Annual Dinner: Reflections on Good Governance

Thu 24 Oct 2019
6.30pm to 10.00pm

(Arrival time: 6.15pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


National Museum of Australia
Acton ACT


Single Members: A$160.00 Non-members: A$175.00 Table Members, Table of 10: A$1,600.00 Non-members, Table of 10: A$1,600.00

Sarah Brown

CEO, Purple House

Sarah Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of Purple House and has been helping the Indigenous Directors to run the organisation since its inception more than seventeen years ago.

In 2017 she was Hesta’s Australia’s Nurse of the Year. In 2018 she made it to the BOSS magazine’s ‘True Leaders’ list.

Sarah holds a Master of Nursing , a Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal Education and a Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management. Prior to joining Purple House, she was as a remote area nurse and university lecturer.

She paints, has exhibitions across Australia and overseas, has 3 kids and drives a 1959 Morris Minor.

She thinks ‘Work/Life balance’ is irrelevant if you love what you do.

Rod Little

Former Co-Chair, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

(Rod) is from the Yamatji and Noongah first nations of Western Australia, moved to Canberra in 1996, lived in Ottawa, Canada for a short while (enjoyed time as a stay at home Dad); moved back to Canberra, to Perth and then back to Canberra.

Is a former Co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples from 2015-2019; and served as a Director on the National Congress from its establishment in 2011-2015. Completed the AICD Course in 2012 and remains a member today.

Was the first elected member of the Australian Capital Territory’s [ACT] legislated body, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body in 2008 and was Chairperson of that body from 2011 to 2015.

He has served as the Vice president of the ACT Council of Social Services for two terms around 2007-2009; and a Board member of a local Aboriginal Medical Service in Canberra and a number of other community organisations.

He has presented on behalf Australia’s First People’s at the United Nations in New York and Geneva; at the 2018 Commonwealth Peoples Forum in London; and at a few other international forums including; a Building Sustainable Indigenous Communities International Conference in Vancouver in 2017; the 2016 International Conference of the Settlement Council of Australia & the 24th IAVE World Volunteers conference on the Gold Coast in 2014.

In 2016 collaborated with the US Embassy in Canberra to execute a US-Australia a ‘Governance and Leadership’ youth exchange program.

Has a long employment history in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs in senior leadership positions in social policy and education areas.

The most recent roles have been more advocacy and political.

He is passionate and highly committed to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a modern and civil society through respectful consultation and collaboration with a broad spectrum of community leaders, professionals and institutions.

Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve Jacobs has been a journalist for 30 years, working in print and radio. She spent over a decade with ABC Canberra and works with a wide range of community organisations on arts, environment and community causes. She is a champion for the Capital Region Landkeepers Trust and sits on the ACT’s advisory committee for historic places. Genevieve is a board member of the National Folk festival, the Canberra International Music Festival and the Conflict Resolution Service. She has an enduring interest in strengthening community engagement and consultation.
Join us at our Annual Dinner where our panel, Sarah Brown and Rod Little with Genevieve Jacobs GAICD will share their personal reflections on the importance of good governance and what we can learn from stewardship around Australia and the world.

Our speakers at the dinner will share their personal reflections on what good governance and stewardship to benefit society looks like in an innovative not-for-profit organisation focussing on Indigenous Health (Purple House), and for First Peoples around the world.

This is an event not to be missed.