The Board of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is delighted to announce the appointment of their new Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ben Bowen who will start on 6 October.
Ben is a proud Aboriginal man, a descendent of the Wiradjuri Nation with family links to the Gandangara, Dharrawal and Yuin Nations. He was born and raised on the Gadigal and Wangal lands of the Sydney basin.
He has worked nationally and internationally, collaborating with both Indigenous Communities and government to create opportunities in education, health and economic development. He has extensive experience in systems leadership and strategy.
“I am both humbled and excited by the opportunity to join the amazing ILF team. Literacy is a fundamental skill and a catalyst to creating a lifelong learning journey. I look forward to working in collaboration with the ILF team, communities, partners and supporters nurturing a sense of circular responsibility and accountability into the future,” says Ben.
For the last 12 years, Ben has worked for and with First Nations people in the not-for-profit sector, building programs, developing strategy, sourcing funding, collaborating with partners and shaping thought leadership within the university sector.
As a former professional athlete, he understands the power of teamwork and believes in leading from within the team, nurturing a sense of circular responsibility and accountability, each person to the other. He believes that we are lifelong learners and is passionate about early childhood education and the power of literacy.
ILF Co-chair Marnie O’Bryan says, “Ben is ideally placed to build on the strong foundations laid over the first decade of the ILF’s life under the dedicated leadership of outgoing Executive Director Karen Williams OAM. We wish Ben every success in his new role and are excited to work with him in this new chapter of the ILF story.”
- Posted 20 September, 2021