Our Board & Executive

AHL Board

Chair

 

Appointment of Chair to be confirmed

 

Professor Maryann Bin-Sallik

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Non-executive director
Appointed 2 March 2016

Qualifications
Doctorate of Education. (Harvard)

Experience
MaryAnn, a member of the Djaru Nation, is recognised internationally as a pioneer for Indigenous higher education in Australia.
Mary Ann has invested the past 40 years in advancing Indigenous Australia through her participation in major government reform committees and academic appointments in Australia and overseas.

 

Mr Mike Allen PSM

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Non-executive director
Appointed 2 March 2016

Qualifications
Graduate Diploma in Urban Estate Management, Member Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow Institute of Public Administration Australia, Life Member Australasian Housing Institute.

Experience
The former CEO of Housing NSW, Mike has over 30 years experience in social housing management and asset services, homelessness, and community and Aboriginal housing.
Mike was instrumental in leading a number of major housing reforms, including the development of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing.
He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2011 in recognition of his outstanding and meritorious services to the community and for his strong commitment to the values and principles of social housing.

 

Mr Anthony Ashby

Non-executive Deputy Chair
Appointed 24 September 2019

Qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW), Chartered Accountant, Registered Company Auditor

Experience

Anthony Ashby is a Gamilaraay-Yuwaalaraay man from north-western New South Wales. He is a Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Certificate of Public Practice from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Anthony’s other current board roles include a directorship of the Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network Ltd. Anthony is also an ex-officio member of the Supply Nation Audit and Risk Committee and Deputy Chair of the Board of Indigenous Business Australia.

Anthony and his wife Vanessa have operated their own public accounting practice since 2004, providing a mix of taxation, assurance, accounting and consultancy services to their client base.

 

Dr Valerie Cooms

Non-executive director
Appointed 2 September 2019

Qualifications
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (ANU), Doctorate of Philosophy (ANU)

Experience
Dr Valerie Cooms belongs to the Nunukul people of North Stradbroke Island in Queensland.  Valerie worked as a full time Member of the National Native Title Tribunal and has had many years’ experience in Government administration including the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and Regional Manager of ATSIC office in Brisbane.  Valerie has 3 children and 6 grandchildren with another on the way. Valerie has had a lot of experience in Native Title, having worked as the Manager of the Native Title Unit in the ATSIC Western Australian State Office, the CEO of Queensland South Representative Body Aboriginal Corporation and Queensland South Native Title Services as well as serving as a Director and Chair of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Prescribed Body Corporate.

Paul Allen

Non-executive director
Appointed 6 May 2020

Qualifications
Bachelor Commerce (Accounting), University of Canberra Graduate Diploma Government Investigations Member Australian Institute of Company Directors Fellow, Certified Practicing Accountants Professional Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Experience
Mr Allen is a founding Director of Callida Consulting, a professional services firm operating in Canberra that focuses on the Commonwealth Government and assisting clients to improve business processes, governance arrangements and their ability to effectively deliver their services. Prior to the establishment of Callida, Mr Allen was a senior member of the Oakton Ltd. Canberra office, responsible for the Assurance and Risk Management service line. He was previously a Partner with Acumen Alliance, responsible for leading the Audit and Assurance team and also has over 14 years’ experience with the Australian Federal Police in a variety of financial and audit positions.

 

Simon McGrath AM

Non-executive director
Appointed 6 May 2020

Experience
Simon McGrath is the Chief Operating Officer for Accor Pacific, responsible for over 385 hotels and 53,000 rooms. Simon is a Director of AAPC Limited, Allegiance, Accor Vacation Club and Reef Casino Trust. He also holds positions on the following industry Boards: • Deputy Chairman, Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) • Deputy President, Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA) Outside of tourism and hospitality, Simon holds the position of Independent Director of GenesisCare (leading healthcare company). Simon has played a major advocacy role in advancing Indigenous employment in hospitality and wider economic employment. He has also championed and taken a lead role to greatly improve gender diversity in the tourism sector. Simon has been recognised for his contribution to the hospitality industry with numerous awards however most recently Simon was recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in June 2019 for his significant work in promoting Australian tourism on the world stage.

 

AHL Executive

Dave Chalmers AO, CSC

Chief Executive Officer

 

Experience
Dave served for 34 years in the Australian Army, rising to the rank of Major General.  He was the Operational Commander of the Northern Territory Emergency Response and later FaHCSIA’s Northern Territory State Manager and Head of the Office of Indigenous Policy.  He led the national commemoration program for the Centenary of ANZAC during the period 2013 to 2018, before returning to indigenous affairs as CEO of AHL.

 

Dermot Walsh FCPA, MAICD

    

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

 

Qualifications
Bachelor Commerce (Accounting), University of Canberra Fellow Member, CPA Australia Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Experience
Dermot has over 20 years’ experience in the public sector in a range of areas, including: community infrastructure and program delivery, land development, workers compensation and general insurance, and complaints management and oversight. Dermot has held a number of executive leadership roles with responsibility for financial management and governance, corporate services and program delivery. Prior to joining AHL, he worked in range of Commonwealth and ACT Government agencies, including: the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman, the ACT Land Development Agency and Economic Development Directorate, Comcare, the National Gallery of Australia, Defence Service Homes Insurance Scheme and the Department of Veterans' Affairs.


 

Bob Harvey PSM

    

General Manager, Operations

 

Experience
Bob has over 30 years’ experience in developing, delivering and administering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and training programs both in the public and private sector. Bob was awarded a Public Service Medal for his dedication to increasing employment and economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Bob led the establishment of the National Indigenous Training Academy, contributed to the establishment of the National Indigenous Culinary Institute and managed Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia’s training and employment strategy leading to employment of over 400 Indigenous employees across three tourism properties.