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Institute Council

Ms Patricia Anderson AO – Chairperson

Ms Pat Anderson is an Alyawarre woman known nationally and internationally as a powerful advocate for the health of Australia’s First Peoples. She has extensive experience in Aboriginal health, including community development, policy formation and research ethics.

Ms Anderson has spoken before the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous People, has been the CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Chair of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), and was the Chair of the CRC for Aboriginal Health from 2003 to 2009. She has published many essays, papers and articles, including co-authoring with Rex Wild QC of Little Children Are Sacred, a report on the abuse of Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory.

In 2007, Ms Anderson was awarded the Public Health Association of Australia’s Sidney Sax Public Health Medal in recognition of her achievements; she was awarded the Human Rights Community Individual Award (Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Award) in 2012 and the Human Rights Medal in 2016 by the Australian Human Rights Commission. In 2013, she received an honorary doctorate from Flinders University and in 2017 Edith Cowan University conferred on Ms Anderson a Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa. In 2015, Ms Anderson won the public policy category Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She served as co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Referendum Council and she is the current chair of the Remote Area Health Corporation.

Ms Anderson was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014 for distinguished service to the Indigenous community as a social justice advocate, particularly through promoting improved health, and educational and protection outcomes for children. In 2018, the national NAIDOC Committee recognised her life-long contribution with the Lifetime Achievement Award.


Mr Russell Taylor AM – Deputy Chairperson
MBA, GradDipPSM (UTS), GradDipArts (ANU)

An Aboriginal Australian (Kamilaroi) and former long term Senior Executive Service member of the Australian Public Service, Russell recently stepped down as CEO of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in Canberra.

Russell is a highly respected senior Indigenous Australian with extensive experience in corporate governance and a long history in leadership and advocacy with particular passion for education and social welfare.

In 2015 Russell was awarded Membership of the General Division of the Order of Australia “for significant service to the community as a cultural leader and public sector executive in the field of Indigenous affairs”.

In 2016 Russell was the recipient of the UTS Sydney Inaugural Indigenous Alumni Award for Excellence.

In 2018 Russell was the recipient of the national NAIDOC “Male Elder of the Year” Award.


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 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.


Lauren Ganley

Lauren is the CEO of Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) based in Alice Springs.   DKA works closely with people, places and knowledges of the desert, to put knowledge into action, for a stronger desert and remote Australia.

Prior to DKA, Lauren worked at Telstra for more than thirty years working in the Northern Territory and South Australia.  In her last role at Telstra, Lauren led Telstra’s National Indigenous strategy.

Lauren is the Chair of Telstra’s Indigenous Advisory Committee; a Director of Kakadu Tourism, the Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia and Power Community Ltd; an Ambassador for Indigenous Community Volunteers; a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation; and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2014 Lauren was recognised as one of Australia’s most influential women winning a place in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.


Mr Liam Fraser

I’m born and bred in the NT, I have an English mum and an indigenous Australian father.  I finished my high school at Casuarina College. Between the age of 19 and 22 I experienced a variety of jobs as an employee and in management roles. In the year 2004 I started my apprenticeship in carpentry and I finished my trade in 2009.

I started my association with Batchelor in 2013 and now I’m currently the senior lecturer. Batchelor graciously nominated me in the NT government awards and I was one of four finalist, I was announced NT trainer of year 2016. I really love that my grandmother Emma Collins worked for Batchelor for 17 years and I’m very proud to follow in her footsteps.

What I’m committed to as a senior lecturer is not only to in still  valuable intellectual knowledge, but to mentor and also enrich the students in their personal standard in values, morals, ethics and social behaviour.