Executive

Janine Coombs ‘is a trailblazer, carving out a bright future for Indigenous Australians and contributing to the Australian economy and nation with sheer grit and determination - and considerable glamour.’
— Professor Marcia Langton, The Australian, May 2017
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Janine Coombs
Chair

Janine is a Wotjoboluk woman and  Deputy Chair of Barengi Gadjin Land Council, a member of the National Trust Aboriginal Advisory Committee,  a member of the University of Melbourne's Traditional Owner and Elders Reference Group,  an adviser on Collingwood Football Club's Reconciliation Action Plan Committee,  a Director of Barpa Construction and a member of the Interim working group for Treaty in Victoria.  Janine was one of 300 Indigenous leaders that gathered in Uluru in June 2017 to discuss constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

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Marcus Stewart
Deputy Chair

Marcus Stewart is a Taungurung Traditional Owner from Central Victoria. He has extensive experience of strategic policy design and implementation through senior roles in the Victorian State Government and recently graduated from Melbourne Business School.

Marcus also has strong governance skills  gained from previous roles as  CEO of the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation. He starts as inaugural CEO of the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations in January 2018.

 

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Jeremy clark
Executive Officer

Jeremy Clark is a Tjap/Peek Wurrung Traditional Owner from South West Victoria with over 20 years’ experience in Aboriginal Affairs; specialising in cultural heritage, native title and land management. He brings strong governance experience to the board gained from his work over the past decade as CEO of Brambruk National Park and Cultural Centre in Gariwerd.  Jeremy was previously General Manager of the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation before becoming General Manager of Barpa Construction Services. Jeremy was one of 300 Indigenous leaders that gathered in Uluru in June 2017 to discuss constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians and recently graduated from the Murra Masterclass Program run by the Melbourne Business School (University of Melbourne). 

 

WENDY BERICK
CHAIR, NRM SUBCOMMITTEE

Wendy is a proud Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta descendent born on Yorta Yorta Country in Echuca.  She works as the Aboriginal People and Cultural Advisor at Parks Victoria ensuring the wellbeing and cultural safety of its Aboriginal workforce and Traditional Owner Partners.  She is a founding Director of the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations and Chair of its Natural Resource Management (NRM) sub-committee. Wendy also sits on the Right People for Country committee. 

Wendy is an accomplished artist working with ochre, charcoal and acrylics. She has exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Victoria and the Dreamtime Festival at Brimbank Park. Wendy received the NAIDOC Victorian Aboriginal Artist of the Year Award in 1992 and only recently rekindled her artistic skills after finishing her involvement in the successful native title negotiations of the Dja Dja Wurrung People of Central Victoria in 2013.