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Emeritus Professor Cindy Shannon
Board of Advice Chair

Emeritus Professor Shannon has made a significant and extensive contribution to health policy including working on maternal, foetal and infant health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities including dealing with difficult issues such as drug and alcohol abuse and homelessness. Emeritus Professor Shannon brings to the Board her experience in the community sector and views of Indigenous people in rural, remote and urban settings. She has extensive networks throughout Indigenous communities and within the government sector. Her understanding of the needs of education and the broader supports required to achieve employment and self-development outcomes is evident.

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Mrs Jane Ceolin
Board of Advice Deputy Chair

Jane is an Aboriginal woman with cultural and traditional connections to Far North Queensland. Through her mother’s and father’s connections, Jane is of the Wulgurukaba and Yirrganydji peoples. Jane has worked with a diverse range of teams across key stakeholder groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to build and sustain effective partnerships and networks. She was appointed to a leadership role at Australian Catholic University in August 2012 and from December 2012 became the Acting Director of the Centre for Indigenous Education and Research. She was appointed as Director, First Peoples and Equity Pathways Directorate, ACU in December 2014.

Mr Mark Brand
Board of Advice Member

Mark has worked with privately owned and publicly listed companies in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, as well as closely with Government for more than 20 years. He is a broadly experienced manager with strategic and operational experience in the technical, consulting, human resources and not-for-profit sectors. He has visited and engaged with a number of Aboriginal communities, particularly on Cape York since 2004 and seeks to contribute towards improved educational outcomes and the growth of the Foundation. With a desire to improve employment outcomes for young people from both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous backgrounds by balancing Secondary, Vocational and Tertiary education, he also maintains a strong focus on corporate governance and appropriate process, most recently working as a Director and Board Chairperson of the Queensland PCYCs.

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Ms Claire Schneider
Board of Advice Member

Claire is a Brisbane based barrister. Prior to being called to the Bar, Claire acted in a range of significant commercial and property-related disputes for various national and multinational corporate clients. In 2014 Claire was appointed National Pro Bono Coordinator for Norton Rose Fulbright. In this role, Claire was responsible for developing and managing the firm’s national pro bono program, with a particular focus on pro bono initiatives targeted towards providing legal assistance to members of the indigenous and refugee communities.

In 2013 Claire was named one of the Top 30 Lawyers Under 30 in Australia, and was also named one of the 50 rising stars by the legal industry publication Australasian Lawyer.

Claire holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University   of Queensland.

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Mr Kenneth James (Jim) Walker
Board of Advice Member

Jim Walker was born in Rockhampton and is a descendent of the Iman and Goreng Goreng peoples of Central Queensland.

He has extensive experience in working for both Queensland and Australian government departments and agencies.  His work has included policy and program formulation, analysis and evaluation.  Up until January 2015 Jim had worked for more than 7 years in the Office of Indigenous Engagement within CSIRO and in this position his responsibilities included increasing the engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees, cadetships and internships in science.  Part of these responsibilities also included encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to take up studies in Science and Mathematics with the aim of increasing participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in science careers.

As part of his career, Jim has also been engaged as a lecturer at the University of Queensland, the Australia Catholic University and the University of Canberra in Indigenous Studies.

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Ms Kellie McDonald
Board of Advice Member

Kellie McDonald is a young Aboriginal woman and was a QATSIF Scholarship Recipient in Round 2. After graduating from Alexandra Hills State High School, Kellie completed a Bachelor of Health Sport and Physical Education at the University of Queensland. Kellie is now a teacher at Alexandra Hills State High School and is currently a member of the Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER). Through her commitment to education, Kellie continues to motivate and educate Aboriginal & Torres Stait Islander students about their health and overall physical and mental wellbeing. 

Kellie is the first former QATSIF Scholarship Recipient to be appointed to the QATSIF Board of Advice.