Our Board of Directors
The Passion Behind the Business
New South Wales
As Director & CEO of First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation, a charity with DGR status, I have extensive working with Aboriginal communities, corporates, government bodies and charity partners.
First Hand Solutions also runs the IndigiGrow native bushfood nursery & educational urban farm so I bring a working knowledge around production and distribution in the bushfood industry to the table.
I received a Future Summit leadership award in 2007 and the inaugural Premiers Excellence award in 2009 for aboriginal education and was the first Aboriginal graduate from the post-graduate course in Social Impact from the School for Social Impact from the University of NSW in 2015.
I have skills in business development & management, program/project development and management.
I am a proud Gudjala (great great grandmother - Charters Towers, Qld) /Girrimay (great great grandfather - Cardwell, Qld) traditional custodian which encompasses the reef, rainforest and bush. I have walked the footsteps of my old people and I am driven by their spirit to ensure their stories and song lines are protected, preserved and promoted for the next generations.
Today I sit on this body to represent my people of Jumbun, a small community made up of two main tribal groups of the Girrimay and Dyirbal people. We are re-generative harvesters of our traditional bushfoods and botanicals.
I have many years experience working in rural, urban and remote communities and I am determined to make change for the better for our people.
Spending the last 20 years running my bushfoods business in Alice Springs, I have had the fortune to work at many levels in the industry. I have contributed to a number of research projects with CRC's and worked with Traditional Owners and 5 different language groups to develop ethical guidelines for the bush foods industry.
I have experience with media and have had many speaking engagements to advocate for indigenous people in the Bushfoods Business. I have also held the position Director for two years on the ANFAB board.
What I am most proud of is the time I have spent advocating for the women who wild harvest in the Central Desert Area and making the industry aware of their wonderful contribution to the industry.
CEO of my bush-tucker and bush remedy business called Mamanyjun Tree Enterprises which trades as Mayi Harvests & Ancient Wisdom and a cultural consultancy business called Mamanyjun Cultural Training.
I am a Director, of the first bushfood organisation in the West Kimberley region known as the Gabiny Plum Harvesters Co-operative Ltd in Broome, WA which was previously known as the Indigenous Harvesters Australia Co-op Ltd.
My cultural and heritage knowledge was recognised this year with the awarding of a local Broome ‘2019 Kullarri NAIDOC Award for a Lifetime contribution to Culture and Heritage’