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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.

Angela Shima

Chief Operating Officer
(08) 8946 7673

Angela Shima is the Chief Operating Officer of NAILSMA. Angela provides leadership and management to both corporate and project staff and supports them to deliver efficient and effective outcomes for NAILSMA. Angela works with the CEO and Board in achieving the organisation’s strategic goals.

Prior to commencing with NAILSMA, Angela worked for several large not for profit organisations providing financial management services, strategic and operation planning and project management, more recently working directly with several Indigenous organisations across Northern Australia. Angela has an Advanced Diploma in Management and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Southern Cross University.


Samara Erlandson

Administration Manager
(08) 8946 6883

Samara Erlandson is the Administration Manager of NAILSMA based in Darwin. Raised in Darwin, Ms Erlandson has completed a BA in Natural Resource Management.


Jessica Lew Fatt

Executive Assistant
(08) 8946 7691

Jessica Lew Fatt is responsible for providing high-level assistance to the Chief Executive Officer.



Janely Seah

Finance Manager
(08) 8946 6764

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




Ting (Jennifer) Shi

Finance Assistant
(08) 8946 7381

Ting (Jennifer) Shi is responsible for providing support and information on financial matters to the Finance Manager, as well as project teams within NAILSMA. Ms Ting has recently completed a Bachelor of Accounting at Charles Darwin University.

Vanessa deKoninck

Corporate Writer
(08) 8946 7676

Vanessa deKoninck is the Corporate Writer, working with the Communications team to develop, review and publish written materials that share outcomes and raise awareness of the work of NAILSMA, and wider Indigenous land and sea management issues. She has been involved in this arena since 1995, when she joined the US Peace Corps and went to live with the remote Hagahai people in Papua New Guinea for 4 years. She has lived in the Top End of Australia since 2002, working at Charles Darwin University and the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority before coming to NAILSMA in 2012.

Ms. deKoninck has a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Davis. She is currently writing her Ph.D. dissertation, and has published several papers based on her Ph.D. research on the Cobourg Peninsula.

Brianna Shaw

Communications Administrator
(08) 8946 6015

Brianna provides administrative services for the NAILSMA communications team. She is the Indigenous Trainee in Communications and is studying a Certificate IV in Marketing. 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 Coordinator
(08) 8946 6377

Glenn James provides support for local people who are involved in NAILSMA’s growing carbon program. He is also involved in the development of carbon emission abatement projects. This includes assisting local and regional aspirations, appropriate governance arrangements, cost and benefit assessments, and coordinating the development and monitoring of key indicators for social change in the evolving carbon program. 

Mr James studied at the Australian National University in Canberra, gaining an Honours degree in Political Science and Philosophy (1987) and a Masters degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (2004).  Immediately before joining NAILSMA in March 2009, Glenn worked with CSIRO as a social researcher / anthropologist on Indigenous livelihoods relating to mining and land management.

Christine Michael

Project Officer Carbon Project

Christine Michael is a Project Officer for the Carbon Project. She holds a combined Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the University of Queensland. Christine provides project support to NAILSMA’s Carbon Project which is pursuing opportunities for Indigenous fire and land managers in the emerging carbon and related markets

Lorrae McArthur

Coordinator, Indigenous Water Policy
(08) 8946 6973

Dr Lorrae McArthur is Coordinator of the Indigenous Water Policy Group. In general, this role involves passing on the relevant information through the respective project networks, which are made up of local Indigenous groups, Traditional Owners, researchers, regional land councils, government, non-government agencies and other stakeholders. This position helps provide a voice for Indigenous people so that their economic, social, cultural and environmental interests in water resource management are represented and protected. 

Dr McArthur has a Bachelor of Science with honours from Monash University and a PhD in Animal Eco-Physiology from Charles Darwin University. Through her research, Lorrae was able to participate in a collaborative study between researchers and Traditional Owners in north east Arnhem Land that recorded traditional knowledge and values of frogs in Yolngu culture.

Micha Jackson

I-Tracker Project Coordinator
(08) 8946 6539

Micha Jackson grew up near Toronto, Canada. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science and Government at Lawrence University, Wisconsin, USA. She then received a prestigious Watson Fellowship to live and work in Oman, Australia and Palau exploring Indigenous and community-based management in coastal regions. Micha joined NAILSMA in March 2009 as the Project Officer for the I-Tracker project. She coordinates the I-Tracker project and provides on-ground and workshop training and technical support to Indigenous rangers and ranger coordinators throughout northern Australia with a particular focus on sea country issues.

Billee McGinley

I-Tracker Project Officer
(08) 8946 7678

Billee McGinley is a Project Development Officer for the I-Tracker project. I-Tracker, short for Indigenous Tracker, is a project that helps Indigenous Land and Sea Managers collect and manage information about country across remote north Australia. An environmental geographer, Ms McGinley has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management, with majors in Human Geography and Plant Biology from Deakin University, Victoria and a Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Charles Darwin University.

Billee has worked in natural resource management and GIS in the Northern Territory, across Australia, and overseas for the past seven years. Billee was previously employed Northern Land Council as a GIS Officer, which included cultural mapping.


Erica McCreedy

I-Tracker Project Officer
(08) 8946 6813

Erica McCreedy is a Project Development Officer for I-Tracker. 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. For the last two years, she has worked as an Environmental and GIS Officer for a private Land Management Company, specialising in Fire and Weed Management.

Christy Davies

I-Tracker Project Officer
(08) 8946 6684

Christy Davies is a Project Development Officer for I-Tracker. Ms Davies 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, 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.