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Institute Council

Professor Markham Rose – Chairperson
Professor Mark Rose is traditionally linked to the Gunditjmara Nation of Western Victoria. With a 30 year career in education, Professor Rose has contributed to broad range of educational settings within the state of Victoria, nationally and internationally.

Mark currently holds the position of Executive Director of Indigenous Strategy and Education at La Trobe University. In ministerially appointed arrangements he advised ministers Nelson, Bishop, Gillard and Garrett, co-chair Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Review, sat on numerous government task forces, is involved with United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York and is a delegate to the National Congress of Australia’s First People.

Currently Mark is Vice President of VAEAI (Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated), Chairs the Indigenous advisory group of ACARA as well Chairs of Batchelor Institute in the Northern Territory.


Catherine Curry – Deputy Chairperson
Catherine has more than 25 years’ experience in education, training and employment in the Northern Territory and is currently State Manager for the Australian Government Department of Employment in the Northern Territory. Catherine’s experience includes secondary, vocational and tertiary teaching, senior management and advisory roles and is underpinned by a strong education and training policy framework. Catherine has a particularly strong working knowledge of the vocational education and training system and has participated in the design, development and implementation of national training packages.

Professor Boni Robertson
Professor Robertson is the Professor of Indigenous Policy at Griffith University. Professor Robertson held senior appointments at the University of Queensland and was State Chair of the Ministerial Indigenous Education Advisory Committee. Professor Robertson has co-authored and authored numerous state, national and international reviews and reports relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and has extensive experience in the area of Indigenous policy, community engagement and community partnerships. She also has linkages with various representative and consultative groups, such as the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium and the National Indigenous Higher Education Network.

Dr Kevin Gillan
Dr Gillan is the Executive Director, Education Partnerships with the NT Governments, Department of Education. Dr Gillan was appointed to be a member on Council as the representative for the CEO for the Department.

Kevin was a former District Director and principal in various regions throughout WA before joining the Department in 2006. He has also taught in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In the Territory he has previously been General Manager of Schools (Palmerston and Rural), Executive Director Schools North and Head of School Education and Training Operations. He has also worked in the Department of Chief Minister and as a Professor at Charles Darwin University in recent times. Kevin has a long-term research interest in Indigenous education, in which he completed his PhD. He believes that successful schools are those that have a real focus on optimising relationships at all levels throughout the school community and have an unrelenting focus on quality pedagogy.


Peter McCaffrey

Peter recently retired after 44 years in the state public service from his roles as the Deputy Director General, Finance and Administration and Chief Finance Officer of the Department of Education and Training.

During this time he made a significant contribution to education and training and helped shape the programs and resourcing that has provided many West Australians with the opportunity to succeed in their chosen endeavours.

Peter has a Bachelor of Business degree in finance and accounting and was responsible for the finance and budgeting, and much of the administrative areas of the department including the buildings and infrastructure, information and technology, and the establishment and operation of the shared services centre.

He has extensive knowledge and experience in government finance, resource management, and the complexities, importance, and challenges in ensuring that sufficient places are provided for the training of apprentices and trainees to meet industry demands for a skilled workforce.


Kerri-Anne Butler

Kerri-Anne Butler is from Elliot, my mum is from Beetaloo Station and my dad is from Darwin. Kerri-Anne has just recently moved back to Elliot and started work at the Primary School as well as studying towards obtaining a Diploma in Education Support. Her passion is to work within Indigenous Education and the VET area and specifically working with students in school, which Kerri-Anne finds quite rewarding and allows her to watch the students learn and grow.


Stephanie Barber

Stephanie Barber is of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and is traditionally linked to the Yandruwandah clan from Innamincka, South Australia and family ties to Stradbroke Island, Mer Island and Boigu Island.

Stephanie has been involved with Batchelor Institute for the past 12 years. Her present role for the past year as the Manager of Student Services takes her on the ever changing journey of continuous improvement, growth and sustainability of Batchelor Institute and Indigenous Education.

The Student Services Team not only provide support, assistance and guidance to our Students, but also to fellow colleagues to work towards providing a welcoming, confidential and approachable environment for those who are here on their journey at Batchelor Institute.

Student Services Value Statement
‘To provide a unique experience based on respect, tradition, beliefs and cultures and to be able to freely express one-self within a safe environment’.