Ngalaya (nar-lee-ah) was founded in 1997 by a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lawyers and law students at the University of New South Wales.

Since then, Ngalaya has grown into a registered charity that represents over 800 First Nations lawyers and law students across what is now called NSW and the ACT.

Ngalaya is governed by our volunteer Board of Directors, made up of First Nations lawyers and law students. Ngalaya exists to support and grow the next generation of First Nations law-makers.

Ngalaya provides networking opportunities, financial support and mentoring for First Nations people throughout their legal career.

Board of Directors

Ngalaya Indigenous Corporation is governed by a volunteer board appointed at our annual general meeting. Ngalaya has always been run by First Nations lawyers and law students, for First Nations lawyers and law students. Learn more about our Directors below.
Kate Sinclair, Chairperson, Ngalaya Indigenous Corporation

Kate Sinclair (Dharug)

Chairperson, BA LLB (unsw)

Kate joined the Ngalaya Board in 2017, and was appointed Chairperson for 2020. Kate is a Solicitor at Allens.

Jason O'Neil, Executive Director, Ngalaya Indigenous Corporation

Jason O'Neil (Wiradjuri)

Executive Director, BA(Hons) LLB (UNSW)

Jason joined the Ngalaya Board in 2016, was Chairperson 2018-19 and appointed Executive Director for 2020.

Mark Holden, Director, Ngalaya Indigenous Corporation

Mark Holden (Dhunghutti)

Director, LLB(Hons) (UTS)

Mark joined the Ngalaya Board in 2012, and was Chairperson 2016-2017. Mark is a Solicitor at the Financial Rights Legal Centre.

Dayne Syron, Director, Ngalaya Indigenous Corporation

Dayne Syron (Biripi, Worimi)

Director, BA LLB (UNSW)

Dayne joined the Ngalaya Board as a Director for 2020. Dayne is a Legal/Industrial Officer at the CFMEU.

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Get in touch

Are you an Indigenous lawyer or law student wanting to learn more about us? Are you a legal organisation interested in working with Ngalaya to grow more First Nations lawyers? Contact us via email today

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2021 Partners & Supporters

Ngalaya is a registered charity and volunteer-run organisation. Thanks to the support of the below organisations we are continuing to grow and support our members.

Foundation for Young Australians & Australian Department of Health

First nations career pathways project


Access to Jade Professional

Gilbert + Tobin

Financial and in-kind support

Colin, Biggers & Paisley

first nations law scholarship

King & Wood Mallesons

Pro Bono support


In-kind support

Public Interest Advocacy Centre

In-kind support

NSW Tenants' Union

In-kind support