Our Directors bring a range of skills and experience to the work of NAILSMA Ltd.
The Board meets at least four times a year and is responsible for:
Setting the policies and strategic directions for the organisation
Approving and monitoring the annual budget and ensuring financial wellbeing
Monitoring overall organisational performance
Ensuring the organisation meets its regulatory and statutory requirements.
The Board appoints the Chief Executive Officer and delegates management of the organization to the CEO. The Chief Executive Officer is the Board’s only official connection to the organisation’s operations and conduct.
Peter Yu, Independent Chairman
Peter Yu is a Yawuru Man from Broome in Western Australia. He has over 30 years working experience on behalf of Traditional Owner communities in remote Australia, particularly the Kimberley region.
He currently works in a private capacity providing executive level advice to the public and private sector on policy and community development and project management, with a special interest in Aboriginal Governance, capacity development and equity participation at the interface of Native Title and external third party interests on Aboriginal lands and waters.
Wali Wunungmurra was born at Yirrkala, north east Arnhem Land in 1964. He is a Mala leader and law man of the Dhalwangu nation of the Yolngu people. His homeland is Gurrumurru. Mr Wunungmurra speaks Dhalwanu Dhay’yi language, but he understands all of the other 14 Yolgnu languages.
He attended the mission school at Yirrkala in north east Arnhem Land in his formative years and with his capabilities was also assistant teacher in the classroom. Mr Wunungmurra has been tireless in working towards better relationships between Indigenous and other Australians. He continues to be a strong advocate for indigenous rights and has been called on for his expertise to facilitate many parliamentary inquiry visits in this region.
In advocating indigenous right Wali’s involvement has been and is as follows:
• Gove land rights case in the early 1970s
• Northern Territory statehood
• Northern Land Council as a member where he participated in the successful Blue Mud Bay Sea Rights claim
• NLC Chairperson having been a member on several occasions spanning 20 years
With a special interest in constitutional matters, Mr Wunungmurra is committed to eliminating Indigenous disadvantage and believes that the way forward is for all levels of government to work together with Indigenous Australians.
He is a Indigenous leader and former Chair of the Miriuwung Gajerrong Corporation based in Kununurra in the east Kimberley. He is a support person for the Garralyel group (senior Traditional Owners). He leads consultations with the State Government on behalf of the Miriuwung Gajerrong people, as well as advising the East Kimberley Shire.
Teddy has participated in a number of workshops and courses, including Aboriginal Health Training Needs, Alcohol & Other Drugs Working with Young People.
He has extensive experience in community development, in building self-esteem and motivating Miriuwung Gajerrong people towards self-help, and in planning, organizing and leading. He is a qualified alcohol counsellor. He also has experience in education and training in social dependency areas.
Acting CEO Northern Land Council
Find out more about Robert Graham from the Northern Land Council web site.
See our Company Members page for additional information.