Jason Glanville, the former inaugural CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) has been appointed as the foundation Program Director for the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity.

Launched in 2016 by The Atlantic Philanthropies in partnership with the Australian Government and announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the Fellowship is dedicated to supporting mid-career leaders in Indigenous communities over the next two decades. Led by the University of Melbourne, alongside national and international partners, the Fellowship aims to tackle the broader issues of social inequality and how parity can be achieved for all people, regardless of cultural background, race, gender, health or financial status.

Mr Glanville, Wiradjuri man from southwestern New South Wales, has spent more than 20 years working in a range of positions in community-based Indigenous organisations, across all levels of government and non-government bodies.

Prior to his work at NCIE, he was Director of Programs and Strategy at Reconciliation Australia, and remains the Chair of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute.

Mr Glanville holds board positions on the National Australia Day Council, the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre and was a member of the Steering Committee for the creation of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

In making the appointment, Chair of the Program Board Professor Tom Calma AO said Mr Glanville was the perfect fit for the role.  “As Program Director, he will help shape and lead the Atlantic Fellows program, from concept and vision through to implementation and review.

“While it’s a role that has an ambitious and wide-ranging scope, Jason comes to the Atlantic Fellows program with an unparalleled background in this area. His expertise will be invaluable in ensuring the future success of the program for many years to come.

Vice-Chancellor at the University of Melbourne Professor Glyn Davis said Mr Glanville’s arrival would ensure the Atlantic Fellows program builds important momentum ahead of its first cohort intake.

“Jason’s arrival is much anticipated by the Atlantic Fellows community. His passion and experience adds to the growing team supporting the establishment of the Program, and we look forward to his insights as we work towards our first cohort of Fellowship recipients in October this year.”

Mr Glanville will commence in the role in April.