Select Page

Our team

 

Chief Executive Officer

Anthony Cavanagh

A Taungurung person from Victoria, Anthony’s career spans over 30 years working in recruitment, training, operations and community services in both the private and government sectors. Before taking over from founding Ganbina CEO, Adrian Appo OAM, in 2013, Anthony held senior management roles with the Chandler Macleod Group and Worktrainers. Earlier in his career, he 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.

The Board

Chair: Sean Armistead
Joined 2015

Sean Armistead, Potaruwutj Padthaway, is 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.

Deputy Chair: Karen Milward
Joined 2016

Karen is a Yorta Yorta woman. She has over 20 years’ professional consulting experience, advising governments, organisations and communities on Indigenous employment, career development and leadership, governance, board and staff development, strategic community and business planning, and cultural awareness and competency training. She has also held a number of senior policy and program management positions in government. She is the Chair of Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria Ltd, and Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place. She is Co-Chair of ICV and the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Board, a Director of the Yarra Valley Water Board and of First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Treasurer: Edward Waller
Joined 2017

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
Joined 2017

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: Lynne Jensen
Joined 2011

A lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in corporate and commercial law, Lynne is the Group Company Secretary and Head of Governance and Risk at SEEK Limited. Lynne’s previous roles include Company Secretary and Group General Counsel of the Melbourne based construction and development company Grocon, partner of international law firms Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters), and Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Lynne served on the Board of Save the Children Australia for six years, including as Deputy Chair. She has a BA and LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.

Member: Dean Jarrett
Joined 2015

Dean is a Gumbaynggirr-Gureng Gureng-Boonthamurra person. He is a Principal Partner of professional services firm, Global Professional Services International; has lectured at UTS, UWS and Macquarie University on management and Indigenous topics; and held board roles relating to Indigenous health, employment, land rights, social enterprise and economic development. Dean has a Masters in Management and was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in 2015. He is a PhD Candidate (UTS Business School), focusing on Indigenous Australian and American Indian entrepreneurship and supplier diversity.

Member: Kyra Bonney
Joined 2018

A Guburn (Kupurn) woman, Kyra is the General Manager Indigenous Strategy at Chandler Macleod. In 2017, she was presented with the Telstra Women in Business Award for the Corporate and Private sector, Queensland. Kyra has worked for BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Leightons, Downer EDI, Thiess, Careys Mining and Ngarda. She won the Chamber of Minerals & Energies Outstanding Woman in Resources Award in 2014 for her contribution to the resources industry.

Member: Larissa Falla
Joined 2018

Larissa is a Dulgubarra Yidinji woman. She is currently the Manager, Marketing and Creative Services with GOTAFE in the Goulburn Valley. Larissa has extensive experience in the public vocational education and training sector, as well as in corporate marketing, brand management, leadership, strategy and stakeholder engagement.

Member: Kevin Moore
Joined 2018

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.

Over 91% of Ganbina participants complete Year 12
(National Indigenous average = 61.4%)