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Organisation : The Keeping Place

Location : Perth

Time required : Attendance at monthly board meetings, plus preparation time.

Duration of project : Ongoing

Sector : Arts & Culture, Indigenous, Science & Technology, Social Enterprise

Posted on : 27 Feb, 2019

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for 3 independent directors to join the initial board of The Keeping Place, which is being formed as an Indigenous owned and controlled start-up company.

The company will own the exclusive licensing rights to The Keeping Place software – a powerful, innovative and safe tool for collecting, protecting and appropriately sharing cultural knowledge. The software enables Traditional Owners to regain data sovereignty, apply cultural protocols, manage native title, improve governance and unlock social and economic opportunities for current and future generations.

The software was recently developed through a $1.85 million pilot project involving two native title groups from the Pilbara region of Western Australia (Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation and Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation) and three resource companies (BHP, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group), with support from the Indigenous Land & Sea Corporation (ILSC) and the National Trust of Western Australia.

The Keeping Place has the potential to achieve significant, long lasting benefits for Indigenous communities all over Australia. To enable the commercial roll-out of The Keeping Place platform across Australia, a new Indigenous owned and controlled company is being formed.

About the company

The Keeping Place is being formed as a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee with charitable status. To ensure the company always maintains majority Indigenous ownership and control, Indigenous groups that purchase and use the software will become members of the company.

The company is being formed with the intention of becoming a high-impact, sustainable social enterprise. The business and industry nous of the directors appointed to the initial board will play a pivotal role in ensuring that the company succeeds during the start-up phase of the business.

About the initial board

The initial board of the company will comprise of 7 directors, the majority of which will be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. 4 directors are being appointed by the founding members and 3 independent directors are being appointed by a project steering committee.

Expression of Interest

We are interested in receiving expressions of interest from candidates with commercial business experience (and tertiary qualifications) in one or more of the following areas:

  • Information technology services;
  • Law;
  • Business development;
  • Finance;
  • Cultural heritage management; and/or
  • Corporate governance.

Candidates are expected to have a high level of cultural competency and a strong interest in supporting the mission and aspirations of The Keeping Place (visit www.thekeepingplace.com for more information).

To submit an expression of interest, please email your resume and a cover letter that outlines your relevant skills, experience and what you can contribute to the company to info@thekeepingplace.com.

Expressions of interest close 14 March 2019.

About the organisation

Organisation name : The Keeping Place
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply for this role

For details concerning this role , please contact

Clint Shaw

Phone : 0407552736

Email : clint.shaw@thekeepingplace.com

Please quote in application: Independent Director via Pro Bono Australia.


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