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Cheryl Axleby


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 Tasmanian Aboriginal woman who spent most of her younger years in rural Victoria. 

Before joining NATSILS as the Executive Officer in 2016, 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 Victorian Government. She was the President of the Tarwirri Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria and is currently a director of the Centre for Australian Progress. 

Karly believes that our liberation is bound together and strives for inclusive, people powered movements which centre Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices and community control. 


Roxanne Moore

Legal Secretariat Officer

Roxanne is a Noongar woman from Margaret River in Western Australia. She is a lawyer, policy expert and 2013 Fulbright Scholar (LLM from New York University). Roxanne has previously worked as an Indigenous Rights Campaigner for Amnesty International Australia, a Policy officer for the Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, a commercial lawyer and as the Principal Associate to the Chief Justice of Western Australia. 

Roxanne joined NATSILS in 2018 and is responsible for undertaking high level policy research and communications, government relations, strategic advice and support to the Executive Officer.