The Trustee for the Conway Kids Trust is a not for profit founded to provide educational opportunities for Aboriginal Children from remote communities and homelands in the Kings Canyon region of the Northern Territory, Australia.
The passion of the founders Ian and Lyn Conway has drawn to them an amazing array of people and skills to enable their dream to become a reality. While the depth of experience of our Board of Directors in indicative of these skills, many more talented volunteers have come together to support and assist the youth in their collective quest for education and broader life experiences.
Ian Conway Owner Kings Creek Station. Member N.T. Tourism Board 2008-09. Co Founder of Indigenous Kids Future Pty Ltd Conway‟s Kids Trust Fund.
Lyn Conway Wife of Ian and mother of Megan, Symon and Sally. Co owner of Kings Creek Station and Co Founder Indigenous Kids Future – Conway‟s Kids Trust Fund.
When Ian and Lyn Conway acquired 800,000 acres of Crown Land in the Kings Canyon Area and began their life there in 1980 it was without a home, electricity or running water. They understand the harshness of the land and the realities of raising children where the remoteness of the area impacts negatively on the educational opportunities for young people. Ian and Lyn are passionate about Indigenous issues and regularly advocate for the local Indigenous communities. What began as a vision for the children from the “Ukaka” homelands now encompasses all the cultural Aboriginal children residing in the locale.
Matthew has recently retired from public practice after 27 years. Matthew was a Director and an owner of Hood Sweeney, the largest Certified Practicing Accounting firm in South Australia. Matthews is an experienced Director, board member and advisor to many medium sized Australian Businesses. Matthews specialties include, Strategic Planning, Corporate Governance, Wealth Creation, Asset Protection and Business Planning.
John Fitzgerald is CEO of Tourism Tasmania. His interest in the Conway Kids foundation developed in the NT, where John spent 12 years and most recently held the position of CEO of Tourism NT. During his time in the NT John gained a deeper understanding of the disadvantage facing remote Aboriginal communities. John and his wife Karen have been friends of the Conway family since the 1990’s and Ian was on the board of Tourism Tasmania when John served as CEO. On leaving the NT, John and Karen saw the opportunity to continue to contribute through the work of Conways Kids to bring about better education outcomes for remotely based Aboriginal children.
Susan Hill - Victoria Police Youth Resource Officer (Retired)
Sue worked in Banyule LGA for 22 years of her 33 year service as both a School Resource and Youth Resource officer. Her wide experience with children saw huge changes in the relationship between the local youth and members of the Victoria Police. In 2001 Sue was named the Region 4 Youth Resource Officer of the Year while in 2008 she received a Departmental Commendation for her work with the Children. Sue also focalizes the Children‟s services at Usui Reiki Centre for Natural Healing Melbourne.
My name is Barrie Bryan and I am from Mt Gambier in the lower south-east of SA. I am married to Leeanne and we have two sons: Ned (12) and Darcy (7). I have a particular affinity with Central Australia, being a regular visitor for 25 years, and lived in Alice Springs in the late 1990's. I have been teaching for over 25 years and have been employed at Rostrevor College in Adelaide for 15 years. We have 50 Indigenous students enrolled at Rostrevor and I am in my third year as the Indigenous Liaison Co-ordinator. In my role I get to know the Indigenous students very well. One of the best things about my job is that I get to visit Central Australia regularly, helping me to develop meaningful, trusting and respectful relationships with the families and communities of many of our students. I joined the board of Conway's Kids in 2014.
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To ensure that ‘cultural’ Aboriginal children from remote communities have the same educational opportunities as youth from wider Australia.