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Batchelor Institute embarks on new chapter with appointment of new CEO
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Joe Martin-Jard

The Batchelor Institute has appointed Joe Martin-Jard as its Chief Executive Officer following a competitive and rigorous recruitment process.

Martin-Jard is an experienced senior leader, having held executive roles for more than 10 years, and is well placed to lead the institute forward with a renewed sense of confidence and pride.

Batchelor Institute’s unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality education and positive change for First Nations people remains strong. This appointment marks the beginning of a new chapter for the institute, underpinned by a foundation of solid and stable leadership.

Martin-Jard is skilled in public governance and managing organisations in several legislative environments. During his time in previous CEO roles, Martin-Jard led the development and execution of strategic plans and policies, secured long term multi-million funding agreements and championed positive change for Aboriginal Territorians.

He is passionate about transforming, developing and growing organisations to build a stronger future for First Nations people.

Martin-Jard is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Teaching, Graduate Certificate of Public Sector Management and a Masters of International Management.

The Batchelor Institute is well on its way to completing the implementation of 27 recommendations made following a review by the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption.

21 of the recommendations have been implemented including a complete review of the institute’s policy suite as well as training delivered by ICAC relating to conflict of interest and mandatory reporting.

The institute, under Martin-Jard’s leadership will continue prioritising implementation of the remaining 6 recommendations which include longer term actions such as legislative change in partnership with the Northern Territory Government.

Quotes from Joe Martin-Jard

“I am ecstatic to return to one of my first passions, education and training, as it’s the pathway to opportunity and success for First Nations people,” Martin-Jard said.

“When I trained as a teacher and gained my adult education degree, I was inspired by the power education had not only on me but the vast number of people I trained and worked with. It changed peoples’ lives and I’m passionate about people creating change.”

“There is work to be done at Batchelor Institute and while transformation is hard, the institute has gathered a strong group of leaders who I have every confidence in to carry this organisation forward.”

“I would like to acknowledge the hard work of David Cusack over these many months and look forward to working together as we move forward.”