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 over 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 which he held until 2017 follows a long career in the public, business, policy, arts and community sectors.
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 chairs the Board of Jobfind Centres Australia and the Waanyi Regen Joint Venture. He sits on advisory boards for Delaware North and the UTS Australia China Relations Institute. He is Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and the Yaabubiin Institute for Disruptive Thinking and a Co-Chairman of the Australia NZ Leaders Forum Indigenous Business Group. Warren is a member of the NSW Social Impact Investment Expert Advisory Group and an Ambassador for White Ribbon Foundation, The Song Room and International Grammar. He is a former Chairman of NAISDA Dance College and NAISDA Foundation.
Warren 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 and on the Federal Minister for Indigenous Employment & Economic Development’s Business Policy Advisory Committee in 2012-2013. In 2016 he Chaired the South Australian Government’s Strategic Policy 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 other organisations.
Warren is the author of bestselling memoir Warren Mundine – In Black and White and host of Sky News Australia’s Mundine Means Business. He 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.
Elizabeth Henderson – Director & Company Secretary
Elizabeth Henderson is a lawyer and strategy and communications consultant, experienced in business transformation, cultural & workplace change, negotiation and communications.
An executive and professional with over 20 years’ experience in the banking & financial services and professional sectors, Elizabeth was a senior manager and commercial director at Westpac, one of Australia’s largest financial institutions, for over 7 years, working in a range of senior roles within the bank, including as Director of Strategic Sourcing, Director of the WorkSMART Program and Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer. She has also worked in the investment banking sector and as a Senior Associate at Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) one of Australia’s largest law firms.
Elizabeth has deep and diverse network across business, government, media and community sectors. This includes nearly a decade’s direct experience working with Australian Indigenous organisations focussed on commercial and economic development. 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 a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science (Physics major) from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance.
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.