Previous appointments include:
2012 – 2014
Chairman of the board, National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (NCIE). The NCIE is a world-class facility that provides breakthrough learning experiences and life-changing programs. In doing so, it reframes the national conversation about Indigenous Australia through the lens of excellence and innovation.
2005 – 2014
Vice-Chairman and board member of The National Australia Day Council (NADC) which drives Australia Day and appoints the national Australian of the Year as well as Australia’s Young, Senior and Local Hero of the Year. Her nine-year tenure was by Prime Ministerial appointment and throughout her term, Shelley sought to provide inclusiveness and greater meaning to Australia’s national day of celebration and its high-profile awards program.
2012 – 2013
Board member of CareerTrackers, a successful not-for-profit organisation that connects corporate Australia with high-quality Indigenous university students by creating award-winning and mutually beneficial internships across the nation.
2005 – 2012
Managing Director of Indigenous Film Services, a film, video and multimedia resource and production service which developed music videos, web and television commercials, documentaries and short films. IFS’ highly acclaimed documentary, ‘The Apology’, enjoys broad public screenings particularly during the anniversary of parliament’s apology to ‘the stolen generations’ and the commonwealth government provided copies to public schools across the nation. To that end, it continues to inspire all Australians and perpetuates the value of symbolism.
2000 – 2010
Inaugural Co-Chairman and board member of Reconciliation Australia, whose vision is for an Australia that recognises and respects the special place, culture, rights and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and where good relationships between First Australians and other Australians become the foundation for local strength and success; and the enhancement of our national wellbeing. During Shelley’s ten-year tenure, the Reconciliation Australia Plan (RAP) program was established. Her leadership has helped to inspire organisations across the nation to turn their interest in Indigenous advancement into tangible workplace solutions.
2005 – 2007
Director and Vice-Chairman of The Fred Hollows Foundation, the world health organisation leading the agenda in unnecessary blindness across the globe.
1998 – 2004
Vice-President and Board member of the YWCA of Sydney, one of Australia’s peak women’s organisations which provides a broad range of services to address the needs of women and their families.
1991 - 2001
The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet), ‘Australians For Reconciliation’ Program Manager NSW. At the end of the Council’s ten-year term, Shelley supported ‘Corroboree 2000’, a national reconciliation event at the Sydney Opera House which included the ‘People’s Walk for Reconciliation’ across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Over 250,000 Indigenous and non-Indigenous people walked across the bridge to symbolise the journey they had shared together which is said to be Australia’s largest public demonstration of its time. It is also said to have been the largest collection of Australian leaders since Federation in 1901. It served as a prelude to several ‘Walks for Reconciliation’ in major cities and towns across the nation.
1996 – 1999
Co Chair, Women’s Reconciliation Network, which aims to provide greater meaning and inspiration to the work of women in reconciliation through annual events, special projects and bi-monthly meetings.
1997 – 1999
Founding Board member of Koori Radio (Gadigal Information Service) which offers music and information about Indigenous issues from around the world.