Julie-ann Lambourne, is a Torres Strait Island leader of Mabuiag and Darnley island descent, and founding member and CEO of enViZion Group Inc, an Indigenous-owned and operated business that has assisted disadvantaged people see beyond limitations to reach their full potential since 2013. She has passions for ensuring equitable access for all to education, employment and economic participation—and using technology to devise innovative solutions to social disadvantage.
Julie-Ann was named CBWC Indigenous Businesswoman 2017, Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion 2016/2017 and Institute of Leaders and Managers Not for Profit Leader 2017. She sits on the QLD Small Business Advisory Council and QLD Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Reference Group; Julie-Ann is also Deputy Chairperson for Ignite FNQ and Chairperson for the FNQ Suicide Prevention Taskforce - Lived Experience Reference Group.
Growing up in poverty and a culture of alcohol and severe abuse, she suffered poor health and family dislocation and ‘dropped out’ in Year 10. She then spent years to substance misuse and mental health issues, hitting rock bottom, before realising herself with support was the key to changing her life. Julie-ann went on to further her education in gained qualifications in counselling, theology and business—culminating in a Masters in Business Administration in 2017.
Julie-Ann has over 20 years of experience in in government in education and employment—and work in homelessness, social welfare and youth sectors—are now utilised to design technologically advanced, innovative, evidenced and successful social programs for individuals and community.