BA LLB (UNSW)
Terri Janke is a Wuthathi/Meriam woman from Cairns. She is the Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company, a commercial law firm that specialises in Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP). Terri was admitted to practice in 1995, holds an Unrestricted Practising Certificate and is a member of the Law Society of NSW (currently a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee). She admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia, She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and LEADR Mediators where she trained in mediation and conflict coaching (now Resolution Institute).
Terri’s governance experience is gained through key board positions including; National Centre of Indigenous Excellence NCIE (Deputy Chair, Governance Committee and Audit and Assurance Committee) and previous board positions including; Jawun (Director, Member of Audit and Risk Committee), Tourism Australia, Chair of National Indigenous Television (NITV), Chair of Ngalaya Indigenous Lawyers Association.
Terri Janke, Awards and Accomplishments:
- Emerging Indigenous Business, 2001
- NSW Women’s Honour Roll 2005
- Awarded the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW Award 2007
- Recognised as NAIDOC Person of the Year 2011
- Australian Attorney-General’s Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year 2012
- Westpac/AFR 100 Women of Influence 2013
- Finalist, Telstra NSW Business Women’s Awards 2015
- Finalist, Indigenous Business, Ethnic Business Awards 2015
- Finalist, NSW Women Lawyer of the Year 2015
What inspired you to take this role?
I have always loved libraries, I have an extensive book collection in my home, but I always enjoy going to the library. A lot of the work that the State Library does aligns with the work I do. I noticed the work that the State Library has been doing around Language and Heritage. This was really encouraging. I think being there, I can help establish best practice and bring another perspective to the table.