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

Our Leadership

Cleveland Fagan (Djabugay)

Chief Executive Officer

Cleveland is a proud Djabugay man from Kuranda.

 

After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Administration) from the University of South Australia and the Northern Arizona University in 1993, Cleveland worked for the Queensland Government in areas like cultural heritage, economic development and land management.

 

Cleveland’s journey to the health sector came via the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging, the Indigenous Land Corporation in Brisbane, the North Queensland Land Council (as CEO), and board member of Wuchopperen Health Service.

 

He became CEO of Apunipima Cape York Health Council in 2006, tripling Apunipima’s workforce and income over the 11 ½ years that he was there.

 

Over his career, Cleveland saw health inequities and the social determinants were the main challenge affecting every position he occupied.

 

In December 2020 Cleveland took over as Acting CEO at QAIHC, before being appointed CEO in May 2021. His mission is to improve health outcomes and achieve health equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, things that his mother and father have worked towards all their lives.

Bevan Ah Kee (Kuku Yalanji/Yidinji/Waanyi)

General Manager – Sector Development

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.

Renee Williams (Bindal/Juru/Wakka Wakka/Meriam/Erubian)

General Manager - Policy & Research

Renee Williams is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman who’s paternal linkages are Bindal and Juru and maternal linkages to Wakka Wakka and Mer and Erub Islands.

Renee’s career has seen her hold multiple senior and executive level roles in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, focusing particularly in the community-controlled health sector, research and not-for-profit.

Prior to commencing with QAIHC, Renee was the consulting CEO of Boorndawan Aboriginal Healing Service in Victoria. She has also worked for VACCHO, NACCHO and Apunipima Cape York Health Council.

Renee’s strengths in policy and development, advocacy, governance and compliance will complement the direction and future of Policy and Research at QAIHC.

Glen Peters

General Manager - Corporate Services

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.

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 was previously General Manager, Corporate Services and the QAIHC CFO.