Janine Coombs ‘is a trailblazer, carving out a bright future for Indigenous Australians and contributing to the Australian economy and nation with sheer grit and determination - and considerable glamour
— Professor Marcia Langton, The Australian, May 2017



Marcus Stewart is a Nira illim bulluk man of the Taungurung Nation. He is a seasoned negotiator and strategist with more than 15 years’ experience in Aboriginal affairs. He has held several senior positions in management and possesses renowned experience across several levels of government. He has assisted in the implementation of a number of strategies and policies through senior roles in State Government and as the CEO of Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation.

His broad understanding of politics, policy and the challenges facing Traditional Owners gives Marcus the ability to lead the Federation and be a voice of change. He is a committed believer in ensuring Traditional Owners are at the forefront of the decision-making process for self-determination and in achieving economic independence. He remains passionate about forging new pathways to improve outcomes for Aboriginal families and communities.



Janine is a Wotjoboluk woman and  Deputy Chair of Barengi Gadjin Land Council, a member of the National Trust Aboriginal Advisory Committee,  a member of the University of Melbourne's Traditional Owner and Elders Reference Group,  an adviser on Collingwood Football Club's Reconciliation Action Plan Committee,  a Director of Barpa Construction and a member of the working group for Treaty in Victoria.  Janine was one of 300 Indigenous leaders that gathered in Uluru in June 2017 to discuss constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

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Dan Turnbull is a Bunurong man who has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (BLCAC) for 2 years, overseeing its inception as a Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) in July 2017.

 A leader in the community, Dan brings a wealth of experience to the Corporation from the many different roles he has held, including Senior Cultural Heritage Officer from 2007-2014, where he gained strong insights into Bunurong cultural heritage and cultural heritage management. In 2014 Dan became a Director and General Manager of BLCAC, transitioning from GM to the role of CEO in 2016 while maintaining his directorship. Dan was recently appointed to the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations Board, as the Deputy Chairperson.

 A driving force behind the evolution of BLCAC, Dan is a tireless advocate for Bunurong peoples’ self-determination, navigating different systems of representation with an ear for the diverse interests, knowledges and voices within them.



Jeremy Clark is a Tjap/Peek Wurrung Traditional Owner from South West Victoria with over 20 years’ experience in Aboriginal Affairs; specialising in cultural heritage, native title and land management. He brings strong governance experience to the board gained from his work over the past decade as CEO of Brambruk National Park and Cultural Centre in Gariwerd.  Jeremy was previously General Manager of the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation before becoming General Manager of Barpa Construction Services. Jeremy was one of 300 Indigenous leaders that gathered in Uluru in June 2017 to discuss constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians and recently graduated from the Murra Masterclass Program run by the Melbourne Business School (University of Melbourne). 



Wendy is a proud Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta descendent born on Yorta Yorta Country in Echuca.  She works as the Aboriginal People and Cultural Advisor at Parks Victoria ensuring the wellbeing and cultural safety of its Aboriginal workforce and Traditional Owner Partners.  She is a founding Director of the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations and Chair of its Natural Resource Management (NRM) sub-committee. Wendy also sits on the Right People for Country committee. 

Wendy is an accomplished artist working with ochre, charcoal and acrylics. She has exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Victoria and the Dreamtime Festival at Brimbank Park. Wendy received the NAIDOC Victorian Aboriginal Artist of the Year Award in 1992 and only recently rekindled her artistic skills after finishing her involvement in the successful native title negotiations of the Dja Dja Wurrung People of Central Victoria in 2013.