The Board

Kaley Nicholson


As Chairperson of the TLaWC Board of Directors, Kaley is committed to delivering the best possible outcomes for the Taungurung nation. She is passionate about caring for Country, employment, and education – seeing these pillars as the key to strengthening the position of Traditional Owners, while advancing the cultural rights and economic development of Taungurung people.

Kaley is focused on ensuring that Elders are respected and elevated in decision making, that young people are empowered and have a voice, and that there are opportunities in place for future generations.

Aunty Loraine Padgham


Loraine is a member of the Nira ballug clan and has a commitment to preserve and honour her Taungurung heritage. A former TCAC Board member, Loraine supports the wider Indigenous community through her membership of the Victorian Government’s Placenames Committee, an Elder on Melbourne University Indigenous Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Committee.

Loraine’s objective as a Board member is to continue TLaWC’s work in promoting cultural heritage and language, and to promote a better understanding and appreciation by the wider community for the rich legacy forged by those who occupied and cared for the land through the millennia.

Alex Burns


Alex is a proud Taungurung man with expertise in the Indigenous-specific recruitment area through his work with the Hudson Indigenous Employment Network. He has expertise in business planning, tenders and corporate partnerships.

Aunty Jacqui Stewart


Jacqui is a Taungurung Elder and has extensive experience delivering welcomes to country, and participating in cultural consultations. Jacqui enjoys taking part in cultural and community activities and has participated in the annual Kulin Nation’s Tanderrum event. Jacqui also provides services as an Aboriginal Elder for the Koori Courts of Victoria.

Marcus Stewart


Marcus Stewart is a Nira illim bulluk man of the Taungurung Nation. He is a seasoned negotiator and strategist and has held several senior management positions. He has helped implement a number of strategies and policies through senior roles in State Government and as a previous TLaWC CEO. His broad understanding of politics, policy and the challenges facing Traditional Owners gives Marcus the ability to lead and be a voice of change. He believes Traditional Owners should be at the forefront of the decision-making process for self-determination and achieving economic independence.

Aunty Patsy Smith


Patsy is one of our longest serving Board members and has spent more than ten years as a member of the TLaWC Board. Patsy is also an accomplished creative artist, photographer, sculptor, and has participated in many art installations and community events, as well as being the founding director of Baluk Arts. Her artwork has been described as “reflective, strong” and with “honest integrity”. Patsy has contributed greatly to  TLaWC over many years.