The Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute is happy to announce the appointment of Johanna Ward as Chief Executive Officer. Johanna is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people from Tingha in Northern New South Wales and brings a high level of cultural acumen and understanding of the issues affecting Indigenous people. Johanna has worked collaboratively with Traditional Owners and Senior Elders to build an understanding of organisational structures, contractual obligations and relevant legislation, often across languages.
Over the last 30 years Johanna has worked extensively across various fields including government, not for profits, community services and the resource sector to support the empowerment and determination of Indigenous Australians. As CEO with a number of remote Indigenous organisations, she has developed expertise in leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams. Throughout these roles she has been able to achieve shared goals and visions by working in partnership with Traditional Owners, a broad range of stakeholders and the wider community.
We are thrilled to have Johanna bring her unique perspective and background to the WAALI team, and look forward to begin this new stage guided by her Leadership.