Reconciliation SA Board nominees

Reconciliation SA Inc. Board Director Candidate Information

Below you will find the information provided by candidates in support of their nomination. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by family name.

As required by our constitution, elections are held via an online voting platform. Voting closes on 21 November 2022.

Please follow voting instructions as supplied in your email. If you have any queries please contact Public Officer, Belinda Hallsworth at

First Nation Board Member Nominations

One First Nation nomination was received.

This position is scheduled to be elected unopposed and will be confirmed at the AGM on 24th November 2022.

Non-First Nations Board Nominations

Nahla Baroudi

My name is Nahla Baroudi and I am currently the South Australian Education Manager at the Islamic Museum of Australia. Prior to this appointment in April 2022, Nahla I was a teacher for 20 years majoring in Science and Mathematics. I taught Biology at SACE level for many years. I also held numerous leadership positions including Head of Pastoral Care, Head of Girls Boarding and Head of Indigenous Students.

I combined my love for science with my appreciation for the world’s oldest living culture to produce some curriculum aligned science resources. One of the most rewarding involvements I had was my engagement with AISSA (Association of Independent Schools of South Australia). I worked closely with Monica Williams (Senior Educational Consultant) and Uncle Tamaru (Kaurna Elder) to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander science elaborations into the science curriculum. Indigenous knowledge is so rich and practical, and I wanted to make this available to my students.

I took the time to create resources that connected Indigenous knowledge to science. Monica and I worked closely with Uncle Tamaru to ensure that our work was culturally appropriate. We wanted to ensure that our resources were meaningful, educational and authentically represented Indigenous knowledge. Learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultural knowledge opened my eyes to a new way of teaching sustainability, conservation, and land management. Our work was published in the November SASTA Journal 2021. I was also very grateful to have been the recipient of Noel Volk Award which recognises outstanding contribution to the Independent Sector. 

Working closely with Indigenous students, I gained experience in finding out about VET courses and traineeships that students can utilise to complete their studies. Some of the indigenous students in my care attained certificate 3 in areas of business, personal training, automotive or retail. This strategy kept the students engaged in school, and also provided them with recognised certification in their area of interest. I am very proud of how the Indigenous Program developed over the years as it was proven to produce high outcomes for aboriginal students. The graduated students are currently studying medicine, law, nursing, teaching, psychology and business management at a variety of universities around Australia. The success of this program was driven by my ethical compass and moral values which I try to live by in my everyday action. I was lucky to also attract people with good values to support me along the way. From support workers, boarding housemothers, volunteers to mentors, we worked together to find innovative solutions to support our students in a constantly changing environment. I was very pleased that we were the finalist and received the “Exceptional Cultural Connection” award by Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia for 2021. I worked closely with Natalie Gentle to establish our RAP at Westminster School.

In my current work with the Museum, I have developed teaching resources that shows the links between Yolngu people of Arnhem land and Indonesian Makassans. These resources well received by teachers who used them.

I am looking at returning back to teaching in the near future. I would love to be considered as a board member. My intensions are faithful and sincere, and I would love the opportunity to be part of this reconciliation journey.

Jane Crosby

I am passionate about supporting the reconciliation movement and promoting practical and meaningful change. Through my state government experiences I can also bring extensive strategy and governance skills to the Board of Reconciliation SA.

I developed a deeper understanding of culturally respectful ways of working with First Nations communities when I was the Project Manager for the Tarnanthi Art Fair at the Art Gallery of South Australia between 2017-2021. Working on this national program I had the privilege of learning from, and working closely with, First Nations Elders and Traditional Owners from across the country.

While I was Project Manager, the Tarnanthi Art Fair saw increased attendances and sales with more than 12,000 visitors and nearly $3 million in ethical art sales generated for artists, art centres and communities.

To deliver the Tarnanthi Art Fair, I worked closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art centres and artists, and partners including Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and the Indigenous Art Code.

I enjoyed promoting the cultural learning experience of the Art Fair and opportunities for non-Indigenous visitors to meet and connect with First Nations artists. During this time, I also developed the Art Gallery of South Australia’s inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), ensuring the inclusion of the voices and aspirations of First Nations staff and Cultural Ambassadors.

I obtained endorsement from Reconciliation Australia for the RAP within a short-time frame and was nominated by staff and the leadership team to chair its Reconciliation Working Group. Developing this RAP I connected with many government agencies, not-for-profit organisations and the private sector, to learn more about different RAPs, effective governance models and impactful actions.

I care deeply about building trusting relationships, demonstrating respect, and creating opportunities for First Nations peoples. In my current role as a senior Policy and Research Officer, I have influenced significant change within the Planning and Land Use Services division.

This has been recognised with two awards over the past year for my work to formalise reconciliation commitments and promote ongoing cultural learning initiatives. In 2021, I also led a successful First Nations work-experience program and co-edited a significant exhibition titled Spirit of Place, which celebrated First Nations architecture, landscape architecture and placemaking initiatives in South Australia, many of which were national firsts.

In recent times, I have been a member of reconciliation committees in three government agencies, including the RAP network led by Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation. Previously, as Team Leader in a Governance team within the Department for Environment and Water, I worked with an external governance consultant to develop a training program and guidance notes for statutory boards covering board member roles and responsibilities, conflicts of interest, meeting processes, strategy, risk and reporting.

I have just completed leadership studies at the Leaders Institute and I would be proud to combine my reconciliation, governance and strategy experiences to help the Board deliver its strategic goals. Ngaityalya (thank you).

Heather Holmes-Ross

I am an experienced, adaptable leader with a passion for communities, ethics, and the future, with a particular interest in issues of equity and sustainability.

I am currently standing for re-election as the Mayor of the City of Mitcham, a position that I have held for the last four years. I have enjoyed the role immensely, in particular the diversity of duties and responsibilities and the tangible outcomes of good leadership.

Being elected to local government represents the culmination of my varied experiences, including scientific research, teaching, small business, customer service, and community advocacy.

This mix has given me the ability to understand the unique perspectives across various sectors and communities, which enables me to communicate with diverse audiences, allowing effective collaboration.

Since becoming Mayor, I have immersed myself in the Local Government (LG) sector. I have built strong relationships with my peers, both with Mitcham councillors and council staff, and other Mayors, elected members and LG staff, through the LG Association (LGA) of SA, and the Australian LGA and the LG Women’s Association.

I am a Board Member of the LGA, the LG representative to the Australia Day Council of SA Board, and a member of the LG R&D Scheme Committee.

At a council level I have worked hard to unite a previously divided chamber. Together we have made some fabulous decisions in including:

  • the construction of the Blackwood library/community centre, after over thirty years of indecision.
  • the instigation of an Australian first Community Renewables Program which provides access to solar panels, batteries and an exclusive Mitcham virtual power plant for residents and businesses, helping them save money and decreasing our city’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • steps towards reconciliation including; the inclusion of a key note address by a First Nation’s representative at all citizenship ceremonies, hanging the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island flags in the chamber, motion to LGA to change the date, and commencement of a RAP.

Since being elected as Mayor, I have used my position to further reconciliation. I am a member of the Blackwood Reconciliation Group and the local government RING and have spoken for reconciliation at various events including Blackwood Reconciliation Week Walk events and the Blackwood Uluru Statement from the Heart Community forum, where I brought a motion, conceived from the floor of the meeting, back to the Mitcham Council, to embed a First Nations’ voice to power into council via the RAP process.

I am excited by the potential to utilise my influence and abilities as a member of the Board of Reconciliation SA. I wish to inspire and collaborate, through research, strategic planning, education, and good governance. Now, is a defining time in Australia’s history, with the current Federal government’s commitment to a referendum. I am dedicated to do what I can to further the reconciliation process.

Anthony Rologas

Dear Reconciliation SA members

It has been my privilege to have served on the board of Reconciliation SA over the past 18 months and I am nominating to continue my term.

A little bit about me….I was born and raised on Anaiwan country in Armidale, NSW by my non-indigenous parents, with roots in Cyprus (my father’s birthplace) and the UK.

I currently work as Chief Operations Officer at Ninti One, an Aboriginal not-for-profit organisation based in Adelaide and Alice Springs. In that role I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organisation.

I have previously worked in a variety of roles across the not-for-profit, corporate, government and education sectors (more details here:

I am passionate about the reconciliation movement and committed to playing my part as a non-indigenous Australian.

There is a lot of talk at the moment about the proposed First Nations Voice to Parliaments, and the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and as Reconciliation SA members we need to seize the moment to turn talk into action. There is still so much work to do.

Australia in 2022 should not be a place and a time where Eddie Betts (my fav footy player and a wonderful human being, not just because he’s a mighty Bluebagger!) was asked to leave a public swimming pool because of his skin colour. At the same time, I see the power of education in forming the hearts and minds of our future generations, and I marvel at how my kids’ education in First Nations history and culture far surpasses what I was exposed to at their age (9 and 7 years old).

I bring my passion, skills and experience to my current work on the Reconciliation Board, where I am a member of the Finance and Risk Sub-Committee. With your support I look forward to continuing to play my small part in ensuring the success and sustainability of Reconciliation SA into the future. Thank you for considering my nomination.

Anthony Rologas

Rachael Siddall

Born and raised on Kaurna country I have had the privilege of serving as a Board member for Reconciliation SA since 2019 and have been at the forefront of working with the Board to scale and increase our presence in South Australia through raising awareness of Reconciliation across the state. 

I have over 22 years of experience working both internationally and within Australia to further reconciliation outcomes. 

My career has taken me to many beautiful places across the great Australian landscape, working together with numerous Aboriginal groups and communities, developing a rights-based approach to land and water access, cultural heritage and building cultures of positive reconciliation in the corporate business world. 

As a graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors I bring considerable experience in, and understanding of, good governance and strategy development and have a deep professional and personal commitment to social justice, equity and respect for all.

I would love the opportunity to continue to drive the progress and development of Reconciliation SA and the advocacy and awareness that is needed to work towards a society that understands, values and supports the inclusion of First Nations people in all aspects of life in South Australia.

Reconciliation SA is a dynamic and innovative not-for-profit organisation. It reaches and influences an incredible number of people and is building a movement of change to strive for a reconciled and just South Australia through the commitment of its members, stakeholders and people.

I am incredibly proud of the work that Reconciliation SA continues to champion, working towards a safe and inclusive South Australian society free from racism built through education, advocacy and partnerships.

I’m extremely grateful of the chance to contribute towards its success and very keen to continue to contribute to this important organisation.

Thank you for the opportunity.

Brett Williams

I have worked in the health sector for over 30 years including 20 years in Mental Health. For the past 13 years I have been a Senior Manager in the Non-Government sector in both Australia and New Zealand

I have a particular interest in developing and embedding the delivery of mental health supports by a lived experience workforce.

I have extensive experience in governance, developing and implementing strategic plans, financial accountability and understanding the legal responsibilities of organisations. I have a clear understanding of the different focuses of governance and management.

I was instrumental in setting up the Aotearoa Polytechnic Student Union – the Peak body for Polytechnic students in New Zealand during my time as a Nursing student and was the inaugural president.

During my career in the Non-Government sector I have established working groups and forums to get key people into the room to have conversations that look at solutions to issues and gaps.

My current role involves amongst other things providing governance in conjunction with partner organisations across a wide range of programs. These structures are responsible for ensuring the programs meet the stated objectives of the programs. I have also led the process to establish and implement an Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan specifically for our operations in South Australia

I am interested in being on the Reconciliation SA Board because I believe that the reconciliation process is a fundamental step in redefining the relationship between First Nations people and the wider community. Australia cannot be a just or fair country while First Nations people experience institutional and personal racism and their exists disparity across multiple life domains.

Fundamental change requires recognition, respect and deep conversation. My experience in mental health holds many parallels as people with mental illness are marginalised, not heard and have their agency taken away. I would be honoured to and humbled to be able utilise my passion and knowledge with the Reconciliation SA Board .