Dennis Stokes will take up his new position as CEO of the FNMA at the end of June
Dennis is of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and comes from Darwin in the Northern Territory. He belongs to the Wardaman, Luritja and Warramunga people of the NT and the Wagadagam people of the Torres Strait.
Dennis began working as an Event Coordinator in 1998 and gradually became involved in Television as a Production Assistant at SBS in 2001 on the Indigenous current affairs program Living Black.
He eventually moved over to the Australia Council for the Arts working as a Project Officer for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board and he has also worked as Content Division Manager at National Indigenous Television.
Returning to the Northern Territory briefly to work with remote communities, Dennis was then appointed to the role of Indigenous Program Manager at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, and during his time there he oversaw a large growth in Indigenous participation and workshops throughout Australia.
Moving to Katherine NT he was appointed the Executive Officer of Mimi Ngurrdalingi Aboriginal Corporation incorporating Mimi Aboriginal Arts & Craft and since 2018 Dennis has been the CEO of Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.
Dennis returns home to the Northern Territory, relocating to Alice Springs where he will work from the FNMA head office.
FNMA has had an interim leadership team in place during a period of recruitment since the departure of the previous CEO, Catherine Liddle in February.