Meet the Board of Directors
There are few Australian voices in the debate on social justice and Indigenous welfare that resonated as strongly as Archie Roach’s. His impact on this country’s musical landscape is equally strong and has enlightened audiences to the disastrous treatment of Aboriginal people by successive generations of Australian government policies. When Archie released his debut album “Charcoal Lane” 25 years ago, his song “Took The Children Away” shone a spotlight on the impact of the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families and brought it to the attention of the global community. He is the only songwriter to receive a Human Rights Achievement Award for the song Took the Children Away an honour bestowed upon him in 2000. His work continues to reflect the struggles and issues facing First Nations Australians and his commitment to raising awareness and being a catalyst for change remains undiminished.
One of the nation’s most respected and enduring actors, Jack Charles is a member of Australia’s Stolen Generations. Removed from his mother as a baby and raised in a Salvation Army boys’ home, Jack knew nothing of his Indigenous heritage as a child. At 19 he began a career as an actor but his addiction to heroin and a life of crime saw him jailed. Jack is passionate about working to mentor and support young indigenous men and women caught up in the recidivist prison system. He uses his past life experiences to pass on his knowledge about identity, culture and spirituality.
Shane Evans - ARF Chairperson
Shane, a proud Kirrae Whurrong, Gunditjmara and Bundjalung man, is passionate about social justice and human rights issues and is deeply concerned about the continued level of disadvantage faced by his people, particularly First Nations youth caught in the criminal justice system. He has worked in Aboriginal Education at senior policy and management positions in Victorian and Commonwealth departments for over 18 years. In 2014 Shane joined Parkville College, a specialist registered Victorian Government school within the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre and was instrumental alongside Gunditjmara Elder, Jim Berg, to create and co-ordinate a Koorie Cultural program that operated weekly for over 2 years.
Sally has worked for APRA AMCOS for 35 years, most recently as the Head of Member Services and prior to that as the Director of Membership. She is passionate about Australian music, dabbles in song writting and plays guitar (badly). Sally is the author of Song Cycles - An audit of support infrastructure of Indigionous Music in Australia. Commissioned by the Australia Council and published in 2012. ISBN: 9781920784430.
She researched and authored Starting Ground - A Scoping Study into NSW Aboriginal Artists (2015) and was the Project Manager for the NSW Skills Development program - Starting Ground which ran from 2015 - 2016. Sally is a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Music Centre (AMC) and a Non-Executive Director of Support Act Ltd (SAL) having been appointed Chair of the SAL board in 2013.
Regina (BA / LLB (Hons), MBA, Masters of International Laws), has over 15 years consulting experience working across the social sector with non-profit organisations, government, business and philanthropy to help them to articulate, demonstrate and improve the effectiveness of their policy and program activity. She has worked extensively in the areas of child protection and youth justice and in supporting young people through the Arts, education and employment. She believes that we all have a responsibility to make our community a caring place that encourages and supports people to live our their life's purpose and realise their full potential.
Meet the Staff
Jill has been working for the Australian music industry as an artist manager, producer, booking agent and touring manager for the past three decades. She has been working with Archie Roach for the past ten years and helped his set up the Foundation back in 2014. Jill is passionate about creating meaningful pathways for emerging First Nation's artists and art workers.
Meet our Ambassadors
Jack spends much of his time working to educate and assist young indigenous men and women caught up in the recidivist prison system. He is a mentor and a guide and uses his past life experiences to help others by passing on his knowledge and teaching young people and the not so young about real aboriginal culture and spirituality - in order to better their lives and in turn for them to pass this knowledge onto others.
A Widjabul woman /Bundjalung territories Rhoda is an experienced motivated and versatile arts executive, with a diverse range of international and national industry practice within commercial, community and non-profit organisations. Rhoda was the founder and Festival Director of the Dreaming Festivals (1995-2009) an actor/producer and director and continues to work as a consultant, speaker and performer in theatre, film, television and radio. She was the Co Founder the Aboriginal National Theater Trust and held the Creative Director positions for the Awakening Segment Sydney Olympic Games 2000, Opening Ceremony. Sydney New Years Eve 2009-2011, Opening ceremony of the Musee Du Quay Branley, Paris and many more national events. Head of First Nations Programming, Sydney Opera House, Creative Director Parrtjima Festival , Alice Springs, Festival Director, Boomerang Festival, Associate artist : Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), Vivid Opera House Sails Projection, Creative Director,Events Consultant /creative : Imagination Australia.