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Date:June 21, 2022

Batchelor Institute appoints new CEO

leon 2_editedBatchelor Institute Chair, Ms Patricia Anderson AO, today announced the appointment of Mr Leon Yeatman as the Institute’s new Chief Executive Officer. 

Mr Yeatman, formerly CEO of the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council in northern Queensland, will move with his family to Batchelor township to take up the role on 18 July 2022. 

Ms Anderson describes Mr Yeatman’s appointment as a watershed moment for Batchelor Institute. 

“The Batchelor Institute Council has taken its time to deeply consider the attributes we need in a new leader for our staff and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities we serve,” Ms Anderson said. 

“Our vocational, higher education and graduate teaching staff are leaders in their field, so we acknowledged that we didn’t necessarily need to appoint an academic or expert in the field of education, we need a person with expertise and a commitment to best practice governance principles and compliance – a leader who allows our staff to get on with what they do best. 

Mr Yeatman, whose people are the Gunganghi of Yarrabah, has spent his entire career working with and for his people, predominantly in senior management positions in local government and health. 

He has been CEO of Yarrabah Shire Council since 2019, and previously held the same role between 2000-2011 before spending six years as CEO of the Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council. 

Mr Yeatman has a lived experience of Indigenous affairs and a particular focus on strategic planning and economic development. His work history includes planning scheme development, economic development planning, Native Title negotiations, advocacy and coaching. 

In 2010, Mr Yeatman was awarded Queensland Rural/Remote Manager of the Year by the Australian Institute of Management. Last week he was awarded the 2022 Queensland Reconciliation Award’s Premier’s Award. 

He is a member of the Local Government Managers Association and a registered member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has also been an elite footballer, playing with the Brisbane Broncos rugby league team. 

Outside the office, Mr Yeatman enjoys spending time with his family, camping, fishing, sport, and getting involved with his local community.