Think HQ appoints Taryn Marks as head of First Nations engagement and communication

Think HQ has appointed Taryn Marks as its second head of First Nations engagement and communication since creating the role in June 2021.

Marks replaces Professor Shane Hearne, who departed the agency in December to take on the CEO role at First Nations Media.

Herself from Wotjobaluk Country, Wergaia language group, with more recent connections to Dja Dja Wurrung Country, Marks brings more than 10 years experience in the DE&I space, specialising in Reconciliation Action Plans.

Most recently, she was diversity, equity and inclusion lead at The Royal Children’s Hospital since April, following almost four years across a number of senior roles at not-for-profit AIME. She has also held roles at SBS, The Lowitja Institute and Closing The Gap at the Victorian Department of Health.

At Think HQ, Marks will lead the development and expansion of Think HQ’s First Nations communications and engagement function to ensure First Nation’s thinking and communities are at the heart of the agency’s work. Marks will also help steward Think HQ’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

Think HQ founder and managing director Jen Sharpe said: “Taryn is an incredible addition to the Think HQ team, bringing her wealth of expertise across leadership, strategy, and policy. She’s a fierce advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and I know we’re going to do exciting work together.”

Marks added: “Stories play a huge role in how we see ourselves and country. At Think HQ, I’m eager to ensure First Nations people are represented in the communications and campaigns being told, and I am thrilled to be joining a team that is so committed to making a difference, particularly when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”


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