We welcome Sherree Chaudhry to our Committee of Management.
Sherree is HR Manager at Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation in Heywood, south-western Victoria, and a graduate of the Maarni Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Program.
Bio and photo to come.
Chris Clark – Chair
Chris is passionate about supporting and challenging organisations, leaders and people to be the very best that they can be and her areas of expertise include consultative strategic planning, leadership development, group facilitation, team development and organisational reviews. Chris has a background in the not-for-profit, government, service and manufacturing industries that extends over 30 years. She is a strategic thinker, is insightful, process oriented, and brings a high level of openness, integrity and respect into her role as a consultant, executive coach and facilitator.
Over the past 20 years Chris has facilitated strategic plans, workshops and projects for Indigenous organisations and communities, and more recently has been supporting Woor-Dungin on a pro bono basis in strategy development and completion of Woor-Dungin’s code of conduct.
Clare Land is a non-Aboriginal person living on Kulin land. She has been an active supporter of Aboriginal struggles since 1998 in collectives such as Students for Land Justice and Reconciliation, Melbourne Kungkas and the Black GST; and is the author of Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles (Zed Books, 2015). In that book, and through workshops and teaching, Clare aims to do justice to the education she has received from Aboriginal community activists by sharing it with others.
Clare currently works as a researcher in Gary Foley’s Koori History Archive at Victoria University, and as program and operations manager at the Reichstein Foundation, one of Australia’s most innovative philanthropic foundations. She has also worked at the Foundation for Young Australians and Philanthropy Australia. She was a Community Development Worker at ANTaR Victoria (Working for Land Justice and Reconciliation) from 2004–2006 and served on the ANTaR Victoria Committee of Management from 2006–2012, including as treasurer and chair.
Clare has an honours degree in history (University of Melbourne) and a PhD in critical social work/sociology (Deakin University). She has worked on research projects interpreting Australian political history (NCAS, Monash University) and promoting educational equity (Deakin University) and frontier conflict (City of Melbourne).
Clare volunteered at 3CR community radio between 2001 and 2014 including 12 years as a broadcaster in collaboration with Gunai/Maar campaigner and broadcaster Robbie Thorpe. She has also been a live-to-air broadcaster on 3KND and SBS.
She is co-coordinator of a large-scale community education project (decolonizingsolidarity.org/book-club) and a member of the Police Stop Data Expert Working Group of the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre, Melbourne.
Lorraine Langley – Vice Chair
Robyne Latham is a Yamatji woman originally from Western Australia. An academic and fine artist, Robyne has lived and worked in Melbourne for some 30 years. She holds a Master of Fine Art from Monash University, a Diploma of Education from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) from Curtin University.
Robyne’s academic career has included co-ordination of the Associate Degree in Contemporary Aboriginal Art at Curtin University; Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Aboriginal Art at Deakin University; Sessional Lecturer in Health Sciences at La Trobe University; and a researcher at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University. Robyne is currently the Senior Indigenous Strategic Development Officer, The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University. Robyne is also the Principal of Blak Light Cultural Safety Training consultancy. She joined Woor-Dungin’s Committee of Management in November 2016.
Robyne’s work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Deakin University, La Trobe University, the Koorie Heritage Trust museum, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, John Curtin Gallery and the Berndt Museum at the University of Western Australia. Robyne’s works span the media of ceramics, sculpture, public-art installation, performance, painting and theatre-set design. Her artworks have won a number of awards, including Shepparton Art Museum’s Indigenous Ceramic Art Award (Victoria section; 2014), Dr Ross Ingram Memorial Prize (2012) and Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award (2013).
Robyne’s most recent works are the installation Empty Coolamons at Melbourne Museum’s Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre (2014–2015), and the performance work The Aborigine Is Present at the Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre, Federation Square, Melbourne (2015).
Simone Spencer grew up in Dareton, NSW, 15 km north of Mildura. After completing school she went to Charles Sturt University, embarking on a Bachelor of Social Science in Justice Studies. Increasingly her focus shifted to youth work, and while at university she volunteered at the local youth centre.
After leaving university Simone started work at the Mildura Aboriginal Corporation (now called Mallee District Aboriginal Services, or MDAS) as a family-support worker. She is currently a senior caseworker with the Prevention and Early Intervention Team.
Simone has continued to volunteer at the youth sporting groups and holiday programs. She is involved with Mildura United Soccer Club, and with the Coomealla basketball and netball teams, in various playing, mentoring and coaching roles.
Simone is passionate about leadership programs for young Aboriginal women. She believes our next generation of young Indigenous people have the capacity to stand up and be heard on what is needed for our culture and our families, to strive for a better and healthier future.
She is a founding member of Woor-Dungin and a former vice chair, a journey that she acknowledges has been a great experience, and one which has changed her vision and direction in life.
Trudy Wyse – Secretary
Trudy Wyse is a social-policy analyst and consultant, with expertise in program design, implementation and review. She has a background in economics, community development and capacity building, local government, philanthropy and management. She has worked across all three levels of government, and held the position of community services manager for Brunswick City Council.
Trudy has worked in the philanthropic sector for over 15 years, initially for the Stegley Foundation, where she worked with the trustees to develop a dynamic model of responsive and strategic philanthropy.
Since 2002 Trudy has worked with the Australian Communities Foundation. She was the manager of Community and Donor Services for ten years, and is currently a director of the Foundation’s Philanthropy Consulting Service. She is also a trustee of the Mullum Trust.