The Centrecorp Foundation Board
Francine is a Warumungu woman born in Tennant Creek; grew up in Alice Springs and on the Nauiyu Nambiyu (Daly River) Community. Francine has been employed with the Central Land Council since 1994; holding positions in both Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. Francine is currently the Senior Project Office in the Tennant Creek Office. In addition to her working life, Francine also coordinates the activities of the local Native Title Corporation in Tennant Creek and is a member of the Aboriginal Advisory, established under the Environment Protection and Biological Diversity Act 1999 (Comth). Francine strongly supports Aboriginal peoples’ interests in access to and management of land, education, youth issues, housing, community advocacy and enterprise development.
Dr Ken Johnson
Dr Ken Johnson came to the Northern Territory to work as a wildlife research scientist in 1978 and worked with traditional land owners to document the flora and fauna of Central Australia and investigate the factors behind the serious decline of desert mammal species. As Parks and Wildlife Regional Director from 1991 he was responsible for the southern half of the NT and later managed the Alice Springs Desert Park. In 2003 he was appointed CEO of Desert Knowledge Australia and is now the Principal of Desert Connections.
Dr Bruce Walker
Dr Bruce Walker has lived in Central Australia for 30 years and is the CEO of the Centre for Appropriate Technology. He was a founding member of the steering committee for Desert Knowledge Australia and Desert Knowledge CRC and has spent much of the last 10 years on the creation of the Desert People Centre. He has worked on development projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Burma and Vanuatu and written numerous reports and articles including commissioned reports for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission.
Sally Axten is a local Arrernte woman, fluent speaker of the Western Arrernte language with an understanding of other Arrernte dialects and Pitjantjatjarra/Luritja. Sally is a Committee Member or Director on a number of educational and community orgnisation. Vocationally has 15 years experience in Primary School education as an Education Worker. She is passionate about working with children and their families in understanding schools and education in general, particularly to help young Aboriginal people in pursuing their dreams.
Fiona is a local Arrente woman and a proud mother of two. She has strong leadership experience working in executive roles in both Government and non-Government Organisations. Having lived and worked in South Australia and in Darwin for a number of years, Fiona is happy to be back in Alice Springs on home soil, and back working in the community controlled primary health care sector. Fiona’s early work history focused on child protection, out-of-home-care and advocacy for Aboriginal children in the child protection system, and included representation on the Aboriginal Family Support Service Board of Directors in South Australia. This work highlighted a lack of understanding of Aboriginal culture, identity, and experiences of Aboriginal people in the workforce providing therapeutic support to our children, so in an attempt to make a difference she took time out to study and completed a Psychology degree. Fiona’s work now is primarily in the Social and Emotional Wellbeing space.
Joe is a local Arrernte man from Central Australia. He has an extensive background in the community sector having run regional offices for the Central Land Council, Manungurra Aboriginal Corporation, and worked in men's health initiatives with Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. Joe has a solid history of being a director on various Boards including Imparja Television and Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA). Joe is perhaps best known across the region in his role as the longstanding CAAMA radio sports anchor, and for his live football commentating. Joe currently looks after community liaison and engagement in his role with Centrefarm Aboriginal Horticulture.
Camille, Eastern Arrernte person born in Alice Springs. Studies include; Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Anthropology and Politics) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide, Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice from the University of South Australia, and admitted as a practitioner to the Supreme Court of South Australia. Certificate in Diplomacy Training University of New South Wales (studied in Cambodia). Employment; worked for Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM) for 4 years as a Native Title Case Manager, 10 years at the University of Adelaide in the Wiltu Yarlu Aboriginal Programs as a lecturer, and 3 years at Santos in Aboriginal Participation. For 4 years I was a member of the South Australian NAIDOC Committee and a founding member and Public Officer with the Watpa Meyunna the South Australian Indigenous Lawyers and Law Students Association. Camille has a particular focus on participation of Aboriginal Women’s Rights, Aboriginal Education and engaging Aboriginal people in meaningful employment.
Sheralee is a local Arrernte women, born and raised in Alice Springs. Sheralee spent some of her teenage years living in Queensland and completed studies before returning home to Alice Springs. Since then she has worked in various roles within Government and Non-Government sectors of Justice, Media and currently Health, which has become her passion. Sheralee is actively involved in sports in and around Alice Springs from coaching, to playing, and panel member on the CAAMA Sports Show. Sheralee is very supportive of Aboriginal people to achieve in their own rights and achieve goals to become strong role models for their community.