Research

Matthew Punch

Matthew Punch from the NLC will offer insights into how the negotiation process managed to stay sober and what is being done to ensure the process moving forward remains so for all parties. Matt would like to offer real time thoughts on an actual work in process that has been far from perfect, but at present is about as good as it gets, and thoughts on how to keep it that way.

Matthew Punch is a Legal Advisor at the Northern Land Council in Darwin. Before going to the NLC, Matthew was a 2010/11 Rio Tinto-FaHCSIA NTRB Scholar at the University of Dundee, where he completed a Masters in Law (Mineral Land and Policy) and an internship at Rio Tinto’s London legal department. Matthew has also worked as a lawyer at NTSCorp in Sydney, and at Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) based in Geraldton.

Rhonda Jacobsen

Rhonda Jacobsen has over 15 years experience working in Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers. She has been with North Queensland Land Council (NQLC) since 2008 and is currently the Manager of its Engagement and Development Support Team with comprises NQLC's PBC Support Unit and Future Act Mining and Exploration Unit.

Huia Woods-Smith

Huia Woods-Smith is of Ngati Awa and Tapuika descent. She has published research papers in Aotearoa/New Zealand on Maori and mMining focusing on the petroleum industry and agreements between the state and indigenous peoples.

In her previous life Mrs Woods‑Smith practised general commercial law, worked as a consultant for the New Zealand Department of Maori Economic Development (Te Puni Kokiri), lectured in law at the University of Waikato and published on mining and Maori. She started working for the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation after walking into the Karratha office in November 2010. Mrs Woods-Smith is currently the claim lawyer for two native title claim groups in the Yamatji region.

Michael Prince

Michael Prince brings 30 years experience working with leaders, organisations and communities in Australia, Asia and the Pacific as a manager, consultant, learning facilitator and coach, across different sectors (small to large, business, government, non-for-profit). He has a particular passion for working in developing countries. In recent years, he has become increasingly concerned and involved with nurturing ‘life-giving’ leadership in Aboriginal communities and organisations and more widely across the political system in Australia.

Michael is a founder of The Winding Staircase (TWS), a team providing professional coaching, coach training and action learning leadership development services. TWS’s strategic intention is to ‘enable the leadership individuals, organisations and communities who are committed to building “life-giving” relationships with self, others and the earth’.

Caitlin Patterson

Caitlin Patterson is a Gunditjmara woman, who works for the Advice Services team at the ACNC. Caitlin was previously employed at the Australian Taxation Office.

Manuel Nomoa

Manuel Noma has lived on Badu Island all of his life and has been an active member of the board for the last three years.

It was Manuel’s intention when he first became a Director, was to ensure that the organisation was operating efficiently and effectively in both administration and the board. Manuel is passionate about his community, maintaining culture and the future of the children.

Manuel believes through economic development this will create jobs and other opportunities but it’s also imperative that the uniqueness of our culture is maintained.

Manuel has a wealth of knowledge and experience that he has gained over his years of employment in education, training, local government and local organisations. A brief highlight of his career:

Manuel first started his career as a fisherman and a community police officer. He then spent 13 years working for Education Queensland as a teacher and teaching principal. He then later moved into local government and spent 4 years as a councillor and 1 year as the Divisional Manager for the Badu Island Council. Manuel then moved into employment and training and was the CDEP Manager with the Council as they were the previous CDEP Provider. Manuel is now employed with Badu Island Foundation as the Business Manager.

In Manuel’s spare time he enjoys fibre-glassing, fishing, fixing motors and general maintenance.

The most memorable moment for Manuel whilst being on the board is developing the organisations functions and witnessing the success and growth of the organisation to how it is operating today both administration and the board.

Charlotte Tamwoy

Charlotte Tamwoy was one of the founding members of Mura Badulgal when it first became incorporated. There have only ever been two women on the board, Geiza Stow and Charlotte. Charlotte has been an active member of the board for a long time and through this journey she has faced many challenges, particularly as a female board member, but she has not let this discourage her as it only gives her motivation to continue. Charlotte has many strengths and she is passionate about guaranteeing that Badulgal people have a say in land matters and working collaboratively with key stakeholders.

Back in early 2007 Charlotte and the former Chairman, the Late Jack Ahmat, Richard Bowie and Manuel Nomoa started this milestone movement to transfer the land back to the traditional land owners.

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