Our Story .
From the Heart is a campaign for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament that is enshrined in the Constitution. It is now time for The Australian people to come together through a referendum and make this fair and practical change.
Our People .
Director, From the Heart
Having been closely involved in the process that resulted in the historic Uluru Statement From The Heart, Dean continues to advocate for constitutional and structural reform as Director of From the Heart.
Formerly an investment analyst at alternative asset investment firm Tanarra Capital, Dean also has extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.
He has consulted across the public, corporate, not-for-profit and political sectors at national, regional, and local levels. He has advised a range of clients on strategy, engagement and co-design, and has commercial experience both in Australia and the UK.
Dean is from the Quandamooka peoples of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) in Queensland. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Journalism) from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Melbourne. He is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Fellowship for Social Equity and is an ex-officio member of the Business Council of Australia’s Indigenous Engagement Taskforce.
General Manager, Campaign Sustainability, From the Heart
Since 2004, Nick has worked with remote Indigenous communities of Australia and Canada in various roles such as sports and recreation, essential services, health centre management, and well-being enterprises. Nick has spent the last decade at Jawun facilitating corporate, government, and philanthropic partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Straits islander peoples, communities, and organisations.
Insatiably curious, Nick is a neuroscience major from the University of Melbourne, holds an MBA from the University of South Australia, a Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Melbourne, and Non-Profit Executive Education from Harvard University. Nick also holds a Diploma of Landscape Design and Certificate 1 in welding and metalwork.
Nick is also a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Fellowship for Social Equity, focussing on the manifestations and sustainability of Human Flourishing. Nick is a staunch advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s empowerment through a Voice.
Nick’s great loves are his family including the dog, the great outdoors, his guitar, snowboarding, mountain biking, ocean swimming, mental and physical fitness, and deep enriching conversations.
Advisory Group .
Founder, Cape York Partnership and Good to Great Schools
Noel Pearson comes from the Guugu Yimidhirr community of Hope Vale on south eastern Cape York Peninsula. Mr Pearson is a lawyer, Founder and Director of Strategy of the Cape York Partnership and Founder and Co-Chair of Good to Great Schools Australia . Mr Pearson also co-founded the Cape York Land Council, and helped to establish Apunipima Health Council, Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation and Indigenous Enterprise Partnerships. Mr Pearson served as a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians and the Referendum Council.
Noel’s quote as to why he is involved in From the Heart:
“It was the fervent belief of the Elders in whose footsteps we walk that constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians would help achieve practical equality and unite the Australian people. I work with so many to turn this belief into reality.”
National Indigenous Officer, Maritime Union of Australia
Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander man who lives on Larrakia Country in Darwin. He is an author and the National Indigenous Officer for the Maritime Union of Australia.
“The campaign for a strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice is the most important campaign in our lifetimes. It is the unfinished business that we must complete for the children of Australia today, so they don’t need to deal with the same problems tomorrow.”
Co-founder and Chairperson, Deadly Inspiring Youth Doing Good (DIYDG)
Semara is a proud Gudjula, Eastern-Kuku Yalanji and Darnley Island woman. Born and raised in Cairns, she is the co-founder and chairperson of DIYDG. With a passion for youth leadership, she empowers young people to create change for themselves, their families and their communities.
Managing Partner, Gilbert + Tobin
Danny Gilbert AM is co-founder and Managing Partner of prominent Australian law firm Gilbert + Tobin.
Danny has been actively involved with Indigenous issues and organisations across Australia for more than 35 years.
Danny is currently Director, Business Council of Australia; Co-Chair Cape York Partnership Group Pty Limited; Member, Advisory Committee to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at the University of New South Wales.
Danny is a former Member, Social Impact Investing Taskforce Expert Panel, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; former Non-Executive Director of National Australia Bank Limited 2004-2016; former Chairman Western Sydney University Foundation 2012-2019; former Chairman National Museum of Australia 2009-2015; former Chairman Australian Film Television and Radio School; former Chairman Law and Justice Foundation of NSW and former Chairman of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
Danny holds degrees of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from the University of New South Wales and Western Sydney University.
Danny is also a trustee of a private charitable trust.
“The Uluru Statement from The Heart should be seen as the synthesis and refinement of every request and demand ever made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples since 1788. Its language is compelling. It is an invitation to join their ambitions and their talents with those of their fellow Australians; to embed their relationship to Country and their spiritual values in our identity and national and community values. It is an invitation to share wisdom: to bring our First Australians into the conversation about Australia’s future – and the conversation about what is best for them.
“For the past 50 years and more, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have fought to be empowered to take control of their lives. They are demanding to be heard. Like most Australians, I want us all to recognise their special place in Australian nationhood, their history and their cultures. And, I want them to have a guaranteed say in their future and the enshrinement of the Voice in our Constitution.”
Co-founder and Non-Executive Director, C|T Group
Mark Textor is an internationally celebrated campaign pollster and communications strategist.
Mark has held the unique position of being the pollster and electoral strategist behind the election victories for eight Commonwealth prime ministers. He has been described by Britain’s Channel 4 as “one of the most inﬂuential political strategists and pollsters to walk the planet”
Our Partners .
We would like to thank our partners who also believe in the importance of a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution and how it can deliver a real and lasting change that can help close the gap. Contact us to find out how you can also join the journey.
Rob Koczkar & Heather Doig