Graham Evans retires from Reconciliation Australia Board

Reconciliation Australia Co-Chairs Ms Melinda Cilento and Dr Tom Calma have announced that Graham Evans will stand down as a Board member after six years of service.

“Graham brought a wealth of experience to Reconciliation Australia and has built many solid relationships for Reconciliation Australia particularly with government and corporate organisations,” Ms Cilento said.

“His work with the Indigenous Governance program has made a lasting impact and we will greatly miss his dedication and commitment to reconciliation.”

Among his many achievements as a Board member Mr Evans was instrumental in securing an ongoing partnership between Reconciliation Australia and BHP Billiton. The relationship has helped to sustain the Indigenous Governance Awards program which recognises effective governance and management among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and organisations.

“The Indigenous Governance Awards is a very successful initiative of which Graham has played a key role in,” Dr Calma said.

“Graham’s contribution towards reconciliation has been both genuine and meaningful and we wish him all the best for his future endeavors.”

As Mr Evans vacates the Board former Reconciliation Australia staff member and inaugural CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) Mr Jason Glanville joins.

“Although I am saddened that Graham and I won’t get to work together in the context of the board, I am enormously grateful for the mentorship and friendship he has provided to me so generously during my time on staff and since,” Mr Glanville said.

“His warmth, consistency and good humour have taught me a great deal and I look forward to maintaining that relationship.”

Mr Glanville is a highly experienced senior policy manager spanning Commonwealth and state governments and the community sector. He is also on the boards of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) and creative arts organisation the Carriageworks in Sydney.

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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