The Indigenous Land Corporation Board is the primary decision-making body and oversees governance, considers land acquisition and land management proposals and monitors performance. The ILC Board consists of seven directors; five, including the chairperson, must be Indigenous people.
Mr Edward (Eddie) Fry

Mr Edward (Eddie) Fry

Chairperson

Mr Fry has extensive experience within the Australian resource sector and is a specialist in Indigenous and Native Title issues. He holds a Diploma in Business Management from the University of South Australia and is a graduate of the International Lead and Zinc Study Group conducted out of Belgium on international base metal global supply and demand trade.

Based in Adelaide, Mr Fry is a former director and a retained consultant to TNG Limited, an Australian resource company focused on the exploration, evaluation and development of a multi-commodity resource portfolio in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. He is an Executive Director of Gimbulki Ltd., a Native Title land access company he established in 2002 which has provided consulting services to a range of Australian exploration and mining companies including Rio Tinto, Barrick Gold, and Transfield Services. 

During his career he also held senior executive roles with Normandy Mining Ltd., where he established the company’s Traditional Owner policy, and later was manager of international logistics and marketing of Normandy’s base-metal portfolio and an investor relations analyst. His early employment included involvement with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and also the Aboriginal Development Commission and the Department of Aviation. 

Mr Fry is the Chairman of Indigenous Business Australia, Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Board at Transfield Services Australia (since 2010), a Deputy Chair of the Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia Inc (since 2007) and is a member of the development team for the TNG Ltd world-class ferro/vanadium Mount Peake project in the Northern Territory.
Mr Joseph Elu AO

Mr Joseph Elu AO

Deputy Chairman

Mr Elu has a strong background in local government and business. He is the current chairman of Seisia Enterprises, the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA), Chair and Member for Seisia community, and a former Mayor of the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council.

He is the Torres Strait Regional Authority Portfolio Member for Economic Development, and Board Director of Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation that assists Traditional Owners to manage and use natural resources sustainably.

Mr Elu is also a former Chairman of Indigenous Business Australia. In 2008, Mr Elu was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to Indigenous people.
 
Mr Bruce Martin

Mr Bruce Martin

Mr Bruce Martin is a Wik Ngathan man from the community of Aurukun on Western Cape York Peninsula. Bruce has 10 years’ experience in the community development sector, the last six years with a particular focus on Cape York.

He has worked for the Cape York Land Council, the Wuchopperen Aboriginal Medical Service, the Queensland Department of Families in Cairns and the Aurukun Shire Council. Mr Martin is President of the Cape York Peninsula Live Export Group, a member of Regional Development Australia  Far North Queensland and Torres Strait and a Director of Aak Puul Ngantam (APN) Cape York.

He has been instrumental in the establishment of APN (Our Ancestral Country), a community-owned organisation focussing on the development of productive livelihoods on traditional Wik country. Now one of the largest employers of local Aboriginal people in Cape York, APN has developed partnerships with business, the philanthropic sector and government agencies in implementing innovative strategies aimed at social transformation, economic engagement and community development in Aurukun.

Mr Martin is a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council which meets three times a year with the Prime Minister and senior ministers to inform Indigenous policy implementation by the Australian Government.

He is also the Deputy Chair for the Indigenous Advisory Committee for the Department of Environment.
 
Ms Tanya Hosch

Ms Tanya Hosch

Ms Tanya Hosch is General Manager Inclusion and Social Policy with the Australian Football League.

Prior to this, Ms Hosch was a joint Director for Recognise working to raise community awareness and support for constitutional change to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.

She has been in advocacy and consulting roles with the aim of increasing philanthropic investment into Indigenous development. She was an integral member of the team responsible for the model design and establishment of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. More recently Ms Hosch worked with a steering committee to establish the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute. Ms Hosch has sat on a number of boards and committees and currently sits on the board of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute.

In 2013, she was appointed as the Independent Chair of Price Waterhouse Cooper Indigenous Consulting. In the same year Ms Hosch was named in the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll and in 2012, 2013 and 2015 was recognised in the list of 100 Women of Influence Awards run by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review to recognise women who are achievers in Australian business and society. In 2014, she was appointed to the Review Panel for the Act of Recognition (2013) to provide a report (delivered in September 2014) to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.
Mr Anthony Ashby

Mr Anthony Ashby

Mr Anthony Ashby is a chartered accountant and registered company auditor. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Certificate of Public Practice from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

He is the Deputy Chair of Indigenous Business Australia. Anthony’s other current board roles include directorships of the ILC subsidiary, the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence Ltd and the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office.  Anthony is also an ex-officio member of the Supply Nation Audit and Risk Committee.

Mr Ashby and his wife Vanessa have operated their own public accounting practice since 2004, providing a mix of taxation, assurance, accounting and consultancy services to their client base. Anthony is a Gamilaraay-Yuwaalaraay man from north-western New South Wales.
 
Ms Trish Crossin

Ms Trish Crossin

Ms Trish Crossin is a former Senator in the Federal Parliament of Australia. She was the first woman to represent the Northern Territory and was elected in 1998 for 15 years.

She was Chair of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee for six years and Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. She was a Member of the Joint Statutory Committee for Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account for eight years and a Member of the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee for seven years. Trish also held the position of Deputy Whip and Chair of the Federal Caucus Committee on the Status of Women for 10 years.

Ms Crossin is a current Director and former President of Netball NT and Chair of the Mawul Rom Course Advisory Committee at Charles Darwin University.

Ms Crossin is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Education.
Her previous Board memberships include:
  • Member, Beyond Blue Consultative Committee Way Back Support Program (2012-2013)
  • Director/Vice President, Asthma Foundation NT (2006-2014)
  • Founding Chairperson, NT Working Women’s Centre (1994-98)
  • Secretary, NT Aids and Hepatitis Council (2011-2013)
  • Director, NT Institute of TAFE  (1991-1997)
Dr Donna Odegaard AM

Dr Donna Odegaard AM

Dr Odegaard is CEO of Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia, and Chairperson of Aboriginal TV, and Larrakia Radio. As well as her Indigenous media achievements, Dr Odegaard has thirty years’ experience in Aboriginal affairs, Aboriginal heritage, education, health, native title, land rights, community development, and Indigenous business.

In June 2016, she was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to Indigenous cultural heritage in roles with broadcast media organisations, education and training, and reconciliation. 

Dr Odegaard was a Nominee for Australian of the Year in 2015. She has a Masters, Aboriginal Land Claims, and PhD, Treaty.
 

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