Our respected Elders participate on the Management Committee and have power of veto over decisions of the Association.
Shane Phillips, Chairman & CEO
Shane Phillips is an outstanding community leader and respected spokesperson for Aboriginal Australians. Shane is passionate about the importance of empowering Aboriginal people and is a dedicated contributor to a range of community organisations. He has cultural connections to the Bunjalung, Wonnarua, and Eora peoples.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the Tribal Warrior Association, Shane' career included roles working with young people in child protection, juvenile justice and the law, including working with the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody as a community liaison officer under the Honourable Justice Hal Wooten.
In 1993 Shane Phillips established the Redfern Aboriginal Corporation (RAC). Shane’s achievements and participation in community service are outstanding and were recognised in April 2008 when he was an invited participant in Prime Minister Rudd’s 2020 Summit; he shared his vision in the "Options for the Future of Indigenous Australia" stream. He has received numerous Awards and Recognition for his outstanding contribution to community service, Aboriginal education and cultural awareness.
He is an advocate of Aboriginal rights, a campaigner for justice and has been a spokesperson for the Aboriginal Rights Coalition protesting the NT intervention, a Life Member and Coach of the Redfern All Blacks Under 19s rugby league team, a Member of the National Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, the Gilbert & Tobin Reconciliation Planning Team, the National Aboriginal Alliance, and the Quarantine Station Community Committee, ans is a founding Director of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.
Mark Spinks, Secretary
Mark is a respected member of the Aboriginal community in Sydney and as Secretary, bring a wealth of governmement and strategic public sector know-how to the Tribal Warrior Association. He is also the founding member of the Babana Aboriginal Men's Group Inc. a broad-based non-aligned community support and development group, providing networking opportunities for local Aboriginal men.
Anthony Cook, Treasurer
Anthony has been a valued Treasurer of the Association for many years.
Uncle Max Eulo, Founding Member
Uncle Max Eulo is one of Australia’s most well known Aboriginal personalities and Elders. One of the founding members of the Tribal Warrior Association, he regularly performs traditional Australian smoking ceremonies for visiting heads of state and dignitaries.
Uncle Max is from the Budjedi tribe of Western NSW. He has been performing smoking ceremonies for more than thirty years and has accumulated an extensive resume of performances in that time.
Michael Mundine, Member
Mick a Member of the Tribal Warrior Association and the Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Housing Company, Australia's first community-housing provider, and is behind the Pemulwuy Project to re-develop The Block with a mix of commercial and residential development.
Michael is a proud Bundjalung man and devoted father of 6 children. Michael was born in Grafton on the North Coast of NSW Australia. He met Koumajay Dr Charlie Perkins in 1965, and with the his guidance, Michael began his long involvement in the struggle for the betterment of Aboriginal people in Sydney's Redfern community, better known as the Block. In 1975 Michael was employed as a painter on the Block with the newly formed Redfern Aboriginal Housing Company. He was quickly promoted to foreman, a few years later to office manager, and in 1983 was appointed CEO of the Aboriginal Housing Company, a position which he holds to this day.
Michael has been a director of the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern Aboriginal Children's Service, and in 1990 he helped establish the Redfern Community Development Employment Program. In 1994 he helped resurrect the new Redfern Aboriginal Legal Service as its chairperson.
His resolute and generous leadership style has earned him great respect and admiration amongst his peers, the community, politicians and government bureaucrats and peoples from all walks of life. Michael has also been involved in many non-Indigenous groups such as the Redfern Waterloo Community Council, Redfern Drug and Alcohol Task force, Redfern Community Safety Taskforce, Redfern Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, and the Property Council of Australia.
Michael Mundine is that he is a people person with a good head on his shoulders and a lot of love in his heart. His vision for Redfern is for a better future where the next generation of Aboriginal people can share in the prosperity that all other Australians already enjoy.
Tim Gray, Public Officer
Tim is qualified as a deckhand and has been with the Association for several years. He brings artistic knowledge and committment to the board. He is a gregarious person who gets on with everyone in the Tribal Warrior Association from the office staff to the crew and is of great benefit to our board with the wealth of knowledge he holds.
Troy Russell, Member
Troy Russell is from the Biripai people of the Greater Manning area near Taree, and has a great understanding of issues that affect his people whether it concerns mainland or Torres Strait Islander cultures.
As a board member, Troy brings a wealth of creative and administrative talent to the Tribal Warrior Association. A natural co-ordinator and delegator with intuitive communication skills, Troy contributes by identifying opportunities relating to training, job and career opportunities for individuals to deliver outcomes that build strong community relationships.