Board

David Prior

Entrepreneur David Prior is the owner and CEO of Scotland’s Bladnoch Distillery and former founder of popular organic dairy brand five:am. He has a Bachelor of Business from Monash University and an MBA from the University of Melbourne. A former Chapter Chair and current member of the (Melbourne) Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), David frequently mentors and is passionately focused on his principal philanthropic venture, Culture Is Life.

David has made a long-standing commitment to learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and is committed to inspiring change towards a healthier nation. A keen surfer and yogi, he always encourages those around him to live a balanced life.


John Bennetts

John is a founder and director of the private equity investment company MGroup, medical diagnostic company Cellestis Ltd, and financial services company McMillan Shakespeare Ltd. He holds degrees in law and economics and previously practised as a solicitor. He is also a hands-on supporter of protecting our environment and is committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with their culture and community aspirations.


Jane Pound

Jane currently sits on the board of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute Limited and the board of First Australian Capital, a fund that supports economic development initiatives in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
A former Director of PwC Indigenous Consulting, Jane has 20 years experience providing legal and strategic advice across both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Her particular focus is on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and enterprise development.
Jane is passionate about the important role that young people play within the fabric of our community, which is reflected in her years of work with the Foundation for Young Australians.
Her long-standing engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders also reflects her life-long commitment to the cause.


Inala Cooper

Inala is a Yawuru woman from Broome in the Kimberley, WA. She grew up in South West Victoria on Gunditjmara land and has lived on the land of the Kulin Nation in Melbourne for more than 20 years.
Inala has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master in Human Rights Law, and is a strong advocate for Indigenous rights and social justice. She encourages young Indigenous people to connect with their culture and to find strength in their identities.

Inala has held positions in Indigenous Affairs in the Victorian Public Service and is currently the Senior Adviser in the Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit at Monash University. Culture Is Life is her first board appointment.


Jason Eades

Jason is an Aboriginal man born and raised on Gunnai country in eastern Victoria. He is currently employed at Social Ventures Australia as the First Australians Practice Lead and Director, Consulting.

With more than 25 years experience in leadership roles within the Indigenous for purpose sector, Jason was the inaugural CEO and one of the founders of PwC Indigenous Consulting. He was also CEO of the Koorie Heritage Trust for seven years, and had three-year terms at Mirimbiak Nations Aboriginal Corporation (Native Title Representative Body) and as CEO of Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation. Jason is a non-executive Director at AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience), and a member both of the Australia Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy Panel and of the National Film and Sound Archive Indigenous Connections Committee.

Jason is passionate about the arts and culture, as well as initiatives that encourage young people to reach their full potential.


Current Board vacancies open

The practice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governance cannot be separated from its traditions and culture. The Board is currently considering its options regarding how best to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governance of, and engagement with, Culture is Life’s management structures and processes.


Elders/Ambassadors

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Max Djarla Dulumunmun Harrison

Uncle Max is an Elder of the Yuin Nation on the far south coast of NSW. He encourages all people to embrace their spiritual growth while making grass-root changes in their immediate world. An engaging and heart-full speaker, who has spoken widely on Aboriginal culture, Uncle Max has also written several books including My People’s Dreaming. Within him is a wealth of experience, wisdom and authenticity.


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