The Kaiela Institute is a company limited by guarantee, governed by a board of directors.
Paul Briggs AM - Executive Chair
Paul Briggs is a Yorta Yorta man who has a wealth of experience across a vast range of sectors in Aboriginal affairs and community development.
In addition to being the founding Chairman of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), Indigenous Leadership Network, First Nations Australian Credit Union, Koori Economic Employment and the Training Agency Committee and various other regional, state and national bodies, Paul currently holds office as Co-Chair of the AFL Indigenous Advisory Council, is an Empowered Communities leader, a member of the Goulburn Regional Partnership and was a member of the Victorian Aboriginal Treaty Working Group. While Paul plays many roles, he is best known as the founding president of the Rumbalara Football and Netball Club, Executive Director of the Kaiela Institute and the Chair of the Dungala Kaiela Foundation. He is a man of vision who has the wellbeing of our community at the core of everything he does.
Sandra Bailey is Chairperson of the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation. She is a Yorta Yorta woman and former CEO of the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW, a position she held for 25 years. Sandra has worked as a Solicitor for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Services, and served as Head of the Aboriginal Issues Unit of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
She has served on a number of Ministerial Advisory Committees and boards and been involved in several research projects in Aboriginal health including in the areas of child health and resilience. In recognition of her outstanding service in the Aboriginal health sector, Sandra was awarded the Australian Government Centenary Medal for Contribution to Health in 2003. In 2014, she was acknowledged for her service to the Aboriginal health sector, receiving the Hall of Fame award at the 2014 NSW Health Aboriginal Health Awards.
Justin Mohamed is a Gooreng Gooreng man from Bundaberg in Queensland who currently is the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People of Victoria.
Justin has worked with Victorian Aboriginal communities for 20 years before moving to Canberra to take on national positions as Chairperson of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and Chief Executive Officer of Reconciliation Australia. Prior to his move to Canberra, Justin held positions based in the Shepparton region as the Inaugural Director of the Academy of Sport, Health and Education (ASHE), CEO and later Chairperson of Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative Ltd.
He chaired the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) and chaired the Hume - Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council (RAJAC). Justin has held positions on multiple community, state and national working groups, committees and boards and continues to be a Director of Vision 2020, Co-Chair Cricket Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee, Board Member of Kaiela Institute and Director of Supply Nation.
Steven has had a long career in general management, management consultancy, IT and finance and prior to retirement was managing director & joint ownner of a national fast-moving-consumer-goods organisation. In the last 20 years he has worked as a hands-on volunteer and on the Boards in a range of not-for-profit areas. His work with Indigenous leaders has spanned over 30 areas, and he is particularly interested in supporting community development to improve creative, sporting, economic and educational opportunities for all. Steven is currently on the boards of the Australians Investing in Women, Barpirdhila Foundation and the Dungala Kaiela Foundation.
Dr Lois Peeler AM
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