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.
Desmond Tayley is a traditional owner of Kuku-Yalanji (Dawnvale and Wujal Wujal) and is the former Mayor of Wujal Wujal. His personal mission is to enhance the wellbeing of individuals through improvements to the community as a whole. Desmond 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.
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 joined the ICAN Board of Directors in May 2015. He also holds positions as Company Secretary for Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Ltd, Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd, and is a Director on the Board of TierraMar Consulting. He has held numerous leadership roles, including Director for the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, CEO for Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd, Company Secretary for the North Qld NRM Alliance, CEO of NQ Dry Tropics Natural Resource Management Ltd, and North Queensland Regional Manager for Endeavour Foundation. Throughout his working life, Bob has engaged extensively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and has been personally involved in the delivery of a range of governance and capacity building initiatives for Traditional Custodians of Country, including Indigenous institutions such as clan estates, Land Trusts and Indigenous Local Government Authorities. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been a Director or board member of several other commercial and Not-for-Profit companies and associations since 1992. Bob’s formal qualifications include graduate and post-graduate degrees in Sustainable Regional Development.