LINDA BURNEY – PATRON
Linda is the first Aboriginal Australian to be elected to the NSW Parliament and a proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation. Her commitment to Indigenous issues spans more than 30 years. She was elected Member for Canterbury in 2003 and has held various NSW Government portfolios including Minister for Women 2009. She led the whole of government reform of child protection in response to Justice Wood’s recommendations through the five year-plan Keep Them Safe. In 2011 she was appointed Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Planning, Infrastructure and Heritage; Sport and Recreation; the Hunter; and Central Coast. Linda has held senior leadership positions in the non-government sector and has served on a number of boards including SBS, the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, the NSW Board of Studies, Board of Trustees of the University of Western Sydney and Chairman of the Natural Resources Advisory Council. Linda was also an executive member of the National Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, President of the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and is a former Director-General of the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs. Linda is the current Chair of the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council and Patron of Beyond Empathy Ltd.
VIVIENNE SKINNER – DIRECTOR
Vivienne is the Principle of Metropolis, a consulting firm working with the government and corporate sector in urban development, transport strategy, the arts and media. Until September 2013, she was speechwriter and senior adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese. She was arts adviser to Premiers Nathan Rees and Bob Carr, and between 2006 and 2008 was communications manager for Regional Arts Australia. Vivienne has always believed that the arts can be used as a tool to improve the lives of marginalised young people. After growing up in the small NSW town of Cooma, Vivienne trained as a nurse before completing an arts degree at the Australian National University and beginning a career as a journalist. She worked as both a television and radio reporter with the ABC and was a newsreader with Channel 7 in Canberra. She has written for a variety of publications including the Sydney Morning Herald. Vivienne is a member of the Womenâ€™s Advisory Committee for The Big Issue and is a member of the Centennial Parklands Community Consultative Committee.
TONY GREEN – PUBLIC OFFICER/DIRECTOR
Tony is the Managing Director of several family companies that have developed and operated some of Sydney’s leading pubs: The Royal Hotel in Paddington, Greenwood Hotel in North Sydney, Clock Hotel in Surry Hills, Pontoon Bar at Darling Harbour and Merewether Surfhouse in Newcastle. For the last 15 years he has also been Managing Director of Andreasens Green Wholesale Nurseries, one of the largest wholesale nurseries in Australia, supplying native and exotic trees, shrubs and grasses to the building and landscaping industries generally and to projects such as The RAS Showground and Olympic Village at Newington, Fox Studios, The Conservatorium of Music and most of the major housing and commercial developments in and around Sydney.Tony has a Commerce/Law degree (majoring in Accounting) from the University of New South Wales and practised as a solicitor for Freehills in Sydney for nearly four years. He has worked with and supported many charitable organisations in recent years, but this is his first board appointment.
DAVID LEHA / RADICAL SON – DIRECTOR
Effortlessly crossing genres from soul to hip-hop and beyond, Radical Son is a standout vocalist and songwriter like no other. His often-poignant lyrics chart a course from hopelessness to healing; mercilessly deconstructing what is, and forever imagining what could be. Radical Son’s music and stories are always guided by his Indigenous heritage from the Kamilaroi nation of Australia and the south pacific nation of Tonga. As a vocalist, Radical Son has a unique ability to deliver as a soul singer, rapper and spoken word artist. This natural dexterity defines his earned place and presence in the contemporary musical landscape. The back-bone of radical son’s stories continuously urge our human spirit to approach life through love and compassion.