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Our People and Sponsors

FDIO’s Board, CEO 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 20 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.

Gordon Cole, Managing DIrector, Cole Consulting; Noongar Chamber of Commerce

 Gordon Cole is a Noongar man 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 ChinnerySpecial 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.





Amanda Wheeler, FDIO Chief Executive Officer

Amanda is the former CEO of an Aboriginal Corporation, a highly experienced Director and CEO of major community service organisations and has consulted on strategy, project management and governance.  Amanda is uniquely placed to assist decision makers in Indigenous organisations as she has both the necessary leadership attributes and highly relevant sector knowledge and experience.  She is well recognised for her facilitation skills and has a driving passion to support Indigenous owned and operated organisations to fulfil their purpose.



Tahnee Davies, FDIO Executive Officer

Tahnee has LLB, BA and GAICD qualifications and joined FDIO in early 2016 as Executive Officer.  Having had the privilege of participating in on-country native title hearings in the late 1990s, Tahnee worked in native title litigation and later as a civil lawyer at the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia.  Detail orientated and outcome-driven, Tahnee has focused on providing culturally-informed governance and secretariat support to Aboriginal organisations and sector stakeholders throughout WA.




FIDO is grateful for the generosity of our sponsors.

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.


Liberty offer an unrivalled range of private offices, co-working space, corporate solutions, meeting rooms and virtual office services in the heart of the Perth CBD. Their workspaces combine prestigious locations, world-class facilities, and the flexibility and affordability that can help your business flourish.


Australian Executor Trustees are one of Australia’s largest and most experienced non‑government providers of professional trustee services, with more than $32 billion in funds under supervision. For more than 130 years they have been helping Australians build, manage, protect and transfer their wealth to give them peace of mind about their financial future. They offer specialist estate and trustee services through three core businesses – Private Client Services, Superannuation and Corporate Trust.


Shadforth Financial Group is a national network of advisers and accountants that make up Australia's leading financial and business advisory firms. Their services include finacial advice, lending advice, general insurance, accounting, tax and business advice and stockbroking.



The Forum for Directors of Indigenous Organisations (FDIO) is a professional network offering tailored information and support for all those engaged in the governance and operation of Indigenous corporations, trusts, businesses, joint ventures and community organisations.