A Wiradjuri/Yorta Yorta/Bangerang man, Lionel has been involved in Koorie education for 30+ years. He is the General Manager of the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI) and was first appointed in 1985.
Lionel has seen VAEAI established as the peak body for Koorie education and training in Victoria, and as an equal partner with the Victorian Government in Koorie education and training since 1990. He has also overseen the development of the successful Wurreker strategy which formalised the equal partnership with the vocational education and training sector in Victoria.
Lionel has provided advice to successive governments in Victoria on measures to improve education and training opportunities for Koorie people. He has played a prominent role in promoting Indigenous education and training issues at a local, State and National level.
He was a member of the National Aboriginal Reference Group which played a key role in the development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy (AEP) in 1989, which is still current today.