The Ember Connect board guides the organisation’s strategic direction, oversees management, and ensures compliance with our goals, purpose and strategic objectives. All of the board’s members are independent non-executive directors. Our current directors bring with them a wealth of personal, professional and community experiences and are passionate about our work. They act voluntarily and receive no payment for their services.
Our independently reviewed annual financial report to 31 December 2022 can be viewed by clicking here.
Susan Chew is a solicitor admitted in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, having over 20 years of experience advising a number of multinational corporations in the engineering and resources, technology and utilities sectors on commercial and corporate law. Susan has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University. She is also a corporate governance specialist, having completed a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance with the Governance Institute of Australia and serves on several boards in the not-for-profit sector. Susan is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Associate Professor Sadie Heckenberg has recently been appointed to the position of Academic Director (Aboriginal Engagement) at the University of Tasmania. Prior to that she was the Academic Director (Indigenous Research) and a Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow within the Moondani Toombadool Centre (MTC) at Swinburne University of Technology. Sadie is the President of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) and sits on the Universities Accord Ministerial Reference Group and the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts.
A Wiradjuri scholar, Sadie was awarded her PhD in 2018, entitled Nothing About Us Without Us: Protecting Indigenous knowledges through oral histories and culturally safe research practices. Sadie was a Fulbright Scholar based in the Kamakakūokalani Centre for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa, has been a Columbia University Oral History Institute Summer Fellow, a National Library of Australia Norman McCann Summer Scholar, has held a Confucius China Studies Program Young Leaders Fellowship as well as attending Columbia University’s International Summer Program on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Policy.
Sadie also sits on the board of Black Duck Group, on the Universities Australia DVC Corporate Committee, and she has held a ministerial appointment on the Higher Education Standards Panel (2018-2021). Sadie is the Lead CI for Australian Research Council’s Linkage Project: Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Girls, Changing Communities.
Ember Connect wishes to acknowledge the many Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and we honour their deep continuing connection to land, sky, waterways and community.
We pay our respects to our Elders past, present and emerging who illuminate our journey to truth-telling, culture and conservation, which remains stronger than ever.