The Teter Mek Foundation. Furthering Indigenous education and employment

The Teter Mek foundation is a national program around the preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. The Teter Mek Foundation is helping to create programs and resources that will encourage school children from ALL backgrounds to find out about and connect with their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. The Foundation supports a national program that will help preserve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture by documenting and retelling stories of local legends around Australia.

The ideal way for students to discover our extraordinary Indigenous culture

Teter Mek starts with the story of a Torres Strait Islander girl who is lost after being swept out to sea in a storm surge. With her memory lost, she embarks on an exciting search to discover who she is and where she is from.

Governance

  • Mr. Frank Zipfinger LLB, LLM, BEcon, MBA, AICD

    Chairman and non-executive director of the Teter Mek Foundation

    Mr. Frank Zipfinger
    LLB, LLM, BEcon,
    MBA, AICD

    Chairman and non-executive director of the Teter Mek Foundation

    Mr Frank Zipfinger is a director of MHPF Premium Farms, Deputy Chairman of the Melbourne Business School Ltd and a director of the Galileo Japan Trust (former ASX code GJT). He is also a member of the Council of Macquarie University, a member of the Executive Committee of the St Joseph’s College Indigenous Fund and of the board of the St Joseph’s College Foundation, Chairman of the Ski Lodges Organisation of Perisher, Smiggins and Guthega Inc, Chairman of the Teter Mek Foundation and of ONELAND Programs Ltd and a board member of the Northcare Foundation at Royal North Shore Hospital.

    Mr Zipfinger is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has over 35 years’ experience in the property industry. He was formerly a Partner in the Sydney office of Mallesons Stephen Jaques where he specialised in property investment and development. Frank was the Chairman of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) from 2005 until 2010 and Chairman of Mallesons in the Community, that firm’s community engagement program. Prior to this appointment, Frank completed over five years in various roles as a Managing Partner with the firm.

  • Ms Jasmin Herro

    CEO of the Teter Mek Foundation

    Ms Jasmin Herro

    CEO of the Teter Mek Foundation

    Jasmin is a social entrepreneur, artist, business executive and engaging speaker. She is the creator and storyteller behind Tjindgarmi (JIND-GAR-MEE) office products and Teter Mek educational resources and storybooks. Her goal is to use commerce to create economically sustainable employment and enterprise for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around Australia to work.

  • Mr Slay Herro

    Non-executive director of the Teter Mek Foundation

    Mr. Slay Herro

    Non-executive director of the Teter Mek Foundation

    In 1986 Slay started his own business as a “Dial-a-Dinos Pizza” franchisee. In 1993 he sold his businesses and became the 2nd “Subway” franchisee in Sydney. During the 15 years he spent with Subway, he opened and ran a total of 8 stores for himself with approximately 200 employees and additionally, built over 25 stores for new franchisees. He was the chairman of the Subway Advertising Board in Sydney, Wollongong and Central Coast for 10 years and served on the National Board for 7 years.

    Slay became passionate about Indigenous issues and culture after meeting his wife, and taking a few trips to the Torres Straits where his wife’s family had originated. Drawing on his experience from his time in the menswear business, together they started Outback Global in 2009. They became Supply Nation certified in 2010. Today the business has rapidly expanded with current national contracts supplying large corporate companies and govt. depts. In February 2013, the company did a joint venture and opened its office in Denver Colorado and became certified as an American Minority business, the first time an Australian business has been able to achieve this status, opening up vast opportunities in the USA.

  • Mr. Adrian Williams

    Non-executive director of the Teter Mek Foundation

    Mr. Adrian Williams

    Non-executive director of the Teter Mek Foundation

    Adrian Williams has over 25 years of experience in Finance and Accounting within large Australian and Global organisations. He is currently Head of Finance for Real Estate at AMP Capital and responsible for providing financial and analytical decision support across the business.

    In 2009, Adrian founded ‘Indigenous Accountants Rock’, a social initiative aimed at addressing the critical shortage of Indigenous Australians who have embarked on careers in Finance and Accounting. In 2012, the Accounting Profession formally mobilised on this issue and formed the Indigenous Accounting Initiative of which Adrian is a member of the Advisory Committee. Adrian is also a Board Member and Treasurer for the Centre of Temporary Asian Art, (otherwise known as Gallery 4A) in Sydney. ‘Gallery 4A’ fosters excellence and innovation in contemporary Asian and Australian culture through research, documentation, development, discussion and presentation of contemporary visual art.

  • Mr. Simon Horton

    Non-executive director of the Teter Mek Foundation

    Mr. Simon Horton

    Non-executive director of the Teter Mek Foundation

    Simon commenced his legal career at Freehills, where he spent six years working in the litigation, employment and energy and resources practice groups. In 1993, Simon moved to a small commercial firm and then became a founding partner of Horton Rhodes in 1995. With over 25 years’ experience, Simon’s firm focuses on commercial law.

    Simon regularly provides advice to senior executives and directors of large companies, in relation to both personal matters and corporate matters. In addition to working with large entities, Simon also advises and assists smaller businesses and individuals, and has worked with Jasmin for a number of years.

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