Dr Col Dillon AM APM
Dr Dillon AM APM is a member of the Kumbumerri people whose traditional land encompasses Queensland’s Gold Coast regions. He is the current board chairman of the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association. He comes to the position with over forty years experience in Indigenous Affairs at a state and federal level. Dr Dillon is a former commissioner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and director of Aboriginal Hostels Limited. He served on the Queensland Police Service for thirty-six years and is a recipient of an Australian Police Medal. Dr Dillon is currently the Acting Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland.
John Anderson has ties with the Nywaigi/Mamu clans around Ingham and Innisfail in North Queensland. He has extensive experience in the areas of Indigenous Affairs (including arts and culture), native title, social policy, deaths in custody, criminal and social justice as well as engineering design and infrastructure. John has also been active in the trade union movement and a strong advocate of Indigenous workers rights. He also has experience in small business and owns and operates Pi-CaTS which provides consultancy services and training products to government, non-government and small business sectors.
John has a Graduate Certificate in Social Science (Innovative Leadership), a Bachelor of Arts with Majors in Journalism and Journalism Practice and Associate Diploma in Civil Engineering (Structures,Materials and Design).
Michael Aird has worked full time in the area of Aboriginal cultural heritage since 1985, graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Queensland. He has curated over 15 exhibitions, published several academic articles and has been involved in numerous research projects. In 1996 he established Keeaira Press an independent publishing house and has produced over 25 books as well as calendars, brochures and other products. Much of what Keeaira Press has published focus on art and photography, which reflects Michael’s interest in recording aspects of urban Aboriginal history and culture.
Queensland-born, Jody Currie is a Yugambeh person with traditional ties to the country between the Logan and Tweed Rivers. She has an extensive career in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander human service delivery and is an advocate for improving service accessibility to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Jody has a particular focus in child protection and health having worked in a number of senior positions in both the community and government sectors. Her extensive career includes employment with the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, Apunipima Cape York Health Council and the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Human Services Coalition.
Jody is currently the Human Services Manager for the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Gender Studies.
Sheryl Sandy is a member of the Mununjali people from Beaudesert and surrounding areas . She has worked in all levels of Government over thirty years and in the last fifteen years has held a number of senior positions. Her work has involved improving the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in employment and decreasing the differentiation in outcomes currently experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in health and justice. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Business (Public Administration) from the Queensland University of Technology and is a Justice of the Peace. Sheryl is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts which is a unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts training institution, providing high quality training in the performance disciplines of dance, music and theatre at Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels. It attracts students from urban, regional and remote communities across Australia.
Amanda Hayman grew up in Logan city and has cultural connections to Kalkadoon and Wakka Wakka Country. Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Contemporary Art. She has extensive experience in event management and community engagement and was the former Manager of kuril dhagun, the Indigenous space at the State Library of Queensland. Since leaving this government role, Amanda has expanded her business BlakLash.
BlakLash Collective focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art curation and shares this partnership business with colleagues Freja Carmichael and Katina Davidson and together they collaborate on visual art exhibitions. In her other venture; BlakLash Projects manages and delivers a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural events and creative initiatives with the help of her partner Troy Casey. She is also a member of the Indigenous Connections Committee for the National Film and Sound Archives and proud Board member of BIMA.