Kimberley Schools Project Co-Chairs
Bill Louden is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Western Australia where he was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2009-2013 and Dean of Education from 2006-2008.
Professor Louden is Chair of the Governing Board of the North Metropolitan TAFE and the Telethon Kids Early Childhood Development and Learning Collaboration, a board member of Brightwater Care Group and a trustee of the Fogarty Foundation. He has served as chair and board member of state and national educational standards authorities. His recent work includes a review of the Safe Schools LGBTI resources for the Australian Government and a review of the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards for the Government of New South Wales.
He has a PhD from the University of Toronto and arts and education degrees from the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University, and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators. He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2014 for services to education.
Cr Oscar is a Bunuba Traditional Owner who was born in Fitzroy Crossing and in 2012 she was appointed as an Ambassador for Children and Young People in Western Australia and was awarded the Office of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2013. June was the winner of the Westpac and Financial Review 100 Women of Influence 2013 for Social Enterprise and Not for Profit Category. In 2014 June was awarded the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Cr Oscar is an established leader and strong advocate for the quality of life of Aboriginal people with a strong background working for Aboriginal Organisations, human rights and Aboriginal justice and especially the prevention of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. In this capacity she has held numerous offices and, is past Chairperson, Kimberley Language and Resource Centre, Chief Investigator, Lililwan Prevalence Study – on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Early Life Trauma, and Committee Member, Fitzroy Valley Futures’ Governing Committee.
She has a Bachelor of Business Degree and qualifications in Management of Indigenous Organisations, Community and Public Administration and Governance. Currently Chief Executive Officer, Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre, Fitzroy Crossing. She has also held the position of Deputy Director, Kimberley Land Council 1997-2000.
Mr Trust has an extensive background in Aboriginal affairs and management in the East Kimberley. His former positions include Administrator, East Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (now Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Services), Chairperson Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Wunan Regional Council and later WA – Commissioner Kimberley Region.
Mr Trust believes the basis of any region is a strong economy and access to regional opportunities. To enable people to access opportunity, affordable housing and a good quality education are critical. He believes a measure of the success of government policy and funding in the Kimberley is the social and economic advancement of Aboriginal people in the region.
He is currently Deputy Chairperson of the Kimberley Development Commission, Executive Chairman of Wunan Foundation, Chairman of the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council and Chairman of AARNJA Ltd.
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