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Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Our Leadership

Neil Willmett (Waanyi/Kuku Yalanji)

Chief Executive Officer

Neil’s career over the past 25 years has been in both the private and public sectors in Australia and overseas. He has extensive experience and demonstrated success in senior management, with a strong focus on policy, leadership development and achiveing outcomes.

Prior to joining QAIHC, Neil was a senior executive in the Queensland Government Department of Housing & Public Works where he was a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) which was responsible for setting the strategic direction of the department, overseeing performance, program and project management, and managing its annual $2.3B budget. 

In his Senior Executive Service (SES) role in the Queensland Government, Neil led and advised on policy and strategy development, procurement, workforce and leadership development, organisational alignment and cultural reform.

In his previous private sector roles in corporate business advisory, he has been responsible for managing organisational performance, strategic relationships, governance and building organisational capability.

Neil is best known for his work in transforming the Indigenous business sector in Australia. His achievements as a business leader include; leading significant Indigenous business reforms that have resulted in more small business owners; introducing procurement policy that has created greater contracting opportunities for small business; and facilitating more support and financial assistance for small business owners.

Neil has held several Ministerial board appointments, directorships and senior executive roles in the business, health, employment, and education and training sectors in Australia, the United States and Canada.

Neil has a Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Indigenous Primary Health Care) from the University of Queensland and is a published business author. He was appointed as the QAIHC CEO in April 2017 and was reappointed in January 2018 for a three (3) year term.

Angela Young (Kullilli/Koa)

General Manager - Policy & Research

Angela commenced her career in Canberra as a Government Lawyer with the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. Over the last 13 years she has worked in various roles in the Australian Government. For the past 8 years Angela has been in leadership and senior management roles in Queensland; predominantly engaged in the delivery of Indigenous Affairs programmes; most recently for the Indigenous Affairs Group in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Angela brings with her significant experience in policy and programme development, stakeholder management and Indigenous leadership in Government. She is passionate about creating and leading teams to achieve positive and sustainable change and has a keen interest in working with key stakeholders to develop innovative and responsive, community-led solutions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Angela has a Bachelor of Laws from James Cook University and was appointed as the General Manager of Policy & Research in June 2017.

Wayne Ah Boo (Ngaragi)

General Manager, Sector Development

Wayne has over 30 plus years’ experience working in Indigenous Affairs throughout Queensland. This has included a decade of work in the Commonwealth Government and some 18 years in senior executive roles within State Government such as housing, education, policy, management and education.

His government experience has been complimented by five and half years working in the community controlled health sector as the Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane Limited (ATSICHS). More recently and prior to commencing with QAIHC, Wayne was the Executive Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy with the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works.

Wayne is a strong advocate for the community controlled sector and has dedicated his career to achieving equality for our people.

Wayne has a Bachelor of Business degree (Accounting) and was appointed as the General Manager of Sector Development in July 2017.

Glen Peters

Chief Financial Officer

Glen commenced a career in the financial sector as a public practice tax accountant. After five years in the public practice accounting sector and having progressed to a senior accounting role, he transitioned to the commercial sector commencing within the construction industry.

As the General Manager of Corporate Services, Glen oversees the financial management of QAIHC and is also responsible for the overall management of executive service support, communications and marketing, human resources and information technology.

Glen has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Southern Queensland, a Masters of Accounting from the Queensland University of Technology, and is a CPA qualified accountant. In addition, he is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a registered BAS Agent.  Glen was appointed as Chief Finance Officer (CFO) in December 2014 before later becoming the General Manager, Corporate Services. He has a dual role as the General Manager, Corporate Servies and the QAIHC CFO.

Christopher Eldridge (Wiradjuri)

Regional Manager – Southern Queensland

Chris has over 25 years of experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in both government and non-government sectors. He has had various roles in project management, research, education and policy, and particularly in the areas of Youth Suicide, Drug and Alcohol, Sexual Health and Blood Virus prevention.

He has been employed with QAIHC since 2005 in various roles including the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Policy position and the National/State Workforce Policy position. Chris is currently the acting Regional Manager - Southern Queensland.

Chris has a Diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Welfare from TAFE Queensland, a Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Indigenous Primary Health Care Hons) from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management from Griffith University.    

Bevan Ah Kee (Kuku Yalanji/Yidinji/Waanyi)

Regional Manager – Northern Queensland

Bevan has worked in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Sector for the past 25 years in the areas of welfare, law, justice and health. He has worked in front-line service delivery positions and has had roles in administration, finance, policy, community engagement and leadership. Bevan was the CEO of Mamu Health Service in Innisfail before returning to QAIHC.

Bevan and his family have a long history in Aboriginal affairs and he is a strong supporter and advocate for social justice. Having played sport for most of his life, he sees sport as one path (amongst others) to be able to achieve better life outcomes for his people. Bevan is a member of a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations across health, native title, housing, sport and recreation.

Bevan was appointed as Regional Manager – Northern Queensland in October 2017.