CHAIRPERSON - Stephen Morey
Stephen Morey is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Centre for Research on Language Diversity, La Trobe University. He has researched a number of languages from the Tai-Kadai and Tibeto-Burman language families, spoken on both sides of the India-Myanmar border. This work includes documenting traditional stories, and songs, recording word lists and grammatical information leading the publication of books and articles. He is the co-chair of the North East Indian Linguistics Society working to support linguistic research by local scholars. He also researches the Aboriginal languages of Victoria, Australia, mostly from 19th century manuscript and published sources.
DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON - Julie Warren
Julie completed a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Melbourne, majoring in politics. Working with Reconciliation Victoria, she continued her interest in education, working in partnership with Worawa Aboriginal College, an Aboriginal owned and run boarding school. In 2008, Julie joined the AFL to establish the industry’s Indigenous employment program, later broadening her role to grow the representation of all diverse peoples on and off the field. Julie has worked with the Australian Sports Commission in several countries in the Pacific to support sport for development programs. She currently works with the Department of Health and Human Services to support the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
TREASURER - Simona Scarparo
Simona Scarparo is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting in the Department of Accounting at Deakin Business School. She holds a PhD in Accounting from the University of Edinburgh in the UK, a Master in Public Sector Management and Accounting from the University of Bologna and a Bachelor degree in Economics and Commerce from the University of Cagliari in Italy. Her research interests broadly fit within Public Sector Accounting and Management Accounting in Health care, focusing on contemporary critical accounting, gender and accounting, accounting in popular culture and education.
SECRETARY - Lauren Gawne
Lauren Gawne is a David Myers Research Fellow at La Trobe University. Her work focuses on understanding how people use grammar and gesture, with a particular focus on Tibetan languages in Nepal. This work is underpinned by her research on linguistic data management. A passionate public advocate for linguistics, Lauren co-produces the Lingthusiasm podcast and writes By Lingo, a regular column for The Big Issue in Australia.
Terrie Lowe is a Bundjalung woman from the Clarence Valley area, Northern NSW. She has spent over 20 years teaching in the vocational field, firstly at Grafton Correctional Centre and now with TAFE NSW. She holds a Bachelor of Indigenous Studies, Graduate Diploma in Education, Masters of Indigenous Languages Education, Diploma of Vocation Education & Training, Diploma of Training Design & Development and a Diploma of Leadership & Management. For the last 10 years has been working on reclaiming her language and undertaking consultative work Muurrbay Language & Culture Co-operative. Currently, she is working for TAFE NSW in developing language assessments and teaching resources.
Julie Walker is a Yinhawangka woman from the Gobawarrah (Ashburton) area. Born in Roebourne, her family was forced to relocate to the Onslow native welfare reserve where she grew up. She has spent over 30 years managing Government and Non-Government organisations in WA and has a Bachelor of Social Work, Arts (Social Science) and honours in Australian Indigenous cultural studies and research from Curtin University. During the past few years she has been working with Dr Margaret Florey on recording and reclaiming her mother’s work in Yinhawangka language and is the manager at Wangka Maya language centre.
Faith Baisden is the Manager of First Languages Australia which is the peak body supporting the work of community based language programs around Australia, and is also a member of the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee. Faith has a long history of engagement in language and cultural projects with her own Kombumerri Mununjali people in the Yugambeh language region and as an author, illustrator and songwriter produces resources to support the teaching and promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages around the country.
Alice Gaby is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Monash University. Her research interests lie in three intersecting domains: semantic and structural typology; the relationship between language, culture and cognition; and the documentation and analysis of endangered languages; and the nature and ethics of collaboration between (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) linguists and language workers.
Knut Olawsky has been conducting linguistic research in the tropics for more than two decades (Ghana, 1993-1999; Peru, 2000-2005; Australia, 2005 ongoing) and has written grammars of the Dagbani and Urarina languages. He has managed the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre in Kununurra (East Kimberley) since 2005, where he works with the Miriwoong people to document and revitalise their language.