2017 Symposium Speakers

Danny Lester

NSW Deputy Ombudsman (Aboriginal Programs)


Danny started his career working in frontline positions within Commonwealth and NSW government departments. He moved into the non-government sector, working with both the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) and the Australian Employment Covenant. His most recent position before being appointed as Deputy Ombudsman was as Chief Executive Officer of the AES, a position he held for over 8 years. Danny’s focus has been on improving the educational outcomes, employment opportunities and economic sustainability available for Aboriginal people. His experience and understanding of the issues facing communities was reflected in his inclusion on the Aboriginal Ministerial Taskforce in 2011. The
recommendations of the taskforce were the basis for the NSW Government’s plan for Aboriginal Affairs,
Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility, Empowerment (OCHRE).
Danny has served on the board of the Sydney Local Health District, has been a member of the Sydney TAFE NSW Advisory Council, and was a member of the advisory council for the Centre for Social Impact. Danny was voted by an independent panel as a True Leader with vision for the BOSS list of 2012. (BOSS Magazine)