Campbell Hudson – Advisory Group member
Campbell is a senior partner in the Sydney office of international law firm Dentons. Working with Reg Ramsden, Campbell was responsible for the establishment of the Watarrka Foundation and he served as a Director until early 2017. Campbell is also very active in applying his passion and expertise, providing pro bono work with a focus on aboriginal issues and the arts. Campbell was extensively involved in Dentons inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan, has worked closely with Career Trackers and is principal advisor to the National Arts School and Poetry in Action.
Aileen Keenan – Advisory Group member
Aileen is based in Mebourne and has an extensive background in communications, journalism and corporate proposals writing and management. With experience working for large publicly listed companies (Fairfax, News Limited and Leighton Holdings), consulting to government departments and the private sector organisations, Aileen’s expertise is instrumental in assisting the Watarrka Foundation with its funding submissions and communication initiatives.
Aileen is the Watarrka Primary School’s Principal (Christine Munro’s) sister.
Christine Munro – Advisory Group member
Christine Munro is the Watarrka Primary School Teaching Principal. Originally from New Zealand, Christine has worked in remote indigenous schools since 2011 and came to Watarrka in 2014. Passionate about indigenous education, Christine brings high-level education expertise in supporting aboriginal students to think independently and become self-dependent. While delivering strong learning outcomes Christine believes students’ success should also measured by their ability to thrive in both indigenous and non-indigenous society. Christine is drawn by the land and its people and loves her work.
Chris Hakanson – Advisory Group member
Chris is the Primary Health Care Manager at the Kings Canyon medical center and has extensive interaction with the local Watarrka community since moving his family to Kings Canyon over 2 years ago. He and his family’s willingness to immerse themselves in the day to day lives of the local aboriginal people, accepting them as they are and are not, demonstrates his leadership in breaking down the prejudices often found between ‘white’ and aboriginal people.
Chris’s commitment to transforming the health and well being of the local aboriginal people is inspirational. In addition, Chris has been huge contributor and participant in assisting the Foundation with its initiatives in the region. Chris was the primary driver in the establishment of the Fat Bike program at the Watarrka Primary School at Lilla. What better way to make school fun, thereby increasing student enrolments, and provide significant health benefits for students, than to have Fat Bikes? Working with the school principal Christine Munro and the Foundation, in early 2016 the Foundation delivered 20 bikes for the Watarrka Primary School and local community. The program has been an outstanding success, and continues to depend upon the selfless very extensive ongoing commitment of time and expertise by Chris.
Manny Bell – Advisory Group member
Manny Bell is a proud Biri Gubba and Wakka Wakka man from Brisbane. He is currently working as a lawyer in the Sydney office of international law firm Dentons. Manny first became involved with the Watarrka Foundation through his involvement in the development and delivery of the Lilla Sports and Storytelling Festival in 2014. Manny has a unique insight into the programs established for Indigenous university students, being the first law student to do an internship with a law firm through the Indigenous internship company, CareerTrackers. Manny has a keen interest in empowering the self-determination of Aboriginal communities through education and creative thinking.