School Governance

Welcome from the Chairperson, Kerry Silver

Our jarjums are at the heart of every action, every decision and every vision of Hymba
Yumba’s Board. People have long said that education is the key to success, but I think it is
opportunity, hard work and persistence.

This is what motivates me on Hymba Yumba’s Board. To provide every jarjum with the skills to persevere and the opportunities to live their fullest lives because in doing that, we honour all those that came before us and ensure
our footprints are fortified for others to follow.

Uncle Albert Holt - Patron

Highly respected Aboriginal Elder

Founding Director of Searchlight Education (Springfield), Founding Elder of Brisbane Murri Courts, former member of the Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Committee (QIECC), member of Ministerial Advisory Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (MACATSIE), member of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Consultative Committee (QATSIECC), Chair of Queensland Multicultural Council, Elder of the Year 2005.

Kerry Silver - Chair

Kerry joined the Hymba Yumba Board to help with supporting jarjums in the region to attend a school that understands that cultural connections are integral to learning outcomes for jarjums.

Stan Sielaff - Treasurer

My career in education and training spans over forty years. I have held leadership positions in education and training across the State.

As a teacher and leader, I have had the great fortune to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities, on the Torres Strait Islands and in urban settings.

My commitment throughout my experience has been to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to quality education and training and develop the skills and confidence that they consider necessary to pursue their life goals and careers

Professor Tracey Bunda - Deputy Chair

Professor Tracey Bunda is a Ngugi Wakka Wakka woman living on the traditional lands of the Jagera Yuggera peoples.

She is the Head of Academic Programs for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit in the Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor Indigenous.

Tracey has a 4 decade experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and remains committed to strong educational futures for next generation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students .

Bob McDonald OAM - Director

Bob McDonald OAM - Director

Bob has been involved with governance, risk management and internal audit in the public sector for 30 years during his 44 years of government service

His roles in particular at Health, Public Works, Main Roads and Centrelink were as the head of internal audit and included responsibilities for both governance and risk management.

He has a very strong volunteer relationship with the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), both within Australia and at the international level where he was elected as global Chair of the Board for the 2003/2004 year. Bob’s service to the profession of internal auditing have been recognised with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM), the Victor V Brink Award for Distinguished Service to the IIA and an Australia Day Award for service to public sector internal audit.

Bob’s passion for governance, risk and audit has seen him speak at Conferences and training sessions around the globe since the early nineties. He is a regular contributor to the IIA in the Asia Pacific and at IIA International Conferences.

Bob has served as the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Department of National Parks Sport and Racing.

He currently serves as an independent member of FRARC at the HYIS and as the independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee at the Healthy North Coast Ltd.  (Ths is a Primary Health Network of the north coast of NSW)