Danny Gilbert AM is co-founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin.
In his role as co-founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin, Danny has been the recipient of several awards, including the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards Managing Partner of the Year 2018 and the 2017 Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers first ever Special Achievement Award for his extraordinary contribution to law and commitment to innovation.
Danny is currently Director, Business Council of Australia; Co-Chair Cape York Partnership Group Pty Limited; Co-Chair, Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition Ltd; Member, Social Impact Investing Taskforce Expert Panel, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Honorary Ambassador of Menzies School of Health Research.
Danny is a former Non-Executive Director of National Australia Bank Limited 2004-2016; former Chairman Western Sydney University Foundation 2012-2019; former Chairman National Museum of Australia 2009-2015; former Chairman Australian Film Television and Radio School; former Chairman Law and Justice Foundation of NSW and former Chairman of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
In June 2005, Danny was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the law and to the community, particularly Indigenous Australians. In December 2019 Danny was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by the University of New South.
Danny is also a trustee of various private charitable trusts.
Noel Pearson is one of Australia’s leading thinkers. He comes from the Guugu Yimidhirr community of Hope Vale on south eastern Cape York Peninsula, and is the primary architect of the Cape York Agenda. Noel’s goal is to enable Cape York’s Indigenous people to have the capacity to choose the life they have reason to value by reinstating the rights of Aboriginal people to take responsibility for their lives.
David is Executive Director of VGI Partners, a global listed equities absolute return fund. David spent seventeen years in private equity (1994-2011), as Managing Director at CHAMP Private Equity; Executive Director and Country Head of UBS Capital and a Division Director at Macquarie Direct Investment.
Jon Nicholson has had a long corporate career. He was the Chief Strategy Officer at Westpac Banking Corporation and, before that, a Senior Vice-President with the Boston Consulting Group. Earlier in his career he was Senior Private Secretary to the Prime Minister of Australia (Bob Hawke). Jon has a deep expertise and experience in business strategy, business management and corporate governance.
Richie Ah Mat
Richard (Richie) Ah Mat was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Richie was elected as Chairperson of the Cape York Land Council in 1997. After serving his fourth term he moved into the position of Executive Director of Cape York Land Council in 2001 and held this position until 2005, before returning as Chairperson in late 2009. Richie is a non-executive director of the Cape York Group and a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.
Matthew is responsible for all financial aspects of Cape York Partnership. He is a key member of the executive leadership team and engages with peers on budgets, monthly reporting and related efficiency measures. He also oversees the IT and administration functions, never losing site that his department is an enabler for other departments to carry out the primary objectives of the Partnership.
Nicole Scurrah has worked in leadership roles in the public and private sector, in leadership and commercial roles. Currently with PwC as lead consultant in Queensland working across many areas of delivery in private and public sector engagements.
Previously Nicole was the Chief Operating Officer for Telstra Health, where she lead the team to secure the National Cancer Register contract in partnership with the federal government.
Nicole has worked for Queensland Government, and was the Chief of Staff with responsibilities including development and implementation of strategy and legislative reforms including the governments response to the GFC and the states disasters.
Nicole has extensive experience in strategic planning, risk management, governance design, policy development and change management
Wayne was born and bred in Lockhart River. Wayne has been the Mayor of Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council since 2012. His qualifications and experience in the field of community development, make him well placed to work with the community to develop and implement new ideas and strategies to continue to strengthen the people and the shire so close to his heart.
Dr Ken Henry AC
Ken was Chairman of NAB between 2015-2019 and has been a Non-Executive Director since December 2011. He served as the Secretary of the Department of the Treasury from 2001 to 2011 until November 2012, he was special advisor to the Prime Minister with responsibility for leading the development of the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century.
Fiona Wirrer-George Oochunyung
A graduate of James Cook University (B Ed), NAISDA Dance College (Diploma of Dance), Sydney and Queensland University of Technology (Master in Education, Major in School Guidance and Counselling), Fiona Wirrer-George is a freelance performer, educator, writer and choreographer. Descending from the Mbaiwum/Trotj and Alngith/Liningithi Wikway Nations of Western Cape York Fiona also has strong traditional ties to the Wik of Cape York through her maternal great-grandmother, pre-dominantly Wik Apalich. Fiona has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology and is casual on-line lecturer of post-graduate students at James Cook University, Cairns Campus. Fiona is currently in her second year of PhD studies. She has authored five books and three stage plays and her works have been show-cased both national and international. She has been choreographer of the CIAF fashion show since 2015 and is currently contracted as choreographer for the 2018 Commonwealth Games Indigenous Fashion Show.
Ann is Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. Carnival is the world’s largest cruise ship business and owner of 10 iconic brands including P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Aida, Cunard, Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line and Seabourn. She joined in 2007 as CEO and has transformed the industry and growth has been double digit each year since 2007. Prior to this, Ann held many roles with Westpac over 12 years including Chief Executive Officer, Westpac New Zealand and Pacific, CEO of the Bank of Melbourne and Group Executive, People & Performance. Before joining Westpac, Ann was First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra, advising the Prime Minister on policies and programmes to improve the status of women and was Australia’s representative to the United Nations forums on human rights and women’s rights. In addition to her executive role, Ann holds a number of non-executive roles including Sydney Airport, ING Direct (Australia), The Palladium Group, Australian Rugby Union and Cape York Partnership. In 2001, Ann was awarded a Centenary Medal. In 2004, Ann was awarded an Order of Australia. In 2011, Ann was listed in the FTSE 100 Global Women in Leadership. In 2013, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by Macquarie University for her contribution to business and civil society and in 2014, an Honorary Doctorate of Business by University of Queensland. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Award.
Lisa Siganto has worked in the impact economy for almost 20 years, supporting and investing in social entrepreneurs who are changing the world. Through her consultancy, Shorebirds, she has facilitated a number of large-scale partnership projects that create social impact. She is the Chair of White Box Enterprises, QUT ImpaQt and Asylum Circle.
Lisa was the founding QLD Director of Social Ventures Australia, where she was responsible for a hub of more than 60 social enterprises and profit-for-purpose businesses. Formerly, she was a Partner in consulting at Deloitte and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Lisa has an MBA from Harvard University and an Engineering Degree (Honours) from the University of Queensland.