Liza McGuire is a Bidjara, Ghangulu and Iman woman originally from Rockhampton in Central Queensland. She has extensive senior management experience and holds a number of directorships across a broad range of sectors. Liza started Jinnali Productions, her first business, in 1999 which resulted in her co-producing the first Aboriginal women’s calendar taking it to international audiences in addition to providing young Aboriginal women with access to opportunity in the fashion industry.
Liza has numerous business interests and is the co-founder of Redspear Safety and Safespear. Both of these businesses provide high-end business critical products and services to the mining, construction, medical and oil and gas sectors. Most recently, Safespear has been directly involved in the fight against COVID-19 by providing negative pressure isolation room capability as part of its innovative atmospheric control solutions. Her contribution to the small business sector in Australia resulted in her appointment as a judge in the TELSTRA BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD in 2017.
Liza is passionate about economic and community development in Aboriginal communities and to this end, serves as a director on the boards of the Spear Foundation, the Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health (FISH) and BINAR Sports. These organisations work together to make targeted interventions in a range of areas which include children and youth, Elders and the justice system.