Board

The Jawun Board consists of some of the leading Australian minds in the corporate, government, Indigenous and philanthropic sectors.

  • Ilana Atlas AO (Chair)

    Non-Executive Director

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    Ilana Atlas is a non-executive director of ANZ Banking Group Limited and Origin Energy Limited. She is Chairman of Jawun and on the Board of the Paul Ramsay Foundation. Ilana is also a Panel Member of Adara Partners. Ilana’s previous non-executive director roles include Chairman of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited.

    Prior to being a non-executive director, she had a 10 year career at Westpac where she had the roles of Group Executive, People, having responsibility for human resources, corporate affairs and sustainability as well as Group Secretary and General Counsel. Ilana was also a partner in law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now known as King & Wood Mallesons). In addition to her practice in corporate law, she held a number of management roles in the firm including Executive Partner, People and Information, and Managing Partner.

  • Tony Berg AM

    Director, Gresham Partners

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    Tony Berg graduated from the University of Sydney with an Honours degree in Economics, and received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Management. Between 1970 and 1972 he worked on Wall Street, and in 1972 joined Hill Samuel Australia becoming Managing Director in 1984. When Hill Samuel became Macquarie Bank in 1985, he was appointed its first Managing Director and CEO. In 1994 Mr Berg was appointed Managing Director and CEO of Boral Limited, and joined Gresham Partners as an executive director when he retired in 2000 having split Boral into Boral (the building materials company) and Origin Energy.

    Mr Berg is a director of Jawun – Indigenous Corporate Partnerships and of The Ethics Centre. He was a Board member of the National Gallery of Australia for six years and remains a director of The National Gallery of Australia Foundation which he chaired for 7 years. He was a Council member of the Australia Council. He was Chair of the Advisory Council of the Australian School of Business at the University of NSW and a member of the UNSW Foundation. He was the director of Musica Viva Australia for 17 years and Chairman for 12. He was chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the AICD.

    Mr Berg has been director of Westfield and Chairman of ING Australia and ING Australia Bank.

  • Ewen Crouch AM

    Non-Executive Director

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    Mr Crouch is Chairman of Corporate Travel Management Limited and a director of BlueScope Steel Limited.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of its Law Committee.

    Mr Crouch was a Partner at Allens from 1998 to 2013 where his roles included Chairman of Partners, Co-Head Mergers and Acquisitions and Equity Capital Markets, Executive Partner – Asian Offices and Deputy Managing Partner, as well as 11 years’ service on the Allens board.  He served as a director of Mission Australia between 1995 and 2016, including 7 years as its Chairman and as a director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2020.

    Mr Crouch served as a non-executive director of Westpac Banking Corporation from 2013 to 2019, including as Board Remuneration Committee chair from 2014 to 2016 and Board Risk and Compliance Committee chair from 2016 to 2019.  He was a member of the Takeovers Panel from 2010 to 2015 and a member of the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal from 2015 to 2019.

  • Anthony Roediger

    Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

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    Anthony is the Managing Partner of BCG in Australia and New Zealand, and used to lead BCG’s people development function across Asia-Pacific.

    He works across the public and private sectors, with an emphasis on government, having previously lead BCG’s Public Sector Practice in Asia-Pacific. He has worked with the Australian Government, most State Governments in Australia, and select governments and public sector organisations overseas, covering areas such as transport, health, housing, education and energy. He has also worked with a range of Australian and other companies.

    Anthony’s involvement with Jawun began in 2003, living nine months in Cape York with his family working with Indigenous leaders and organisations. He subsequently spent three months assessing the progress and developing the national strategy for Indigenous Enterprise Partnerships (now called Jawun). He now sits on the Jawun Board, and in the intervening years has supported many BCG efforts with Indigenous Australia.

    Prior to BCG, Anthony was a lawyer with Minter Ellison in Australia and Europe. He holds Law and Economics degrees from Adelaide University, and a Masters of Law from Oxford University (First Class) where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

  • Natalie Walker

    Founder and Managing Director, Inside Policy

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    Natalie has over 17 years’ experience across small business, government, not for profit, and corporate sectors in various management and non-executive roles. She was appointed to the Board on June 1st 2017.

    Natalie has tackled every role with her entrepreneurial spirit. Her latest venture – Inside Policy – is a national collaboration of policy wonks, political operatives, and technical geeks who love making the world a better place by designing new solutions to old and complex policy challenges.

    Prior to founding Inside Policy, Natalie established Supply Nation. She also led the Aboriginal Employment Strategy and built KPMG’s Indigenous business stream within its government advisory group.

    Natalie sits on various boards including National Australia Bank’s Indigenous Advisory Board, Goodstart Early Learning, Telstra Foundation, Life Without Barriers, and is a member of the Prime Ministers Community Business Partnership.

    In 2018, Natalie was Australia’s representative on the G20’s Business Women’s Leaders Taskforce which advised G20 members on initiatives to increase women’s economic participation.

  • Michael John Hawker AM

    Non-Executive Director

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    Michael Hawker AM is a businessman and company director with national and international experience gained through a distinguished career in the banking and insurance industries as both a director and non-executive director. Prior to his directorship roles Michael was CEO and Managing Director of Insurance Australia Group, Group Executive of Business and Consumer Banking at Westpac, Executive Director of Citibank International in Europe, and a Deputy Managing Director of Citibank in Australia.

    Currently, Michael holds a number of directorships with both Australian and international companies including Westpac, BUPA (UK), Bupa Australia, and Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited. He has recently retired from Aviva (UK), Macquarie Group & Bank, Rugby World Cup Limited (RWC), and the George Institute for Global Health Boards.

    In addition to his business acumen and interests, Michael is actively involved in fostering relationships between business and the community sector.  He was the founder of the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) that provides mentoring, partnering and support programs to students and schools; he is the former Chair of the New South Wales Juvenile Diabetes ‘Walk to Cure’ annual fundraising event, the Giant Steps Foundation, the Insurance Council of Australia and the Australian Financial Markets Association; and a former Board Member of The Geneva Association.

    Michael is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and in 2010 was made a Member of the Order of Australia, for services to the community. He was also awarded an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and played 25 rugby Union tests for the Australian Wallabies during the 1980s.

  • Peter Yu AM

    Professor, Australian National University

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    Peter Yu is a Yawuru man from Broome in the Kimberley region in North West Australia with over 40 years’ experience in Indigenous development and advocacy in the Kimberley and at the state, national and international level. Peter was a key negotiator on behalf of the Yawuru Native Title Holders with the Western Australian State Government over the 2010 Yawuru Native Title Agreement. He was recently Chief Executive Officer of the Yawuru Corporate Group and is the current and inaugural Vice – President First Nations at the Australian National University.

    He has been an advocate for the social, cultural and economic advancement and well-being of Kimberley and other Aboriginal communities for his entire career. He has been instrumental in the development of many community-based organisations and initiatives which have had an enduring influence on the Kimberley region. He was Executive Director of the Kimberley Land Council during the 1990s and a member of the national leadership team negotiating the Federal Government’s response to the 1992 Mabo High Court judgement on Native Title.

    He is currently the Chair for the Indigenous Reference Group (IRG) to the Northern Ministerial Forum and Deputy Chair of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA) and was presented with a Queen’s Birthday Honour in June 2021.

  • Ray Griggs AO CSC

    Secretary, Department of Social Services

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    Ray Griggs commenced as the Secretary Department of Social Services on 22 July 2021. He is responsible for policy and program delivery in the areas of Families and Children, Housing Support, Seniors, Communities and Vulnerable People, Disability and Carers.

    Ray is chair of the Australian Public Service Indigenous Champions Network and a current member of the Queensland Family Responsibilities Board.

    Ray was previously the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the National Indigenous Australians Agency from 1 July 2019 to 21 July 2021, with responsibility for leading policy, program and delivery reform in line with the Government’s commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. This includes responsibility for the Agency’s national footprint and its 1200 staff.

    Prior to this Ray was the Associate Secretary of the Indigenous Affairs Group within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from October 2018 to 30 June 2019. Before joining the Australian Public Service, Ray spent four decades in the Royal Australian Navy, including a range of command and operational roles. His last two positions were as Chief of Navy between 2011-14 and the Vice Chief of Defence Force between 2014-18. Ray has been involved at a senior level in leading a number of significant reform programs including large scale cultural change programs, enterprise wide business reforms and comprehensive reform of Defence’s capital investment program.

    Ray holds a Master of Science degree from the National Defense University in Washington D.C., a Master of Business Administration from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland. He is an Officer in the Order of Australia, has been awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross, a Commendation for Distinguished Service and holds awards from the Governments of France, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Spain and the United States of America.

  • Catherine Liddle

    CEO - SNAICC – National Voice for our Children

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    An Arrernte/Luritja woman from Central Australia, Catherine has been a leading advocate in upholding the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on a national, regional and local level. Catherine has held senior management positions in First Nations organisations including First Nations Media and Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships, as well as within the Northern Territory Education Department, the ABC and NITV/SBS.

    A journalist by trade, Catherine’s motivation has always been to drive change that leads to positive outcomes and options for First Nations people. Over the past 10 years she has led multidisciplinary teams, overseen workplace transformations, and advocated for policy reform. Catherine is the CEO for SNAICC – National Voice for our Children, the national non-governmental peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children that works for the fulfilment of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, in particular to ensure their safety, development and wellbeing.

    Catherine’s extensive experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia spans over many fields, including, media and communications; family supports and the early years; regional and economic development; and education. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in high-level advocacy, policy and program development, and effective communication and engagement.

    Currently she is a member of several community, regional, and national councils and advisory groups, including as member of the Coalition of Aboriginal Peaks through her current capacity as CEO of SNAICC – National Voice for our Children. Her input and role with Coalition of Peaks has been instrumental in ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early years is prioritised and addressed through the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap. Her leadership and strong commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led partnerships and governance is critical to the success of addressing the gaps and needs of the early years, particularly the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care.

  • Andrew Yates

    CEO - KPMG Australia

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    As CEO, Andrew is ultimately responsible for the strategy, culture and operations of KPMG Australia and leads the principal executive body of the firm, the National Executive Committee (NEC). He is also a member of the KPMG Australia Board.

    Andrew is committed to KPMG Australia being purpose led and creating a culture based on energy, aspiration and inclusion. In Andrew’s words, KPMG “protects, transforms and grows society and people’s lives”. His personal motivation is to lead KPMG to create broad opportunities for its people and deliver quality, meaningful service to its clients.  On his first day in the role as CEO, Andrew introduced an additional day of Indigenous Cultural and Ceremonial leave for indigenous colleagues at KPMG.

    Prior to Andrew’s role as CEO, he was the National Managing Partner of Audit, Assurance & Risk Consulting. In this role, he had oversight of the firm’s audit and risk consulting practices and represented the firm at the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services inquiry into the Regulation of Auditing in Australia.

    After growing up in Canberra and attending ANU, Andrew joined KPMG’s audit practice in 1990. During his time with the firm, Andrew worked for 3 years serving HSBC in our Hong Kong practice during the 1990s and served Citigroup in our New York office in 2008 and 2009. He has led some of the largest client relationships in Australia, including ANZ, IAG, Qantas, Sydney Airport, Perpetual Limited, Link Market Services and the Reserve Bank of Australia.

    Andrew is married with two children.

  • Ann Sherry AO (Jawun Advisor)

    Advisor, Carnival Australia

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    Ann is one of Australia’s leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism.

    Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia and ENERO and currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Infrastructure Victoria, Cape York Partnerships, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

    She is an Advisor, the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. After joining as Chief Executive Officer in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since.

    Beginning working life as a radiographer, Ann became First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra before moving to the banking sector initially in HR roles, then in CEO roles with Westpac NZ and the Bank of Melbourne.

    The Australian Government awarded Ann the Centenary Medal in 2001 and in 2004 she was awarded an Order of Australia. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award.

    Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women’s rights (currently as convenor of the MCC STEM group), supporting opportunity for Indigenous communities, personal philanthropy and support of the arts.

  • Colin Carter AM (Jawun Advisor)

    Senior Advisor, The Boston Consulting Group

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    Colin is an Advisor to Jawun, having served on the board since the organisation’s inception. He chaired the board between 2005 and 2009.

    Colin is one of the founding partners of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Australia. His consulting career included carrying out board performance reviews for companies and not-for-profits and he has co-authored a book on boards, Back to the Drawing Board, published by the Harvard Business School Press.

    Colin was previously a director of the Cape York Institute for Policy & Leadership. In early 2010 he was appointed by the Prime Minister to be an advocate for greater Indigenous employment in the corporate sector. In 2014, he was appointed by the Prime Minister’s department as an adviser to the Empowered Communities project. He is currently a non-executive director of Lendlease and the National Golf Club– and until recently was on the boards of SEEK, Wesfarmers and World Vision Australia. He is also chairman of the Geelong Football Club and is a former AFL Commissioner. Now retired from BCG, he holds a part-time role as Senior Advisor to that firm.

    Colin has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Melbourne University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction and as a Baker Scholar.