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.

Jane is a former Director of PwC Indigenous Consulting with 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 young people play within the fabric of community which is reflected by her years of work with the Foundation for Young Australians.

Jane’s longstanding engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders reflects her lifelong commitment to the cause.


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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