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 a member of the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) Board, an Executive Member of the National Coalition against Bullying (NCAB), YMCA National Board Member, Director YMCA – Youth Community Fund, Board Member Fitted for Work and Board Member Verde Health Foundation.
Ian McHutchison AM
Ian is currently a Board Member of a number of not-for-profit organisations including Urban Communities Ltd, Eva Tilley Memorial Home Inc and MECWAcare.
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. 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.
Philanthropic Consultant & Executive with Portland House Foundation
Genevieve Timmons has over 30 years’ experience in philanthropy and social investment, both in Australia and overseas. She is the Philanthropic Executive of the Portland House Foundation, a private family foundation in Melbourne with a charter to assist people in moving out of disadvantage. Genevieve is the Director of the George Hicks Foundation, Deputy Chair of the Inner North Community Foundation and is on the Council of Philanthropy Australia. She also sits with the Board of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture, is a Fellow of Leadership Victoria and a Senior Fellow of the Johns Hopkins International Fellows in Philanthropy Program (Baltimore USA). Among her written contributions is “Savvy Giving: The art and science of philanthropy,” which was commissioned by the Australian Communities Foundation. She has three children, now adults, three grandchildren, and six chooks.
Jenny Grayling LLB
Group General Manager Shared Services
Company Secretary, Brotherhood of St Laurence
Jenny Grayling has held a range of senior management roles in publicly listed companies in Australia and Asia. From 2005, she has been working with the Brotherhood of St Laurence as Company Secretary and General Manager of Shared Services. She has held non-executive Directorships of: Hanover Welfare Services 2001-2006, East Ivanhoe Community Bank 2003-2006 and Foodbank Victoria 2007-2013.
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.
Senior Consultant Gunnai Advisory
Brian is a proud Gunai man who has a deep understanding of cultural knowledge steeped in Aboriginal community protocols, obligation and cultural responsibility. His depth of knowledge is underpinned by a career that has been built on the significance of building and maintaining relationships both at the government and community levels which has provided him with a reservoir of learning’s and networks to draw from. He has held positions within the Victorian Aboriginal community, policy and program development roles within the Victorian Government, has a background in economic development, a passionate advocate for Indigenous leadership development and support and is a trained mentor, facilitator and conflict coach.
Brian is the Chairperson of Banmirra Aboriginal Arts Corporation and the Deputy Chairperson – Kinaway, the Victorian Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Professor Ian Anderson
Professor Ian Anderson has worked in Aboriginal health for approximately 30 years and was appointed as the Foundation Chair for Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne. He has previously been and the Deputy Head of the University’s School of Population Health, Director of its Centre for Health and Society and the Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit as well as the Research Director of the Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Aboriginal Health.
In 2012 he joined the Senior Leadership team as the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Higher Education Policy) and was appointed as the Foundation Chair for Indigenous Higher Education. In 2014 he was appointed as the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement). Ian was a Fellow from 2011 – 2014.
We appreciate and value the contribution of the Founding members of the Advisory Committee. They include:
- Professor Rob Moodie AM (Professor Moodie was an active Advisory Committee Member until 2012.)
- Tony Cutcliffe
- Dee Bassinski
- Jan Muir