New Chair for Australia's leading Indigenous educator

One of Australia’s leading Indigenous education organisations, The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) has appointed Mr Charles Prouse as Chair.

Mr Prouse succeeds Dr Tom Calma, AO, who has chosen to step down as chair, while remaining as a Director on the AILC Board. Mr Prouse, a Nyikina man who also serves as CEO of Supply Nation, graduated from the AILC in 2002 and has served on the AILC board for many years.

Mr Prouse is the AILC’s longest-serving Board member and brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having also served as CEO of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy and as Indigenous Employment Program Manager with DEEWR.

“My story is symbolic of the value of Indigenous leadership and Indigenous governance education programs – rising from being a graduate of the program to become Chair of the board,” Mr Prouse said.

“Dr Tom Calma has played an extraordinary role in leading this organisation from an idea to a national phenomenon and his are big shoes to fill. I am delighted he is continuing to provide his inspiration and personal leadership on the AILC Board and also to have the opportunity to divert more of my energies to providing new opportunities through AILC’s life-changing education programs.

“I look forward to working with Rachelle and the team to build a stronger future for all Indigenous people by continuing to grow our programs.

“The AILC’s programs change lives and we need to focus on building revenue opportunities so that we can reach our goal of training at least 1000 Indigenous people per year by 2020. That will remain our key focus for the future.” Dr Calma welcomed Mr Prouse’s appointment. “The AILC has a critical role to play in creating a fairer, stronger Australia and I am delighted Charles has taken on this new challenge,” Dr Calma said.

For more information, please call AILC CEO Ms Rachelle Towart on: 02 6251 5770 / 0431 772 377