Leanne Miller

Board Member - Chairperson

Leanne is a proud Dhulanyagen Ulupna woman of the Yorta Yorta people. Leanne is an experienced Director with a demonstrated and connected history of working in government, non-government and social organizations. Leanne is skilled in governance and leadership in Non-profit Organizations, Corporate Social Responsibility program areas, Program Evaluation, Conflict Resolution, and Culture Change. Leanne is an Atlantic Fellow, having completed the GC-EDGEN Graduate Certificate focused in Social Change Leadership from University of Melbourne. Leanne brings extensive experience advocating for and building opportunities with women in business, including in environmental management areas, and in tourism.

Clare O’Kelly

Board Member - Executive Director

Clare is passionate about the creation of ethical and cooperative business models that can bring about significant social and economic change for those most in need including young people, families living in poverty and people with disability. After working for over 30 years with Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and Traditional Owner groups striving to build strong, ethical and successful business models, Clare became a co-founder of the Outback Academy Australia in 2013. Clare also brings her experience during that time is building Aboriginal and other workforce development programs from entry levels to tertiary pathways and employment.


Robert Taylor

Board Member - Treasurer

Robert is Nhanda, Yamaji heritage. Robert has owned and operated hospitality and tourism businesses for over 25 years, including for the construction and mining industries.

Robert became the CEO of the Western Australian Indigenous Operators Council in 2015, after having a Board member previously. Rob and the WAITOC team have successfully delivered the Aboriginal Development Tourism Program, growing 39 businesses across WA since that time.

Today Rob brings his expertise and advice to the Outback Academy Australia cooperative business development programs in agri-business – the East West Alliance – with a specific portfolio of linked Aboriginal tourism on farms, and overall business development.


Neville Atkinson

Business Manager

East West Alliance (East)

Neville is a Yorta Yorta man from north-east Victoria. Neville has worked in senior roles governance and business leadership roles within Aboriginal community-controlled and prescribed body corporate organisations. Neville is passionate about working with the business and broader community to achieve economic and social change with his people. Neville has worked for over 30 years in government roles in environmental management, justice, health and community development. He is committed to seeing Outback Academy supported business activities as able to accelerate economic, social and health benefits with communities while also addressing climate change and improved health of country.