Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation Board Members


Mark Grose

Bachelor of Education

Mark has a strong background in community development, remote Aboriginal community management and small business development. Thirty years of working in and engaging with Aboriginal communities across WA and the NT involving community management and remote community business development has given Mark a keen insight into the issues that affect remote communities. Over the last fifteen years he has been involved in the establishment and development of Skinnyfish Music which has been successful as a business enterprise with a social agenda working with remote Aboriginal artists and their communities. Mark was awarded Australian of the Year (NT) 2013 (in partnership with Michael Hohnen) in recognition of his work over the past fifteen years.

ABC Board members

Professor Fiona Stanley AC

FAA, FASSA, MSc, MD, FFPHM, FAFPHM, FRACP, FRANZCOG, Hon DSc, Hon DUniv, Hon FRACGP, Hon MD, Hon FRCPCH, Hon LLB (honoris causa)

Professor Stanley is the Founding Director and Patron of the Telethon Kids Institute, Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Western Australia, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and current board member of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Trained in maternal and child health, epidemiology and public health, Professor Stanley has spent her career researching the causes of major childhood illnesses such as birth defects.

A powerful advocate for Aboriginal social justice, Professor Stanley was named Australian of the Year in 2003 and in 2006 she was made a UNICEF Australia Ambassador for Early Childhood Development.


Barbara Pitman

Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Registered Nurse

Barbara has an extensive background in developing learning materials, organisational / governance structures across arts, sport, recreation, health, community services and local government. The target audience for much of this material is Indigenous clients. Ten years of living and working in remote Aboriginal communities, a lifetime of living in the Northern Territory and a work history that includes, primary health care, community cultural development, community arts and vocational education and training provides the skills, knowledge and conceptual framework to develop high quality products and strategies which absolutely meet the needs of the intended audience. Barbara’s expertise is in project management, with an emphasis on good governance and best practice in the not for profit sector.


Michael Hohnen

Bachelor of Arts (Music), Diploma of Education, Diploma of Music.

Michael has spent the last 20 years in the Northern Territory, working with many indigenous people, including musicians in over 20 remote communities. As a musician (double bass player) he trained in classical, touring Australia and Europe. Once in the NT, his work as Coordinator of VET Contemporary Music Certificate for CDU incorporated course delivery into remote Aboriginal communities. After the establishment independent record label – Skinnyfish Music with Mark Grose in 1999, Michael produced numerous ARIA award winning albums (Gurrumul, Saltwater Band, Nabarlek) as well has achieving his own ARIA nomination for Producer of the Year 2008. Michael was awarded Australian of the Year (NT) 2013 (in partnership with Mark Grose).


Damian Trotter

Damian Trotter


Damian Trotter is the Managing Director of Sony/ATV Music Publishing.  After joining CBS Records (now Sony) in 1981, Damian held various positions within the company before leaving in 1990 to take up the position of General Manager of East West Records.  He returned to Sony in 1991 when he was appointed to his current position.  Following the merger of Sony/ATV Music Publishing with EMI Music Publishing in 2012, Damian was appointed Managing Director of both companies.

Damian is also a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited (APRA); a Director and former Chairman of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (AMCOS); a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited (AMPAL); and  Patron of the Australian Music Prize (AMP).