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.  



Valda Blundell

Valda Blundell is a Canadian anthropologist (Professor Emerita at Carleton University in Ottawa) who has undertaken ethnographic and ethno-archeological research in the Kimberley over the past several decades. She has worked on native title applications and in the assessment of Indigenous Heritage Values of the West Kimberley for National Heritage Listing in 2011. Her research interests include the significance of the Wanjina and Gwion Gwion rock art for Wanjina-Wunggurr people, including the role of rock art sites as part of their Indigenous cultural landscape. She has also written about the significance of this rock art as the material image base for works of contemporary art. Valda is currently collaborating with other researchers and the Wanjina-Wunggurr Dambimangari people to organize and repatriate information about their country, their culture and their forebears in formats that will be useful for future generations of these people. 


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.




Professor Len Collard

Professor Collard is a Whadjuk/Balardong Nyungar man and traditional owner of the Perth region and surrounding districts. His research interests are in the area of Aboriginal studies, including Nyungar interpretive histories and Nyungar theoretical and practical research models. He has conducted research funded by the Australian Research Council, the National Trust of WA, Western Australian Catholic Education Office and the Swan River Trust. Len is currently an Australian Research Council Research Fellow - Indigenous in UWA’s School of Indigenous Studies and is working on a ground–breaking project aimed to set the record straight on hundreds of southwest Australian place names that are derived from the Nyungar language.



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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