Eastern Maar Announces New CEO

The Board of Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation today announced that Marcus Clarke has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eastern Maar.

The Eastern Maar Board undertook a thorough and extensive recruitment process following significant interest in the role. The Board said that they were pleased to have an Eastern Maar person with such a widespread skill set and deep understanding and knowledge of this area take up the role.

A Gunditjmara-Kirrae Whurrong man, Mr Clarke has worked in various senior positions in Aboriginal affairs over the past 20 years. He most recently worked at the Department of Health & Human Services as the Manager for Aboriginal Engagement for three years.

Mr Clarke said he was humbled and honoured by the appointment, particularly being at such a pivotal time for Eastern Maar with native title and settlement negotiations progressing plus Treaty also being within reach.

“I am extremely excited and committed to take up this challenge and work with both the Board and the community to secure outcomes for Eastern Maar citizens,” he said.

“I will be working swiftly to unlock and tap into new economic opportunities for Eastern Maar, so we can prosper as a nation. I have already met with my team and identified opportunities for improvement to ensure we future proof the corporation.

“I was reminded of the importance of our work at Eastern Maar’s AGM over the weekend, with the number of children playing outside; the future is theirs and we must work hard to safeguard that.”

Mr Clarke commenced in the role of CEO on 27 November 2019 and has been appointed for a three-year term.

Marcus Clarke biography
Marcus Clarke is a Gunditjmara-Kirrae Whurrong man born, bred and based in Warrnambool. He started at Eastern Maar in November 2019 in the role of CEO. Marcus has held senior positions in government and community and has also sat on various Boards over the past decade. Marcus most recently worked in the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) where he was the Manager for Aboriginal Engagement for three years. Prior to DHHS, Marcus was CEO at the Gunditjmara Aboriginal Corporative where he achieved the status of longest standing CEO. Marcus’ executive level experience coupled with his vision, calm approach, versatility and widespread networks are all vital qualities that he brings to Eastern Maar. In his career thus far he has also demonstrated an ability to anticipate and navigate challenges, which will be key in the role. His engagement, knowledge and negotiation skills have been honed throughout his career and in previous roles where he has demonstrated significant emotional intelligence which is a large asset for the role. Marcus believes that the communities’ voice and interests are paramount when making decisions and designing processes. Marcus also holds business qualifications from Monash University and is a proud husband and father to two children.

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