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Our people

At the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd we employ people who are dedicated in their work and are innovative in working with Indigenous people.


 

Melissa George

Chief Executive Officer
melissa.george@nailsma.org.au
(08) 8946 6702

Melissa George is a Wulgurukaba Traditional Owner with traditional connections to Magnetic Island and the greater Townsville region, Far North Queensland.

Melissa has a background in Cultural Heritage and Protected Area Management and as a saltwater woman is passionate about the environment, particularly focusing on critical issues relating to sea country and its management.  She is actively involved in protecting and managing land and sea through the empowerment of Traditional Owners' cultural law and obligations to care for country.

It is both Melissa's technical and cultural skills that are highly valued by Australian and State governments, as well as non-government organisations with interests in both environmental and Indigenous issues. Her political acumen has positioned her as one of the Federal Government's key Ministerial advisors on Indigenous issues - relevant to the Australian Government's key environmental legislation – the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Melissa continues to provide strategic advice to the Commonwealth Minister for Environment on a wide range of issues including: Indigenous engagement in the management of iconic threatened and vulnerable species (dugong, turtle, inshore dolphin), Indigenous engagement in marine management, carbon farming, freshwater (including cultural flows), proposed World Heritage nominations and existing World Heritage Properties; National Environmental Science Program and the National Environmental Reform, including reviews to both the EPBC Act and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984.

Melissa was also appointed as a member of the Great Barrier Reef Management Park Authority Board on 29 August 2008 for a four-year term. The MPA is the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's governing body.  Since her appointment, she has worked constructively towards a positive management framework for sea country planning and cooperative management initiatives.


   

Janely Seah

Finance Manager
janely.seah@nailsma.org.au
(08) 8946 6764

Janely Seah is responsible for all the financial requirements of NAILSMA in its Darwin office. Janely provides relevant support and information on financial matters to the Executive of NAILSMA and its Board of Management, Associated Committees, the Chief Executive Officer, and the NAILSMA program teams.


 

   

 

Ting Shi

Administration and Finance Officer
ting.shi@nailsma.org.au
(08) 8946 7381

Ting Shi is responsible for providing financial support to the Finance Manager and project teams within NAILSMA, and she is also providing administrative support across the organisation. Ting has completed a Bachelor of Accounting Degree at Charles Darwin University and now studying to become a qualified accountant.


Brianna Shaw

Junior Project Officer
brianna.shaw@nailsma.org.au
(08) 8946 6015

Brianna provides administrative services for the NAILSMA communications team. She is the Indigenous Trainee in Communications before taking on her present role. She is studying a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Her qualifications include a Certificate II in Financial Services and Certificate III in Business. She has been the recipient of a number of awards while training including the 2010 NAIDOC Apprentice of the Year, the 2010 GTNT School Based Trainee of the Year, and the 2012 NAIDOC Female Youth of the Year. Brianna has worked in the banking sector and employment placement services before joining NAILSMA in her current position.

Brianna’s mother’s country is Yarralin south-west of Katherine. Her father’s country is Borroloola.


   

Glenn James

Project and Policy Manager
glenn.james@nailsma.org.au
(08) 8946 6377

Glenn James provides managerial support for NAILSMA projects and policy. He completed an Honours Degree in Political Science and Philosophy in 1987 and went on to a perhaps more significant education working in Yuendumu in central Australia from 1990 to 1998.

This formative experience, later combined with a Masters Degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development, provided practical knowledge and skills to work with Aboriginal people on a wide variety of projects related to land, livelihood and well-being. With many personal and professional relationships in remote Australia Glenn maintains a keen interest in the aspirations, potential and achievements of people out bush.

Time with the Northern Land Council (8 years) and now with NAILSMA (since 2009) has provided Glenn the vehicle and opportunity to do practical work for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory and across the North of the country.


   

Erica McCreedy

Senior Project Coordinator
erica.mccreedy@nailsma.org.au
(08) 8946 6813

Erica McCreedy is a Senior Project Coordinator for Education. Erica joined NAILSMA in February 2011 as an I-Tracker Project Officer, providing on-ground and workshop training and technical support to Indigenous rangers and ranger coordinators with a particular focus on terrestrial management issues.

Erica is the Project Coordinator for NAILSMA's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program which focuses on working alongside local community leaders to run projects that reinforce local and traditional knowledge (linguistic, cultural, site specific) and build confidence for engaging effectively in mainstream education and training, specifically focused on natural and cultural resource management on land and sea country.

She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Indigenous Knowledge Systems at Charles Darwin University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies and Media Communications from Southern Cross University. She is currently enrolled in a Master's degree in Tropical Environmental Management at Charles Darwin University. Prior to working at NAILSMA, she has worked as an Environmental and GIS Manager for a private Land Management Company, specialising in Fire and Weed Management.

Erica is of Maori heritage from Ngati Raukawa and Ngati Porou tribes.


Christy Davies

I-Tracker Senior Project Officer
christy.davies@nailsma.org.au
(08) 8946 6684

Christy Davies is a Senior Project Officer leading NAILSMA’s contribution to a number of collaborative research projects. Christy joined NAILSMA in October 2011 as an I-Tracker Project Officer, providing on-ground and workshop training and technical support to Indigenous rangers and ranger coordinators with a particular focus on terrestrial management issues.

Christy has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Canberra, majoring in Natural Resource Management. She has worked with the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator, the Australian Greenhouse Office and the CRC for Freshwater Ecology at the University of Canberra. As a monitoring officer at the CRC, her work focused on programs monitoring the aquatic health of freshwater systems throughout the ACT and the NSW alpine region. More recently she was a monitoring support officer for the Supervising Scientist Division, based in Kakadu National Park.


Matalena Tofa

Senior Project Officer
matalena.tofa@nailsma.org.au
Phone: 8946 7678

Matalena Tofa is a Senior Project Officer working on NAILSMA’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program and other projects. Matalena joined NAILSMA in December 2015.

Matalena has a PhD in human geography from Macquarie University. Her PhD research explored Indigenous participation in environmental management in Taranaki, New Zealand. Matalena also holds a Masters of Education (TESOL) from Queensland University of Technology. She has previously worked in Galiwinku and Yirrkala through the Whole of Community Engagement Initiative at Charles Darwin University. Matalena is of Samoan heritage, from Saipipi, Savai’i.


Grace Miller

Project Administration Officer
grace.miller@nailsma.org.au
Phone: 8946 6883

Grace is responsible for providing administration support and information to the project teams within NAILSMA. Prior to working with NAILSMA, Grace was employed as a Support Training Officer and Administration Assistant with Advanced Training International. She is currently studying for a Certificate III in Business.

Grace's mother is Jingili from Elliott and her father is Arrente from Townbore west of Alice Springs.