Welcome to our four new directors

Uphold & Recognise is pleased to announce that it will appoint four Indigenous Australians as new directors in 2018. Rachel Perkins, Nolan Hunter, Adam Bray, and Geoffrey Winters will join the incumbent chair, Sean Gordon.

The board will oversee the work of our newly established policy unit, which will develop practical options for implementing the recommendations of the Referendum Council’s final report, and the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These final reports will be complete by July 2018.

The policy unit will take strategic direction from thought leaders in this area: Noel Pearson of Cape York Institute, and Megan Davis, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous) of the University of New South Wales.

Uphold & Recognise is pleased to assist Indigenous leaders with this policy making process. This work is consistent with its objective of meaningfully recognising Indigenous peoples while upholding the values and principles underpinning the Constitution.

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Rachel Perkins, a woman of the Arrernte and Kalkadoon nations, is the founder of Blackfella films and the president of the AIATSIS foundation. Rachel is at the forefront of the Australian filmmaking industry. Her continuing work as a screenwriter, producer, director, board member and festival director embodies her passion and skill in bringing Australian Indigenous stories to the broader public. In November 2016 Rachel spoke at the Uphold & Recognise launch of The Forgotten People: Liberal and conservative approaches to recognising Indigenous peoples. She has attended numerous visits to Parliament house in Canberra with Uphold & Recognise.

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Nolan Hunter is a Bardi man from saltwater country on the Dampier Peninsula in northern Western Australia. He is the CEO of Kimberley Land Council and an active campaigner for Indigenous rights, including native title and management of country. He recently represented Kimberley Land Council at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, advocating against the closure of remote Indigenous communities. In February 2017, Nolan spoke on a panel at the Perth launch of the Forgotten People and has supported the lobbying efforts of Uphold & Recognise staff at Parliament house, Canberra.

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Adam Bray is a proud Yi-man man from Central Queensland and a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) veteran. During his career with the RAN, Adam served aboard HMAS Warramunga, HMAS Perth, HMAS Melville and HMAS Leeuwin and saw active service during Operation Slipper (2009) and Operation Resolute (2010). He is currently based in Canberra and is employed as the Senior Advisor – Indigenous Affairs at Telstra. In May 2017 Adam spoke at the Uphold & Recognise event, Indigenous Military Service and Constitutional Recognition, hosted by the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

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Geoffrey Winters is a director of the Indigenous law firm Chalk & Behrendt, who specialise in Aboriginal land rights, native title and public law. He is currently a director of the New South Wales Justice Health Network. In 2017, Geoffrey received the Sister Alison Bush Medal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement. Geoffrey is a Gamilaroi man from Walgett in far north-west New South Wales. In July 2017 Geoffrey spoke at the Uphold & Recognise launch of This Whispering in Our Hearts: the moral tradition of Richard Windeyer, hosted by Gilbert + Tobin.

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