Appointment of New First Nations Co-Chair

Appointment of New First Nations Co-Chair

Reconciliation Victoria is excited to welcome Maria Fletcher-Dugan as the new First Nations Co-Chair of our Board. She joins Professor Andrew Gunstone to lead our Board into 2024.

Maria is a proud Islander woman with connection to land and sea from Sai Bai Island in the Torres Straits to Papua New Guinea.

Maria is a Human Resources Business Partner and a passionate values-based leader with over 10 years’ experience working across public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.  

She brings an exceptional track record in delivering strong outcomes for sustainable employment and development pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples along with embedding culturally safe and supportive practices. Maria is a strategic and results-oriented leader who enjoys collaborative relationships with organisations, communities, and stakeholders, and has a reputation fore ngagement, project management and building cultural strategies. She is also a qualified Human Resources professional, holds a degree in Business (HRM).

At a pivotal time for the reconciliation movement in Victoria, we are excited for Maria’s input, knowledge, and strong guidance. Co-Chair, Professor Andrew Gunstone, says:

“I have worked with Maria for some time now on the Board and she has made a very valuable contribution to the governance of the organisation. I am delighted to welcome her as Co-Chair of the Board. This is a very exciting and important appointment for Reconciliation Victoria.”

Maria has been a valued Reconciliation Victoria non-executive Board member since August 2022 and, with her appointment to the Co-Chair role, she seeks to contribute skills and knowledge to support reconciliation objectives acrossVictoria. All in an effort to promote deeper understanding, respect, and justice for and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

For any enquiries, please contact the Reconciliation Victoria office at or (03) 9016 0657.

Members of Cultural Council, Board & Reconciliation Victoria staff | 1 March
L-R: (Back row) Jude Rangi, Daniel Ross, Andrew Gunstone, Nicole Findlay, Emily Poelina-Hunter, Emily Campbell-Young L-R: (Front row) Uncle Tony McCartney, Maria Fletcher-Dugan, Aunty Karen Lovett, Kathryn Farrell

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters of Victoria.

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