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Marcia Ella Duncan OAM - Patron

Marcia Ella-Duncan is a descendant of the Yuin nation from the South Coast of New South Wales. Ella-Duncan was the first Indigenous scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Sport and the first Indigenous woman to play international netball for Australia. The younger sister of Aboriginal-Australian rugby stars Mark, Glen and Gary Ella, she represented NSW at an Under-21 level before being included in the national squad that toured England in 1986. In 1987 she played in Netball's World Championships in Scotland. Ella-Duncan has received numerous awards over her career, on and off the court, including an Order of Australia Medal for services to netball in 1988, and in 2015 was inducted into the Netball Australia Hall of Fame.  

Ella-Duncan has a long history of involvement in Aboriginal affairs in areas such as criminal justice, community development and land management, with a particular passion for education and child well-being. She chaired the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council, the NSW Aboriginal Child Sexual Assault Taskforce, and has also been a member of the NSW Aboriginal Child Sexual Assault Ministerial Advisory Panel and the Northern Territory Emergency Response Review Board.



Jesse Slok - Co-Founder & Chairman

Jesse is a Gamilaraay man from Tamworth who currently works as a Consultant for KPMG Australia in their Risk Assurance team and sits on the board of directors for Ngroo Education. Jesse ensures that the board as a whole has the opportunity to maintain adequate understanding of the organisation’s financial position, strategic performance, operations and affairs generally and the opportunities and challenges facing the organisation.



"Culture for me symbolises identity, belonging and a connection to our family that lived before us. For me, our Culture is our languages, traditions, history, and most importantly, our future. I believe Culture is key to the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia."



Phil Duncan - Director

Phil Duncan is an Aboriginal man with both Wiradjuri and Gomeroi heritage. He identifies predominantly as a Gomeroi man who grew up in Moree in northern New South Wales. Phil as over 38 years experience working with Aboriginal people and Government to improve the lives of Aboriginal people. He has provided high level policy and strategic advice to key Indigenous representative organisations, state and federal government agencies, as well as key external stakeholder groups. Phil is also the first Aboriginal chair appointed to the Murray-Darling Basin Community Committee


Monique Shipp - Chief Executive Officer

Monique is currently completing an honours degree in psychology. She works with Lifeline, The Sydney Counselling Centre and the Australian College of Applied Psychology. She is responsible for the day to day operations of Bawurra. She makes high-level decisions about policy and strategy and implements the vision of the Board as well as managing and coordinating our team. 



Jackson Whiting - Chief Financial Officer

Jackson is Bawurra's Chief Financial Officer and a Wiradjuri man from Western Sydney. He is responsible for managing Bawurra’s financial planning, record keeping, financial risk and dealing with our data analysis.  Jackson studied a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Entrepreneurship and International Business and a Bachelor of Arts at Macquarie University.

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