Lille Madden is a proud Arrernte, Bundjalung and Kalkadoon woman from Gadigal country. After working at Taronga Conservation Society in the Australian Fauna Precinct, Lille worked as the Natural Areas Aboriginal Heritage Officer with the Sutherland Shire Council. For the past three years she has also been the Sydney coordinator for Seed Mob and is now the First Nations Director at Groundswell and cultural landscaper and designer for Jiwah. Whilst currently completing her studies in Conservation and Land Management. Lille has worked on a number of community projects and feels a deep sense of responsibility towards the preservation and protection of our natural and cultural heritage.
Rona is a proud Kaytetye woman from Central Australia who works with high impact organisations to create systems that centre First Nations people, knowledge and solutions.
Rona is the founder of Common Ground and brings 7 years of professional experience working across First Nations organisations and not for profits. Rona was previously the Director of First Nations at YLab, a social enterprise that puts young people with diverse lived experiences at the centre of designing and developing innovative and impactful solutions to complex social issues. Over her career, Rona has worked in policy at the Central Land Council, the Research Unit for Indigenous Languages at the University of Melbourne, Reconciliation Victoria, and the Foundation for Young Australians.In 2020, Rona was a finalist for the Victorian Young Achiever awards, was awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship. In 2019 Rona won a Diana Award and was named a 'Woman of the Future' by Women's Weekly.Through her work with First Nations communities across Australia, Rona aims to create future systems that centre First Nations people, knowledge and cultures.Rona currently resides in Mpartnwe on Arrernte Country.