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.

Peo Ahmat

Peo Ahmat has lived on Badu Island for 46 years and is currently employed with the Queensland Police Service. Peo commits his time voluntarily to the Board and has been an active member since April 2005. Peo is committed to making sure that Badulgal people are represented fairly to ensure that all Badulgal benefit from future decisions. As Peo has lived on Badu all of his life, he has a solid understanding of local and cultural protocols. In Peo’s spare time he enjoys searching for ancestral sites, fishing and boating.

During Peo’s time he has witnessed and been involved in many events that have benefited Badu Island and the Torres Strait. These included a Land and Sea Summit in 2006 at Gaubuth that facilitated the Turtle and Dugong Management Plan for respective islands in the Torres Strait. As a result of this Summit the TSRA Rangers was established and developed and is operational on all islands. Another highlight during Peo’s time has been the transfer of DOGIT to Mura Badulgal in 2008.

Geoff Clark

Geoff Clarke is a former ATSIC Chairman and has been involved in national Indigenous affairs for many decades.

The Hon. Don Ryan QC

Don Ryan recently retired after more than 20 years as a Federal Court judge. Don has been working with Indigenous groups regarding their duties as trustees and fiduciaries. He has been engaged by a professional trustee in Western Australia to resolve a dispute over Indigenous trust funds.

Shayne Daley

Shayne Daley has a banking and finance background and practises in corporate litigation and dispute resolution in the Federal and Supreme , particularly in relation to trusts, corporations and financial matters. His practice involves Indigenous groups in three states.

Alison Page

Alison Page is a descendant of the Walbanga and Wadi Wadi People of the Yuin nation. She is an award-winning designer and creative director of an award winning Aboriginal design studio. Until recently, Alison was the founding CEO of the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance, which is an arts organisation that brings together ten Aboriginal communities to host the annual Saltwater Freshwater Festival.

Since she graduated from Design at UTS in 1998, Ms Page has worked with various urban and rural Aboriginal communities in the delivery of culturally appropriate architectural and design services in association with Merrima Design. Exploring links between cultural identity, art and design, her work spans architecture, interiors, jewellery and public art. Since 2007, Alison Page has been collaborating with Mondial Pink Diamond Ateliers on an award-winning range of high end Aboriginal jewellery called Diamond Dreaming.

In 2013, Alison was named the Female Regional/Rural Entrepreneur Manager of the Year in the National Australia Bank Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards and was named by Crikey as one of the top ten women to watch.

For eight years Ms Page was a regular panellist of the ABC program The new inventors. Alison is a board member of Ninti One Ltd, the Indigenous Land Corporation and the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence. In 2011 Alison was appointed by the Prime Minister to the Expert Panel for the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous People.

Lily O'Neill

Lily O’Neill is a PhD student with the Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements project, an Australian Research Council Project primarily based at the University of Melbourne. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Laws (Honours) and is a practising lawyer.