Our Board

 

 Aboriginal Co-Chair

Carol

Carol Innes

Carol Innes has a strong commitment to work with Reconciliation WA to make a difference in our community to build stronger and meaningful relationships across our community to appreciate each other in all sectors.

Carol Innes currently holds the position of Manager Aboriginal Cultural Heritage & Arts at the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. This is a relatively new role to the organisation concentrating on Aboriginal engagement in the urban development projects that the organisation delivers. Carol has been in this role since May 2015.  Prior to this Carol was employed at the SWALSC since 2006 and has worked on project development which maintained Noongar involvement in many areas through native title. Previous to this, Carol worked for 11 years in the arts sector in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts. Carol is experienced in government at both State and Federal levels and in the community arts sector. Carol is a mother and grandmother and is a very strong advocate for raising the profile of Noongar people in Western Australia.  

Non-Aboriginal Co-Chair

Gary Smith

Gary Smith

Gary is the WA Chairman of Partners at KPMG. He is Lead Partner for a range of KPMG global and local clients and has close to 35 years' experience in providing advisory services to business and government.

Gary has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and IT from Deakin University. He is an experienced management consultant and up until December 2011, was the Partner in Charge for the Advisory group in Western Australia. Gary is an accomplished facilitator and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is highly experienced in both systems and process improvement environments and the application of business transformation, change, communications and risk management techniques within large project environments.  

Gary was also a founding Director of the Committee for Perth – a group that advocate for the development of a unified vision for Perth.  His other roles include Director Edge Employment Solutions - an organisation focused on supporting people with disability to find regular employment.  Advisory Board Member of the 2018 Australasian Police & Emergency Services Games.  Member Taskforce Committee-Defence and Maritime in WA facilitated by French Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry WA.

 

Board Members

 

 Alan

Alan Carter

Alan Carter has had a diverse range of employment experience since graduating from the University of WA in the 1970’s. He has worked in the Corporate Sector, in Politics and in the Government and Not for Profit Sectors and much of that work in recent years has focussed on initiatives to promote reconciliation and reducing the levels of Aboriginal disadvantage in our communities. He currently works as a consultant.  

He is currently on the board of Reconciliation WA and is also Co-Convenor of the Bringing Them Home Committee (WA). His work with the Bringing Them Home Committee has often focussed on the need to tell the truth about the appalling manner in which we treated the First Peoples of this country, particularly the Stolen Generation. His role with Reconciliation WA has enabled him to work with the Corporate, Government and Not for Profit Sectors to promote reconciliation and to encourage greater collaboration in order to maximise outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Alan has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of WA, a Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology Policy from Murdoch University focussing on Sustainability and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Fred

Fred Chaney AO

Fred Chaney has been involved with Aboriginal people and their concerns for over 50 years variously as a student, lawyer, parliamentarian, Federal Minister, academic, volunteer, citizen, Tribunal member, board member of Reconciliation Australia for 15 years and currently a member of the board of RWA. He strongly supports the efforts of Aboriginal people to have their first nation status recognised and their finding their rightful place in the economic social and cultural life of Australia.

 

Jim

  Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison is a senior Noongar man, a Traditional Custodian from WA’s southern coast who has passed his strong Aboriginal values to following generations of his extended family. His mother, father and their 21 siblings were all stolen and separated as children.

Jim has been an uncompromising activist, advocate and leader in pivotal Aboriginal advancement roles for over four decades, working passionately to address tragic mental health and suicide issues in his community; equity in access to culturally safe services in State and Commonwealth Governments; overdue prison reforms; Aboriginal employment; education and training; equity in universities; the protection of young street people and the formation and management of non-government agencies providing services to Aboriginal families and their broader communities. He was a founding member of Reconciliation WA, three times the Aboriginal Co-chair of the National Stolen Generations Alliance, is the Co-convenor of Bringing Them Home (WA) and the inaugural Chair of the WA Stolen Generations Alliance. His network and current knowledge of Aboriginal and mainstream human services agencies is wide and diverse and he sits as a volunteer, on numerous committees connected with reconciliation, employment, mental health, suicide and keynotes frequently on important aspects of Unfinished Business.

Jim Morrison was recently awarded the John Curtin Medal.  The Medal is awarded by Curtin University to people who have made a significant contribution in their chosen field in Australia or internationally and who have exhibited John Curtin's qualities of vision, leadership and community service.

 

 Irina

 Irina Cattalini

Irina Cattalini is one of the founding Board members of Reconciliation WA, which was established during her term as CEO of the WA Council of Social Service, WA’s leading community service peak body. Irina is now the Executive Manager Services for One Tree Community Services.  One Tree is a non-profit organisation which provides a diverse range of children and family services across WA, the NT and Victoria, with a focus on supporting regional and remote communities.

Irina has a strong history of contribution to the local, national and international community. She has served as Vice President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, aIIs a member of the Advisory Boards of the Centre for Social Impact and Social Ventures WA, as well as on the CEO’s for Gender Equity group. Irina is a Consumer Representative Board member of the Energy and Water Ombudsman and an Independent Director of Gumala Investments.

Her international work has included hosting the Commonwealth People’s Forum at CHOGM, serving as a member of the Civil Society Advisory Council at the Commonwealth Foundation, and as a member of the Alumni of the USA State Department International Visitor Leadership Program. She has also contributed to United Nations General Assembly hearings with civil society on the Post 2015 Global Development Agenda.

 

Barry McGuire

Barry McGuire

Barry is a Balladong, Wadjuk, Noongar who is highly regarded as a public speaker, facilitator and negotiator. Barry has worked as a consultant and cultural advisor on a range of strategic projects across the Corporate, Mining and Oil & Gas sectors as well as Local, State & Federal Government structures.

In addition to his role as Managing Director of Redspear Safety, he continues to play an active role in community development across Perth. This allows him to exercise his passion for the promotion and sharing of cultural understanding across all industries.

 

Ian

Ian Hobson

Ian is a chartered accountant and chartered company secretary with over 30 years’ experience and acts as non-executive director, company secretary and financial controller for small ASX listed companies, unlisted public companies, large private companies, indigenous organisations, Trustee companies and not for profits.

Ian’s clients are from a diverse range of industries including mining exploration, technology, biomedical science, charitable concerns, engineering, indigenous affairs.   In addition to the usual governance and finance roles Ian undertakes, he has specialised in IPO’s, reverse take-overs, capital raisings, prospectus drafting, and due diligence.

Ian has facilitated the Australian Institute of Company Director education programs in finance and governance for over 20 years. Ian has worked with various aboriginal corporations and trustee companies throughout the state, assisting them with governance and finance issues and training.

Ian has had a keen interest in indigenous affairs for a number of years and enjoys his time with the RWA board members and staff.

 

 V Sebire Head shot Aus Day BBQ at Government Gardens

 Verity Sebire

Verity joined the RWA Interim Board of Directors in 2014, retaining her position on the board through the incorporation of RWA to present. Verity is a 28 year old Noongar woman and her late grandfather, who was taken away in the Stolen Generations, was a Western Aranda man from the Tennant Creek area.

Verity grew up in Pemberton, in the Lower South-West of Western Australia and moved to Perth as a teenager. Active in the reconciliation space from a young age, she is also a Director of Kaitijin Mia Mia Aboriginal Foundation. Verity graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Laws in 2013 and trained as a taxidermist at the WA Museum while completing her degree.

After finishing university, Verity worked for Kambarang Services, delivering cross-cultural awareness training to various Australian Companies and Government agencies. During this time she also worked on a volunteer basis as a paralegal in the Civil Rights division of the Aboriginal Legal Service in Perth.

In 2014, Verity took a position in the Enforcement division at the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, where she continues to work at present. Outside of her role in Enforcement, Verity sits on the Indigenous Consumer Outreach Steering Committee and the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group.

In 2017, Verity became and Ambassador for the WA Parks Foundation.

 

Ezra Jacobs

Ezra

 

Ezra is a Nyoongar man with English and Irish heritage. He lives in Fremantle WA and is currently working as the Aboriginal Heritage Officer for the Rottnest Island Authority. As part of his responsibilities in this role Ezra is involved in planning for a memorial that will honour and pay respect to the Aboriginal men and boys incarcerated on the island between 1838-1931.

Truth telling, healing and reconciliation are all important themes in this work and he joins Reconciliation WA with an ambition to establish the Rottnest Island Authority as a leader in these areas. Ezra is also involved with a number of community initiatives including: attending the 2017 National Constitutional Convention in Uluru as one of the WA delegates, being an ambassador for the WA Parks Foundation and he is also the Aboriginal Liaison for the Cockburn Community Wildlife Corridor.

Ezra has a background in environmental engineering, focusing on terrestrial water resources and environmental and social sustainability. One of his long term goals for the future is to help develop economic opportunities that preserve the social and environmental connections between Indigenous people and their country. 

 

Our Team

 

Executive Officer

James

 James Back 

James is the CEO of Reconciliation WA. A teacher by qualification, James has taught in the Perth metropolitan, regional and remote WA and further, in a number of other countries including the UK and Turkey. Community development works, primarily targeting Education and Health in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities have been James’ passion and forte for the past twenty years.  James has a Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Education, P.Grad. Dip in Health, a Master’s in Education and has deferred his PhD studies. James took on a research project in the Western Desert working with the Martu People in 2002. He lived in Punmu Community for 7 years and worked with the Martu for 10 years as a researcher, practitioner, educator, teacher and school principal.  James has been on the team at Reconciliation WA since its inception and is firmly committed to the strategic vision and operational goals of the Association.