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.
Chief Executive Officer
(08) 8946 7691
Joe Morrison is the Chief Executive Officer of NAILSMA. Both Dagoman and Torres Strait Islander, he has spent the last 20 years working with remote communities throughout northern Australia, firstly establishing local efforts to 'care for country' and more recently focusing on whole-of-north approaches. For the past decade, Mr Morrison has been advising Federal, State and Territory governments about Indigenous natural and cultural resource management, advocating for increased recognition as part of the reform agenda in Indigenous communities. He is the founding convenor of NAILSMA and is currently a member of the Federal Government’s Indigenous Advisory Committee. He has a BA in Natural Resource Management from the University of Sydney.
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.
(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
(08) 8946 7691
Jessica Lew Fatt is responsible for providing high-level assistance to the Chief Executive Officer.
(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
(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.
Office Administrator / Executive Assistant
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Mikaela Earnshaw is the friendly face at the NAILSMA front desk, providing outstanding service to visitors, and administrative and logistics support to staff across the organisation. She first worked with NAILSMA in a temporary role assisting the Indigenous Experts Forum, before taking on a full-time role in 2013. She was born and raised in Darwin, and has Larrakia and Karajarri family.
She completed her NTCE in 2011. Prior to working with NAILSMA, she worked as a phone operator and an administrative assistant, and did work experience with Channel 9.
(08) 8946 7662
Leonie Molloy is the Communication Manager. Ms Molloy holds a Masters Degree in Cultural Studies from Wollongong University and a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts. Leonie was a Lecturer in Creative Arts at Wollongong University before taking up a position in 1992 at Yirrkala School in North East Arnhem Land working with the teaching staff to produce educational resources. She then went on to set up her own consultancy providing digital media and design services in Nhulunbuy. She worked with Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation for a number of years recording cultural workshops and producing multimedia and print resources with the Senior Rangers. In 1999 she moved to Darwin and worked as a lecturer in Graphic Design and continued to do contract work focusing on the development of educational and training resources.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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
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.
Project Support Officer
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Anna is the Project Support Officer for the North Australian Indigenous Experts Forum. Her role is to assist the Coordinator to support the Indigenous Experts Forum, by coordinating meetings and assisting with its reporting, communications and administration.
Anna holds a Masters of Tropical Environment Management, obtained in Darwin and a Bachelor of Arts (Eco-communication) obtained in Warrnambool, Victoria. Prior to moving to the Territory, Anna worked for Environment Victoria, coordinating environmental groups across the state. She has since worked with various environmental agencies in Darwin as a communications consultant and research assistant, studying the potential impacts of climate change upon Kakadu National Park. She has also worked for the tourism industry in both the Top End and Central Australia.
Project Manager Saltwater People Network and I-Tracker
(On Study Leave June - December 2013)
(08) 8946 6271
Dr Rod Kennett holds a PhD and an Honours degree in biology, has written over 40 research reports and articles, and has led numerous research and natural resource management programs in universities, non-government and government organisations. He has worked in marine and terrestrial science and management in tropical north Australia for over 25 years. Much of this work has focussed on increasing Indigenous participation in research and management.
Dr Kennett contributes to a wider conservation and development agenda through extra-curricular activities such as membership of the Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park), Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; the Wunambal Gaambera Healthy Country Scientific Committee; an IUCNSpecies Specialist Group; Steering Committee for the Arafura Timor Sea Experts Forum; and the Expert Working Group on Indigenous Engagement in Science (Australian Government – Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research).
Acting I-Tracker Project Manager
(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 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.
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.
I-Tracker Project Officer
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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.
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.