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.

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Ken Craig


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


Kerry was a founding Director of Moreton Consulting and is Burbangana Group's Executive Director.

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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Margaret Girdwood


Margaret has specialised in housing for much of her career. She was the first woman to be awarded a building licence in the ACT, ran a successful building company, worked in public housing and more recently in Aboriginal Community housing. She also worked in the Commonwealth public service specialising in ABSTUDY.

Margaret combines her experience in both the Commonwealth and State Governments with a practical knowledge of building issues, tenancy matters and property management concerns. She is a skilled facilitator and able to communicate with a wide range of clients.

She has also worked at the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office and is particularly interested in partnering with Aboriginal housing organisations. Margaret also has a Cert IV in Training & Assessment.

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Mark Rose

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.

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