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.
ESTE DARIN-COOPER – DIRECTOR
Este is a consultant at Social Ventures Australia, a social purpose organisation that works with partners to improve the lives of people in need. In her role, Este helps business, government and philanthropists to be more effective funders, and social purpose organisations to be more effective at delivering services.
Prior to her role at SVA, Este was a director of human rights strategy for the federal Government, where she advised the public, private and start-up sectors on data initiatives that included emerging technologies, big data and national security. Este spent several years working at major law firms in Australia, and was an Associate at the Federal Court to the former Justice Lindgren. She holds a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (1st class hons) from the University of Melbourne.
Este has been a long-standing supporter of the arts and is a passionate believer in the power of the arts to achieve social change. She is the founding director of the Darin Cooper Foundation, whose mission is to advance the Australian community through grants to arts organisations and education programmes. She is a member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving program, and supports a range of arts companies to develop the careers of young Australian artists and engage with remote or disadvantaged communities.