Centre for Rock Art Research + Management

Advisory Board

Kim Akerman

Kim Akerman has been involved in Australian Aboriginal studies since 1967. He has worked in the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority and the Public Health Department of WA and served as Curator in three Australian museums. Kim has sat on a various Grant Committees within AIATSIS and has also been involved in the repatriation of ancestral remains and cultural materials to Indigenous communities.  Kim has written extensively on Australian Aboriginal material culture and the traditional art of the Kimberley Region. Kim and is an Adjunct Professor (Discipline of Archaeology) at the University of Western Australia and sits on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the KFA.  



Carmen Lawrence

Carmen Lawrence

After training as a research psychologist at the University of Western Australia and lecturing in a number of Australian universities, Dr Lawrence entered politics in 1986, serving at both State and Federal levels for 21 years. She was at various times W.A Minister for Education and Aboriginal affairs and was the first woman Premier and Treasurer of a State government.  She shifted to Federal politics in 1994 when she was elected as the Member for Fremantle and was appointed Minister for Health and Human Services and Minister assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women.  She has held various portfolios in Opposition, including Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Industry and Innovation and was elected national President of the Labor Party in 2004. She retired from politics in 2007. She is Now Professor Emerita  in the School of Psychological Science  at the University of Western Australia From 2010-2015 she was Chair of the Australian Heritage Council and is currently President of the Conservation Council of WA.

Elizabeth Bradshaw

Elizabeth Bradshaw has more than twenty five years’ experience in the cultural heritage management and communities sectors, working for government, Indigenous groups and the resources industry. Elizabeth is Rio Tinto’s global lead for cultural heritage with extensive international experience, and is an expert member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Archaeological Heritage Management.






Andrew Dowding

Andrew Dowding is a Ngarluma man from Roebourne in the Pilbara region. He has a Graduate Diploma in Policy and Applied Social Research from Macquarie University and was an intern at the American Institute of Indian Studies, Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology in 2007-8. He is a Director of Ngarluma Tharndu Karrungu Maya Ltd and has worked as an Indigenous Anthropologist in the heritage consulting industry. His latest project was Ngarluma Ngurra: Aboriginal Culture on the map. This exhibition (with FORM) displays the cultural mapping work he has done with the Ngarluma Traditional Owners, using Google Earth Outreach. 



Christina Kennedy

Christina has a great appreciation of the current Aboriginal art movement in Australia and is a supporter of many artists and galleries. She is involved in a major family collection and display of Australian decorative arts which includes material dating from settlement and makes a significant addition to the national historical archive. Christina also maintains a significant native garden at her home on the south coast of NSW. Christina’s professional training is as a physiotherapist and she owned and operated a private physiotherapy clinic in Sydney until 1995. Christina has been a director of the Board of Film Australia and continues as a director of various family and private companies. She is a founding member of the KFA and has been an honorary KFA Board member since 1995.



Dr John Stanton

Dr John Stanton was the Director of the Berndt Museum of Anthropology 1995–2013, and was its Founding Curator. He recently retired from the full-time position to continue his teaching and collections-based research. John Stanton has extensive experience and involvement in the area of Aboriginal arts, which he has developed primarily since his appointment in 1978 as Curator of the Anthropology Research Museum. His early anthropological research as in the Western Desert and he also has ongoing research programmes in the North-West and the South-West of the Western Australia, and in north-eastern Arnhem Land. Many of these projects have focussed on assisting Aboriginal communities to establish local Keeping Places and Cultural Centres.



Deidre Willmott

Deidre Willmott holds law degrees from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne. She is Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry WA and is a member of the KFA Board. She has been a senior executive at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd and Chief of Staff to the Premier of Western Australia.





Donny Wooloogoodja

Donny Woolagoodja is a senior Worrorra man and Traditional Owner of Kimberley Aboriginal countries. He is a renowned artist and designer of a giant Wanjina featured in the opening of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Donny is the son of Sam Woolagoodja, who ‘freshened’ Wanjina paintings and maintained cultural traditions during the turbulent period of colonisation of his homeland. Along with other senior Aboriginal people, Donny (with Valda Blundell) produced the book Keeping the Wanjinas Fresh: Sam Woolagoodja and the Enduring Power of Lalai (2005, Fremantle Press).

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