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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 and leadership development.

Neil has recently left the Queensland Government Department of Housing & Public Works where he was a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) which is the principal governing body for the department, responsible for setting the strategic direction of the department, and overseeing performance, program and project management, and managing a $2.3B budget. 

In his Senior Executive Service (SES) role in the Queensland Government, Neil led and advised on policy and strategy development, procurement, 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 has also 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 returns to QAIHC after leaving the organisation to work in the private sector in 2004.

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 CEO of QAIHC in April 2017.

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.

Justin Saunders (Bigambul/Gunggari)

Regional Manager, Member Engagement – Southern Zone

Justin commenced his career in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in the Government and Community Controlled health sectors.  For the past 17 years, he has worked across various roles in leadership, executive health services management and development, strategy and policy, organisational capacity building, stakeholder management and project and programme management.

Justin is a strong advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community control and holds various appointments and Directorships across native title, housing, education and health sectors.

Justin has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health and Community Development and Associate Degree in Aboriginal Health from Curtin University, a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management from Griffith University alongside an Adjunct Appointment to Griffith University.  Justin is also a graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Justin was appointed as the Regional Manager, Member Engagement –  Southern Zone in June 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 financial accounting sector commencing within the construction industry.

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 in December 2014.