The Advisory Committee provides support to the Fellows and Emerging Leaders by strengthening networks and providing in-kind resources, and by attracting the necessary funds and resources to secure the program for the foreseeable future. In addition, members of the Advisory Committee also contribute significant time and resources to ensure the Fellowship continues to be successful.
Maree Davidson AM
Maree Davidson runs a social change, communications and strategic planning consultancy. Building on a background in education, community development, advocacy and social policy, she has contributed to many well-known health, social and behaviour change initiatives. Maree is an Executive Member of the National Coalition against Bullying (NCAB), and Director for the Consumer Policy Research Centre.
Strange Fellows Investments
Peter Maher is the Managing Director of Strange Fellows Investments and the founder and Managing Director of Rehame, a media monitoring and analysis company, which he sold out of seven years ago. He has an extensive background in media and also provides on air broadcasting services to radio station 3AW in Melbourne. Born and raised in Deniliquin, Peter has a keen interest in horse racing and breeding, and football. He is also the Chairman of the Committee of Management of the DOXA Social Club.
His Honour Judge David Parsons
After working for many years in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, his Honour Judge David Parsons returned to Melbourne to resume his practice at the Victorian Bar until 2017. He spent a substantial amount of time in the Northern Territory representing various Aboriginal groups before being appointed as Senior Counsel in 2001 and a Judge of the County Court of Victoria in 2006. He is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Indigenous Affairs Committee, a Director of the Koorie Heritage Trust and a member of the Indigenous Lawyers Committee of the Victorian Bar Council.
Genevieve Timmons holds a range of board appointments including Director of the Mornington Peninsula Foundation, and Council Member for Philanthropy Australia. She has over 30 years of experience in grant making and social investment, and is the author of “Savvy Giving: The art and science of philanthropy,” which was commissioned by the Australian Communities Foundation.
National Manager HIPPY Australia
Brotherhood of St Laurence
Marian Pettit manages a network of over 60 local community organisations across Australia to deliver the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s flagship early learning and parenting – Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) in 100 communities. Marian has over 30 years’ experience working in social policy and delivering services in government.
Marian has also worked with Cape York Indigenous communities and has lived for a time in the Lockhart River. She has a degree in applied science and a diploma in public management.
Manager Knowledge & Health Equity
Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth)
Kellie has been working in public health for the past 11 years and has qualifications in health science and public health. She is currently undertaking a Doctor of Public Health at Flinders University.
Kellie’s role involves working to reduce health inequalities across the spectrum of health promotion areas, including Indigenous health. Her experience includes program and policy development in the community sector, local and state government, and non-government organisations. She joined VicHealth in September 2009, motivated by the organisation’s commitment to an equity-focused approach to health promotion.
Portland House Foundation
Kylie Price specialises in communication and data analysis and works with small business and company departments to ensure maximum efficiency and use of best practice. She also provides assistance with strategic planning and development, organisational management, operational efficiency and cost management including developing systems, templates and best suppliers.
With a background in science and experience across a range of sectors including marketing, media and most recently philanthropy, Kylie helps to recognise challenges and streamline work practices.
Living in Melbourne’s inner north Kylie is currently working part time while focusing on raising her young son.
Jonathan Moodie worked as a metallurgical engineer for Rio Tinto for 30 years in a range of operating and technical roles in Australia and overseas. He is now a linguistic expert and is currently documenting the grammar of Lopit, a language of South Sudan. He is the chair of the not-for-profit IT company, InfoXchange.
Emerging Leader 2008-2009
Lidia Thorpe is currently the Managing Director of The Clan Corporation a sustainable housing and renewable energy business and was previously the Aboriginal Employment Adviser for the Municipal Association of Victoria. Lidia also represents the interests of Aboriginal education as the Delegate for the Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, the Victorian representative to the National Advisory Committee for The Smith Family and the Co-Chair of the Victorian NAIDOC Committee. In November 2017 Lidia became the first Indigenous woman elected to the Victorian Parliament.
Emerging Leader 2013-2014
Stephanie Armstrong is a proud Gamilaraay woman who has strong links with Victoria through family and friends. From a very early age, she looked to teach and learn. A large extended family provided her with many realities that guided her teaching. Her 30 years of experience in education has provided her with the satisfaction of talking and listening to many children and their families. She is also on the Board of Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong.
Emerging Leader 2011-2012
Jody Barney a Birri/Gubba Urangan woman from Far North/ South East Queensland and a proud South Sea Islander woman. She is the one of the leading Aboriginal Disability Trainers in the country and works from the lived experience and 30 plus years of professional training. Jody has developed her strong connections across the country. Her work as a private consultant, Aboriginal Disability Cultural Safety Trainer and Assessor, professional motivational speaker and recipient of the inaugural 2017 Atlantic Fellows in Social Equity Fellows and 2014 Brenda Gabe Leadership Award holds her in great esteem. She is also on the Board of Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong.
We appreciate and value the contribution of the Founding members of the Advisory Committee. They include:
- Ian McHutchison (Ian was an active Advisory Committee Member until 2019)
- Professor Rob Moodie AM (Professor Moodie was an active Advisory Committee Member until 2012)
- Tony Cutcliffe
- Dee Bassinski
- Jan Muir