FDIO’s Board, Steering Committee and Executive Officer bring to the organisation diverse qualifications and a depth of experience across multiple sectors and industries relevant to Indigenous organisations.
Adam Levin, FDIO Chair; Partner, Jackson McDonald
Adam Levin has over 15 years’ experience in commercial and taxation law and is well regarded nationally for his particular expertise in the design, implementation and operation of corporate and trust structures for use by native title groups, prescribed bodies corporate and other Aboriginal organisations. Adam also advises Native Title Representative Bodies, major resource companies, contractors, native title claim groups, Indigenous corporations, State Governments and their advisors on: benefit management structures, governance, economic development, joint ventures and property developments.
Tony Hume, Independent Director, Yinhawangka
Tony is an experienced professional specialising in Indigenous, Health and Education programs. He is the inaugural Independent member of the Decision making Committee for the Yinhawangka community in the Eastern Pilbara region. In this role he helps the community to design health, education and capacity building initiatives. He has also worked with many Noongar groups with specific projects such as language, health and educational projects. Tony has founded his own consultancy practice after fifteen years in the higher education and medical research sectors. His expertise includes strategy, governance, communications and philanthropy.
Chantal Harris, Co-Founding Director + COO of Codeswitch
Chantal holds a BSc Commerce, Masters in Applied Neuroscience, Certified Leadership Coach and Certificate IV in Project Management. She was a Telstra Business Woman shortlisted in 2015. In 2011, Chantal partnered with Kia Dowell to set up The CultureConnectionCode (now called Codeswitch), a creative and fresh consultancy, working with clients in the corporate and non-for-profit sectors providing strategic advisory, training and tools in the areas of cultural capability, business and leadership development.
Gordon Cole, Managing DIrector, Cole Consulting; Noongar Chamber of Commerce
Gordon Cole is a Noongar person who is recognised for his leadership and contribution to Western Australia’s Aboriginal Community. He specialises in Indigenous Services, Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership along with exploring Global Markets expanding outside of Australia. He is leading the establishment of the Noongar Chamber of Commerce and plays an active role in community affairs.
Gordon is a former Chairperson of the Perth Noongar Regional Council (ATSIC) and is a highly respected community leader in Western Australia with interests and credentials in housing, economic and business development, education, employment, youth, land, governance and community engagement.
Emma Chinnery, Special Counsel, Jackson McDonald
Emma Chinnery is a senior commercial lawyer at Jackson McDonald with over 10 years experience working with a broad range of clients including corporate and government organisations, the not-for-profit sector, Indigenous trusts and corporations and private clients. Emma has been closely involved in the establishment, operation and governance of corporate and trust structures for traditional owner groups, claim groups, prescribed bodies corporate and other Indigenous organisations throughout Western Australia, particularly in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions.
Jahna Cedar, Executive Officer, Gumala Aboriginal Corporation
Jahna is a Nyiyaparli/Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia and is recognised as a strong Indigenous community leader. Jahna has a Bachelor of Business and is a current board member of Pilbara Aboriginal Corporations and Enterprises (PACE) and on the Curtin University Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Management WA (AIMWA) and Governance Institute of Australia and is active in volunteering her time in mentoring Indigenous women. Jahna's awards include 2016 AIM WA Emerging Leader of the Year and the Business News 2017 First Among Equalis 40 under 40 Award.
Tahnee Davies, FDIO Executive Officer
Tahnee joined FDIO in early 2016 as the Executive Officer, after a stint overseas and many years as a lawyer at the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia and Ashurst. Tahnee has spent time living and working in regional centres of Australia such as the Pilbara, Katherine (NT) and the Goldfields and has gained considerable experience working with Aboriginal communities.
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Jackson McDonald is Western Australia’s largest independent law firm and has operated continuously in Western Australia for over 90 years. Jackson McDonald is committed to developing the Indigenous business sector and has been at the forefront of the changing native title landscape for the past decade. As native title moves into the future, Jackson McDonald is the best positioned firm in Western Australia to service Indigenous organisations looking to maximise the value of native title arrangements, establish Indigenous corporations, pursue economic development opportunities and joint ventures.
Nexia Australia services clients from small to medium enterprises, large private company groups, not-for-profit entities, subsidiaries of international companies, publicly listed companies and high net worth individuals and includes market leaders in many sectors of Australian business.
With help from Perpetual as trustee and investment manager, your community can ensure money received through Native Title and land use agreements is invested and distributed sustainably, in consultation with the community and for the benefit of all members. Perpetual’s specialist Native Title trusts team can help your community manage money and administer your trust so that you can fund the things your community needs now, and ensure there is money set aside for the future.
Their team will come to your country, sit down and talk to community members so they can create a trust that works for you long into the future.
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STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2012-2015
Duncan Munro, Principal, Corporate Finance Division, RSM
Duncan has over 20 years’ experience as a chartered accountant and business adviser. He has worked with a wide range of clients from small owner-managed businesses to large multi-national listed companies. He has experience in numerous industries, including resources, mining services, transport, manufacturing, agriculture, hotel and leisure, property and government.
RSM Bird Cameron is contracted to deliver the BHP Billiton & RSM Bird Cameron Indigenous Business Support Program in the Pilbara, which has become one of the leading Indigenous business incubation and support programs in Australia. RSM Bird Cameron also delivers an Indigenous Business Support Program on behalf of Chevron for business development in the Karratha and Onslow areas.
Andrew Coloretti, Managing Director, Giles Wade
Andrew has been involved with all aspects of advisory and asset management for over 20 years. He draws on experience gained through roles as Director for ANZ Private Bank, Head of Wealth Management for Chimaera Limited (boutique Investment Bank); Managing Director of Pyxus Advisors; CEO of Boston Capital Group (Australia / Singapore); and Head of Wealth Management for HSBC Bank Australia Ltd. His philanthropic work includes 17 years as a State Library of Victoria Foundation Executive, while currently serving as a member of the Board Finance Committee. Andrew is currently engaged by Gumula Aboriginal Corporation in the Pilbara to advise on investment and asset management strategies.
John McLean, Principal, Management Consultant and Company Director
Following over 15 years as Chief Executive Officer of Jackson McDonald, one of WA’s largest independent law firms, John is now dividing his time between consultancy work, non-executive directorships and providing pro-bono assistance to not-for-profit organisations. Prior to his leadership role with Jackson McDonald, John held senior positions with Price Waterhouse Coopers and Deloitte. He has recently been appointed an Independent Director to Winja Wajarri Barna Ltd, which is the trustee company established under the Murchison Radio-Astronomy Observatory ILUA between Wajarri Yamatji native title claimants and the State and Federal Governments and CSIRO.
Christina Stone, Former Director, Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation
Christina is a Nyiyaparli Traditional Owner. She was a Director of Karlka Nyiyaparli
Aboriginal Corporation, having been Chairperson from 2011-12, and sat on numerous committees within Karlka including the Business Development Committee. Christina is passionate about Aboriginal issues and has previously worked with a variety of regional and local health, education and women’s organisations.
Jason Masters, Executive Officer, Kuruma Marthudunera Ltd (KML)
Jason is executive officer of Kuruma Marthudunera (KML) and a Kuruma Marthudunera (KM) Traditional Owner. He plays a major role in the management, governance and distribution of financial benefits arising from the negotiation between mining companies and the KM people, whose traditional country lies in the west Pilbara. Along with training and education opportunities, KML’s aim is to run an efficient organisation while retaining Aboriginal lore and culture.
Holding an associate degree in Indigenous Community Management and development from Curtin University, Jason has worked as agreement implementation adviser for Rio Tinto, ensuring the company met its obligations within native title agreements. Jason has set up a successful school holiday program for the Roebourne community, a senior support program and a law and culture program. Jason was recognised for his outstanding achievements in WA Business News’ 2014 ‘40Under40’ awards.
Allan Butson, Investment Director, Wealth Merchants Australia Pty Ltd
Allan has an accounting and financial planning background owning his own business servicing clients in the mid-west town of Geraldton Western Australia. He has been involved in negotiating business deals for the Ngarda Ngarli Yarndu Foundation Incorporated in the North West Australia over the last 13 years as their specialist adviser.