Board of Directors
Central Desert Native Title Services Limited (Central Desert) was incorporated on 16 April 2007 and commenced operations on 1 July 2007. The Central Desert Board currently consists of five Directors. The Board’s role is to decide the strategic direction of Central Desert and to ensure that Central Desert acts in accordance with funding conditions.
MR TERENCE (TERRY) GROSE Chairperson
Appointed 14 December 2012
Terry Grose has a strong commercial background gained through his experience as a merchant banker, senior executive and business consultant in Australia and overseas. After a decade spent in various senior roles within the Wesfarmers Group, Terry moved to Hong Kong where he worked as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of an innovative start-up company before establishing his own commercial consulting business. Since returning to Australia in 2008 he has undertaken consulting assignments with a range of companies that have benefited from his broad business experience. In 2013 he won the national Woodside Better Business Award, presented by Creative Partnerships Australia, for his contribution as a director of the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. He is also a director of Arafura Resources Ltd and Martu People Limited.
THE HONOURABLE FRED CHANEY AO
Appointed 11 September 2007
Fred Chaney has served as a member and Deputy President of the National Native Title Tribunal, Co-Chair and director on the board of Reconciliation Australia Limited, Chair of Desert Knowledge Australia and Chair of the Consultation Committee on a Human Rights Act for Western Australia. In 2008 he was awarded the Sir Ronald Wilson Leadership Award for “Exceptional leadership in the fields of social justice, human rights, equality and anti racism”. Fred continues to serve as a director of Reconciliation Australia Limited and is a co-founder and Deputy Chair of the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation.
In 2011 he was a member of the Expert Panel on the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians. Most recently, Fred was the worthy recipient of the Senior Australian of the Year for 2014.
DR FIONA SKYRING
Appointed 7 October 2008
Fiona Skyring is a historian. While employed by the Kimberley Land Council from 1999 to 2005 as an expert witness, Fiona gave evidence on behalf of the native title applicants in five trials in the Federal Court. Since then Fiona has worked for native title service providers on behalf of applicants, for Aboriginal heritage organisations and for government. She has contributed to community history projects and academic publications. Fiona is the author of ‘Justice: A History of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia’, which was published by UWA Publishing in 2011. For this book Fiona won the 2012 Margaret Medcalf Award, for excellence in research and referencing using the State Archives Collection, and in the WA Premier’s Book Awards she won the State Library of Western Australia WA History Prize and the WA Premier’s Prize.
DR CAROLYN TAN
Appointed 14 December 2012
Carolyn Tan has been an In-house Legal Counsel at Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation since 2003 where she has provided native title advice and appeared in the Federal Court, High Court and before the National Native Title Tribunal and the Mining Warden. Prior to that she was a litigation partner at Dwyer Durack for 15 years and headed up their Native Title Department as well as being engaged in a range of commercial, administrative and other civil and industrial litigation. Carolyn has been a Deputy President of the WA Equal Opportunity Tribunal and has served on numerous legal and social justice committees. She holds a PhD for her research on a topic related to Indigenous heritage and religious freedom laws in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada.
MR ANDREW (ANDY) GILMOUR
Appointed 14 December 2012
Andy is a director of national chartered accounting firm RSM Australia practising in the Corporate Finance Division. He has over 30 years experience as a chartered accountant and business adviser initially in the area of audit and subsequently in corporate finance and transaction support. He has had a wide breadth of experience with exposure to businesses in diverse industries from financial services to mining, and of varying size, from small to medium sized family concerns to large multinational corporations. Andy holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and recently stepped down as the West Australian representative of the Business Valuation Special Interest Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Andy was admitted as a partner of RSM Australia Partners in 1994.
Central Desert is staffed by more than 30 experienced and dedicated staff who have a vast knowledge and commitment to the provision of native title services.
Officers for the organisation include:
MRS JO LANAGAN
– Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary
MR MALCOLM O’DELL
– Principal Lawyer
MR RUWAN SILVA
– Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
The Chief Executive Officer is supported by a management team:
MR MICHAEL ALLBROOK
– Legal Services Team | Senior Lawyer
MR SEAN CALDERWOOD
– People, Heritage & Culture | Senior Anthropologist
MS SARAH HOBSON
– Operational Support
MS KARINE FLEMATTI
– Organisational Support
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