Susan Cook began her career as an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Outreach Financial Counsellor in March 1996. She is the first Aboriginal financial counsellor to enter the sector and blaze a trail for other Indigenous financial counsellors and financial capability workers nationally. In 2018, Susan was awarded the prestigious Jan Pentland prize in recognition of her outstanding work in financial counselling, community development and financial community education at the National Financial Counselling Australia Conference.
Graeme Hooper owns and operates the award winning training business, Horizons Education and Development, and has done so for the past 9 years. The main training focus of the company is “Governance Essentials Training” for directors, which is written to the needs of indigenous and non-indigenous corporations. The training is delivered on site anywhere in Australia. Graeme’s formal qualifications include: Diploma of Business: (Governance), Bachelor of Arts: Aboriginal Studies, and Master of Education Studies: Adult Education.
Desmond Tayley is a traditional owner of Kuku-Yalanji (Dawnvale and Wujal Wujal) and is the current Mayor of Wujal Wujal. His personal mission is to enhance the wellbeing of individuals through improvements to the community as a whole. Mayor Tayley is a member of the Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils, Far North Queensland Regional Transport Group, and the Internal Audit Committee. He is on the Board of the Remote Job and Communities Program and is also on the all-indigenous UMI Arts Board of Directors which develops arts programmes for indigenous communities. Mayor Tayley chairs all internal Council reference committees and also the Local Disaster Management Group, Technical Working Group meetings, Bama Wujal Wujal Warra Advisory Committee, Wujal Wujal Community Safety Committee and the Wujal Wujal Arts and Cultural Centre Policy Advisory Committee.
Daphne has over 30 years of work experience across multiple sectors, including government; private; not-for-profit; education; employment and training; and health and community development. She has sound knowledge and understanding of Indigenous-specific issues and a strong commitment to the advancement of Indigenous Australians, reflected in her appointment as State Delegate on numerous national forums on topical issues faced by Indigenous women. Daphne has proven expertise in community engagement processes, program development, project planning and implementation.
Aaron Davis is the Managing Director and CEO of the Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network Ltd. Aaron is a member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Consumer Consultative Committee, Financial Counselling Association of Queensland (FCAQ) and the National Indigenous Consumer Strategy (NICS) reference group. Aaron is a co-founder of ICAN, leading the organisation from its inception to a staff of fifteen across four offices located in Cairns, Townsville, and Yarrabah and the Palm Island Aboriginal communities.
Bob is the Company Secretary and CEO of Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd, a community owned Not-for-Profit company which works with the people of Cape York to improve the natural resource and cultural heritage values of that region. Bob is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been a Director of a number of commercial and Not-for-Profit companies since 1992. Bob’s formal qualifications include graduate and post-graduate degrees in the social sciences, environment, regional development, and economics.