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Yued Aboriginal Corporation announces interim CEO appointment

Callan Morse -

Western Australia's Yued Aboriginal Corporation has announced Laurence Riley as the corporation's new interim CEO.

The Noongar man has spent nearly 25 years working in the government and non-government sectors in the areas of education, health, social and emotional well-being, mental health, justice, housing, employment services, and corrective services.

On secondment from the Ombudsman's office, Mr Riley will take on the role for 12 months, with a recruitment process set to be conducted later this year to permanently fill the role.

Yued Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) chair, Gail Beck, cited Mr Riley's qualifications including a Diploma of Government, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Management and Diploma of Nursing.

"Laurence Riley brings a wealth of enthusiasm, knowledge, and experience, and we are delighted for him to join the Yued team," Ms Beck said.

"We look forward to working with Laurence on our continued focus to support and empower our community."

YAC said Mr Laurence holds considerable knowledge of the Settlement framework and its history.

They say he has a passion for social justice, equity, and the provision of better access to services through activity-based outcomes. He is a strong advocate for Aboriginal people, constantly striving to bring positive change and growth in the community.

As current Assistant Ombudsman, Aboriginal Engagement and Collaboration, Mr Riley is the first Aboriginal person in the 50-year history of the office of the Western Australian Ombudsman to hold a position as a Corporate Executive member.

Mr Riley replaces the outgoing Raymond de Silva, who is stepping down from the role next month.

YAC said throughout his tenure, Mr de Silva has been diligent in advocating for the Yued community, ensuring the corporation moved in a positive direction of growth and stability during our early stages of establishment.

"Raymond de Silva has been a great ally for our Noongar Nation. Never complacent with the status quo, Raymond always pushed for fairer and more equitable outcomes for the Yued community, and we are grateful for his dedication to our people," Ms Riley said.

Mr Riley's 12-month tenure as YAC CEO begins next month.

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