Chris Mara

Chris has a long association with Aboriginal issues and development. Chris established Coles Group’s Indigenous philanthropic programs in 2001 including Coles Indigenous Food Fund, relationships with the Arnhem Land Progress Association (ALPA) and Outback Stores. Chris also shaped Coles on the implementation of its successful Indigenous employment program, Indigenous supply chains and Coles philanthropic partners.


Chris is a former Corporate Affairs Adviser to Coles Group and inaugural Chair of Coles Indigenous Food Fund until 2014.  Chris has broad private (Coles Myer & NAB) and public sector (ACCC, Defence) experience in Government and Public relations.  In 2015 Chris was appointed as the Foundation’s Executive Director.  In 2021 Chris was elected as Chair of the Foundation.

PRT0049 (1)-1.jpg
Peter Dalton

Peter brings extensive fund raising expertise to the Foundation. He is a former Chair of Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA), a Certified Fund Raising Executive and FIA Fellow.  


In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the fundraising profession, Peter was awarded FIA’s 2016 Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year.


As Director of Dalton Garland Blanchard Group, Peter provides strategic fundraising counsel to major Australian and international For-Purpose organisationsFundraising.


Peter is a passionate Australian native gardener and small hobby farm and wattle tree plantation in western Victoria. A life-long environmentalist and Al Gore trained Climate Reality Leader.



Juleigh was and founder of the Outback Spirit brand and has over three decades experience in sourcing native bush foods from Aboriginal communities throughout Australia.  She has worked with a wide range of government research groups to develop native foods and the inspiration for the establishment of the Foundation. 


While not a Trustee, Juleigh is a 'Special Adviser' to the Board - given her inspiration and experience.  Juleigh  generously provides her time and expertise to Aboriginal Communities and groups about native plant species and cultivation. 

Dominic Smith

Paul is a self driven business owner and entrepreneur.  Having developed a unique blend of business skills acquired over twenty years, a love for the great outdoors, the Outback and everything else our amazing country has to offer.  Paul brings a new and substantive array of ideas for the development of the Foundation, its fundraising and  support for Aboriginal enterprises growing edible plants on Country for their future. 

Rick Mayers

 Dominic is a  man from the ? in South Australia.  Dominic .   also grows native and contemporary herbs under his Pundi & Edible Reconciliation brands sold through ? and independent retailers.

 has a long association with bush foods with the help of the Foundation and Coles.

Jamie Zuidema
Jeremy Maxwell
Paul Nunn
Juleigh Robins

Rick began his career in the Information Management sector with Infotrieve Australia Pty Ltd servicing government agencies, education, NFP and corporate sectors; including blue chip pharmaceutical, legal and consulting firms. 


Rick gained an insight into the invaluable work many of them delivered to the community, prompting a transition to the NFP sector as a professional fundraiser, applying a passion for building and stewarding long-term relationships.


In 2009 Rick served as a member of  Victoria University's Advancement Office for five years, working across a full spectrum of fundraising channels including Major Gifts, Corporate Partnerships, Sponsorships, Workplace Giving, Trusts & Bequests.


Rick then joined  Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria, as Community Fundraising Manager, helping the organisation re-brand as MOVE – the voice of muscle, bone and joint health.


In 2016, Rick transitioned into Recruitment, in particular marketing and fundraising for community services. In 2018, Rick and Philip Mayers joined forces to create Mayers Recruitment.

Jamie is a Director of Essential Business Services working with Business owners to improve outcomes for Small and Medium Business owners.  Jamie has four other businesses under management and 25 years of successful in developing small businesses.  Jamie brings a a wealth of business acumen and strategic vision to the Board.  Jamie was raised in country Victoria and has a keen interest in ensuring everyone has the opportunity to live the life of their choosing.  Jamie is determined to ensure the Foundation facilitates that opportunity for Aboriginal famers. 

 Jeremy is an accomplished not-for-profit leader, corporate adviser, fundraiser and executive manager with broad experience in NFP income generation, across all major fundraising disciplines.  Jeremy is a passionate believer that great philanthropic cultures are key to driving better performance.

Jeremy's comprehensive experience includes strategic planning, campaign initiatives, leading and managing teams and implementing substantive programs.

Jeremy has volunteered in a multitude of leadership roles in NFP, charity, and community organisations for over 40 years and professional salaried roles as a NFP executive for over 20 years.

Outback Spirit Foundation