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-Elect
  • President
  • 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
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).

Name
Role
President-Elect
Title
Professor of Indigenous Research, Indigenous Research and Engagement Unit

Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson is a Goenpul woman of the Quandamooka people (Moreton Bay). She is Australia’s first Indigenous Distinguished Professor and is currently Professor of Indigenous Research in the Indigenous Research & Engagement Unit at the Queensland University of Technology. Her publications have international standing and global reach; her citations are in the thousands and her work is taught in international as well as Australian universities.

Role
Immediate-Past President
Title
Dean, Aboriginal Engagement and Strategic Projects

Professor Peter Buckskin is a Narungga man from the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. He is currently the Dean: Aboriginal Engagement and Strategic Projects at the University of South Australia. For over 40 years Professor Buckskin’s passion has been the pursuit of educational excellence for Aboriginal peoples. He has worked as a Teacher, Superintendent of Schools, Ministerial Adviser and as a Senior Executive at both State and Federal levels including Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation. He has also served as a Commissioner on the Australian Commission to the United Nations Education Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Role
Secretary
Title
Deputy Director, Students and Community Engagement

Maree Graham is a Wiradjuri woman from central New South Wales that has built her career as a leader in the Indigenous higher education sector and has a record of service to education and community spanning over two decades. Maree is the Deputy Director, Students and Community Engagement within Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research. Maree is a member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Organisation Network Australia, a broad coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’, organisations and individuals advocating for the rights and protection of Indigenous peoples’ and their knowledges. Maree has a passion for developing aspiration building programs for Indigenous student’s transitioning from secondary schooling to higher education. Maree holds a Master of Business (Marketing) from the University of Newcastle.

Name
Jason Brailey BA (Monash)
Role
Treasurer
Institution
Title
Executive Officer, Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Name
Professor Peter Anderson BA Hons (Deakin), GCAP (Monash), PhD (Monash)
Role
Vice-President Research
Title
Director, Indigenous Research and Engagement Unit

Professor Peter J. Anderson is from the Walpiri and Murinpatha First Nations in the Northern Territory. Professor Anderson is Director of the Indigenous Research & Engagement Unit at QUT and the Director of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN). His research theorizes the understandings of the organisational value of academic freedom in Australian universities and also more broadly in the polar south. He researches in the areas of organisational leadership, Indigenous peoples’ education and teacher and academic professional development.

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
Acting Director – Indigenous Research Unit, Professor – Indigenous Policy, Director – Office of ICEPP
Name
Cheryl Godwell-Pepper BA SocSci (QUT)
Role
Vice-President Corporate, Student and Community Engagement
Title
Director, Gumurrii Student Support Unit

Cheryl Godwell-Pepper is a direct descendant of the Kokobera People born on the land of the Kalkadoon People in Mount Isa, Queensland. Graduating with a Bachelor of Social Science (Majoring Human Services) from QUT in the late 1990’s, Cheryl has built a career spanning 20+ years’ in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous policy and program management, administration and excellence. After working for the Commonwealth Government for over 13 years, Cheryl has concentrated her skills, interest and expertise in the Indigenous higher education sector, working with Charles Darwin University’s Office of Indigenous Leadership for more than 7 years and more recently, moving into the role of Director – GUMURRII Student Support Unit at Griffith University.