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NATSILS Staff


Wayne Muir

Co-Chair

Wayne Muir is a Yorta Yorta/Barkinji man with over 25 years of extensive experience in Aboriginal education, community development, justice and wellbeing. He is currently the CEO of Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, a position he has held for over 5 years and is a member of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Forum and the Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum.  Wayne has also chaired and is a current member of the Victorian Legal Assistance Forum and the Victorian Jurisdictional Forum, is a  member of the Federation of Community Legal Services, Victoria Police Human Rights Strategic Advisory Committee and the Australian Legal Assistance Forum. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the Institute of Learning Professionals.

Wayne's experience includes local, regional, state, national and international advocacy on issues that disproportionately and adversely impact upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He has provided written submissions and given evidence/presented to parliamentary inquiries, state and federal royal commissions, sentencing advisory committees, human rights and equal opportunity commission, ombudsman’s and state auditor investigations.  Wayne has also attended the United Nations in New York twice, specifically the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPII) where he co-presented a side event on the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and contributed to papers being presented at UNPII.

Wayne has served on numerous boards and committees over the years including: Chairperson and State Treasurer of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Justice Panels; and Chairperson, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Standing Committee on Indigenous Education Chairperson, Chairperson Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative, Deputy Chairperson Tumbukka Regional Council (ATSIC), Treasurer Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated, Ballarat Health Services, Ballarat Community Health Centre and Chairperson Highlands Local Learning Employment Network.

Wayne has completed a number of tertiary qualifications and various governance training programs over the years. He has also delivered papers and presented at many conferences, seminars and workshops as well as authored and co-authored numerous papers and reports on a range of topics relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Cheryl Axleby

Co-Chair

Cheryl is a proud Narungga woman with family ties across South Australia (SA). Since 2012 Cheryl has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Incorporated.

In a career spanning 30 years, (10 working in SA Government), Cheryl has worked towards achieving social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in SA.  During her with career with SA Government, Cheryl was a strong advocate for cultural inclusion within Government services delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Cheryl has 25 years’ experience working within law and justice and has held the position of Chairperson of the Women’s Legal Service of South Australia, Alternate Deputy Chairperson of the then ATSIC Patpa Warra Yunti Regional Council, member of the Correctional Services Advisory Board to the Minister and Board member of Dame Roma Mitchell. She currently holds positions as a  board member of Seeds Of Affinity, Reconciliation SA, Justice Re-investment SA Working Group and the SA Coalition for Social Justice.

Before becoming CEO of ALRM, Cheryl developed cultural training programs within Families SA, was Manager of the Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth & Family Services from 2005-2010, and a Manager of Families SA office in the northern metro region.

Cheryl is very supportive of Reconciliation initiatives and actively plays a role in raising awareness of the issues impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly the impact of colonisation and poverty. She works on and conducts training programs with agencies/individuals to assist them to actively engage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Cheryl’s vision is for every Australian to be ‘proactive’ rather than ‘reactive’ to the issues impacting on the quality of life for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 


Karly Warner

Executive Officer

Karly is a proud Tasmanian Aboriginal woman with connections to the Cowen and the Lockley families. 

Before joining NATSILS as the Executive Officer, Karly was a practicing Lawyer at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. She has experience working across several areas of law including Criminal, Civil, Children, Youth and Family.  Karly has a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University and has previously worked in private practice and within a legal policy role for the now Victorian Government Department of Justice and Regulation. She was the President of the Tarwirri Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria and continues to serve as an active committee member. Karly is the Chair of the Administrative Law and Human Rights Executive Committee at the Law Institute of Victoria. She is also an advisor on the Aboriginal Advisory Council at Lander and Rogers. Karly has a passion for human rights and a demonstrated experience fighting for justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. 

 


Rachel Athaide

Legal Secretariat Officer

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts and Law from Monash University, with a major in Indigenous Studies and Cultures. Rachel has worked at Monash University as a Teaching Associate for the University’s Indigenous Engagement Unit. 

Rachel joined NATSILS in 2017 and is responsible for undertaking high level research, policy writing and support to the Executive Officer.