JASON ARDLER


CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR

DAVID MAJOR


CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR

Jason is a Yuin man with cultural and familial ties extending from the NSW South Coast, north to Laperouse.

For the past 20 years, Jason has held senior executive roles in the NSW public sector, including eight years as the Head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW, where he was the senior advisor to Government on policy reforms promoting social justice for Aboriginal people across economic participation, community governance, land rights, culture and heritage, community safety, environmental health and service accountability.

Jason was previously the Executive Director, Culture and Heritage in the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change where he directed the approach to heritage management, and led whole-of-government strategy, legislative reform, conservation programs and strategic research. Jason also served for more than 10 years on the NSW Heritage Council, including 4 years as Chair of the Council’s Aboriginal Heritage Advisory Panel.

In 2018, Jason received the Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service, and in 2019 was made a Fellow of the Australian New Zealand School of Government. Jason holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of NSW and is an alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

David is a Yuin Maneroo man from south east NSW and has worked in land and cultural heritage management for more than twenty five years. David has worked both within Government and as a consultant in NSW, ACT, and Victoria – with his most recent senior role in Government being the Executive Director of Visitor Engagement, Conservation, Planning and Partnerships at Parks Victoria.

David is an experienced facilitator and coach educator, and has provided mentoring to emerging leaders for many years. David has a passion for supporting community leadership and capability, and has spent a lot of his career developing strategic approaches to community and government partnerships and co-design.

David is an experienced board member and has been a member of the NSW Heritage Council, is a member of the Australian Facilitators Network, and is currently a member of the Temperate East Marine Park Advisory Committee for Parks Australia.

David has championed the recognition and protection of cultural landscapes for many years, and believes that heritage management is about telling stories with a focus on making heritage accessible and part of every community’s ongoing identity.