Leilani Pearce (Chair)
Leilani has extensive experience in providing services to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations to help build successful health and human services. She is an executive advisor in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strategy and on the board of ACT for Kids, the board of Children’s Health Queensland, and the owner of a cattle property in North Queensland.
Wesley Aird (Deputy Chair)
Wesley works on solving problems so that Indigenous Australians can become genuine participants in the real economy. His primary work is with the resources sector in companies in the management of native title and cultural heritage and also in the development of initiatives for Indigenous employment, training and business.
A founding Director and Executive Director, Business Development & Innovation of Regional Economic Solutions (RES), Leann is a matrilineal descendent of the Bidjara and Kara-Kara peoples in central and central western Queensland who has an intimate knowledge of her heritage and connections to country. Her passion for her people has resonated with the broader community and has seen Leann appointed to regional, state and national boards, including the A&TSI Healing Foundation, the Queensland Divisional Advisory Board of the Australian Red Cross and YWCA Queensland.
Leann is a former long-term senior public servant, has been a finalist in the Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year and has been the recipient of a Queensland Centenary Medal. She has recently been re-appointed as the Indigenous Fellow at Bond University and actively promotes, through her extensive public speaking engagements, her passions in cultural heritage, woman’s rights, education and economic development. Leann also has cultural ties to her South Sea ancestry.