Our Board

The AH&MRC is governed by a Board of Directors; eight Aboriginal people elected by AH&MRC Members on a regional basis. The AH&MRC represents and supports its Members and their respective communities on Aboriginal health at state and national levels.

Phillip Naden

Chairperson of the Board

My name is Phil Naden, I am the CEO of Dubbo, Gilgandra and Coonamble Aboriginal Health Services.
I oversee strategic planning, resourcing (human and financial), reporting, health care delivery, quality standards and operational processes and represent the organization to the board, stakeholders, and the wider community. I am also a proud Aboriginal descendant of the Gamilaroi people from North Western NSW near Coonabarabran where my mother grew up on Burrabadee Mission and a proud descendant of the Wiradjuri people from Peak Hill/Condobolin NSW (Bogan River People), born and raised a proud Aboriginal man. I have previously held positions including CEO of the largest ATSILS in Australia, former CEO with Bourke AMS, and the Bila Muuji Regional Consortia.
I have qualifications in Business and Management, Justice and Policing, I am a Justice of the Peace and previously contested the Barwon Electorate in 2019 State Election as an Independent Candidate.
I recently finished my Masters Degree in Business and I hold the position of Chairperson of the NSW AH&MRC, Director on the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, (NACCHO), Chairperson of Dreamtime Housing, Director on the Justice Reinvestment Project, Maranguka at Bourke and recently appointed as an Adjunct Professor with the Rural Health and Medical Research Institute.

Kane Ellis


Kane Ellis is proud of his Aboriginal heritage and has strong connections to his land and people. Kane’s father is a Jingili man from the upper Barkley region in the Northern Territory, ranging from Tennant Creek to Borroloola. His mother’s country is the Darwin area, the Larrakia people.
Kane is currently the CEO of the Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service. He commenced his career as an Aboriginal Health Worker at the Danila Dilba Health Service in 1998 and is passionate about improving the lives of Aboriginal people.

Lynette Kilby


Lynette Kilby is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Griffith and raised her five children on a mission. Lynette is currently the Director of the Griffith Aboriginal Service. Her work is community minded, advocating for Aboriginal people across health, legal, aged care, childcare and education sectors.
Lynette has lived experience of the hardships many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to face. Lynette was employed by the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT Limited, a position she held for over 20 years, until April 2020.

Stacy Parry


Stacy Parry is a Gomeroi woman and educator. Stacy has been a teacher for over 17 years for the Department of Education and is a Board Member of Yerin Eleanor Duncan. Yerin is the supporting organisation for the Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Centre.

Lindsay Hardy


Lindsay is a proud Bidjara Gungarri Mhurdi from South West Qld. He and has worked in Aboriginal Health Research, community development, federal and state government for many years. Lindsay is the Deputy Chair of Yerin Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Services and currently works for the PVC Office of Indigenous Strategy and Leadership as the Indigenous Employment Partner/Manager Student Advancement Wollotuka Centre of Indigenous Engagement and Advancement with the University of Newcastle.

Angie Stewart

CEO Biripi AMS

Summer Hunt

CEO Coomealla AMS

Payden Samuelsson

CEO Bullinah

I’m a Murawari man, born in far west NSW, raised across Far West and North West NSW.
I have worked in the ACCHO sector since 2011, starting as a Trainee Aboriginal Health Worker at Bourke Aboriginal Health Service, now CEO of Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service on Bundjalung Country, an organisation I’ve been a part of since 2016.
Early in my career within the ACCHO sector, I worked mostly in clinical health service roles, but as Aboriginal Health Workers do, I’ve been involved in program development and implementation, health service coordination, community development, Social and emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) programs, school-based clinical and SEWB programs, Haemodialysis clinics, and outreach service provision.
During my time as a direct service provider within communities I identified the increased benefit and broader reach I could have by influencing decisions at a management level which directed my education into a practice management diploma, followed by a Bachelor of Business Management. This was supported by roles in health services management, executive management, and now a CEO role. I have also done some advisory work with AHPRA and the ACT human rights commission in addition to roles on several committees within and/or with relevance to, the ACCHO sector.
My long-term ambition is to help however I can, to maintain, and promote the ACCHO sector as leaders in Culturally Safe, community responsive, Primary Health Care and wellbeing services for our communities, and as an example for the wider health and social service system of how to work effectively alongside the communities we serve.