National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium

Executive committee

NATSIHEC is an Indigenous Corporation registered under the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC).

The membership elects a total of nine Directors of the Corporation who form its Executive and includes five office bearers of:

  • President
  • President-Elect
  • Immediate-Past President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

An additional five Directors are elected as the Vice-Presidents of portfolio priorities of:

  • Research
  • Academic (i.e. Teaching and Learning)
  • International
  • Corporate, Student and Community Engagement
  • Eldership

 

Decision making may be undertaken at two levels through majority agreement by the Executive Committee and majority agreement by a meeting of the full national caucus of members.

Executive committee members

Role
President
Title
Director Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development

Inala is a Yawuru woman from Broome in The Kimberley, WA. She grew up in South West Victoria on Gunditjmara land and has lived on the land of the Kulin Nations in Melbourne for over 20 years. Inala has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Human Rights Law and is an advocate for Indigenous rights & social justice. Inala is the Director of Murrup Barak, the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development at University of Melbourne. She is a regular contributor on ABC News Breakfast and The Drum, and is a non-executive Director on a number of not-for-profit boards including Culture is Life, The Adam Briggs Foundation, Jesuit Social Services, and Munarra Ltd.

Role
President-Elect
Title
Academic Director, Indigenous Research

Dr Sadie Heckenberg is a Wiradjuri scholar from NSW and is the Academic Director (Indigenous Research) and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior Research Fellow within the Moondani Toombadool Centre, Swinburne University of Technology. Her research focuses on Indigenous methodologies, Cultural Safety, protecting Indigenous spoken knowledge and ethical research frameworks. A former Fulbright Scholar and Columbia University Oral History Institute Summer Fellow, Sadie leads the international Indigenous Oral History Network. She is passionate about Indigenous education, teaching students from Enabling to HDR, has held a ministerial appointment on the Higher Education Standards Panel and currently sits on the ARC College of Experts.

Role
Immediate-Past President
Title
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy)

Dr Leanne Holt is a Worimi and Biripai woman from the mid-north coast of NSW and is Director, Indigenous Strategy at Macquarie University. Her research interests relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education, policy and governance. Dr Holt’s PhD traced the development of Aboriginal education policy in Australia, through the voices of the National Aboriginal Education Committee (NAEC). She has been in higher education for over 20 years, previously at the University of Newcastle as co-Director of the Wollotuka Institute where she led Wollotuka being the first in Australia to achieve international accreditation through the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC).

Role
Secretary
Institution
Title
Reconciliation Advisor
Role
Treasurer
Title
Senior Manager, Indigenous Strategy and Community Liaison
Role
Vice-President Eldership
Title
Senior Boon Wurrung Elder; Chairperson; Elder in Residence; Senior Indigenous Research Fellow
Role
Vice-President Research
Title
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous)

Dr Simone Ulalka Tur is the from the Yankunytjatjara community, north-west South Australia and has resided in Adelaide on Kaurna Yarta, South Australia. Simone is the inaugural Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous) at Flinders University. She also lectures to Indigenous and non-Indigenous students each year, representing her educational philosophy of privileging Indigenous cultures, languages and ideologies as a deconstruction and de-colonising educational process. Simone is been part of four Aboriginal women academic/artist collective, The Unbound Collectivewho enacts critical creative responses to colonial archives.

Role
Vice-President Academic (i.e. Teaching and Learning)
Title
Associate Professor, Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching

Associate Professor Andersen has Yanyuwa and Gungallida clan connections in the Gulf country of northern Australia, is skilled in Indigenous education and workforce development and has contributed extensively to improving policy and practice in these domains nationally. She was Head of Riawunna Centre for Indigenous Education at UTAS 2006 to 2013 and has more than 30 years experience in Aboriginal education including the development of teaching and learning resources, programs and policies to enhance student learning, to improve understanding of Australia’s Indigenous peoples and build better futures.

Role
Vice-President International
Title
Manager Indigenous Employment

Dr Anning has bloodline to the Keinjan, Gambuwal, Bidjara and Goomeroi peoples.  She has held senior leadership positions Australia since1998, including at Charles Sturt University; University of Southern Queensland; University of Western Sydney; University of Technology Sydney; and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous education, employment, research and engagement, working with Elders and their communities in Australia.   Berice works internationally with Indigenous higher education institutions and communities in Norway, Alaska, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Taiwan through her executive membership of the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) and the World Indigenous Nations University, and is an editor for the WINHEC World Indigenous Research Journal.

Role
Vice-President Corporate, Student and Community Engagement
Institution
Title