Head Office

  • Waverley Stanley AM
    Founding Director
  • Llew Mullins
    Managing Director
  • Alison MacKenzie
    Communications Manager
  • Barry Lee
    Student Support Officer - Gold Coast
  • Breanne Shaw
    Student Support Officer - Adelaide
  • Christine Simpson
    Senior Accountant
  • Daniel Collins
    Student Support Officer - Brisbane
  • Hannah Ranby
    Student Support Officer - Sydney
  • Jenni Heenan
    Fundraising Manager
  • John Fisher
    Student Support Officer - Sydney
  • Karen Harvey
    Student Support Manager
  • Kerrie Tickner
    Bookkeeper
  • Kylie Bennett
    Student Support Administrator
  • Kylie Hoey
    Student Support Officer - Geelong
  • Michael Cedar
    Student Development Coordinator
  • Nadia Martich
    Student Support Officer - Perth
  • Nathan Carger
    Business Manager
  • Rekisha Satour
    Student Support Officer - Gold Coast
  • Kashaunica
    Student Support Officer - Brisbane & Toowoomba
  • Steve Harris
    Pathways Manager
  • Sue McNeil
    Student Support Officer - Albany
  • Joel Achilles
    Multimedia Coordinator
  • Suzie Patrick
    Special Projects
  • Ruby Chester
    Event & Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Jessica-Anne Adams
    Office Administrator
  • Lou Wilson
    Endowment Fund Executive
  • Gareth O'brien
    Wellbeing Coordinator
  • Ella Baldock-Apps
    Student Support Administrator
  • Sarah-Cait Kirkland
    Alumni Intern


Board of Directors

  • Bruce Davidson
    Acting Chairman
  • Waverley Stanley AM
    Founding Director
  • Llew Mullins
    Managing Director
  • Karen Spiller
    Director
  • John Campbell
    Director
  • Edward (Eddie) Watkin
    Director
  • Cameron Prout
    Director

Waverley Stanley AM

Founding Director

As the Founding Director of Yalari, Waverley Stanley knows about the power of education. In 1980, as a young Indigenous boy living in the remote community of Murgon, Queensland, he was given the opportunity to attend Toowoomba Grammar School for his high school education.  It was this opportunity that started him on the Yalari journey.

 

Waverley has worked extensively throughout Queensland as an Indigenous Support Officer for Education Queensland.  He has presented and facilitated workshops and conferences for Indigenous people throughout Australia, in leadership and education.  It is through Waverley’s passion for the empowerment of Indigenous children and his vision to bring about generational change, that Yalari was established in 2005.

 

Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation that offers quality secondary education scholarships at leading Australian boarding schools for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities.  Today, Yalari has over 190 students on scholarships nationally and an alumni group of 354 who are attending university, working or undertaking further study.

 

Waverley lives and breathes Yalari and has been a vital force in transforming the lives and futures of young Indigenous Australians.  He has been recognised as the recipient of awards including the Churchill Fellowship, the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Nth region) and as a Queensland finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards. Most recently, Waverley was appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) within the Australian honours system.  He received this honour for “significant service to the Indigenous community through support for education”.

Yalari draws its support from individuals, companies, philanthropic foundations and government departments, but it is Waverley who is on the ground working to create change. He travels endlessly to raise funds and awareness, and to interview children from the furthest reaches of Australia who have applied for a scholarship.

Waverley is committed to creating pathways of opportunity and empowerment for Indigenous youth, believing they can achieve successful and positive outcomes for themselves, their families and the Australian community.

Llew Mullins

Managing Director

Llew has worked extensively throughout Australia with Indigenous people, coordinating business workshops and managing a mentoring program between corporate business people and Indigenous small business owners.

As a founding director of Yalari (and the current Managing Director), Llew’s experience in business, financial management and organisation, as well as many years working in the social welfare and counselling areas, has provided the necessary skills to bring Yalari from an idea to a reality.

Alison MacKenzie

Communications Manager

Barry Lee

Student Support Officer – Gold Coast

Barry is the SSO for students at the Southport School on the Gold Coast.

Breanne Shaw

Student Support Officer – Adelaide

Breanne is the Student Support Officer for students at St Peter’s College Adelaide and Scotch College Adelaide.

Christine Simpson

Senior Accountant

Daniel Collins

Student Support Officer – Brisbane

Dan is the SSO for students at Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie).

Hannah Ranby

Student Support Officer – Sydney

Jenni Heenan

Fundraising Manager

John Fisher

Student Support Officer – Sydney

John is the SSO for students at the St Ignatius’ College Riverview, The Scots College, Sydney and Shore (Sydney Church of England Grammar School).

Karen Harvey

Student Support Manager

Kerrie Tickner

Bookkeeper

Kylie Bennett

Student Support Administrator

Kylie Hoey

Student Support Officer – Geelong

Michael Cedar

Student Development Coordinator

Nadia Martich

Student Support Officer – Perth

Nadia is the SSO for students at the Methodist Ladies College, Perth.

Nathan Carger

Business Manager

Rekisha Satour

Student Support Officer – Gold Coast

Kashaunica

Student Support Officer – Brisbane & Toowoomba

Steve Harris

Pathways Manager

Sue McNeil

Student Support Officer – Albany

Sue is the Student Support Officer for students attending Great Southern Grammar School, Albany.

Joel Achilles

Multimedia Coordinator

Suzie Patrick

Special Projects

Ruby Chester

Event & Sponsorship Coordinator

Jessica-Anne Adams

Office Administrator

Lou Wilson

Endowment Fund Executive

Gareth O'brien

Wellbeing Coordinator

Ella Baldock-Apps

Student Support Administrator

Sarah-Cait Kirkland

Alumni Intern

Bruce Davidson

Acting Chairman
August 2010 – current
(Acting Chairman from October 2017 to present, and October 2013 – March 2014)

Bruce holds degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Queensland and was formerly a partner in a leading commercial law firm. He specialised in international business and conducted business development activities throughout Asia. Bruce has spent the last 20 years with Davidson Recruitment and in his current role as the Davidson Group CEO, he leads a talented team across Australia and New Zealand dedicated to enhancing workplace performance for clients. He has also been invited to consult to boards and senior executives, to act as a mentor, and speak on both formal and informal occasions.  Bruce has previously held the role of Regional Councillor for Finsia.

​“Yalari works. It definitively achieves the outcome in Indigenous Australia that matter most – truly empowering Indigenous people to make a difference. In itself, that is an extraordinary achievement.

The real magic in Yalari however, lies in its philosophy of inclusiveness. If you are fair dinkum, want to make a contribution of any kind and back that up with actions, you are welcome to become part of the Yalari family.  To quote Waverley,  ‘…whether you are black, white, green, blue, corrugated or brindle!’”

Waverley Stanley AM

Founding Director

April 2005 – current

As a Founding Director of Yalari, Waverley knows about the power of education and has worked tirelessly over the past 11 years to turn his dream of Yalari into a reality.  Waverley has worked extensively throughout Queensland as an Indigenous Support Officer for Education Queensland. More recently he has presented and facilitated leadership and education workshops and conferences for Indigenous people throughout Australia. Waverley is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program for 2005-2006 and also the recipient of a prestigious Churchill Fellowship for 2013.

“I love it because I am part of something bigger than myself and it enriches my life and my country. 

I feel humbled that I’m fortunate enough to have created, worked in, and one day leave behind… the legacy of Yalari.”

Llew Mullins

Managing Director
February 2011 – August 2014
November 2014 – current  

Llew has worked extensively throughout Australia with Indigenous people, coordinating business workshops and managing a mentoring program between corporate business people and Indigenous small business owners.

As a founding director of Yalari (and the current Managing Director), Llew’s experience in business, financial management and organisation, as well as many years working in the social welfare and counselling areas, has provided the necessary skills to bring Yalari from an idea to a reality.

“The simple idea of Yalari in 2005 is now a viable reality that makes sense and is relevant in 2016.

Today, contributing as the Managing Director of Yalari, my life is focused on education and empowerment. I picture an afternoon in the future where I’ll be sitting on a verandah with a cup of black tea in my hand, a hose in the other, watering the garden, and a contented feeling in my mind that there were many parts of my life that were good and right and real and honest;  and Yalari was one of them.”

Karen Spiller

Director

June 2015 to present

Principal
John Paul College
MBA, MEdAdmin, BA, BEdSt, FACE, FAIM, FACEL, FAHRI, FAICD, FCEOI

Karen has had teaching and leadership experience in both girls’ and co-educational Anglican schools for over 30 years. She is the former Principal at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School (17 years) and is current Principal at John Paul College.  Karen is the National Chair of the Association of Heads in Independent Schools Australia and has been a member of that Board for ten years and has also held the position of Treasurer. She is Vice President of Independent Schools Queensland, a member of the International Education and Training Advisory Group (IETAG) for the Queensland Government and a Past National President for the Alliance of Girls’ Schools, Australasia. Karen holds both a Masters in Educational Administration and an MBA.

​“Seeing the changes in the Yalari scholars’ confidence and belief in themselves is what drives me to be passionate about Yalari.

I hope that Yalari students will make our world and Australia a better place through their leadership and that in time, they too will give back to others and their communities.”

John Campbell

Director

May 2018 to present

John has a wealth of investment management experience, having spent more than 24 years in a variety of roles within the industry. Prior to founding Avoca Investment Management, John spent six years at UBS where he was Managing Director / Portfolio Manager of the UBS Australian Small Companies Fund, which was awarded the Australian Fund Managers’ Best Small Cap Fund Manager of the Year in 2009. John joined UBS in 2004 from Credit Suisse First Boston where he was a Director of Equity Research Sales.

He has worked in a broad range of roles within the industry including equity analysis, trading and sales at various financial institutions including Maple-Brown Abbott, Bankers Trust Australia and JP Morgan Private.

Prior to working in financial markets, John was employed as an auditor with Price Waterhouse.

Edward (Eddie) Watkin

Director

July 2018 to present

Founding Partner, LeadershipFIT

MA (Leadership), BEd, Churchill Fellow

Born and raised in Cairns, Eddie’s rich Indigenous Australian cultural heritage comes from Erub and Mabuiag Islands of the Torres Strait.

Eddie is one of Australia’s leading facilitators and highly respected leadership educators. He is a leadership entrepreneur, coach, mentor, strategist, presenter, author and speaker, and a lifelong learner of leadership.

Eddie’s passion is to build, strengthen and advance better leadership connections between everyday people. He has had the privilege of coming alongside youth to inspire them to achieve their leadership best. He has coached executives and senior executives in business leadership. He has mentored people who want to make a difference in their personal lives, and he has had the honour of facilitating events for people who want to transform nations.

He continues to positively inspire, instruct and influence the lives of all generations in living their best leadership life.

Eddie is honoured to serve on the Board of Directors of Yalari. He believes Yalari is ‘a game changer of positive innovation and disruption in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership space, our nation and the world ’.

Cameron Prout

Director

August 2018 to present

Head of Fundraising and Philanthropy at UnitingCare.

BHMS, BA (Rec Mgt)

Cameron joined the Yalari Board to help create opportunities in perpetuity for future generations of Indigenous children to realise their dreams and have a lasting impact on all Australians.

Cameron is the Head of Fundraising and Philanthropy at UnitingCare, helping hundreds of thousands of people and families throughout Queensland live life in all its fullness. Cameron is responsible for fundraising and philanthropy across UnitingCare’s health, aged care and community services including Lifeline, Blue Care, The Wesley Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital as well as UnitingCare’s vast range of community programs.

Previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Heart Foundation for over 18 years, Cameron led the efforts to significantly increase the impact, profile and revenue of both organisations.