Centre for Stories is delighted to announce three new appointments to its Board – Jane den Hollander, Rachel bin Salleh and Jade Bradford.
Professor Jane den Hollander, AM has been appointed Chair. Jane was Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University from 2010 until 2019, and Interim Vice-Chancellor of University of Western Australia between March and July 2020.
Jane has retained her interests in innovation and start-up enterprises, as well as interest in all aspects of higher education, science and the arts. This has included significant work to ensure equal opportunity for learners and working women as well as action to better enable the arts in regional communities. In Geelong, this involved establishing the Geelong Symphony and becoming its inaugural patron. Alongside this, she was a member, Deputy Chair and then Chair of the Geelong Performing Arts Council (GPAC) over a ten year period.
In 2017, Jane received an Order of Australia for distinguished service to tertiary education; in 2018 she was awarded the Business Higher Education Round Table Ashley Goldsworthy medal for individual leadership; and in 2019 was named in the Victorian Honour Roll for Women. In 2020, Jane received the Australian Financial Review 2020 Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rachel bin Salleh and Jade Bradford join the Board as members.
Rachel Bin Salleh is the Publisher of Magabala Books. She won the inaugural Literary Lions Medal from Writing WA in 2020. Based in Rubibi/Broome, Rachel is descended from the Nimunburr and Yawuru peoples of the Kimberley region, and has worked in publishing for over 20 years. She has worked with internationally recognised authors to present First Nations stories by, from and for First Nations audiences. This includes Bruce Pascoe, Kirli Saunders, Alf Taylor and others.
Jade Bradford works in Corporate Communications at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. She is a Ballardong Noongar woman who also writes stories based on First Nations health, culture, and community as a freelance journalist. She is also a Research Fellow of the First Nations Messaging and Narrative Shifting Project, and is continuously striving to identify and incorporate the most effective framing, language, messaging, and communications strategies to support First Nations self-determination and empowerment.
All three Board Members begin their appointment in February 2021.