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SHINE for Kids is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Hamilton as the new Chair of the Board of Directors.

Shane is a Wakka Wakka, Bundjalung man from Northern NSW/South East Queensland and first joined the Board as a non-Executive Director in 2018. He is SHINE for Kids’ first-ever Aboriginal Chair.

I’m very proud to play a Leadership role in such a great organisation that has and continues to do exceptional work that is needed to support the families of those affected by the criminal justice system.

He has over 15 years’ experience at a Senior Executive level in the Government, Not for Profit and Private sectors. Most recently, Shane was a Director at PwC Indigenous Consulting and CEO of Evolve FM.

Shane successfully led the transformation of the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office change and reform program for three years as the Chief Executive Officer. In that time he established a skills-based independent board, established a senior management team, stabilised the operations, implemented a change and reform program, introduced a client-focused approach, introduced a project and program management discipline to the organisation, and finalised and closed out old projects to regain community confidence and organisational reputation.

Prior to this Shane worked for 15 years in the prison service across three States – Qld, Victoria and WA, commencing as a prison officer at Australia’s first private prison Borallon Correctional Centre in Qld 1991, and finishing in prison operations in 2003 as Assistant General Manager at Acacia Prison.

Shane is also serves as a Director of First Australians Capital Ltd which aims to alleviate the poverty and disadvantage in life outcomes experienced by Indigenous Australians by building on the strengths and assets of Australia’s first peoples.

SHINE for Kids would like to thank our former Chair and Treasurer, Peter Ricketts for his hard work and dedication our organisation. Peter will continue on the Board in the Treasurer’s role.