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Fiona Petersen is a Wuthathi (Shelburne Bay) descendant with family roots in the Torres Straits. She has an extensive background working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. Fiona is a Masters Graduate of ANU’s College of Business and Economics, and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the UK. Holding past senior roles in community and government organisations, she utilised her global experience in education, leadership and business development to raise awareness around the impacts of intergenerational trauma.


Deputy CEO
Donna Burns is a proud Wiradjuri woman and joins The Healing Foundation with experience as a senior and executive leader and company director. Over many years she has held leadership roles in both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and the broader healthcare and social sectors. Donna’s knowledge of government and healthcare and her skills in change management, continuous improvement and realising strategic goals will underpin her role. Donna started her career as a registered nurse, specialising in Emergency Nursing. She is an authentic person (and leader) who focuses on building capability and collaborating. Donna is the great-grand-daughter of William Ferguson, the legendary Aboriginal activist who was ahead of his time and whose work The Healing Foundation continues today.

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