New Board Appointments

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company Welcomes New Chairperson

The Board and Management of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company are incredibly excited to announce the appointment of Ellery Blackman as the Company’s new Chairperson.

Ellery joined Yirra Yaakin board in 2014 and still serves as Company Treasurer.

Ellery has over 10 years of professional experience providing core governance, operations and advisory services to Aboriginal organisations in both Queensland and Western Australia, including the Pilbara. This includes budgeting, bookkeeping, compliance, business development, commercial advice, preparing financial accounts and reports for audit, and other services to Aboriginal organisations in the cultural heritage, community development, medical and native title fields.

In his current position at KPMG, Ellery provides management consulting services to private and government clients, specialising in stakeholder engagement, Native Title, and Indigenous business development.

Yirra Yaakin’s New Vice-chairperson

The Board and Management of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company are thrilled to announce the appointment of Elfie Shiosaki as the Company’s new Vice-chairperson.

Dr Elfie Shiosaki is a Lecturer in Indigenous Rights, Policy and Governance at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia (UWA).  She held a position as an Indigenous Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights Education (CHRE) at Curtin University from 2015 to 2018. She is currently a Chief Investigator of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project which identifies the hundreds of letters written by Noongar people in the archive in Western Australia over 100 years between 1860 and 1960. Dr Shiosaki completed a PhD (Political Science and International Relations) on nation-building in post-conflict societies in 2015.





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