VALS is happy to announce the appointment of CEO Wayne Muir. Wayne Muir is a Yorta Yorta/Barkinji man with an extensive background in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, community development, justice and wellbeing. He offers strong research, evaluation, facilitation and development skills and experience across the diversity of public and community sectors.
Wayne has been involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, justice and community affairs for over 20 years. His roles have included Koori Educator, Statewide Co-ordinator of Koori Adult and Further Education Department of Education, Manager, Aboriginal Education Centre University of Ballarat, Senior Consultant Ingenuity Consulting, Head of School, School of Indigenous Australian People Southbank Institute of Technology and CEO of Community organisations.
Wayne’s community work has included Chairperson, Ballarat Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, Statewide Chairperson, Victorian Aboriginal Community Justice Panels, Member Victorian Aboriginal Justice Forum, Member Committee of Management Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated and Chairperson, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Standing Committee on Indigenous Education. A more detailed profile can be found below.
VALS thanks previous VALS CEO, Mr. Frank Guivarra, for his years of service to the organisation in his role as Chairperson as well as CEO. Mr. Guivarra served as CEO for 6 years and worked tirelessly for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. His efforts and commitment are recognised with great appreciation.
VALS would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Linda Bamblett for her work in the Acting CEO position in the past months.