Advisory Committee

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.

Peter Maher – Interim Chair

Strange Fellows Investments

peterPeter 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

His Honour Judge David ParsonsAfter 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 his retirement in 2017. He has spent a substantial amount of time in the Northern Territory representing various First Nations 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

Philanthropic Executive

genevieveGenevieve 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.


Marian Pettit

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 First Nations communities and has lived for a time in the Lockhart River.  She has a degree in applied science and a diploma in public management.


Kellie Horton

Kellie HortonKellie 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.


Kylie Price

Portland House Foundation

Kylie PriceKylie 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

Jonathan MoodieJonathan 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


Jody Barney

Emerging Leader 2011 – 2012

Jody Barney is a proud deaf Aboriginal woman who has lived in Victoria for 30+ years and has developed strong connections with mob in Wodonga to Mildura, Bairnsdale to Eden, Geelong to Warrnambool, her home town of Shepparton, and all regional centres.  She has worked as an expert communications consultant locally, state and nationally.


Janine Coombs

Emerging Leader 2013 – 2014

Janine Coombs is a Wotjoboluk woman who has been at the forefront on advocating the rights and interests of all Traditional Owners and was an inaugural member of the Uluru delegation that designed the statement from the heart.  She is currently the Manager – Recognition, Advocacy and Media at Barengi Gadjin Land Council.


We appreciate and value the contribution of the Founding members of the Advisory Committee. They include:

  • Stephanie Armstrong
  • Lidia Thorpe (Lidia Thorpe resigned from her position on Advisory Committee as she was appointed to Federal Senate in August 2020)
  • Maree Davidson AM (Maree Davidson was a Founding Member and Chair of the Advisory Committee until February 2020)
  • Ian McHutchison (Ian McHutchison 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