The Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation Board is the primary decision-making body and oversees governance, considers land acquisition and land management proposals and monitors performance. The ILSC 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, specialising in Indigenous affairs and native title matters. Based in Adelaide, Mr Fry was born and raised in Darwin and his mother is a Dagoman woman from the Katherine region of the Northern Territory.  

Eddie holds a Diploma in Business Management from the University of South Australia and has held senior executive roles with Normandy Mining Ltd, having established the company’s Traditional Owner policy, managed international logistics, investor-relations and marketing of Normandy’s base-metal portfolio.  A consultant of TNG Ltd (ASX), he lead Native Title Agreement negotiations for the TNG Ltd world-class ferro/vanadium Mount Peake project in the Northern Territory. He previously worked at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), the Aboriginal Development Commission and the Department of Aviation.

Mr Fry is Chairperson of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA); Deputy Chair of the Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia Inc.; Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Board at Broadspectrum; Chair of Todd River Resources Mineral Exploration (ASX); and Executive Director of Gimbulki Ltd, a native title land-access company he established in 2002.
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 Anthony Ashby

Mr Anthony Ashby

Mr Anthony Ashby is a Chartered Accountant, Registered Company Auditor and has over 20 years domestic and international experience in public accounting (CA, RCA, B.Comm).

He is the Deputy Chair of Indigenous Business Australia. Anthony’s other current board roles include directorships of the ILSC subsidiary, the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence Ltd, and Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network Limited.  Anthony is also an ex-officio member of the Supply Nation Audit and Risk Committee.

Anthony 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 Patricia (Trish) Crossin

Ms Patricia (Trish) Crossin

Trish Crossin is a former Senator and was the first woman to represent the Northern Territory in the Federal Parliament. Trish is an experienced board member and has undertaken comprehensive directorship duties on a range of community, sports and government boards.

During her 15 years in the Senate, Trish was Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Committee and Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. She was a member of the Joint Statutory Committee for Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Land Account and the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee. Trish established and was the founding Chair of the NT Working Women’s Centre. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Education.

Current board positions include directorships of two ILSC subsidiaries (Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia and Australian Indigenous Agribusiness AIA); the Mutitjulu Foundation; St Columba’s College Pty Ltd, WEstjustice Community Legal Centre and Asthma Foundation NT. Trish is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Indigenous Eye Health at Melbourne University and the Wyndham City Council Safer Communities Committee.
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 Bruce Martin

Mr Bruce Martin

Mr Bruce Martin is a Wik Ngathan man from the community of Aurukun on western Cape York, Qld. Bruce has many years of experience in the community-development sector, in recent years focusing 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 and a member of Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait.

Mr Martin has been instrumental in the establishment of APN (Our Ancestral Country), a community-owned organisation focusing on the development of productive livelihoods on traditional Wik country. APN is 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.

 
Dr Donna Odegaard AM

Dr Donna Odegaard AM

Dr Odegaard AM, Larrakia Elder from Darwin, NT is a business woman with over 40 years’ experience and has a Masters degree on Aboriginal Land Rights and PhD on Treaty.
 
As owner and founder of Australia’s largest privately owned media network, Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia, has four television channels, four radio stations and production company reaching 2,400 Indigenous communities across Australia in over 30 Indigenous languages. 
 
With over 30 years’ experience in Indigenous heritage, education, native title, land rights, community development and business Dr Odegaard was appointed in 2017 as senior Indigenous leader on the Ministerial Forum Indigenous Reference Group for Developing Northern Australia.
 
Accomplishments include: Indigenous Alumni Award University of Newcastle; Naming Lady and Commissioning Lady HMAS Larrakia; Order of Australia in 2016 for significant service to Indigenous cultural heritage, broadcast media, education and training, and Reconciliation. In 2018 Dr Odegaard was awarded the prestigious Sir John Storey Lifetime Leadership Award for significant leadership in Indigenous affairs and business.
 
Dr Odegaard is a speaker on Indigenous Business and Entrepreneurship, Indigenous Affairs, Policy Reform, Indigenous Women in Leadership.
 

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