Ms Glenys Watts (Chairperson)
Glenys Watts is a proud Gunai woman living on the traditional land of her ancestors in Lucknow. She has a background in community development and business governance, having run her own successful business for 11 years and being appointed to Minister-approved boards as well as Aboriginal community controlled boards. She is currently employed by DHHS in Bairnsdale as the Regional Coordinator for Indigenous Family Violence.
Prior to this role, Glenys worked for 15 years in local government managing staff, budgets, developing policies, writing reports, submissions, work plans, monitoring and evaluating programs, coordinating events, camps, planning activities for Elders as well as caring for Aboriginal cultural heritage and developing an Aboriginal Gathering Place.
Ms Janine Haddow (Deputy Chairperson)
Janine’s background is in education and environmental management including for over 16 years as an Executive Director within DEPI leading service delivery and policy development for natural resource management including parks, forestry and public land, catchment and sustainable land management.
Janine has a Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree in Environmental Planning from Melbourne University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Janine’s board memberships and community involvement include past Director of the Mt Buller Alpine Resort Board, North Central Catchment Management Authority and Victorian Catchment Management Council and a member of Leadership Victoria Alumni and Skillsbank Program.
Since 2011 Janine has operated her own consulting company.
Ms Angela Hutson
Angela was Chief Executive Officer of East Gippsland Institute of TAFE for seven years. Angela has a strong background in leadership and management within the vocational education sector, with experience in strategic planning, leading organisational change and workforce development.
Angela has a Masters in Organisational Leadership from Monash University and is also a member of the Regional Development Australia Gippsland Committee, Chair of the VET Development Centre Board, a member of the East Gippsland Shire Economic Development Advisory Board and the Chair of the Bairnsdale Regional Health Service.
Angela is currently a part time consultant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Lena was formally appointed to the GKTOLMB on the 6th May 2015 as the Gunaikurnai replacement for Uncle Albert Mullett.
Lena has a long and distinguished career in regional and state indigenous aged care and disability services.
Her previous work history has included being a board member for Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative and Executive Manager roles in health, Home and Community Care as well as local, regional, state and national committee positions with peak bodies representing Aboriginal issues.
Katherine is a proud Gunaikurnai woman with a strong background in cultural heritage.
She has completed the Cert IV in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management and has a Diploma of Tourism specialising in Eco Tourism.
Katherine has previously worked as a heritage officer for an independent company and as a Cave Ranger and Indigenous Ranger for Parks Victoria in Buchan and Bairnsdale. Katherine also took part in a secondment to Parnngurr Community (Cotton Creek) in Newman Western Australia where she held the role as a Women’s Ranger Coordinator for a year.
She is currently working for Parks Victoria as the Aboriginal Heritage Coordinator in the Bairnsdale office.
Melissa grew up on Gunai Kurnai country before leaving to undertake a bachelor’s degree with Monash University, later returning to commence her career in Juvenile Justice and Child Protection in Gippsland.
At the statewide level Melissa co-led the consultations that underpinned the Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Strategy and worked with the Department of Justice under the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA 1 and 2) developing the Koori Employment Strategy and the City of Melbourne to develop Councils Indigenous Framework.
Melissa later returned to postgraduate studies in Corporate Management specialising in Human Resource Management and has led a number of Koori Employment initiatives. In 2012 Melissa was recipient of the Indigenous Fellowship and is now an active member of the alumni.
Melissa currently manages the Koori Unit- Court Services Victoria.
Liz Clay is a proud Gippslander and organic vegetable and fruit farmer of more than 38 years with a background in sustainable agriculture, industry development, education and natural resource management. She has a Masters in Agriculture and Rural Development from the University of Western Sydney and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Education experience included serving with the NT Education Department in a remote aboriginal community of Pidgeon Hole.
Liz has served on numerous industry, community and statutory authority boards including eight years as Chair of West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and seven years on the World Board of International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. Current involvement in other Gippsland regional committees include Southern Rural Water Groundwater and Rivers Forum, Federation University Animal Ethics Committee, Gippsland Climate Change Network Committee, Regional Centre for Expertise in Educating for Sustainable Development, Baw Baw Environment Voice. She is a current member of the WGCMA Board.
Allan Bawden PSM is an experienced CEO and non executive director who has worked across the Victorian local government sector for many years. He has held senior executive appointments in inner metropolitan Melbourne, regional cities and rural shires. He is experienced in the conservation and management of public land and is currently Chair of the Southern Alpine Resort Management Board which governs the Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort on Gunaikurnai country. He holds a Master of Business Administration (Melb Uni) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.