The Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Team

The Danjoo Koorliny Team is a collective of people who are committed to creating positive change.



Dr Noel Nannup OAM is a well-respected Nyoongar Elder. He is a known storyteller and cultural guide, instructor and mentor. Throughout Noel’s life he has worked to promote public awareness of the importance of caring for the environment. His career has been dedicated to educating young Western Australians about the rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal people and their lands; and, throughout that process, Noel has played an active and leading role in reconciliation.

Dr Richard Walley OAM is a Noongar man and one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal performers, musicians and writers. Richard is a working director of his family-owned business, Aboriginal Productions and Promotions, which delivers cultural awareness and learning programs and has been in operation for over 25 years. Richard is a committed leader in the promotion of Noongar culture, and has extensive experience working alongside Australian and international organisations as a cultural consultant and presenter. He is a designated State Living Treasure, and the 2021 Western Australian Senior Australian of the Year.

Professor Emeritus Colleen Hayward AM is a senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout the south-west of WA. Until her recent retirement, she was the head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University’s Centre for Indigenous Education and Research and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equity and Indigenous across the University. For more than 30 years, Colleen has provided significant input to policies and programs on a wide range of issues, reflecting the needs of minority groups at community, state and national levels. She has an extensive background in a range of areas as well as significant experience in policy and management.

Carol Innes is a cultural advocate working in government, a mentor, consultant, board director and project manager. Carol is currently Co-Chair of Reconciliation Western Australia, board member North Metropolitan Health Service, board member Glass Jars (Netball WA), and is an advisory member to Kalamunda Arts Committee. Carol has worked in not-for-profit organisations, arts and cultural organisations, state and federal government agencies, and Aboriginal-controlled community organisations. Carol is a certified trainer and assessor, facilitator and advocate of community cultural development.

They have invited many others to join the journey including Boodja Portfolio Lead Oral McGuire, and Moort Portfolio Lead Glenda Kickett. They hold the space and the platform for many other Elders, community leaders and groups to be able to co-shape our future. The groups include the City of Perth Elders Group and the Telethon Kids Institute Elders.


Office Team

Ezra Jacobs-Smith is a Noongar man with connections to Whadjuk, Ballardong and Wilman country. Ezra has recently joined the Danjoo Koorliny team, based at the Centre for Social Impact at University of Western Australia (UWA). Ezra previously worked on the Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) Project as a Policy Officer at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and prior to this as Aboriginal Heritage Officer for the Rottnest Island Authority. Ezra has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering from UWA and is a current Board member of Reconciliation WA and Engineering Aid Australia.

Glenda Hickey provides admin and hospitality support to the Danjoo Koorliny Team. Glenda brings a wide range of skills and talents collected from years working in the community services sector including Mental Health,  and a former life in retail banking.

Dr John Stubley is a project and narrative designer specialising in awareness-based systems change projects. He works with imagination, metaphor and narrative to help systems to see and sense their current reality, and to shift to preferred, alternative, emerging futures. He currently works at the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia where he is part of the Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Towards 2029 and Beyond Project. He is also part of the global core-team of the Presencing Institute (PI) and a number of its global programs. Amongst various roles with PI, John works alongside other social arts practitioners, and is responsible for the area of social poetics.

Katie Stubley is part of the operational team of Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Towards 2029 and Beyond. She has been working across a number of organisations as a lecturer, facilitator and co-designer including the Center for Social Impact UWA and UNSW, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and the Presencing Institute including delivering SDG Leadership and Systems Labs.

Shenali Perera is a writer, storyteller, visual scribe and social-design facilitator. Born in Sri Lanka, she moved to Whadjuk Nyungar Country with her family at the age of thirteen. She remains connected to her home-country and briefly returned to Sri Lanka to work as a teacher and journalist. Her writing has been published in Write to Reconcile III: an anthology by young writers of Sri Lankan heritage on post-war Sri Lanka, and other online publications. She loves food, art, language and dancing.

Extended Team


As mentioned the Danjoo Koorliny team is a huge collective of people who work on different projects and portfolio areas. The core team holds a space for people to contribute ensuring that the collective voice is strong. Our networked team ensures that we are working beyond silos and that we are aligning for positive cultural, social, environmental and economic impact

There are an extended  team that have been involved across a number of projects and in supporting the Danjoo Koorliny Social Impact Festival these include: Farley Garlett, Barry McGuire, Gordon Cole, Dr Robyn Smith-Walley, Daniel Morrison, Elisha Jacobs-Smith,  Louise O’Reilly, Nicole Crnko, Shaye Hayden, Sharon Wood-Kenney, Jason Barrow, Narelle Thorne, Kobi Morrison and others. They work alongside the team at Centre for Social Impact at UWA (CSI UWA) including Professor Paul Flatau, Kathryn Conway and Mags Martin.


There are many other individuals and organisations who align towards a vision for 2029 and beyond.

Many Ambassadors and Champions will be asked to walk alongside senior Aboriginal leaders. The first four Ambassadors to be asked were the Governor of Western Australia the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Prof Fiona Stanley AC, Prof Stephen Hopper AC, and Janet Holmes à Court AC. And our first Champion to be asked was UWA Vice Chancellor Prof Amit Chakma.


During the 2020 Danjoo Koorliny Festival, the Governor said, following his announcement as Danjoo Koorliny Ambassador: “Between now and the bicentennial of European settlement in Perth, 2029, the community has been invited by the Noongar nation on a walk of spiritual unity and respect. We are privileged to share this continent with the oldest civilisation on earth...people who really understand this land where stories and science permeated the emergence of a rich culture which was the heart of their survival. It is now offered to all of us – a spiritual journey which will advance the spirit and character of the whole community. That is worth a celebration.”

And as Professor Fiona Stanley AC said: “I’m very honoured to be a patron...The evidence of a voice and the empowerment or giving control and power to Aboriginal people to make decisions has been shown time and time again in many many different studies. But the most recent one which is overwhelmingly amazing is the First Nations' response to the pandemic of COVID-19, and if ever you needed evidence of Aboriginal control being effective, this is it...this is the best response to the pandemic in the world.”