The Cape York Partnership has appointed three leading Australians to their Board.

They are Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire council mayor Wayne Butcher, prominent Australian businessman David Jones and the former Treasury head Dr Ken Henry.

In a statement released last night, the CYP said the appointments bring specific strength to the work of CYP in the important areas of policy development, enterprise development, community engagement and government relations.

The CYP said the appointments also strengthen the ability of CYP to continue its important reform work in Cape York and influence the national debate around Indigenous Affairs.

“These appointments are institutionally important as the organisation moves into the next phase of consolidation and innovation” Danny Gilbert, Chair of CYP.

Founder and Director, Noel Pearson said the new board members bring a matrix of skills and experience to the board.

“Following the recent appointment of Dion Creek from Coen, Wayne Butcher’s appointment to the CYP and Bama Services Boards continues to strengthen our representation from Cape York Indigenous leaders,” he said.

“Natalie Walker, Karen Gibson and Jackie Huggins have also recently joined the Board of our subsidiary, the Cape York Girl Academy as Chair and directors respectively, and Horace Nona has joined the Board of the Djarragun College. They are all outstanding Indigenous appointments.”

Mr Gilbert added that “Ken Henry’s extensive experience in governance, policy development and relationships with government will be of great benefit to our organisation as will the experience of David Jones in enterprise development.

“The appointment of a senior Indigenous leader of the calibre of Wayne Butcher will significantly enhance our community connections, engagement and interaction.”

Dr Henry has been Chairman of NAB since December 2015 and served as the Secretary of the Department of the Treasury from 2001 until November 2012. He was special advisor to the Prime Minister with responsibility for leading the development of the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century, and a former  member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

David Jones is Executive Chairman of VGI Partners, a global listed equities absolute return fund and spent seventeen years in private equity (1994-2011), as Managing Director at CHAMP Private Equity, among other investment houses. He is also Chairman of Kudos Energy, the National Museum of Australia and Derwent Executive.

Wayne Butcher was born and bred in Lockhart River and has been the Mayor of Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council since 2012. Cr Butcher is focused on improving the educational and employment opportunities for the Lockhart community as he sees both as being integral to the continued development and long term success of the community.

Ken Henry.
Ken Henry.


David Jones.