About

Board Members

The Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board (DDLMB) was created on 15 September 2014 with members appointed by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, for a period of three years.

Graham Atkinson

BSW, BA, MBA

Chairperson

Graham Atkinson

BSW, BA, MBA

Chairperson

Graham Atkinson is a member of the Victorian Indigenous community who successfully obtained his Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University in 1977 and 1981 respectively, and graduated with an MBA from RMIT in 1994. He is a former director on the Boards of the Indigenous Land Corporation, National Centre for Indigenous Excellence and National Indigenous Pastoral Enterprises. He currently sits on the Boards of the North Central Catchment Management Authority and the Judicial Commission of Victoria. He formerly chaired the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and led the Dja Dja Wurrung negotiating team’s successful Recognition and Settlement Agreement with the state government in 2013.

Doug Humann AM

BA (Hons), Dip Ed

Deputy Chairperson

Doug Humann AM

BA (Hons), Dip Ed

Deputy Chairperson

Doug Humann has over 30 years of leadership experience in the NGO sector across Australia, working principally with environmental NGOs, as well as Indigenous groups and natural resource management authorities. Doug is the current Chairman of Landcare Australia and Convenor of the National Parks Advisory Council (Victoria). He was CEO of Bush Heritage Australia (1997-2011) and led the Victorian National Parks Association (1990-97). Doug runs his own consultancy and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Marlene Burchill

BSW, MSW, Diploma Family Therapy

Marlene Burchill

BSW, MSW, Diploma Family Therapy

Marlene Burchill (nee Atkinson) has strong ancestral connection with the Dja Dja Wurrung, Yorta Yorta and Waveroo Aboriginal Clans Victoria, through her mother and father’s familial connections. Marlene has worked as a counsellor, community development facilitator, researcher and project worker. Her work has taken her from her own community in the Goulburn Valley, interstate, nationally and to Canada working with and alongside Aboriginal people and their communities. Marlene’s main focus is on healing People and Country, and as a Board member of the to actively and consciously raise awareness to increase “greater” employment and educational opportunities for Djarra People.

Dr Jan Mahoney

BA, PhD, Grad Dip Business, Grad Cert International Health, Advanced Company Directors Diploma, FAICD, Associate Leadership Victoria

Dr Jan Mahoney

BA, PhD, Grad Dip Business, Grad Cert International Health, Advanced Company Directors Diploma, FAICD, Associate Leadership Victoria

Dr Jan Mahoney is currently President of Riding for Disabled Victoria and Secretary of Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association. She has previously held Board positions with the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, the Victorian Catchment Management Council, Parks Victoria, Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water, Woor Dungin Ltd, Mali Initiative, ACAS Ltd and the Grains Research and Development Corporation. She has worked in communities in Mali and in Cape York.

Rebecca Phillips

BA

Rebecca Phillips

BA

Rebecca Phillips is dedicated to Caring for Country and keeping culture alive. She has lead cultural tours and awareness activities, women’s/youth culture camps, cultural song and dance. She is a proud descendent of Caroline Morgan (nee Malcolm), her Djaara Apical ancestor. Rebecca sits on Djalli Bunjil (Language Knowledge), and the Indigenous Advisory Group of the National Clean Air Urban Landscapes (CAUL) Hub. Rebecca has a degree in Nature Tourism and a Certificate IV in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management. She has work experience in Parks Victoria (10 years) as a Park Ranger, Fire Fighter, Indigenous Education and Interpretation, TEK and Cultural Heritage Values. She also has experience working with Traditional Owners in Agreement Making for the Right People for Country Program in Aboriginal Victoria. Rebecca is currently working as a consultant/Facilitator.

Trevor Miles

BAgSc

Department Secretary’s Nominee

Trevor Miles

BAgSc

Department Secretary’s Nominee

Trevor Miles has lived and worked in regional Victoria for more than 35 years. He has worked in the water and land management sectors in management and leadership roles, most recently with Parks Victoria. He is particularly interested in improving the condition of land and natural resources at the community level. Trevor wants to see our First Australians recognised, and participating and employed in land management. He has a sound knowledge of the Appointed land and local networks. He has strong connections with many in the local and regional community, and values his experience working with Dja Dja Wurrung People.

Trevor Miles has lived and worked in regional Victoria for more than 35 years. He has worked in the water and land management sectors in management and leadership roles, most recently with Parks Victoria. He is particularly interested in improving the condition of land and natural resources at the community level. Trevor wants to see our First Australians recognised, and participating and employed in land management.

Murray Rankin

MBA, M. Nat. Resources, B. Surveying

Independent Chair, Audit and Risk Committee

Murray Rankin

MBA, M. Nat. Resources, B. Surveying

Independent Chair, Audit and Risk Committee

Murray has worked in the water industry and natural resource management field for over thirty years at locations throughout Victoria and overseas. He has extensive experience in business, financial and human resources management. Murray has been involved in many public sector and not-for-profit boards and has a good understanding of governance and risk management.

Rick Kerr

Cert IV Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management

Traditional Owner Board Member

Rick Kerr

Cert IV Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management

Traditional Owner Board Member

Appointed to the Board in June 2017, Rick Kerr is a proud Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta man. Rick's connection to Country and Community and his current experience as a Director of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (DDWCAC) puts him in good stead to make a positive contribution to the work of the Board. Rick is currently Senior Site Leader at DDWCAC and has held previous positions as Cultural Heritage Coordinator and Acting Cultural Heritage Manager. He also has experience as a Mentor and Cultural Supervisor at Njernda Aboriginal Corporation.


The Staff Members

Michele Braid

BA, Masters of Public Policy & Management

Senior Project Manager

Michele brings to the Board great depth of experience in government and community sector organisations and expertise in policy, planning, community engagement and project management. Michel is a skilled relationship manager and support the Board in building and strengthening its connections to the Dja Dja Wurrung Community, DELWP, Parks Victoria and broader community networks. Michele’s enthusiasm for the Board’s mission is matched by her deep commitment to the Board’s success in fulfilling its vision, and to producing an excellent Joint Management Plan for the Dja Dja Wurrung Parks.

Tony Christianen

BBus (Acc), Grad Dip Bus Admin MAICD, FCPA, FAIM, SA Fin

Chief Finance Officer

Tony joined DDLMB as the Chief Finance Officer in June 2016. Tony is a director of a consulting company having gained extensive expertise in financial management, systems development and implementation, business administration and accounting services for a wide range of business and government organisations. Tony is also an external member of two Audit and Risk Management committees.

Evonne Gabriel

Secretariat Officer

Evonne (Evie) joined the Board’s team in 2018. Evie is a talented and passionate executive support professional with a wealth of experience across various industries. In 2018 Evie’s high-level administrative and people skills have contributed to the finalisation of the Draft Joint Management Plan, including preparing the Board’s program for conducting a public consultation.

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