Marcus Stewart, a Taungurung traditional owner from central Victoria, is set to become the first chief executive officer of the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations.

The Federation is Victoria’s peak body for traditional owner corporations and Mr Stewart will lead the implementation of a new strategic plan, as well as driving economic, political and country outcomes.

“In just four years, the Federation has built a solid base in Victoria,” Mr Stewart said.

“I’m proud to be working with all the different traditional owner communities to make sure the Federation truly represents their interests and becomes a stronger voice on state-wide policy.”

Mr Stewart was previously the deputy chairperson of the Federation and chief executive officer of the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation.

He brings extensive experience of strategic policy direction and design through senior roles in the Victorian State Government.

Federation chair Janine Coombs said Mr Stewart was well-known and respected in the Victorian Aboriginal community and the board had every confidence he would grow the Federation.

Mr Stewart will lead a specialist policy secretariat team based at the Federation’s head office in North Melbourne.