From the Heart is an education project created to show Australians that an Indigenous Voice to Parliament enshrined in the constitution is fair, is practical, and that it is time that we make this change in the interests of our shared future.

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 .

Dean Parkin

Dean Parkin
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.

Nick Eakin
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.

Kenny Bedford
Indigenous Engagement Lead

Kenny Bedford is from the Meruam Tribe, Erub, Torres Strait. He is the father of four children and was the Co-Convenor for the Thursday Island Referendum Council Dialogue .

Kenny attended the Uluru Constitutional Convention in May 2017 and is a signatory to the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Kenny is a board director of Reconciliation Australia, a member of the National NAIDOC Committee and is currently studying a Masters of Indigenous Business Leadership at Monash University.

He is a former Deputy Mayor of the Torres Strait Island Regional Council and former Torres Strait Regional Authority Member for Erub.

Advisory Group .

Noel Pearson
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.”

Tanya Hosch

Tanya Hosch
AFL Executive General Manager, Inclusion and Social Policy

Tanya Hosch is the Executive General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy at the Australian Football League and 2021 South Australian – Australian of the year.

Ms. Hosch has a long and distinguished history in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy, advocacy, governance and is an accomplished public speaker.

Before joining the AFL as the first ever Indigenous person and 2nd woman in their Executive ranks in August 2016, Tanya was the Joint Campaign director of the Recognise movement for constitutional recognition.

At the AFL Tanya’s portfolios include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, Gender Equality, Sexuality and Gender Diversity, racism and sexism. Tanya is tasked with the implementation of the AFL’s enhanced Indigenous strategy, advising the AFL National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council, maintenance of the Respect and Responsibility Policy, 2017, and the Gender Diversity Policy.

Tanya is a Co-Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Group of the National Australia Bank, an ANU Council member, Director of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), a Board Director of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and was a member of the Referendum Council that led the process and final recommendation that resulted in The Statement from the Heart in May 2017. A career highlight was contributing as a Consultant on the ABC drama, Total Control.

In October 2020, Tanya was announced as the South Australian of the Year for 2021. In October 2021, Tanya was named 6th on the Australian Financial Review Cultural Power list and in December 2021, Tanya was named 23rd on South Australian’s Most Influential People list.

Karen Mundine

Karen Mundine
CEO, Reconciliation Australia

Karen Mundine is from the Bundjalung Nation of northern NSW. As the CEO at Reconciliation Australia, Ms Mundine brings to the role more than 20 years’ experience leading community engagement, public advocacy, communications and social marketing campaigns.

Over the course of her career she has been instrumental in some of Australia’s watershed national events including the Apology to the Stolen Generations, Centenary of Federation commemorations, Corroboree 2000 and the 1997 Australian Reconciliation Convention.

Ms Mundine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Technology Sydney and is a Director of the Gondwana Choirs and the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre.

Previous roles include Mary Mackillop Board Director, Deputy Chief Executive and General Manager Communication and Engagement, Reconciliation Australia; Senior Consultant, CPR Communications; senior public affairs and communications roles with federal government departments including Prime Minister and Cabinet and Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Thomas Mayor
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.”

Semara Jose
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.

Tyronne Garstone

Tyronne Garstone
CEO, Kimberley Land Council

Tyronne Garstone is a Bardi man, born in Broome, Western Australia. He has spent the majority of his working life within the Indigenous sector in areas such as employment solutions and training, social and economic development, native title, Indigenous leadership and capability building.

Tyronne is a strong advocate for Indigenous rights and advancement, regularly speaking on issues of importance to the first nations of Aboriginal people across the Kimberley.

He is also committed to fostering genuine relationships and partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples through mutual understanding, knowledge sharing and respect.
Tyronne worked for several years as the Chief Executive Officer of Kullarri Regional Community Development Employment Project before taking on the role of Community Engagement Officer for Pluton Resources, Deputy CEO of the Kimberley Land Council and General Manager of Regions for Jawun.

As CEO of the KLC, Tyronne is keen to provide strategic leadership across the Kimberley, brokering new opportunities and relationships that deliver sustainable outcomes for the next generation of Aboriginal people in the region and beyond.

Danny Gilbert
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.”

Mark Textor
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.

Cape York Institute
Maritime Union of Australia
King&Wood Mallesons logo
BHP Foundation
Tanara Philanthropic Advisors
Gilbert+Tobin logo


Rob Koczkar & Heather Doig

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settlement services international supporters of The Uluru Statement From The Heart
St Francis Social Services supporters of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
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