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President and Members

President

Kevin Smith

Location: Brisbane

Kevin Smith holds traditional connections to Ugar (Stephen Island) in the Torres Strait, and has over 28 years of professional experience in Indigenous affairs. He has held senior positions with the National Secretariat of Torres Strait Islander Organisations, the Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, the National Native Title Tribunal, Aboriginal Hostels Limited and the National Native Title Council. Kevin has filled the role of Chief Executive Officer of QSNTS since 2008. He holds qualifications in both law and legal practice management from the University of Queensland, and was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1994.


Member

Ms Nerida Cooley

Location: Brisbane

Ms Nerida Cooley was appointed as a Member of the National Native Title Tribunal under section 111 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) on 11 February 2019.

She has specialised in native title and cultural heritage law since 1995. During that time Ms Cooley has held senior legal and policy roles in government, including as Deputy Crown Solicitor of Queensland, and has also worked in private legal practice across various States and Territories. Ms Cooley has extensive experience in the mediation and negotiation of native title claims, indigenous land use agreements and right to negotiate matters, including the conduct of proceedings before the Tribunal.

Ms Cooley holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland Institute of Technology and was admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1990. She is an accredited mediator under the Australian National Mediator Standards.​​​​​


Member

Mr Glen Kelly

Location: Perth​

Mr Glen Kelly was appointed as a Member of the National Native Title Tribunal under section 111 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) on 2 March 2021.

Mr Kelly is a Noongar man from South West Western Australia. He has 25 years’ experience in the areas of Aboriginal affairs, native title, community and cultural development.

He has served as the CEO of the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, CEO of the National Native Title Council, a Director of KPMG’s Indigenous Services, Chair of the WA Aboriginal Lands Trust, a Member of the Reconciliation Australia Board of Directors, Principal of Djilba Consulting and CEO of the Forum for Directors of Indigenous Organisations.​​​​


Member

Ms Lisa Eaton

Location: Perth

Ms Lisa Eaton was appointed as a Member of the National Native Title Tribunal under section 111 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) on 16 December 2022.

Ms Eaton holds a Bachelor of Laws and was admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2005. A highly experienced lawyer, her work has focussed on native title, administrative law and mediation across various States and Territories. Lisa was elected to membership of the Western Australia Bar Association in 2019, practising as an independent Barrister immediately prior to her appointment. Ms Eaton was also appointed by Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck as an inaugural Member of the National Sports Tribunal in 2020. 

Prior to these roles she worked at the National Native Title Tribunal, initially as the Principal Advisor, Practice and Legislation (2014-18) and then as acting Deputy Registrar (2018-19).

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