Ken is a proud Ewamian man who lives in Brisbane and has been involved in the Cherbourg and Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities all his life. He is a Licenced Contractor, Carpenter and Joiner and Cabinetmaker. He has an extensive background in corporate governance and has been Chairperson for Ewamian Limited for many of the past 20 years and Chief Executive Officer of the MurriWatch Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for the past 30 years. Ken discovered in his late teens that his grandfather had been taken away from Georgetown and that inspired him to join with Elders to lodge a Native Title Claim for Ewamian country and seek a base for all Ewamian people to come back to their homelands.
Ken also sits on various Boards and is Chairperson for ATSILS Qld Ltd since 2006. Additionally, Ken is a member of several other Indigenous and Non-Indigenous community organisations. He was appointed by the Minister to sit as a rep on the Qld Domestic Family Violence Council and on the Domestic Violence Death Review Panel and has set up his own building and carpentry business with over 35 years’ experience in the domestic building industry, specialising in decks, house repairs, renovations, and additions.
Ken holds several qualifications including Cert IV in Business (Governance), Diploma of Community Services (Coordination) and he is a current qualified Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Barry has been actively involved in Ewamian business for about 30 years and has been a director of a Ewamian corporation for most of those years. Barry has a thorough understanding of Ewamian business including its strategic vision and governance objectives. He has been instrumental in the implementation of the new structure and the operational policies of the organisation with his level-headed guidance and valuable knowledge. Barry supports the on-going development strategy for Ewamian assets.
Brian has been a director of Ewamian businesses since our original incorporation in 1994. Brian is an elder who in his youth worked on our Country, he brings to the board the knowledge and experience of a lifetime of commitment to Ewamian Culture. Brian is highly respected in the Ewamian and broader community and in Ewamian Culture we see the wisdom and guidance of our Elders as essential to our business model.
Judy worked for over 10 years for Qld Corrective Services. She is a qualified Justice of the Peace and has further qualifications in Corrective Practices and Mental Health. With her knowledge of Government operations, she brings to the board experience in understanding and implementing policy and procedure. Judy has a thorough understanding of corporate governance and has been able to assist the Board with transitioning to the new Corporate Structure.
Deidre is also new to the Directorship for the Ewamian Board and we are encouraged to have a young and active member of the Ewamian community bringing a fresh perspective to our Organisation. Deidre is keen to acquire new skills and learn about governance, she will be provided with training and mentoring by the longer serving directors on the Ewamian Board. Diedre values good and effective communication and we look forward to her contribution to the board.
Alfred has over 30 years of knowledge and experience working with Aboriginal Corporations. Over the course of his career Alfred has been a member of State and Commonwealth advisory boards and he has also served as the Mayor of Palm Island. Alfred brings to the board his ability to engage in high level negotiations on ILUAs and Agreements and his ability to pursue the long-term vision for the Corporation. Alfred’s extensive knowledge of corporate governance and his employment history will be an asset to the Ewamian Board.
Michell has been an active member of the Ewamian community over the last decade. Michell has a wealth of experience across many areas, has served on the board of the Justice Group and also brings a wealth of tourism experience having worked at Tjapukai Cultural Park for many years in various roles. She has been a ranger at Talaroo over the last five years and was more recently employed as a tour guide for Ta laroo Hot Springs. Michell has been appointed as a Ewamian director in 2022 and brings a positive and open mind to this role and looks forwards to working with the board in achieving the vision on behalf of the Ewamian People.