Our Directors

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Russell Taylor, AM

Our Chair

Russell is a Kamilaroi man who has recently retired as the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). In June 2015 Russell was honoured by being awarded Membership of the Order of Australia and the citation refers to this recognition being “For significant service to the community as a cultural leader and public sector executive in the field of Indigenous affairs”.

He is particularly interested in leadership, governance and what makes organisations tick. Russell draws on an outstanding career as a senior executive within both the Commonwealth and NSW Government in his new role as Director and specialist advisor for Burbangana clients.

Russell’s academic qualifications include Graduate Diploma qualifications in Public Sector Management (University of Technology Sydney) and Arts Anthropology (Australian National University) and a Master of Business Administration (University of Technology, Sydney). He currently has a portfolio of Directorships including being a member of the Council of the University of Technology Sydney and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation. 

In 2019, Russ was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Technology Sydney and in the prior year was awarded the  NAIDOC Male Elder of Year Award 2018 (see the video on SBS/NITV).

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Bronwyn Penrith

Our Deputy Chair

Bronwyn is a Wiradjuri woman who has worked all her life for equality and the recognition of Aboriginal people and their rights. She was the inaugural Chair of Moreton Consulting and is currently the Deputy Chair of Burbangana Group's Board of Directors.

She is currently on the Board of the Mudgin-gal Aboriginal Women's Corporation near the Block in Redfern and a Director of the Redfern Foundation Ltd. She is also a recent past member of the Redfern/Waterloo Aboriginal Justice Group and the City of Sydney Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

Bronwyn delivers mentoring training, cultural awareness and community education workshops. She is also a highly skilled mediator and is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with the Australian Government Department of the Attorney General. Additional to her life and work experience, Bronwyn's qualifications include a Diploma in Business: Indigenous Governance from Tranby Aboriginal College and a Certificate IV - Mentoring in Diversity. Bronwyn is a very experienced facilitator and consultant advisor. She enjoys working on projects to help improve communication, planning, consultation and team effectiveness.

Karel Williams

Karel Wiliams

Executive Director

Karel Williams is an Aboriginal woman who is based in Canberra and has family connections to the Palawa and Western Arrernte Nations. Karel became our Executive Director in June 2020 after joining Burbangana in October 2019 as an Associate and as our Lead Business Development and Operations. 

Karel has extensive management and leadership experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs at national and regional levels. She has also worked in Indigenous affairs at an international level.

Karel has substantial experience in research, strength-based organisational reviews, strategic planning, policy analysis, development, implementation and review, and project management and coordination as well as relationship management.

Karel is also a Registered Midwife and a strong advocate for Birthing on Country Models of Care. In October 2019, Karel received a Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Health, from the University of Canberra.

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Ken Craig

Director

Ken Craig is a Gumbaynggirr man who has dedicated many years to improving housing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across NSW. He is passionate about the central role that secure, appropriate and affordable housing plays in the lives of Aboriginal families and communities. In 2013 Ken was awarded a Public Service Medal for his services to Aboriginal housing in NSW.

After an extensive public sector career, mainly in the housing arena, Ken has joined Burbangana Group to work directly with Aboriginal communities. He has a Graduate Certificate in Housing Management and Policy and an Advanced Diploma in Government. Ken is a previous Director of the Australasian Housing Institute.

When Ken isn’t working he is surfing, riding and exploring the National Parks across the beautiful north coast of NSW.

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Kerry Pearse

Director

Kerry was a founding Director of Moreton Consulting and lead the company from 2010 to 2020 before handing the Executive Director role onto Karel Williams. Kerry continues to lead the organisation as part of the team of Directors and to undertake consulting work as a Burbangana Associate. 

She is an innovative and strategic thinker with policy, program and senior management experience. Kerry is also a highly skilled facilitator who is people and outcome focused. She has a flair for innovation, business improvement, building high performing teams and driving change. Kerry is used to working effectively in complex environments with multiple stakeholders, including in Aboriginal affairs and has a successful track record of policy, program and corporate achievements.

Prior to consulting Kerry worked as a senior executive in the Commonwealth and NSW public sectors for over ten years. This followed a successful career in the not for profit sector in the areas of community housing and family violence. Kerry is passionate about working with organisations to facilitate organisational, strategic and governance capacity. She has a deep interest in cultural competence and culturally proficient service delivery and de-colonisation. She recently completed a Master of Education (UTS) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has coaching qualifications with the Institute of Executive Leadership and Coaching and a Cert IV in Mentoring in Diversity.  Kerry has recently stepped back and it taking a well earned break, although she remains on the Burbangana Board.

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Mark Rose

Director

Mark Joined the Burbangana as a Director in May 2019. Mark is traditionally linked to the Gunditjmara Nation of western Victoria. Mark is passionate about Indigenous knowledge systems and education and is deeply committed to mentoring and supporting emerging Indigenous leaders.

With a forty year career in education Mark has contributed to a broad range of educational settings within Victoria as well as nationally and internationally. Mark has consulted regularly with Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations both in Australia and overseas.

For over a decade Mark has taught in predominantly postgraduate leadership programs for RMIT University’s Faculty of Business here in Australia as well as Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

Rod Little

Rod Little

Director

Rod Little, is a proud Wilunyu and Wajuk man of the Yamatji and Nyoongar peoples of Western Australia and currently lives in Canberra.

Rod was a former Co-chair and Director of the National Congress of Australia's First People's and Chairperson of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body.  He has held senior leadership positions in many other social areas, including justice, education and employment. He has been a CEO and consultant specialising in cultural integrity, governance and leadership. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a champion for collaborative approaches and he volunteers on a number of not-for-profit boards.

Rod has extensive advocacy and employment experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and is passionate about and committed to improving the capabilities of communities and families.

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The Burbangana Group acknowledges the traditional owners of the many first nations across our vast continent and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future. We value the wisdom, richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. 

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'Burbangana – take hold of my hand and help me up' by Kristina McKinlay.

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