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Jawun founder and patron Noel Pearson with CEO Karyn Baylis.

Photo: Frederic Courbet

5.3 Collaboration across sectors

People take networks for granted in

the business world and the government

world. But the networks created by

Jawun for Indigenous leaders and

communities are now three-way—

across business, government, and

Indigenous worlds.




Jawun Executive Visits are an opportunity for

Indigenous leaders and organisations to develop

their networks or business opportunities. Exposed to

senior-level representatives of corporate, government

and philanthropic organisations who visit a region,

they spark relationships that can have significant

positive impact on the region. This ranges from

increased commitment to Jawun secondments, to

formal partnerships with Indigenous organisations

(see Darkinjung case study on page 66).

Another type of cross-sector collaboration occurs

when Indigenous people take roles on corporate

boards, or vice versa.

As a result of relationships formed through Jawun

Executive Visits or secondments, a number of

Indigenous leaders have taken up roles on corporate

boards. Some of these include Sean Gordon, CEO of

Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (Central

Coast) and member of Commonwealth Bank’s

Indigenous Advisory Committee; Andrea Mason,

CEO of NPY Women’s Council (Central Australia)

and member of the EY Indigenous Advisory Board;

and Shane Phillips, CEO of Tribal Warrior Aboriginal

Corporation (Redfern) and member of Westpac’s

Indigenous Advisory Committee.

Concurrently, corporate representatives have taken

up formal board roles at Indigenous organisations

whose leaders, programs and initiatives they

connected with through Jawun Executive Visits or

secondments. Some of these include Ross Love and

Trish Clancy, Senior Partner and Partner respectively

at BCG, both board members at Wunan (East

Kimberley); Liz O’Leary, Senior Manging Director

of Macquarie Group, and Michael Andrew, former

Chairman and CEO of KPMG, board co-chair

and director respectively at Good to Great Schools

Australia (Cape York); and Ann Sherry, Executive

Chairman of Carnival Australia, Gabrielle Trainor,

consultant and AFL Commissioner, and Jon

Nicholson, Chair of the Westpac Foundation, all non-

executive board directors at Cape York Partnership.