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Institute Council

Professor Markham Rose – Chairperson
DipT, BSS, MEd (Admin), PhD

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.


Professor Boni Robertson
BSW, MSW(Q), PhD

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.


Ms Louise Dyer

Louise Dyer, a Warlpiri and Lurjtja woman from Alice Springs comes from a background in both the construction industry and not for profit sectors.

Louise is currently the manager of operations and projects at Central Australian Affordable Housing Company, a not for profit community housing organisation. Before assuming the role of operations manager for CAAH, Louise was a project manager and marketing manager for local builder, Ingkerreke Commercial.

Much of Louise’s background is in community development, in particular Indigenous community development which helps with the social dimension of her work.


Ms Vicki Baylis

Ms Baylis started with the department in 2010 as Executive Director Schools and has over thirty years’ experience in the education sector across two jurisdictions. Previous appointments include Principal, District Director, Regional Executive Director, Executive Director Schools and Executive Director – School Support Services.

Prior to moving into the Chief Executive role, she was responsible for the territory wide delivery of curriculum, assessment, teaching, learning and inclusion from Transition to Year 12, in addition to vocational education and training, enrolment and attendance, wellbeing and mental health, as well as engagement and industry partnerships. Her areas of expertise include educational leadership, curriculum, teaching, learning and inclusion working across remote and urban settings to support a diverse range of communities.


Professor Adrian Miller

Professor Miller is of the Jirrbal people of North Queensland and is the Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University. His previous appointments include Academic Director of Indigenous Education and Research and Professor of Indigenous Research at Griffith University, Professor and Head of School at Southern Cross University and Founding Head of the Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University.

During the past 23 years in higher education, his experience has been in management, leadership, academic program development, teaching and research. He has a research track record in competitive grants with both the Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council grant schemes totalling over $10M. He has a strong interest in applied and translational research and twice been awarded Australian College of Educators Teaching Award. Professor Miller has strong leadership experience and proven capacity for achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous communities in health and education.


Mr Lawrie Webster

Lawrence Webster is a 67 year old Ngarrindjeri man from the mouth of the River Murray in South Australia. He began teaching in 1988 in Adelaide and then moved on to teaching remote Indigenous students in the Flinders Ranges and the Pitjantjatjara lands in South Australia then to the Arnhem and Katherine regions via the Carpentaria Gulf and Central Desert regions in the Northern Territory.

Mr. Webster has held several Principalships in both jurisdictions and is currently a Lecturer in Education Support with Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

He is currently undertaking another learning journey of a Master’s Degree in Indigenous Perspectives (Education) by research, he is passionate about all things Indigenous, especially Education.


Mr Heath Baxter

Heath Baxter is freelance filmmaker, writer and creative industry manager.

Heath is a Kaytej man (Central Desert/Barrow Creek NT) born and bred in Darwin.
He became interested in community radio in his teens which led him to pursue a
future in the media industry.

While developing academically here at Batchelor Institute, Heath has had the
opportunity to establish strong networks with Indigenous media organisations in urban
and remote areas and has a good rapport with fellow students.

Heath is passionate about issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people here in Australia