Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc. is an independent Aboriginal community controlled organisation governed by our all Aboriginal Board.
Sandra Saunders – Chairperson
Sandra Saunders is a Ngarrindjeri artist and activist. She played a major role in the protesting over the Hindmarsh Island Bridge controversy. Sandra was the Director of ALRM in the late 80s. One her notable achievements include the setting up of the ALRM Native Title Unit, and the Royal Commission Monitoring Unit. Sandra’s directorship coincided with the release of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and she played an important role in ensuring that implementation of the final report was closely monitored. Sandra’s corporate knowledge of the Movement and her ongoing connection with the Aboriginal community contribute to her success as a dynamic and involved chair of the ALRM Board of Directors
Michael Coughlin – Secretary Treasurer
Michael is a Peramangk/Ngarrindjeri man. He has worked at various levels in State and Commonwealth governments since 1984. He has also worked in the private sector for close to a decade, successfully providing high level advice and assistance to senior management and board members regarding community relations matters. He holds a Master of Business Administration among other qualifications. Michael joined the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement board in 2011 because of his concern about the over representation of Aboriginal people in the Justice and Prison systems. He is also deeply concerned about the continuing pain and suffering of the Aboriginal people due to being removed from family, country and culture and the reliving of that pain in seeking just redress.
Sandra Miller – Executive Director
Sandy Miller is a Wirangu woman from the Ceduna area. She has provided strong leadership and excellence in policy development and service design across Aboriginal Health, Ageing and Welfare portfolios. A trail blazer in the public sector at a time when Aboriginal women were not represented, she assisted in breaking down the barriers for Aboriginal women aspiring to leadership roles. Maintaining her strong advocacy skills since leaving the public sector, Sandy has represented South Australian women’s voices at a national level through her commitment to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance and internationally at the United Nations. She is also an advocate for the rights of Aboriginal Elders
Lez Taylor is a Barngarla man representing the ALRM in Whyalla and surrounding regions. Lez is committed to justice, education, health and wellbeing of the Aboriginal community and care of country. He has served on committees and boards in these areas for the past 20 years. He has been a member of the Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee, Aboriginal Health Advisory Committee and served on the board of the NUNYARA Wellbeing Centre. As well as serving on the ALRM board, Lez is currently a member of the Whyallina Heritage Committee, the South Australian Aboriginal Education Training Consultative Body and the National Resource Management Board
Lucy Evans has been actively involved in Aboriginal health in the regions for over a decade and has been instrumental in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people. As Chairperson of the Aboriginal Community Centre for eight years, and as a member of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Lucy, in conjunction with other members, successfully developed and implemented the Mid North Health Plan in 2006, which continues to form the basis for health services to the Aboriginal community. Lucy has also served on the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and the South Australian Native Title Service and is a volunteer with the Victim Support Service in the Mid-North.
Lyn Jones is the Principal Aboriginal Mental Health Consultant for Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Women’s Children’s Hospital, Women’s & Children’s Health Network, South Australia. . She previously worked at Nunkuwarrin Yunti Of South Australia Inc. as a Case Practitioner in the Stronger Families Safer Children – Targeted Early Intervention Service. She is a keen advocate for the rights of people with mental illness and has a particular interest in the mental health of Aboriginal people in the justice system.
Brenda Carter previously worked as an Aboriginal health worker in her community for 22 yrs. She has advocated, supported, participated and developed health, education and wellbeing programs, both locally and regionally. She has been on numerous committees, support groups and steering committees at a local, state and national level.