Our board of directors

Richard Ryan, AO Chair

Richard Ryan, AO Chair

Richard is the inaugural Chancellor of Charles Darwin University and a former Chair of Menzies School of Health Research. He is currently Co-Treasurer of Menzies School of Health Research and a member of the Charles Darwin University Council. He is a Fellow of the institute of Chartered Accountants, a Companion of the Institution of Engineers and a Companion of the Institute of Management (UK).

He is a professional company director who is a member of a number of boards which are either public or government and has been a Director of the Minerals Council of Australia, a former Chair of the Northern Territory Tourist Commission and a member of the Business Council of Australia.

Mr Ryan was award ed the Sir John Loewenthal Award by the National Heart Foundation of Australia for his role as National President and contribution to the Foundation. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1989 for Services to the Community and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1998 for Services to Indigenous People. He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003.


Dean Rioli

Dean Rioli from the Munupi clan on the Tiwi Islands has worked tirelessly for over 14 years supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into sustainable employment. He comes from the famous Rioli family who has made an amazing contribution in the AFL world since the presence of the Great Maurice Rioli in 1982 at Richmond Football Club. Dean played 100 games with the Essendon Football Club from 1998-2006. He is most proud of his achievements post football as he finds it highly rewarding to support his people into training and meaningful employment.

Dean started the Rioli Fund for Aboriginal Health in 2007 focusing on raising money and awareness for both Aboriginal child health and mental health. Dean has been working with major infrastructure projects and tier 1 contractors for over 14 years to support Employers and Indigenous employees to develop positive working relationships. He is a current board member of JobsBank in Victoria and is the Managing Director for Bunji Hire.

Professor Alan Cass, Director

Professor Alan Cass, Director

Professor Alan Cass is the Director of Menzies School of Health Research. He trained as a kidney specialist at Sydney University and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, focusing on the prevention and management of chronic disease and Indigenous health.

Alan has a comprehensive understanding of health service delivery needs of Indigenous Australians and has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and seminal reports for governments and NGOs.

He is a past-President of the ANZ Society of Nephrology (kidney specialists); a member of the NT Clinical Senate; and a board member of several organisations including the Northern Territory Heart Foundation, Australian Kidney Trials Network and Australian Spinal Cord Injury Network.

Joshua Gilbert,

Joshua Gilbert

Josh is a Worimi man who uses Indigenous wisdom and values, alongside his environmental and agricultural knowledge to shape modern society. Professionally, Josh works as a Manager with PwC Indigenous Consulting (PIC) and is emerging as a new voice for the future of Australia and its Indigenous people. He is passionate about working with Indigenous communities to build sustainable value and prosperity and help them deal with the very real issues facing communities in rural Australia.

Josh has been awarded Australian Geographic’s Young Conservationist of the Year, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s Young Sustainability Champion and the Foundation for Young Australians’ Local Legend Award. He has also been named in Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 as one of the top 25 most influential people in Australia, recognised as one of Australia’s prominent social entrepreneurs and was part of the Foundation of Young Australian’s Young Social Pioneer Program.

Rowan Johnston, Director

Rowan Johnston, Director

Rowan Johnston is a Sydney-based corporate advisor and the Managing Director of C42 Consulting, a private advisory firm. He has spent almost 30 years as an investment banker and corporate advisor in senior roles with Greenhill & Co. Australia (formerly Caliburn) and Deutsche Bank in Australia and Hong Kong.

Rowan continues to advise a range of private and public sector clients on corporate and financial issues, including equity capital markets, and has advised a range of Australian and overseas governments and their agencies on strategic, infrastructure and financial matters, such as the NBN and the CBA3 and Telstra 3 sales. He is currently on the board of Menzies School of Health Research.

He is a past Chairman of the Hockey New South Wales Game Development Committee and has been a board member or advisor for a range of local, state and national community service and business organisations, including subsidiaries of ATSI CDC.

Paula Nagel, AM Director

Paula Nagel, AM Director

Well-known as the first female reporter in South Australia on ABC television current affairs, Paula Nagel’s career more recently has included marketing, sponsorship and headhunting roles as well as a number of Board Directorships. As Chair of the State’s international education marketing agency Education Adelaide, she led education missions to India, China and Europe, and was the recipient of the Asia Pacific Business Women’s Council “Woman of Distinction in Education” Award.

She previously served as Honorary Consul for South Australia for the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Directorships have included the State Export Council, State Opera, the Jam Factory, Governor’s Leadership Foundation, and Le Cordon Bleu Academic Board. Paula is a member of the Council of University South Australia and the University's Audit Committee. She is a Director of the Carrington Cottages for Homeless Men, and Founding Chair of the Chairman’s Circle Committee of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the major sponsor of the Adelaide Festival. Paula is also a Public Advocate for a number of research projects for cancer and a member of the Advisory Council to the Board of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2014, Paula was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to the arts, education and the community.

David O’Loughlin, Group CEO, KWP!

David O’Loughlin, Director

David began his career with Young & Rubicam Adelaide in the early 1990’s working on national brands like Mitsubishi Motors, Berrivale Orchards and Balfours.

In 1995 David moved to London to work with Banks Hoggins O’Shea to work with Walt Disney, Waitrose, Leaf Foods and Sara Lee Corporation.

After 2 years in London, David moved to Toronto, Canada to head up Strategic Planning with Dentsu Canada working with Toyota, Lexus and Canon Canada. David also led Strategic Planning for one of Canada’s largest financial brands, MacKenzie Financial Corporation.

After 3 years in Canada, David was recruited to the windy city of Chicago to work for Ogilvy & Mather, heading up Strategic Planning for the on-line financial giant Ameritrade.com.

On returning home to Australia in 2002, David joined TBWA in Melbourne, a part of the Omnicom Worldwide Group. He became National Strategy Director of TBWA Australia in 2007 and moved to Sydney to work primarily on the Apple, Singapore Airlines, eBay, St.George Bank and Mars/Pedigree businesses.

In 2009 David was recruited to Saatchi & Saatchi Australia as National Head of Strategy working with Toyota/Lexus Australia, Lion Nathan, Cadbury/Kraft, Emirates and Sony.

In 2011 and after six years in Sydney and seventeen years away from Adelaide, David decided to return home to Adelaide taking up the position of Director, Marketing and Communications with the South Australian Tourism Commission. Here, with a rejuvenated approach to destination marketing, he launched highly awarded and internationally recognised integrated campaigns for Kangaroo Island - Let Yourself Go, Barossa - Be Consumed, Adelaide - Breathe, the much-loved regional ‘Best Backyard’ campaign and the content driven ‘Through Local Eyes’ initiative.

Further to his role with the SATC, David was seconded to the Economic Development Board to develop South Australia’s new state brand, overseeing the research, design and launch of that Brand.

In 2014, David left the SATC to re-join the private sector with nationally renowned and wholly independent strategic communications company KWP, where he is Group CEO.

David is also a Director of KWP & KWP Technology, Deputy Chair of Business SA - South Australia’s chamber of commerce and industry, a Director of State Theatre Company South Australia and a Director of Bridging the Gap Foundation - part of the Menzies School of Indigenous Health & Research and Charles Darwin University.