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Peter progressed to even more senior roles and

participated in a Jawun Executive Visit to Cape

York in 2010. His continued and passionate support

of Westpac’s efforts to support Indigenous

Australians through partnership with Jawun has

yielded fruit: since 2001, more than 700 Westpac

employees have participated in secondments and

personally engaged with Indigenous Australians.

Senior executives with access to large and



are uniquely placed to effect

real change. As well as shaping their organisations,

they can tap into other people of influence, which

can have significant flow-on effects. Jawun itself

was established through this type of network:

Graeme Wise from The Body Shop Australia,

Colin Carter from BCG, Chris Bartlett from Harvard

Business School and Ann Sherry from Westpac—

three of whom are Harvard alumni—were among

the original group to conceive the Jawun

secondment model for tackling Indigenous


Martin Sheppard, National Managing Partner,

Brand and Innovation at KPMG, participated in

an Executive Visit to the East Kimberley in 2014.

He described the ideas that are generated and

commitment to Indigenous Australia that is

reignited through executive networks:

On the visit, I saw leaders of some of Australia’s

biggest corporates—NAB, Coles, Downer, IAG,

Suncorp, Freehills, Macquarie Bank—rallying

around, formulating plans and looking for

practical solutions to help break the cycle of

Indigenous disadvantage. The presence of the

Hon Fred Chaney AO was truly inspiring; his

thoughts on constitutional recognition were

immensely thought-provoking. We all left with

a true sense of responsibility for corporate

Australia to make sustained economic wellbeing

a reality for Indigenous communities.

Sean Gordon (CEO, Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council), Richard Aspinall (Regional Manager, Greater Western Australia,

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet), Mick Gooda (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner),

Peter Nash (Chairman, KPMG) and Ian Trust (Executive Chair, Wunan), East Kimberley, 2012.

Photo: Mark Jay