Born in Cairns, Eddie currently lives in Brisbane. His family heritage link to the Indigenous Australian communities of Erub Island (father's line) and Mabuiag Island (mother's line) located in the Torres Strait. Eddie has over 20 years experience in leading and managing people and projects at local, state and national levels as well as more than 25 years experience in coaching and facilitation.
With a reputation for setting standards of excellence, Eddie serves as a facilitator, leadership coach, strategist, presenter, speaker and educator for clients across the public, corporate and community sectors of Australia. He works closely with current and aspiring leaders in strengthening their leadership relationships, building upon their existing influencing and personal effectiveness skills and challenging them in reaching or sustaining peak performance.
Eddie is particularly noted for his innovative leadership coaching, training and facilitation services to Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islander people, managers/supervisors of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff or organisations whom develop programs or services for Indigenous Australians. Such services have been conducted across the vast metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.
Sharon ButlerSharon spent the first thirteen years of her working life in the health care industry in a variety of roles in hospitals, the community and industrial settings. After completing an MBA in 1989, Sharon joined a management consulting group and over a period of six years, worked as a process facilitator and a facilitator of leadership and management development programs from the supervisory to senior levels. As a Senior Consultant, Sharon was involved in facilitating major organisational change processes, in primarily mining and service industries.
In 1997, Sharon formed her own business which specialises in process facilitation, leadership development initiatives and professional coaching. She works across all sectors and her focus is on enabling individuals and groups to work on real issues to enhance individual and collective performance.
She was one of the facilitators of the Australian Future Directions Forum last year, an event designed to provide emerging leaders with an opportunity to develop a shared vision about the future of Australia.
Sharon is also a member of the Board of the Royal Women's Hospital and School Council President at her kids' local primary school where she has 2 daughters, aged 10 and 12.
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Reconciliation Australia is a non-government, not for profit organisation that promotes and fosters reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
In February 2006, ninety of Australia’s best young minds met at the Australian Future Directions Forum in Victoria. Emerging leaders in business, politics, academia, religious, community and environmental groups, unions, the media, Indigenous organisations, the public service, creative industries, sport, law enforcement and the military came together to design a better future for Australia. Over three days the forum generated detailed policy recommendations to address entrenched problems, invest in future prosperity, sustainability and social cohesion.
To create a healthier nation over the next 25 years, Australia must resolve questions of national identity, secure our place in the world, invest in our people, achieve economic and environmental sustainability, and build a more cohesive society. This will require principled leadership focused on the long term challenges facing the nation. Ending the disadvantage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was declared the number one priority of the forum.
A significant number of AFDF delegates are now working together to give meaning to that pledge. The One Future Forum is proudly supported by the Australian Government as well as Australia Post, NAB and Qantas.
For more information on the Australian Future Directions Forum please visit http://www.afdf.net.au.