Chief Executive Officer – Anthony Cavanagh
A Taungurung person from Victoria. Anthony became the CEO of Ganbina in 2013. Anthony’s career spans over 30 years working in recruitment, training, operations and community services in both the private and government sectors. He is a past member of the ANZ Bank’s Indigenous Advisory Council, an alumni of the prestigious Williamson Leadership Program and Melbourne Business School’s MURRA Program. He has also studied at Stanford Business School in the United States.
Early in his career, Anthony held senior management roles with the Chandler Macleod Group and Worktrainers. He also worked with Human Services Victoria in residential care facilities for disadvantaged and displaced children and young people. Anthony has served on various Boards including as Chair of Mitchell Indigenous Education Group and as a member of the Mitchell Community Health Service and the Meadows Youth Foundation. He has a Diploma of Business and holds qualifications in Quality Management, Risk Management, Workplace Safety and Environmental Management.
Deputy Chair: Chris Schultz
Chris is a Consultant at Allens, one of Australia’s leading commercial law firms. He retired from full time work in 2017.
Chris had been a partner for over 30 years, practising in environmental and land use legal issues.
He is also a director of Earthwatch Institute in Australia. He has a BComm / LLB from the University of Melbourne.
Treasurer: Edward Waller
Ed is a Senior Investment Manager at Yarra Capital Management, one of Australia’s leading independent fund managers. As a member of the firm’s investment team, he is responsible for equity research and analysis of banks, diversified financials, infrastructure and utilities securities. He is also is a co-portfolio Manager of the Yarra Real Assets Securities Fund. Formerly Ed was an Investment Manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. He has a BA in Commerce and a BA in Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne.
Secretary: Timothy Warwick
Tim is the Assistant Principal at Gowrie St Primary School in Shepparton. Earlier in his career, he taught Legal Studies and Humanities at Wanganui Park Secondary College. Tim is widely regarded for his work in pioneering a number of important Indigenous education and cultural awareness strategies which have been launched in schools across the Murray Goulburn Valley region. He is a Director of Boundless Organisation and was the Project Co-ordinator for the Kaiela Dhungala First Peoples Curriculum. Tim holds a Bachelor of Law/Arts from the University of Queensland.
Member: Sean Armistead
Sean Armistead is a Potaruwutj Padthaway man and an Indigenous executive with experience in strategy & innovation across corporate, government and Indigenous community sectors. He is currently the General Manager of Indigenous and Community Engagement with Sodexo Australia. His previous experience includes the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, CareerTrackers, Hewlett Packard, KPMG and Crown Resorts. Sean is a nationally engaged speaker at conferences and forums, speaking on Indigenous employment, business, start-up and programs. He is also the Director and Founder of the 100 per cent Indigenous owned businesses Outback Tea and Coffee Company and Outback Hub Digital Business Solutions.
Member: Kevin Moore
Kevin is the Manager of Indigenous Community Business at RMIT in Melbourne, responsible for managing Indigenous business partnerships and relationships. Earlier roles at RMIT include Manager, Planning and Operations of RMIT’s Ngara Willim Centre which supports Indigenous people who work and study at RMIT; and Senior Advisor, Community Engagement. Kevin has a BA in Kyinandoo (Indigenous Studies). He is a member of RMIT’S Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Employer Advisory Committee and the Education Research Group.
Member: Dr Mishel McMahon
Mishel is a Yorta Yorta woman. She lectures in Social Work at La Trobe University (Shepparton) and specialises in First Nations research. She holds the 2020 Fellowship for Emerging Indigenous Leadership and won the 2019 Aboriginal Researcher Award at the Victorian
Premier’s Awards for Medical and Health Research. Her PhD topic was Principles of First Nations Child Rearing.
On average 90% of Ganbina participants complete Year 12
(National Indigenous average = 66%, Non-Indigenous average = 89%)
Source: Close the Gap Report 2020