CHAIR: Carla McGrath is a proud Indigenous Australian woman whose family comes from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Raised on the Australian mainland, Carla retains strong family and community ties to the Torres Strait.
Carla is a consultant specialising in community engagement and consultation, facilitation, for-purpose organisational sustainability, and program design, development and facilitation.
Carla was previously Head of Sustainability at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern, Sydney. Prior to that she worked as Relationship Manager at AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience).
In addition, Carla is a Board Director of GetUp!, Board Director of Shared Path Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation and a Delegate to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.
Carla's previous board and governance roles include Co-Chair of the Management Committee of the NSW Reconciliation Council, Vice Chair of AYAC (Australian Youth Affairs Coalition), Board Director of Flashpoint Labs and the George Hicks Foundation, Member of the AIME Corporation and Member of The Smith Family Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel.
Dan Bourchier is a multi-award winning journalist with the ABC. He is a broadcaster and hosts a daily breakfast radio program on ABC Radio Canberra, and anchors ABC Canberra’s 7pm news. He has reported across the country and around the world for more than 15 years.
Dan grew up in the remote Northern Territory town of Tennant Creek, where he was mentored by elder from around the region, while coming to understand his own Indigenous heritage from his mum’s side of the family in coastal and inland parts of Victoria.
The keen runner and reader of biographies was formerly deputy chairman of BlakDance and helped with structural reform, he has much experience in governance as a result of a former position as an advisor to a bipartisan committee of the NT Legislative Assembly, on statehood and political autonomy.
Dan is driven by giving voice to the voiceless, holding to account those in positions of power, and telling really great stories. While not an expert in dance, Dan relishes the opportunity to learn more about this important form of communication, while bringing his considerable skills in media, and governance.
Jasmine was born in Murwillumbah, Northern NSW. She is the Artistic Co-ordinator at NAISDA.
Her Aboriginal heritage comes from her mothers line – Kabi Kabi, SE Queensland (Sunshine Coast). Her father came to Australia from Slovakia via Germany during WWII.
Her association with NAISDA started in the early 80s when she was introduced to performing arts as a career choice. Jasmine graduated from the College in 1988 and has had a continuing successful career in dance ever since.
In 2009 she returned to the college to take up the position of Artistic Co-ordinator.
Angela Flynn is a Tiwi, Larrakia and Chinese woman based in Adelaide where she works as a producer and arts manager. Angela is currently the director of Kukuni Arts, an independent Arts Management and Production company, focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts.
Across her career, Angela has developed a depth of experience as a freelance producer that cuts across both the visual and performing arts. Angela was most recently the Performing Arts Manager for Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and is the current Creative Producer for the Spirit Festival, South Australia’s premier Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Cultural Event. She also worked on the inaugural TARNANTHI - Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art (presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia), where she held the position of Public Program Manager.
She is also currently developing and working with emerging and mid-career artists - Joel Bray, Carly Sheppard (dance practitioners and choreographers) and Marlon Motlop (musician, singer, songwriter).
Angela’s work within the arts has led her to be appointed to several boards and committees within the arts including the SBS Cultural Advisory Committee, the Kurruru Youth Performing Arts Board, the Kura Yerlo Inc. Board, the TARNANTHI Cultural Advisory Committee, the Vitalstatistix Board, the BlakDance Board and the Arts Industry Council of SA Executive Committee. She is also an alumnus of the 2015 British Council Accelerate program.
Alison (Ali) Murphy-Oates is a Ngiyampaa Wailwan & Darkinjung woman and an arts administrator and producer living and working in Sydney. She is currently the Aboriginal Project Manager for Carriageworks and Company Manager of Moogahlin Performing Arts. Ali has also worked for British Council on the ACCELERATE programme, Performance Space as Associate Producer, and was co-producer of the 2015 National Indigenous Theatre Forum as part of the Brisbane Festival. Ali is a keen advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts across all art forms, and has a special interest in works that are interdisciplinary, site specific, community engaged, environmentally sustainable, and ethically focused.
Peter Tuckey is a commercial development consultant for major infrastructure projects and international airports and works in an advisory role with major airports such Sydney Airport.
Over the years Peter has held various board positions with arts and community organisations such as The Australian Centre for Photography, the International Foundation for the Protection of Drinking Water and the Australia South African Training Trust.
Peter has extensive philanthropy and fund raising experience and know how, having assisted many community and arts organisations in their fund raising initiatives. Peter has also assisted these groups on a pro bono basis on the commercial challenges that are faced by arts organisations. Peter is a dance aficionado and brings to BlakDance a thirst, respect and appreciation of Dance in all its forms and languages from a learned audience perspective.
Nareen Young is Professor, Indigenous Policy Workforce Diversity at Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research at University of Technology, Sydney.
Prior to this appointment she has spent over twenty years developing her standing as one of Australia’s leading and most respected employment diversity practitioners, leading two peak organisations to enormous impact and success and consulting for PwC’s Indigenous Consulting. She has received many awards and accolades for this work, has commentated widely and published and presented nationally and internationally.
Nareen has significant governance experience. She spent one three year term as a Director of Indigenous Business Australia and currently serves as Director of Souths Cares and Refugee Talent.
Nareen is a descendant of Aboriginal people of NSW.