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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.


Prof Steve Larkin
B.Soc.Wk, M.Soc. Sc, PhD
Chief Executive Officer

Professor Steven Larkin is a Kungarakan man. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Queensland University of Technology, a Master’s degree in Social Science from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Queensland.

Professor Larkin has served on numerous national advisory committees in Indigenous affairs. He chaired the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council (ATSIHEAC) for three years (2009-2012); and continues to provide invaluable input as a member of professional affiliations such as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC), the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN), Beyond Blue, Member of the New Colombo Plan Reference Group and Chair of the Healing Foundation.


Ms Vicki Baylis

Ms Baylis has over thirty years’ experience in the education sector and joined Batchelor Institute Council upon appointment as Chief Executive Officer for the Department of Education in 2016. Ms Baylis’ previous roles have included Principal, District Director, Regional Executive Director, Executive Director Schools and Executive Director School Support Services. Her responsibilities included territory-wide delivery of curriculum, teaching, learning, assessment, and inclusion from Transition to Year 12. She has positively contributed 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

Liam was born and raised in the Northern Territory by his English mother and Indigenous father. After completing his high schooling at Casuarina College, he undertook various roles including management positions. In 2004, he undertook an apprenticeship in carpentry and successfully completed it in 2009.

Following in the footsteps of his grandmother, Emma Collins, he commenced work with Batchelor Institute in 2013. The Institute recognised Mr Fraser’s dedication to teaching and nominated him for the 2016 Northern Territory Government Training Awards. He was the proud recipient of the 2016 Northern Territory Trainer of the Year Award.

As the Senior Lecturer of Construction, Liam continues to demonstrate his commitment to mentoring and enriching the lives of his students. Through education, he hopes to ensure they achieve their goals and strengthen their social-emotional wellbeing.


Louis Kantilla

Louis has been a student at Batchelor since early 1990’s. He is a Tiwi Islander and have strong ties throughout the Northern Territory.

Louis is currently a TEABBA Board Member with his term commencing in 2017.