The Rona Tranby Trust is a collaboration of representatives from Tranby Aboriginal College, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and the Trustees of the Estate of Thomas Rona

On 2nd September 1991, the Rona Tranby Trust was launched at a public ceremony held at Tranby Aboriginal College in the presence of the Minister assisting the Premier on Aboriginal and Ethnic Affairs, Paul Zammit. The three initial Trustees were Kevin Tory (Tranby), Margaret Gutman (NSWJBD) and Roland Gridiger (Executors).

Trustees of the Rona Tranby Trust

Dr. Belinda Russon (Chair), Executive Director, Tranby Aboriginal College; Representative, Tranby College

Belinda is a passionate education activist making her an ideal ambassador for Tranby. Her professional association with Tranby commenced in 2004 where she started out as a guest lecturer and researcher and then went on to become the Program Manager of the National Indigenous Legal Advocacy Program. Belinda’s entrepreneurial drive and talent created the pathway for a successful transition to CEO in 2013.
In addition to her role of CEO, Belinda is a qualified solicitor with over 15 years’ experience in the community justice sector and continues to be actively involved in Aboriginal community life. A Churchill Fellowship in 2013 enabled Belinda to travel to Norway, Canada and the USA to examine innovative and holistic approaches to Indigenous education. Looking to improve enrolment rates, increase student attendance, engagement and retention for Indigenous adults, Belinda and her team are actively creating opportunities and striving with a great determination to achieve optimum results in all these facets for Tranby staff, student’s, critical partnerships with other Aboriginal organisations and the community at large.

Jennifer Symonds (Trustee); Representative, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies

Jennifer graduated with a BSc from UNSW in 1980, an Advanced Diploma of Applied Aboriginal Studies from Tranby Aboriginal College in 2001 & was in the first group of graduates to be awarded a Masters of Indigenous Knowledges (Mawul Rom) from Charles Darwin University in 2011.
Jennifer has been working as a volunteer, for almost 20 years, to raise awareness about Reconciliation and to support relationships & initiatives between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Jennifer works to further Reconciliation in her role as a member of the Social Justice Committee of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, and through her support of local, state & national Reconciliation organisations.

Roland Gridiger; Representative, Trustees of the Estate of Thomas Rona

Principal of the firm Gridiger Lawyers, Roland has been practicing law for over 40 years. His experience in the profession has seen him cover a wide range of areas, however he focussed, developed and refined his expertise in Estate and Succession Planning, Wills, Probate and Conveyancing.
Following his graduation as a Bachelor of Law from Sydney University, Roland obtained a Master of Dispute Resolution from University of Technology Sydney. He is also a member of the Law Society of NSW and a Full Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), an international body that focuses on Succession and Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Wills.
An effective communicator Roland is also passionate about developing the Endowment and ‘Not for Profit’ area of his practice and is Chairman of Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST).

Tax Deductibility and Charitable Status

Rona Tranby Award & Collection is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient by the Australian Tax Office (Subdivision 20-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, Item 1 Section 30-15; in Subdivision 30-B; Item 12.1.1 public fund on the register of cultural organisations). Endorsement date: 1 July 2000.

Management and Administration

Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd. (MOST)

Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited (MOST®) provides management and administrative services for the Rona Tranby Trust and the Rona Tranby Award & Collection.