NACCHO Board

NACCHO’s Board of Directors is comprised of the Chairperson, Deputy Chair and 14 Directors from all over Australia.

The Chair and Deputy Chair are elected by delegates from member Organisations at an Annual General meeting. They are in position for terms of three years each.

The directors are elected by delegates of Member Organisations at Annual General Meetings in their individual States and Territories. Two each from New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, and one each from Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

NACCHO values having a diverse Board Member group. This allows for representation from each of the states and territories leading to unbiased attention and coverage of all issues that may arise in meetings.

NACCHO Board of Directors

  • Donnella Mills - NACCHO Chair

    Donnella is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman with ancestral and family links to Masig and Nagir. She is a Director of Wuchopperen Health Service and the current Chair of NACCHO. Donnella is a Cairns-based lawyer with LawRight, a community legal centre which coordinates the provision of pro-bono civil legal services to disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community.

  • Donna Ah Chee

    Donna is the CEO of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation, in Alice Springs. She is a Bundgalung woman from the far north coast of New South Wales and has lived in Alice Springs for over 25 years. Donna has been actively involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for many years, especially in the area of adult education and health.

  • LaVerne Bellear

    LaVerne is from the Bundjalung nation (North Coast NSW). She is currently the CEO of Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative Limited, Redfern. LaVerne was the former Director of Aboriginal Health, Northern Sydney Local Health District, where her role was to develop various Aboriginal health models of care and the development and implementation of strategic health plans for the local community.

  • Leeroy Bilney

    Leeroy is currently the Chairperson of Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (CKAHSAC). He is a proud Marlinyu Ghoorlie, Wirangu, Kokatha, Mirning, and Barngala man, was born in Port Lincoln and lived most of his life in Ceduna South Australia, in an Aboriginal community ‘Tia Tuckia’.

  • Chris Bin Kali

    Christopher (Chips) Bin Kali was born in Derby WA and is a Gija/Bardi man from the Kimberley region. Chris started in the health field as Director/Chairperson of both KAMS and BRAMS before being appointed as the CEO of BRAMS for nearly 9 years. Chris is currently Director on four different boards: BRAMS (local), KAMS (regional), AHCWA (state) and NACCHO (national). Previously Chris worked in the education, alcohol rehabilitation and Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) industries.

  • Raylene Foster

    Raylene represents the Tasmania/Lutruwita on the NACCHO Board and has a deep and historical understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, at national and local levels. For the past 25 years, Raylene has worked for the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre in various roles building the capacity of staff, community and the organisation. Providing leadership and enhanced service provision for consumers of the Aboriginal Health Service in a manner that addresses the impacts of social disadvantage and vulnerability of children and their families.

  • Michael Graham

    Michael, a proud Dja Wurrung and Waywurru man, has been part of various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations since the age of 16. He has been raised by a politically proud family which has always prompted him to empower and make positive changes for the community. Michael was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO). Previously, he was the Chair of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) and Director of Victorian Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation Co-operative Limited.

  • Olga Havnen

    Olga is of Western Arrernte descent and grew up in Tennant Creek. She has been the CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service since 2013. Olga has held a range of senior public sector and non-government roles in her long career in Indigenous Affairs including NT Coordinator General for the Remote Service Delivery, Head of Indigenous Strategy with Australian Red Cross, Deputy Director of the Northern Land Council, Principal Policy Adviser with the Office of Indigenous Policy in the NT Department of the Chief Minister.

  • Karen Heap

    Karen, a Yorta woman, has been the CEO of Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative for 11 years and brings a vast amount of knowledge and skillsets procured from extensive experience within the Aboriginal Service Sector.

  • Willhelmine Lieberwirth

    A Kokatha and Antakirinja woman, Wilhelmine honours her rich family ancestry. She has worked in human services roles, most recently as an Aboriginal Cultural Consultant with Child and Family Health Services and has been instrumental in the Safely Sleeping Aboriginal Babies in South Australia. Wilhelmine and her family have lived in Whyalla for generations and have been active participants advocating on local health matters, including supporting the local ACCHO Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service Inc.

  • Lesley Nelson

    Lesley is a proud Noongar woman from the Balladong and Whadjuk clans and currently the CEO of South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS). With unique post graduate qualifications in business and epidemiology, Lesley has championed the expansion of accessible primary health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities living in WA’s South West region. Lesley’s drive to influence, collaborate and engage across the sector, has directly contributed to greater health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the region.

  • Julie Tongs, OAM

    Julie is a Wiradjuri woman who has occupied the position of CEO Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services for almost 22 years and has also been a NACCHO Board member for 21 years. Julie is renowned for her advocacy for better health, social and emotional wellbeing outcomes for the ACT and surrounding regions. She has developed a health service which is directed by community needs, is holistic and focused on Closing the Gap in health outcomes.

  • Gail Wason

    Gail is the Chief Executive Officer of Mulungu Primary Health Care Service in Mareeba and the Chairperson of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC). She has over 25 years’ experience in Aboriginal affairs and health and an unwavering commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of her community. Gail strives to ensure that the community has access to the full range of high quality, culturally appropriate primary health care services that empower clients to fully participate in the management of their own health.

  • Gary White

    Gary is the founding Chairperson of Goondir Health Service, a position he has held for 23 years. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Goolburri Regional Housing Company and has held this position for 18 years. Besides NACCHO, he is also a Board member for the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC).

  • Phil Naden

    Phillip Naden is a proud Aboriginal descendant of the Gamilaroi people from North Western NSW near Coonabarabran where his mother grew up on Burrabadee Mission. Phil is also a proud descendant of the Wiradjuri people from Peak Hill/Condobolin NSW (Bogan River People) and he was born and raised a proud Aboriginal Man. Phil is well qualified, a Panelbeater spray-painter by trade, a former sworn Queensland Police Officer, CEO of the largest ATSILS in Australia ALS NSW/ACT, former CEO with Bourke AMS, Bila Muuji Regional Consortia, and now the CEO of Dubbo and Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service. Phil has qualifications in Business and Management, Justice and Policing, his a Justice of the Peace and recently run in the 2019 State Election as an Independent Candidate for the seat of Barwon. Phil has also recently finished his Masters Degree in Business and is the Chairperson with AH&MRC.

Previous Chairpersons

Dr Puggy Hunter 1991 – 2001
Ms Pat Anderson 2001 – 2003
Dr Naomi Mayers 2001 & 2005 (acting)
Mr Henry Councillor 2001 – 2002, 2003, 2005 – 2007
Mr Tony McCartney 2003 – 2005
Dr Mick Adams 2007 – 2009
Mr Justin Mohamed 2009 – 2014
Mr Matthew Cooke 2014 – 2017
Mr John Singer 2017 - 2018