Cheryl Axleby is a proud Narungga woman with family ties across South Australia (SA) and has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement since 2012.
In a career spanning 30 years, (10 working in SA Government), Cheryl has been working towards achieving Social Justice and equity for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples in SA. During her with career with SA Government, Cheryl was a strong advocate for Cultural Inclusion within Government services delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Cheryl has 25 years’ experience working within the Law and Justice portfolio and has held the position of Chairperson of the Women’s Legal Service of South Australia, Alternate Deputy Chairperson of the then ATSIC Patpa Warra Yunti Regional Council, member of the Correctional Services Advisory Board to the Minister, Board member of Dame Roma Mitchell. Current positions held; Board member of Seeds Of Affinity, Reconciliation SA, an active member of the Justice Re-investment SA working Group, member of the SA Coalition for Social Justice.
Prior to returning to ALRM as CEO, Cheryl developed cultural training programs within Families SA, was Manager of the Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth & Family Services from 2005-2010, and a Manager of Families SA office in the northern metro region.
Cheryl is very supportive of Reconciliation initiatives and actively plays a role in raising awareness of the issues impacting on Aboriginal people, particularly the impact of colonisation and poverty and conducts training programs with agencies/individuals to assist them to better actively engage and support Aboriginal people.
Cheryl’s vision is for every Australian to be ‘pro-active’ not ‘re-active’ to the issues impacting on the quality of life for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples.