CONGRESS NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr Jackie Huggins, Co-Chair
Jackie Huggins is a Bidjara (central Queensland) and Birri-Gubba Juru (North Queensland) woman from Queensland who has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for over thirty years. Jackie is a celebrated historian and author who has documented the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout the decades.In 2001, Jackie received the Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Throughout her career spanning over four decades, Jackie has played a leading role in reconciliation, literacy, women’s issues and social justice. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and Flinders University (with Honours), a Diploma of Education and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Queensland. Most recently, Jackie was the Director of Jackie Huggins and Associates, a successful consultancy business, following a long and distinguished record of public service and professional achievement.
Rod Little, Co-Chair
Rod Little is from the Amangu and Wajuk peoples of Geraldton and Perth areas of WA. He has been a Director of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples from 2011. Rod has been elected member of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body since 2008 and Chairperson from 2011 to November 2015 and resigned to take up Congress Co-chair role. He is currently an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; as well as a champion for the ACT Human Rights Office ‘Diversity in the Territory’ campaign, promoting respect and tolerance for multiculturalism and elimination of racism in the ACT. Up to 2015 he has been a participating member with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory group and CRC Ninti One – Remote Education Systems research advisory group.
Venessa Curnow Venessa Curnow is an Ait Koedal and Sumu woman, tracing her ancestry from Saibai Island in the Torres Strait and Keith in South Australia. She has over 19 years extensive work experience, including 9 years of strategic industry development at the national level and 7 years’ experience in Queensland state-wide development. She started as a practitioner, going on to management, training, mentoring, consultancy, research, lobbying, governance and development. She has been involved mostly in health and aged care industry holding various positions as a registered nurse, clinical nurse and consultant in urban, rural and remote areas. She is member of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group (NATSIDAG) and Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency.
Norma Ingram Norma Ingram is a Wiradjuri woman born in Cowra NSW. She has over 35 years of industry experience in both training and serving the interests of Aboriginal communities. During this time, she has occupied a number of roles including Senior Aboriginal Coordinator at TAFE managing training programs at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Norma’s training experience includes corporate training programs for QANTAS as well as delivering training programs for the NSW Premiers Department and Cabinet and the Australian Department of Defence. Norma has served the Aboriginal community with various roles including CEO of both the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and the NSW State Aboriginal Land Council, founding member, Board Member and CEO of Murawina Aboriginal Pre-School and Chairperson of Wyanga Aboriginal Elders Program. She has also sat as a Board member on the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and NSW Aboriginal Housing Office and on the Indigenous Advisory Group at UTS and the City of Sydney. Norma holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University, a Diploma in Education Sydney University and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment; Diploma in Government and Diploma in Community Services and a Diploma in Industrial Relations.
Mark McMillan Mark McMillan is a Wiradjuri man from Trangie, NSW and a Director of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. He joined the faculty of Melbourne Law School as a Senior Lecturer in 2011 – being the first Indigenous Australian appointed to the faculty. His research interests are in the area of human rights and in particular, the expression, and fulfilment of those rights for Indigenous Australians. He teaches in the areas of Public Law and International Human Rights Law for Indigenous Peoples. He is currently working on ARC grants and projects relating to Indigenous nation building; Reconciliation; and Structural Justice. Mark is a board member of the Trangie Local Aboriginal Land Council; Annecto; and is a member and Node Leader of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network.
Gerry Moore Gerry Moore is from the Yuin nation from the South Coast of NSW and a Director of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. For thirty years Gerry has worked in areas that have serviced the needs of our peoples most recently as CEO of the NSW/ACT Aboriginal Legal Service and as Managing Director of Habitat Personnel, an organisation promoting Aboriginal employment in the wider community. He is a former National ATSIC Commissioner and Regional Councillor and has chaired many organisations including the Nowra Local Aboriginal Land Council and the South Coast Aboriginal Medical Service.
Katie Kiss Katie Kiss is a Kaanju Aboriginal woman from Cape York Australia; and a descendant of the Wiri people of the Bowen region of North Queensland through her Grandfather. Katie graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations. She has been involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs at the local, community, state, national and international level for the past 20 years across a wide range of issues including: community development; social justice; constitutional reform; governance; native title and land management; cultural heritage and environment protection and management; education, training and employment. Katie is a Senior Manager with PwCs Indigenous Consulting (PIC). Katie also served the Australian Human Rights Commission for eight years including as the Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Team. During that time she spent 15 months at the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples as the Director of Strategic Projects developing the Congress International Indigenous Rights Strategy.