The advisory group has been chaired by Paul Briggs, who is also the chair of the Kaiela Institute. Adam Goodes, the 2014 Australian of the Year and two-time Sydney Swans premiership player, former St Kilda and Brisbane Lions player Xavier Clarke, AFL commissioner Kim Williams and Peter Yu, the chair of North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd, were also part of the founding group.
“The council, led by Paul Briggs, continues to be an integral part of the development of the AFL’s indigenous strategy, partnerships and stakeholder commitment,” the AFL spokesman said.
Jackson is regarded as one of the sport’s more astute administrators. In 2011, he completed a review of the governance and structure of country football.
He hasn’t been afraid to make tough decisions. In 2007 at Essendon, he oversaw the departure of legendary Bombers coach Kevin Sheedy. He joined the Demons as interim chief executive in 2013 with the league’s backing, replacing Cameron Schwab. He presided over the departure of coach Mark Neeld, lured Paul Roos back into coaching, and was integral in the club’s return to financial stability before leaving at the end of 2018.
The AFL Players’ Association has its own indigenous advisory board, including Hawthorn champion Shaun Burgoyne and current players Neville Jetta, Chad Wingard, Allen Christensen, Jarrod Pickett and Shane Edwards.