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President and Members

President

The Hon. John Dowsett AM

Location: Brisbane

The Honourable John Dowsett AM was appointed as President of the National Native Title Tribunal under section 110 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) on 27 April 2018.​

President Dowsett has a distinguished legal career. He first became a barrister in 1972, shortly after graduating from the University of Queensland with the the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons). He was appointed Queens Counsel in 1982 and appointed a Judge of the Queensland Supreme Court in 1985. President Dowsett was then appointed a Judge of the Federal Court in 1998.

On 11 June 2012, President Dowsett was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the law and to the judiciary, to professional associations and to legal education in the area of litigation and dispute resolution.


Member

Ms Helen Shurven

Location: Perth

Ms Helen Shurven was appointed as a Member of the National Native Title Tribunal under section 111 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) on 29 November 2010.

Helen holds degrees of Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology from the University of Western Australia and Bachelor of Laws and Master of Education from Murdoch University. She was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1997.

She was appointed to the Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council in 2019, is a member of the Australian Mediation Association and has been an adjudicator for the Schools Conflict Resolution and Mediation Program since 2003. She has also been a member of the Council of Australasian Tribunals since 2013. She was a Board member for Relationships Australia (WA) from 2008-2016, serving as President for three of those years.


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.​​​