About

Ebony’s vision is for a sustainable and cohesive Australia, based on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wisdom.

We are an independent Black think tank dedicated to solving complex social, political and economic problems.

Ebony researches and informs all areas of Australian society. We lead change and help solve complex social, political and economic problems. We are concerned about the issues that impact us all and we work to build a fair and equitable future. 

Ebony’s grounding in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wisdom is our strength. We define this wisdom as the knowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples created and used to order and make sense of our world, to relate to each other and the land, and to ensure we thrived on this continent for over sixty-thousand years. 

As a not-for-profit organisation, we are governed by a 100% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board. We work with values of respect, integrity, truth, connection and belonging and we believe in working with non-Indigenous Australians based on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ethics and principles. 

We believe that the work of Ebony is to: 

  1. Value and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and ways of being and doing;
  2. Empower families and communities to action transformational change;
  3. Create synergy between people, communities, ideas, organisations and institutions; and
  4. Promote the rights and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and knowledges.

We are thinking Black for the future of Australia.

The Board

Gregory Phillips

Chair

Gregory Phillips is a Waanyi and Jaru medical anthropologist with a PhD in power and race relations. He leads change in medical education and workforce planning, Indigenous health and social policy. He is CEO of ABSTARR Consulting and a Professor of First People’s Health at Griffith University (Adjunct).

Elizabeth Flynn

Secretary

Elizabeth Flynn is a writer, arts worker and community organiser. Her thoughts on the politics of race, gender and culture have been published widely, including in The Conversation Australia, The Guardian Australia and NITV. Elizabeth is Aboriginal (Tiwi and Larrakia), Chinese and Muslim, working within her multiple communities to create change through art, literature and community development.

Jodie Sizer

Treasurer

Jodie Sizer is inaugural CEO of the Great Ocean Road Parks and Coast Authority. She is a Djab Wurrung, Gunditjmara woman and one of Australia’s foremost Indigenous leaders. Jodie was a founding partner and co-CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting. Jodie is currently the Chair of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Studies and co-chair of the Collingwood’s FC Expert Committee on Anti-racism.

Jodie is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), possesses a strong background in corporate governance, and is a graduate of a number of leadership programs, is listed in the AFR 100 most influential women, Victorian Women’s Honour roll and Australia’s Who’s Who publication.

Hayley McQuire

Director

Hayley is a proud Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman from Rockhampton, Central Queensland and a passionate advocate for Indigenous social justice and First Nations-led education.

Hayley is co-founder and National Coordinator of the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition and current Co-Chair of Learning Creates Australia. She is an inaugural Asia Pacific Obama Foundation Leader and a board director of a number of non-profit organisations.

Jidah Clark

Director

Jidah is a Djab Wurrung man who was raised at the Framlingham Aboriginal Settlement. He is an experienced lawyer with policy expertise in human rights, child protection, youth justice, and community development. He is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal rights, caring for country, and our cultural resurgence, having contributed to many community advocacy projects.

Jidah is a lawyer with strong policy expertise, having worked for over a decade across the private, public and community sectors. His professional experience crosses commercial litigation, human rights, child protection, youth justice, community development, cultural heritage, business development, and tourism. Jidah has contributed to many boards and committees aimed at achieving social justice, and has been heavily involved in community advocacy projects.

Jamie Lowe

Director

Jamie Lowe is a Gundjitmara Djabwurrung man and CEO of the National Native Title Council (NNTC). Jamie is an elected representative on the historic First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, representing the Eastern Maar People, tasked with negotiating a Treaty framework with the Victoria Government.

Jamie has a background in both government and non-government sectors and has expertise and skills in management, strategic planning, governance and economic development. Jamie believes that creating economic independence and maintaining and growing cultural identity are key to creating a self-determining nation of First Nations peoples.

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