Members of our advisory board offer advice, expertise and experience to assist Swinburne's National Centre for Reconciliation Practice in achieving its vision, objectives and strategy. 

Ian Hamm (Chair of Advisory Board) is a Yorta Yorta man who has been actively involved in the Victorian Indigenous community in a personal and professional capacity for many years.

He has had a wide level of exposure to policy development and program management through his work with the Federal and Victorian Governments.

Ian holds several leadership positions, including Chair of the Board of Directors at the First Nations Foundation and the Koorie Heritage Trust, and Chairperson of the First Nations Foundations. Ian is the Chair of Swinburne’s Indigenous Governance Committee.

Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA is a member of the Bidjara and Birri Gubba Juru peoples. In popular demand as a speaker on Aboriginal issues, she is a well-known historian and author with articles published widely in Australia and internationally.

Her acclaimed biography of her mother, Auntie Rita, was published in 1994. Keeping it in the family, her biography of her father, Jack of Hearts: QX11594, will be published in 2022.

She is a Co-Chair of National Apology Foundation and was a Co-Chair of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation member and Co-Chair Reconciliation Australia, among many positions.

Karen Milward is a proud Victorian Yorta Yorta woman, born and raised in Melbourne. She owns and operates Karen Milward Consulting Services since 2004. Karen has extensive experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities at grass roots and organisational levels and up to peak body representative level.

She regularly undertakes complex projects commissioned by government departments and their agencies. This involves assisting those who have lead responsibility for policy and program development and service delivery impacting on Aboriginal communities.

Peter Morris has dedicated his career to building a more inclusive society that values and benefits from the resilience and ingenuity of First Peoples.

Prior to his time leading the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program at Reconciliation Australia, he served for eight years in various leadership roles at the National Congress of American Indians, the representative body of tribes and Native peoples in the United States.

Peter holds a Bachelors in Aboriginal Studies from the University of New South Wales and a Masters in American Indian Policy from the University of Arizona.

Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney AM is Professor of Education in the Pedagogies for Justice Group, Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion, Education Futures, University of South Australia. In 2018, Professor Rigney was a Distinguished Fellow at Kings College, London, Menzies Australia Institute.

One of Australia’s most respected Aboriginal educationalists, Professor Rigney is a descendant of the Narungga, Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri peoples of South Australia. He is an expert on schooling, culturally responsive pedagogies, Aboriginal and Minority education of the Pacific.

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