NACCHO Board of Directors

Donnella Mills

NACCHO Chair

Donnella Mills is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman with ancestral and family links to Masig and Nagir. She is Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), Chair of Wuchopperen Health Service, a member of James Cook University Council and was recently appointed to the Commonwealth Government’s Advisory Council on Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence. From 2014 to 2021, she worked as a Cairns-based lawyer with King & Wood Mallesons, a community legal centre which coordinates the provision of pro-bono services for vulnerable people. She was also the managing lawyer for the innovative Wuchopperen Health Justice Partnership, in which lawyers and health professionals partnered to achieve improved health, wellbeing and justice outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In 2020-21 she served as the Partnerships Director at Health Justice Australia.

Chris Bin Kali

NACCHO Deputy Chair

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 Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) and BRAMS before being appointed as the CEO of BRAMS. Chris is currently on the boards of BRAMS (local), KAMS (regional) and AHCWA (state).

Adrian Carson

CEO Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH)

Adrian Carson is a Cobble Cobble man from Queensland’s Western Downs Region who was born and spent majority of his life on Turrbal and Jagera country in Brisbane. Adrian has almost thirty years’ experience in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector. He is currently the CEO of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) Ltd in South East Queensland (SEQ), and has held this role for over 10 years. Adrian is a former CEO of Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council (QAIHC), Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane Ltd – Queensland’s first Community Controlled Health Service – and is a founder member of the Galangoor Duwalami Health Service within Queensland’s Fraser Coast Region. Adrian holds a Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management from Griffith University and is completing a Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland. In picture with Aunty Lynette Shipway

Matthew Cooke

Gladstone Region Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Service T/A Nhulundu Health Service

Matthew is a proud Aboriginal Man from the Byellee people in Gladstone. He has a strong background in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs having served as both a Company Director and CEO for more than 15 years. His active involvement spans all jurisdictions; local, regional, state and national including representation at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. Matthew’s current leadership roles include Chairperson of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), Executive Chairman of the First Nations Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng Taribelang Bunda peoples Prescribed Body Corporate, Board Member Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service and CEO of Nhulundu Health Service. During the construction of the LNG industry on Curtis Island he was appointed as the Indigenous Affairs Manager for Bechtel Oil Gas and Chemicals, a renowned worldwide engineering, procurement and construction company.

Kane Ellis

CEO, Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service

Graduating in 1998, Kane started as a health worker at Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin, NT, then moved to a community health clinic (Bagot) for two years. Kane ran the men's health program in the NT at the Heart Foundation before moving into the Clinic Manager’s role at Danila Dilba for seven years; during this time he acted as the CEO for a period of six months. Kane then moved to Wollongong, NSW, commuting to Sydney to work at the Aboriginal Legal Service as the Regional Manager of the South-Central Region and acting for a period as the legal service’s CEO. Kane returned to his original passion when he took on the role of Comprehensive Care Practice Unit Manager at NACCHO affiliate, the AH&MRC. He is currently CEO of lllawarra Aboriginal Medical Service and a proud board member of both the AH&MRC and NACCHO.

Raylene Foster

Chief Operating Officer Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC)

Raylene represents Tasmania/Lutruwita on the NACCHO Board. She 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 TAC in various leadership roles building the capacity of the organisation, staff and community to provide  health services tor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Michael Graham

Chairperson of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)

Michael is a Dja Wurrung and Waywurru man, who has been part of various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations since the age of 16. He was raised by a politically proud family who prompted him to empower and make positive changes for his community. Michael is the CEO of The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and was recently appointed Chairperson of the VACCHO Board.

Leisa McCarthy

Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation

Rob McPhee

Danila Dilba Health Service

Phil Naden

CEO of Dubbo, Gilgandra and Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service

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 panel beater spray-painter by trade, a former sworn Queensland Police Officer, CEO of the largest ATSILS in Australia, former CEO with Bourke AMS, Bila Muuji Regional Consortia, and now the CEO of Dubbo, Gilgandra and Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service. Phil has qualifications in Business and Management, Justice and Policing, is a Justice of the Peace and ran 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 current Chairperson of the NSW AH&MRC and Chairperson of Dreamtime Housing, Director with the Rural Doctors Network and a Director with the Justice Reinvestment Project, Maranguka at Bourke.

Vicki O'Donnell OAM

CEO Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Ltd

Vicki is a Nyikina Mangala Aboriginal woman from Derby, who has worked as a Strategic Leader in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health for 15 years. Vicki is currently CEO Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service (KAMS) in Broome.  Vicki was instrumental in the establishment of both the DAHS dialysis unit and the Kimberley Renal Service. Vicki has been a board member of AHCWA for over 15 years (8 years as the Chairperson), and is Chairperson of the WA Aboriginal Health Ethics Committee. She is an advisor on numerous State and Federal Ministerial Committees involved in Aboriginal health issues including representing WA on the Closing the Gap Coalition of Peaks and the WA Aboriginal Advisory Committee. Vicki has a passion for Aboriginal Health which is noted on a state, regional and national level.  She has gained enormous respect for her knowledge, attention to detail, and communication skills at a grass roots level.

Craig Ritchie

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services

Craig Ritchie is a Dhunghutti man and is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Craig’s career spans senior roles that include work heading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education, university access and participation for people from low-SES backgrounds and international student mobility. He was founding Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in the ACT Government. Craig’s community sector work includes serving as CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), and Chair of the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services.

Basil Sumner

Aboriginal Health Council of SA Ltd

Polly Sumner-Dodd

Aboriginal Health Council of SA Ltd

Polly Sumner-Dodd is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Ltd (AHCSA). Now retired, Polly was the Chief Executive Officer of Nunkuwarrin Yunti of SA Inc. for over 30 years. Polly advocates strongly for Aboriginal community control, self-management and self-determination. Polly has participated on a wide and varied range of Committees and Board Memberships, including the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), Aboriginal Sobriety Group, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, Women’s Legal Service, Pharmacy Board SA and the Women’s Art Movement, to name a few. Polly’s involvement with AHCSA has spanned more than 38 years, beginning with the Aboriginal Health Organisation (AHO). The AHO underwent major transformations, giving birth to the Aboriginal Health Council of SA and more importantly, moving to Aboriginal community control. Polly believes that ongoing improvement to the health and well-being of all members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community is both pivotal and crucial if we are to reach and maintain a quality of life equal to that of the wider community.

Preston Thomas

Deputy Chair of the Ngaanyatjarra Group

Preston Thomas known as “Mr T" is a former Deputy Chairperson of the Aboriginal Land Trust. He is the currently the Deputy Chair of the Ngaanyatjarra Group (Includes the Ngaanyatjarra Council Aboriginal Corporation, Ngaanyatjarra Services and Ngaanyatjarra Health Service) Mr T is also Chairperson of Kanpa Community Council. He is an active member of the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA and has been a Director of the Aboriginal Health Council of WA since 2015. He is committed to the increasing development of Aboriginal Western Australians.

Dallas Widdicombe

Executive Director, Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative

Dallas Widdicombe is a proud Darug man who holds a Bachelor of Social Work and an Advanced Diploma of Business (Governance). Dallas previously worked in the remote Western Australian community of Balgo for over seven years where he held positions including the Chief Executive Officer of the Wirrimanu Aboriginal Community. Over the past seven years Dallas has worked for the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative as the Executive Director overseeing the BDAC Medical Clinic and Family & Community Services teams. In this time BDAC has grown to over 130 staff running various programs for his community and has significantly increased the income of the organisation's medical clinic. Dallas has a developed several programs to help his community with substance addiction, family violence and positive health.