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The Menzies Foundation is delighted to announce First Nation’s advocate and CEO of SNAICC – National Voice for Our Children, the national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, Catherine Liddle, has been appointed to the Menzies Foundation Board.

Ms Liddle, an Arrernte/Luritja woman from Central Australia and outstanding NFP leader, brings a wealth of experience to the role. Over the past 10 years Ms Liddle has led multidisciplinary teams, overseen workplace transformations, and advocated for policy reform. Her leadership at SNAICC, sees her focused on the fulfilment of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, to ensure their safety, development and wellbeing.

Menzies Foundation Board Chair, Peter Jopling AM QC said “Catherine’s wide ranging experience offers the Board great depth and insight in the Foundation’s pursuit to raise the profile and importance of ‘outstanding’ leadership by encouraging Australians to reflect on leadership, build their leadership capability and act for the greater good”.

He continued, “As the Foundation continues to develop its leadership movement and make significant contribution to the global leadership conversation, Ms Liddle will help us elevate these conversations and, further, create new streams of dialogue to challenge the status quo,”

With interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, children’s health, and women’s rights, Ms Liddle’s offers a unique lens on the Foundation’s current initiative of working with Indigenous women in the Kimberley, supporting economic development, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

“It is a pleasure to be appointed to the Menzies Board. I am looking forward to being able to apply a Indigenous child and family centred lens across the decisions and work of the Foundation”, said Ms Liddle

On her recent appointment to the Board, Catherine expressed, “I am delighted to be working with an organisation that actively recognises the need to include voices that reflect the important work of female leadership and Indigenous Community Controlled organisations as part of effective governance and practice”.

Catherine was previously CEO of First Nations Media Australia and Regional Director of Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships, Central Australia Regions. She has also held senior roles within the Northern Territory Education Department, the ABC, and NITV/SBS.