the Reconciliation Australia Board of Directors.

Paul House with gum leaves and smoke
Paul Girrawah House

Paul Girrawah House has multiple First Nation ancestries from the South-East Canberra region, including the Ngambri-Ngurmal (Walgalu), Pajong (Gundungurra), Wallabollooa (Ngunnawal) and Erambie/Brungle (Wiradyuri) family groups.

Paul acknowledges his diverse First Nation history, he particularly identifies as a descendant of Onyong aka Jindoomang from Weereewaa (Lake George) and Henry ‘Black Harry’ Williams from Namadgi who were both multilingual, essentially Walgalu-Ngunnawal-Wiradjuri speaking warriors and Ngunnawal–Wallaballooa man William Lane aka ‘Billy the Bull’ - Murrjinille.

Paul was born at the old Canberra hospital in the centre of his ancestral country and strongly acknowledges his First Nation matriarch ancestors, in particular his mother Dr Aunty Matilda House-Williams and grandmother, Ms Pearl Simpson-Wedge.

Paul completed a Bachelor of Community Management from Macquarie University, and Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage and Management from CSU.

Paul provided the Welcome to Country for the 47th Opening of Federal Parliament in 2022. Paul is Board Director, Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council, Member Indigenous Reference Group, National Museum of Australia and Australian Government Voice Referendum Engagement Group.  

Paul works on country with the ANU, First Nations Portfolio as a Senior Community Engagement Officer

Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing  connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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