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.
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 2012-2013
Rueben Berg is the Director of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria and the Managing Director of RJHB Consulting. He is a Gunditjmara man, a founder and director of Indigenous Architecture Victoria, and a graduate architect. He has been involved in various Government roles within Indigenous affairs for many years. He gained a strong understanding of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 in his role as the Manager of Metropolitan Heritage Programs at Aboriginal Affairs Victoria. In November 2017 Rueben was appointed as the first Aboriginal Water Commissioner to the Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH).
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.
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