Our management committee

The management committee of ANTaR Qld is made up of 10 financial members of the association. They are elected by financial members at the annual general meeting. Committee members serve for a year when positions become vacant. Current committee members can renominate.

The 2019 Management Committee is:

Ross Daniels: President & Acting Treasurer ANTaR Qld
Ross has been International Chairperson on Amnesty International and prior to that was the President of Amnesty International in Australia.He has retired after 25 years of lecturing in human rights at the Queensland University of Technology. Ross is in particularly interested in resolving the removal of Indigenous children from their families and working on different models of care. He is keen to see more people actively involved in the important campaigns of ANTaR Queensland.

Catherine Boeske: Vice-president


Ann Brown-Secretary

  Anne Brown is part of a Brisbane-based NGO, PaCSIA, that focusses on questions of reconciliation, peace building and conflict    resolution,   mainly in the Pacific Island region. She has taught, engaged in practice and researched at universities in these fields for approximately 30 years and has worked in a number of regions internationally. Recognition of Indigenous peoples, in Australia and elsewhere, is a fundamental part of this work.

        Wayne Sanderson: 

Dr Wayne Sanderson has valued ongoing friendships with Aboriginal people since childhood in the bush. He is a retired Uniting Church minister and a mostly retired clinical psychologist, having worked in dual Roles for most of his professional life. He has committed, with several professional allies and Traditional Owners, to bring evidence-based reforms to the Queensland Youth Justice system. This is now well advanced!


Cecilia Homerlein: Sea of Hands
I have enjoyed working on the MC for almost a decade! Previously an executive, I'm now happy just taking care of our Sea of Hands and stalls.


Sammii Lillie 

Having recently graduated with a Master of Social Work Sammi Lillie's areas of interest include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, particularly family preservation, and mental health.  Sammi has worked as Indigenous Academic Mentor (IAM), undertaken a policy internship with AbSec (Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat), and written submissions to government in relation to the over-representation of Aboriginal children in out of home care and the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Christine Ellis:

Christine (Chrissy) Ellis is Bwgcolman, an Aboriginal woman born on Palm Island and she is a descendant of Pitta Pitta / Kantju nations on her mother’s side and Kuku  Yalanji / Garawa (NT) nations on her father’s side.  Chrissy has lived in the Ipswich region for most of her life.  Chrissy currently works part-time as a Reconciliation Action Plan Co-ordinator and  she works with the Brisbane Diocese clergy, staff, students and faith communities to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices across parishes, schools and community service Chrissy is passionate about working in Aboriginal community-based organisations that address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice issues for the past 20 years.  These roles have include working in Aboriginal Legal Services, Aboriginal Women's Legal Service, Aboriginal Community Justice Program, Policy and Advocacy, Indigenous Employment Programs, Vocational Education and Training, Sessional Trainer and Community Development.  As ANTaR Committee Member Chrissy is passionate about serving in a position that continues working towards achieving Truth, Justice, Healing and Reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people/s and the wider Australian community.  

 Lucy Lopez:


Michael Butler:

Michael has been active in learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history since moving to Australia at 14. At university he volunteered with a student-led social justice group that aimed to educate university students on the issues facing Indigenous people and challenge students to continue this learning journey by being active in the support of Indigenous communities. Michael joined the ANTaR MC in 2019 and is excited by the opportunity to learn more as we work towards positive change for Indigenous people. 

Uncle Des Sandy
One of our leading & local Traditional Owner Elder’s, Uncle Des Sandy, who is a Yuggara man recently joined the Management Committee.
Uncle Des Sandy continues on this journey for recognition and justice for his people through the Federal Native Title processes.

Sharon Smith -ANTaR QLD Bookclub