Board Members

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Carla McGrath - 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.


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Nareen Young

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.


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Angela Flynn

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.


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Ali Murphy-Oates

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.


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Peter Tuckey

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.


Dan Bourchier

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.


Nadine McDonald-Dowd

Nadine McDonald-Dowd was the Artistic Director of Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts Company from 2001 to 2004. She first joined Kooemba in 1996 facilitating workshops in youth detention centres and schools on theatre, music, reconciliation and performance. In 1998, Nadine performed as the nurse in Jimmy Chi’s National Tour of Corrugation Road. Nadine has been on boards such as the Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Government’s Premier’s Indigenous Advisory Board and Q150 Advisory Committee and the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. Nadine was a Senior Producer with Major Brisbane Festivals in 2010, was the Manager of the kuril dhagun, State Library of Queensland from 2006 – 2015, Creative Producer for the Commonwealth Games Festival 2018 and is currently Producer with Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Creative Producer for the Commonwealth Games Arts and Cultural Festival 2018.


Bradley Chatfield

Born in Mordialloc, Victoria, Bradley is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people. Bradley trained under Vivienne Dunn before going on to be a part of The Australian Ballet School and the Hong Kong Ballet. In 1991 he moved to Sydney Dance Company (SDC) until 2009 and performed the full company repertoire to great acclaim. 
Bradley has toured extensively with SDC, both nationally and internationally. He has also been appointed directorial and choreographic roles in companies such as Dancenorth and Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts to add to his extensive performance career. Bradley is currently Head of Dance at ACPA where his students have performed in sold out shows at JWCoCA and QPAC and have secured residencies in Canada and Israel. In 2018, his students performed in The Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony with Bangarra and will open Creative Generation 2018 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.