3 June 2019
ALS BOARD ELECTS NEW CHAIRPERSON
Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) would like to announce that Brendan Moyle has been elected as the organisation’s new Chair, effective 1 June, 2019.
The Board would like to thank to Mr Bunja Smith for his dedication, hard work and commitment to the ALS during his time as the Chairperson. Mr Smith will remain an ALS Director (Central South Region). Aunty Lorraine Wright remains Deputy Chairperson.
A resolution to elect Mr Moyle as the new Chair was passed by Directors at an ALS Board Meeting, held in Coffs Harbour on May 31-June 1.
Mr Moyle, has served as an ALS Director (Central South Region Region) since 2018, has a long history working in community leadership roles across land councils, Aboriginal housing providers, and various community support and government advisory roles. He also brings senior executive experience from roles in government.
“It’s a great honour that my fellow Board members have instilled their faith in me to lead the ALS as our Chairperson. I have agreed to this for a period 12 months, open for review at that time, as I believe that as a cultural organisation we should demonstrate cultural competence and move toward having an Elder as our Chair,” Mr Moyle said today.
“The ALS is currently facing a number of challenges and I am looking forward to working with the Board and our Executive Team as we head into our 50th year of operations. In the spirit of this milestone, we will continue to build and strengthen the ALS while we take it back to our roots – back to being a powerhouse that stands up and fights for the rights of our communities; back to the legacy that our Elders that first set up Aboriginal legal services would be proud of.
“With a new Chief Executive Officer starting work this month, I am confident we can continue to strengthen the organisation and focus on addressing the challenges facing our communities and the Aboriginal legal sector over the coming years.
“We need to ensure that the ALS is a flexible and innovative organisation that can work with government and remain true to our communities at a time when funding streams remain uncertain.”