Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO – Executive Chairman
Warren is a highly respected and influential businessman, political strategist and advocate for empowering the First Nations of Australia to build businesses and sustainable economies. His life and career have been shaped by a personal commitment to community and economic development. He has nearly 40 years’ experience working in the public, private and community sectors.
Warren’s appointment as Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council in 2013 follows a long career in the public, business, policy, arts and community sectors. He is a former National President of the Australian Labor Party, Deputy Mayor & Councillor of Dubbo City Council, Commissioner of the NSW Local Government Grants Commission and President of the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network. He also served on Prime Minister John Howard’s National Indigenous Council. In 2016 he was also appointed Chairman of the South Australian Government’s Expert Panel on Reducing Reoffending.
Warren’s previous executive roles include CEO of NTSCORP Ltd, CEO & Executive Chairman of Generation One, Land & Culture Manager of AGL Pipelines Pty. Ltd. and Co-ordinator of Northern Tablelands Regional Aboriginal Land Council. Warren has chaired several organisations and is currently Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and NAISDA Foundation. He is a Governor of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and a member of the NFP Chairs Forum of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Warren sits on advisory boards for Delaware North, Aligned Resources Group, Max Network and the UTS Australia China Relations Institute. He is an Ambassador for White Ribbon Foundation, The Song Room and International Grammar.
Warren is a regular opinion contributor to major Australian and Indigenous newspapers including The Australian, Australian Financial Review, Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun & Courier Mail and the Koori Mail. He appears regularly on Sky News and ABC television and radio. He is in high demand for public addresses and appearances.
Warren has received recognition for his contribution and commitment to Australia. In 2016 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. He has Honorary Life Membership of the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network, was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the community and local government and received the Bennelong Medal for Leadership in Indigenous Affairs. In 2012 he was made an Alan McGregor Fellow of the Centre for Independent Studies. In 2009 Warren was awarded a Doctor of the University (honoris causa) from Southern Cross University for services to the community, business and local government.
Warren is a member of the Bundjalung First Nation of Australia and a descendant of the Gumbaynggirr and Yuin First Nations of Australia.
Equal to his community spirit is Warren’s passion and love of football. He is one of Football Federation Australia’s Indigenous Football Ambassadors and a former Director of the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club.
John Hewson – Director
Dr Hewson is an Australian economist, company director and a former politician. He worked as an economist for the Reserve Bank of Australia, and from 1976 to 1983 he was employed as an economic advisor to two successive Liberal treasurers – Phillip Lynch and John Howard.
During this period he developed a keen interest in politics and was determined to enter politics himself. He was federal leader of the Liberal Party of Australia from 1990 to 1994.
Since his departure from politics, he has written extensively for the business and general press, and spent time on the lecture circuit. In his writings he demonstrated an increasing focus on corporate social and environmental responsibility.
Dr. Hewson was a Founding Director of Macquarie Bank, Trustee of the IBM Superannuation Fund, Chairman ao ABN Amro Australia, and Chairman/Director of a host of public and private companies and charities. Up until recently, he wasSpecial Advisor to the Executive Secretary, UNESCAP, and also Chairs the Investment Advisory Committee of the Australian Foundation, Osteoporosis Australia, KidsXpress and is a Member of the Trilateral Commission.
Sheila McGregor – Director
Sheila is a partner at Gilbert + Tobin and leads its Transformation practice. Previously a partner at Freehills, Sheila has a wealth of experience in commercial law, focusing on the commercial issues faced by clients in the communications and financial services industry. She has advised senior management and boards on a broad range of projects including outsourcing and procurement of strategic technology and key business functions, joint venture agreements, and the acquisition and disposal of strategic assets. She also has experience in advising on litigation and regulatory strategy.
Sheila is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers Global for TMT (Information Technology) in 2013 and was also named in the Best Lawyers 2013 list for information technology and telecommunications, for the fifth consecutive year. Sheila is also listed as a leading individual for TMT in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2013. Sheila has also been included as a leading lawyer in the 2012/2013 PLC Outsourcing multi-jurisdictional guide. Sheila was recognised as a leading professional in TMT by the 2012 Euromoney Legal Media Group Australasia Women in Business Law Awards.
Sheila is on the Gilbert + Tobin Board and is a member of the Gilbert + Tobin pro bono, art and remuneration committees. Sheila is the former President of the Royal Hospital for Women’s Foundation, Randwick, NSW.
Elizabeth Henderson – Director & Company Secretary
Elizabeth is Chief of Staff, Group Services at Westpac. A senior manager and financial services professional, she has held senior positions at Westpac and other organisations for a number of years, including Integration Program Director for Westpac’s WorkSMART program and leading the team responsible for Westpac’s largest strategic technology and best sourcing contracts and relationships.
Elizabeth has over 17 years’ experience in negotiation and strategy, writing & communication, management, programme execution & direction, commercial transactions, corporate restructuring and executive and board decision support, including as a Senior Associate at leading Australian law firm Freehills.
She is has extensive involvement in community and charity work, including for the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation, the St George Foundation and the Salvation Army. Elizabeth served as a non-executive director of NTSCorp Limited from 2009 to 2012 and as a Friend of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation on its event organising committees between 2011 and 2014. Elizabeth holds degrees in Bachelor of Science (Physics major) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.
Glen Brennan – Director
Born and bred in Narrabri in northern NSW, Glen is a proud member of the Kamilaroi people and Australia’s most senior Indigenous banker.
Glen is currently Head of Indigenous Finance and Development at NAB with a broad range of responsibilities including microfinance, financial literacy and Indigenous business development. Prior to his banking career Glen received numerous awards for his social justice work and remains the youngest every recipient of the Queen’s Birthday Public Service Medal. Glen has a MBA from Melbourne Business School, was included in the Bulletin Magazine’s 100 Smartest Australians, and also played Rugby League for the Canberra Raiders in a career which he jokingly describes as ‘truly mediocre and erratic’.
Business advisory group
The Business Advisory Group is made up of eminent business people (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) and provides advice and assistance to the Board of Directors in promoting and furthering the objectives of the Indigenous Chamber.
Members of the Business Advisory Group are appointed by the Board of Directors primarily from the Indigenous Chamber’s corporate partners and supporters.