Tim Goodwin is a member of the Yuin people of the South East Coast of New South Wales. Tim is currently a barrister in Melbourne. He graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with Honours in 2007 and from Harvard Law School with a Master of Laws in 2012. Tim served as Associate to Justice North of the Federal Court of Australia from 2008-09, and as Associate to Justice Bromberg from 2009-10.
Tim is a Board Member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and the National Apology Foundation. Further, he is a Trustee of the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation.
Amanda Milledge is a former corporate lawyer, and Pro Bono Co-ordinator Amanda graduated from the University of Melbourne. Passionate about supporting the growth and development of vital social enterprises, Amanda completed a post-graduate course in Corporate Social Investment at Swinburne University of Technology. Amanda provides strategic guidance and inspired leadership to philanthropic and community organisations. She has served for four years on the Board of the Lord Mayors’ Charitable Foundation, as Chair of the Arts and Heritage Panel and a member of its Governance and Audit and Risk Committees. Amanda has also been a director of Australian Prostate Cancer Research and President of The Penington Institute, a community organisation which rethinks how communities tackles drug use. In addition to serving as Chair of Sharing Stories Foundation and assisting with the Foundation’s scale of its work, Amanda is currently a Trustee of the Collier Charitable Fund.
Daniel Browning is an Aboriginal journalist, radio broadcaster, documentary maker, sound artist and writer. Currently, he produces and presents Awaye!, the Indigenous art and culture program on ABC RN, a specialist radio network of Australia’s national broadcaster.Awaye! surveys contemporary Indigenous cultural practice across the arts spectrum.
A visual arts graduate, Daniel is also a widely-published freelance arts writer. He is a former guest editor of Artlink Indigenous, an occasional series of the quarterly Australian contemporary arts journal. He is the curator of Blak Box, an immersive sound installation in the newly-redeveloped Barangaroo precinct on the western foreshore of Sydney Harbour. He studied English and Art History at the University of Queensland before graduating with a degree in visual arts from the Queensland University of Technology. Daniel is a descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples of far northern New South Wales and south-western Queensland.
Dr Caroline Aebersold has worked in leadership positions in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years. She was the CEO of The Song Room, successfully leading the organisation for 12 years, providing face-to-face education programs to over 10,000 children weekly in high need communities, including new arrival refugees, indigenous children, those with special needs and other young people at risk, in addition to digital education programs to over 1 million children nationally. Prior to this, Caroline worked as a Psychologist, specialising in suicide prevention in a range of roles including managing mental health services, in direct client work, teaching and consulting to Government, Community and Corporate clients. Caroline is passionate about addressing social disadvantage, particularly with a focus on evidence-based programs and systemic reform to transform marginalised communities.
She holds degree and postgraduate qualifications in Sociology and Psychology, as well as a Doctor of Human Rights Law from Monash University, focused on human rights and foreign investment law. Aside from her executive experience, Caroline is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has served on several not-for-profit Boards, including the Diplomacy Training Program, Suicide Prevention Australia and the Australian Psychological Society, developing deep expertise in corporate governance and strategy.
Annie Nayina Milgin is a senior Nyikina custodian and lives in Jarlmadangah Burru Community in Western Australia. She is an expert in bush food and medicine as well as a qualified health worker who runs the local clinic. Her work includes:
Author of Living with the Land, a book that shares important knowledge and information about bush food and medicine of the Nyikina Mangala People.
Author of Woonyoomboo in the Sharing Our Stories book series. Woonyoomboo tells of the travels of the main creation ancestor for the Nyikina Mangala people. The series was Winner of the 2010 Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing and voted Best Primary Teaching and Learning Resource.
Cultural boss for Yiriman, an Indigenous organisation that returns young people to Country with their Elders to teach them about the stories, kinship, language and songs belonging to Country to which they’re traditionally connected. It operates within the Nyikina, Mangala, Walmajarri and Karajarri language region, extending from Bidyadanga in the West Kimberley to Balgo in the south. In 2012 Annie travelled to Melbourne to receive the Indigenous Governance Award won by the Yiriman organisation.
Gina is a descendant of the Kamilaroi Nation in North Western NSW on her mother’s side and the Wiradjuri Nation in Central Western NSW on her fathers’ side. Gina has highly developed expertise and hands-on skills across academia, research, education, stakeholder engagement, leadership, public sector policy, professional learning, and human rights. With a career spanning 20 years, her work has been invited, respected, and shared across Australia and the Torres Strait, in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, United States of America, Canada, and Europe. The wisdom Gina shares from community through to board level is measured, reflective, and relational to diverse and deep contexts.
Gina’s academic background in strategic management, marketing, and organisational behaviour provides a solid grounding for her to lead confidently and competently from self through to the system. Her published, facilitation, and presentation work has influenced people, policy, practice, and processes. Gina’s work is anchored in rights-based, strengths-based, and place-based approaches and balanced with values of relationships, integrity, empowering others, wisdom, and new ways. Gina is committed to enabling learners to feel a sense of belonging and ensuring they have agency in their learning journey. The strategies she uses to support First Nations and Western learning approaches working together demonstrates how cultures can collaborate effectively in the spirit of respect, reciprocity, and reconciliation.
Gina was awarded the University of New England Alumni Achiever of Year for her practical contributions to education and wellbeing in Indigenous communities across Australia. She was nominated for the Department of Education and Training Employee Award (Individual award for Demonstrating Leadership) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to leadership and as a driver of innovative change.
Liz Thompson is deeply involved in guiding the work of the foundation within Indigenous communities and is the organisation’s Executive Officer. She also works alongside Senior Knowledge Authorities and partner communities implementing community based cultural mapping programs.
A producer of media with over three decades experience creating stories for radio, television and print, often in collaboration with Indigenous communities, her work includes:
Sharing Our Stories, a series of books born created through a collaboration with 14 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities. The series won the 2009 Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing and was voted the best resource produced across primary, secondary and tertiary publishing in the country.
She has directed documentary films for ABC/BBC including Breaking Bows and Arrows, an exploration of reconciliation in Bougainville after the civil war. The film won the United Nations Media Peace Award for Best Television, The AIBD World Award for the Promotion of Conflict Resolution and the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd International Festival of Oceania Documentary Film. Liz has produced numerous feature length programs for ABC Radio National, online content, stories for international print media, and has published of over 30 books. She has a Phd from La Trobe University focusing on self-representational digital media practices in remote Indigenous communities.
Director of Operations
With degrees in Accounting and Systems Management as well as Audio Engineering, Taz has been involved in all aspects of the SharingStories Foundation’s operation, from overseeing finance to recording sound for radio documentaries, facilitating sound design in Digital Storytelling Programs to operating drones and shooting 360-degree footage for mapping projects.
In her previous role as Program Director, she co-ordinated the development of the Digital Storytelling Program framework, the Language Lightbox app, multi-touch book templates, interactive maps and display panels for exhibition. She is driven to cultivate effective collaborations with like minded organisations and support communities both on and off Country in the creation of cultural media and new digital tools which support cultural maintenance.
Victorian Production Manager
Daen Sansbury Smith of the Narungga (SA) and Trawoolwaway (TAS) nations is the Victorian Production Manager for SharingStories Foundation based in Melbourne. Daen has a background in audio engineering and content production, for many years he has participated in the creation and sharing of artistic content across a range of media nationally.
As SharingStories’ Victorian Production Manager Daen has managed the relationship and production of content with several Victorian Aboriginal communities. He has additional been involved in delivering Professional Development workshops to teachers with a focus on how to respectfully utilise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and resources in the classroom. Daen has worked and collaborated with language speakers and linguists to ensure that multiple stories recorded and interpreted as part of SharingStories Digital Storytelling Programs are available in their language of origin. He has trained in the use of Hype and iBook’s author and is responsible for collating community produced content in easily accessible, interactive, bilingual multi touch books. Additionally Daen is skilled in audio editing and mixing and has worked as an audio facilitator on several SharingStories’ Digital Storytelling Programs with partner communities across Australia.
WA Program Manager
Brooke was born in Sydney NSW and lives in Dunsborough on Wadandi Boodja (country) in the southwest of Western Australia. She is currently exploring her Indigenous family connection to Brewarrina in NSW.
Brooke has a Bachelor of Music from Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW and a Postgraduate in Arts Management from Deakin University in Melbourne, VIC. With a background in creative producing and cross-cultural community engagement, Brooke’s main passion is producing creative projects that educate and inspire us to explore our deeper sense of place and identity. Brooke has worked on a range of arts events, programs and festivals across Australia such as Ten Days on the Island Festival (TAS), Centenary of Canberra Festival (ACT), Multicultural Arts Victoria (VIC), Four Winds Concerts (NSW), Artshub Australia (VIC), Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre, Marnin Studio (WA), Mangkaja Arts (WA), Womadelaide (SA) and Community Arts Network (WA).
In her role as WA State Program Manager, Brooke will oversee the development of creative projects with communities in the Kimberley and Gibson Desert and manage the platforming of those works to new audiences across Australia.
Sheree is a Torres Strait Islander woman, born in Cairns Far North Queensland with family and ancestral links to Erub Island in the Torres Straits. Sheree has worked for a number of regional and international not-for-profit organisations delivering programs, in both grantmaking and fundraising to support social impact and outcomes.
From 2008-2011, Sheree worked for The Christensen Fund as an In Region Consultant and obtained postgraduate qualifications in Communications, from Griffith University. Commencing in early 2019, her role encompasses the creation of communication platforms for SharingStories to share the work of Indigenous people with all communities.
Jennifer Milgin grew up in Looma Community in Western Australia. Jennifer’s mother’s family is from Bidyadanga Community, and her father’s family is from Looma Community. Jennifer is of the Nyikina, Mangala, Walmajarri and Julwaliny nations (WA).
After completing school in 2015, Jennifer went on to work at the Kimberley Interpreting Service, now known as the Aboriginal Interpreting Western Australia. Her role encompassed interpreting in both Mangala and Walmajarri languages.
Jennifer currently works at Nyikina Mangala Community School in Administration. Her new role as a SharingStories Language Mentee enables her to learn Nyikina, her Grandmother’s language, and she is involved in the production of culturally rich language resources. Her work also involves overseeing the creation of an interactive audio visual Nyikina dictionary using the SharingStories Language App.
Dolorosa is a Gija woman, currently living in Warmun. As a Media and Language mentee working with both Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media (PAKAM) and SharingStories, Dolorosa sits with the older generation to record Gija stories and language using the SharingStories Language App. Through her strong commitment to the passing on of knowledge and her work in this area, Dolorosa hopes to inspire other Aboriginal communities in the important work of maintaining and passing on language and culture.
Paula Delage Faria was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. Paula graduated from the Universidade de São Paulo with a Bachelor of Social Sciences and from London School of Economics with a Master of Non-Governmental Organisations & Development. Passionate about Social Impact and Research, Paula has worked in the Not-for-Profit sector for almost 8 years. In her previous role at Instituto Ayrton Senna, as a Project Analyst, she has collaborated towards the improvement of Public Education in Brazil. At Fundacion Telefônica she was involved in projects related to the protection and promotion of children’s rights in Latin America.
Moving to Sydney a few years ago Paula volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and Mission Australia. Now working with Sharing Stories Paula supports development and implementation of the organisations evaluation strategy.
Finance and Administration Manager
Madhu commenced work as the Finance and Administration Manager in 2016. In the past, Madhu has worked as an Accountant in various commercial practices across New South Wales. She possesses a Bachelor of Mathematics from University of the South Pacific, and obtained her Masters in Accounting in 2009 from University of New England. She is a current CPA and supports the foundation through high level administrative and financial management.
Advisory Council and Cultural Facilitators
Patrick Butcher is an Umpila man, living in Lockhart River. He works as a cultural faciliator on SharingStories workshops and sits on the Foundation’s Advisory Council. “We are sand beach people because a big, long sand dune is part of our Country up at the Cape York Peninsula. Umpila Country stretches from Breakfast Creek to the outer reefs, and up to Cape Sidmouth.”
Djungadjunga Yunupingu is a senior cultural custodian from the Gumatj clan of North East Arnhem Land. He assists as a cultural facilitator and advisor for SharingStories work on Elcho Island.
Murray Butcher is a Paakantji man who lives in Wilcannia, he works with SharingStories as a cultural facillitator and sits on the Advisory Council. ” Paakantji means belonging to paaka, the river; we are the people that belong to the Darling River. We don’t own this land, this land owns us – our river is our soul. It’s where our ancestors grew up.”
Johnene Watson is a Nyikina Mangala woman who lives in Jarlmadangah. She sits on SharingStories Advisory Council.
Wittadong Mulardy and her son Mervin Mulardy are from the Karajarri community, they both assist as cultural advisors during SharingStories workshops and projects in Bidyadanga.
Debbie Mabbindja is a Ndjebbana woman from the Djukurrdji clan living in Maningrida. She assists as cultural advisor during SharingStories workshops and programs in Maningrida.
Alistair Djalolba James is a Ndjebbana man from the Djukurrdji clan and assists as cultural advisor on SharingStories workshops in and programs in Maningrida.
Annie Milgin and John Watson assist as Nyikina and Mangala cultural advisors on SharingStories workshops in Jarlmadangah.
Sheila Conway and Jessie Roberts both Mangarrayi women assist as cultural advisors on SharingStories workshops and programs in Jilkminggan.