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The BBY Board of Directors is made up of up to six Aboriginal leaders from across the East Kimberley who are passionate about change and ‘walking the talk’ of the 5 social norms.

The Board oversees the strategic direction of BBY, sustaining the success of Empowered Communities in the East Kimberley, and leads the Joint Decision-Making process with Government.

 
Ian Trust   Position: Co-Chair of Empowered Communities National Leadership Team and Director, BBY  Ian has lived and worked in the region for most of his life and currently serves as the Chairman and Executive Director of Wunan Foundation.  In the past, he has worked to progress his vision of empowerment through initiatives like the ATSIC Regional Council’s ‘future building’ strategy and through reforms in the Aboriginal housing and infrastructure sector.  He sees Empowered Communities as the structure that will break the cycle of passive welfare dependency and create fundamental change in his community and other communities across Australia.    Watch Ian's  presentation on Empowered Communities , at Garma Festival 2014

Ian Trust

Position: Co-Chair of Empowered Communities National Leadership Team and Director, BBY

Ian has lived and worked in the region for most of his life and currently serves as the Chairman and Executive Director of Wunan Foundation.

In the past, he has worked to progress his vision of empowerment through initiatives like the ATSIC Regional Council’s ‘future building’ strategy and through reforms in the Aboriginal housing and infrastructure sector.

He sees Empowered Communities as the structure that will break the cycle of passive welfare dependency and create fundamental change in his community and other communities across Australia.

Watch Ian's presentation on Empowered Communities, at Garma Festival 2014

Jean O'Reeri   Position: Director, BBY  Jean is a Wilinggin woman from Karunjie Station on the Gibb River Road. She has lived and worked in Wyndham in the East Kimberley region since the 1960s. Jean worked as an Aboriginal teaching assistant for over 20 years, most recently with pre-primary aged children at St. Joseph’s School in Wyndham.  Jean has held directorships with Ngnowar Aerwah Aboriginal Corporation in Wyndham, which provides alcohol and other drug treatment and rehabilitation programs to community members and is a current member of the Wyndham advisory group.    Watch an  interview with Jean  from Waringarri Media

Jean O'Reeri

Position: Director, BBY

Jean is a Wilinggin woman from Karunjie Station on the Gibb River Road. She has lived and worked in Wyndham in the East Kimberley region since the 1960s. Jean worked as an Aboriginal teaching assistant for over 20 years, most recently with pre-primary aged children at St. Joseph’s School in Wyndham.

Jean has held directorships with Ngnowar Aerwah Aboriginal Corporation in Wyndham, which provides alcohol and other drug treatment and rehabilitation programs to community members and is a current member of the Wyndham advisory group.

Watch an interview with Jean from Waringarri Media

Robyn Long   Position: Director, BBY  Robyn was born in Carnarvon, Western Australia and has lived and worked in Halls Creek since 1966. She is Chair of Jungarni-Jutiya Aboriginal Corporation, which aims to close the gap in life expectancy among Aboriginal people living in Halls Creek.  Robyn worked at the Kimberley Health Halls Creek Hospital for over 20 years in various positions and is an advocate for Aboriginal health issues. She has previously been a Councillor with the Shire of Halls Creek for 8 years, and has been actively involved in initiatives that promote economic change and support employment opportunities for local Aboriginal people.

Robyn Long

Position: Director, BBY

Robyn was born in Carnarvon, Western Australia and has lived and worked in Halls Creek since 1966. She is Chair of Jungarni-Jutiya Aboriginal Corporation, which aims to close the gap in life expectancy among Aboriginal people living in Halls Creek.

Robyn worked at the Kimberley Health Halls Creek Hospital for over 20 years in various positions and is an advocate for Aboriginal health issues. She has previously been a Councillor with the Shire of Halls Creek for 8 years, and has been actively involved in initiatives that promote economic change and support employment opportunities for local Aboriginal people.

 
Desmond Hill   Position: Director, BBY  Although born in Broome, Desmond ‘Des’ Hill is a Miriuwung man whose mother was taken away as part of the stolen generation.  Des has worked for several local organisations in the East Kimberley over many years. He is currently a Chief Executive Officer of Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation and Director at the Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service. He was previously the chairperson of MG Corporation, on the board of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service Ltd, worked for the Kimberley Land Council in the early years of Mabo and as a teacher.  Des is a strong leader and has worked to address the social and economic challenges for Aboriginal people for many years. He is keen to see the Indigenous-led vision of Empowered Communities come to fruition, particularly the five social norms of the East Kimberley.

Desmond Hill

Position: Director, BBY

Although born in Broome, Desmond ‘Des’ Hill is a Miriuwung man whose mother was taken away as part of the stolen generation.

Des has worked for several local organisations in the East Kimberley over many years. He is currently a Chief Executive Officer of Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation and Director at the Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service. He was previously the chairperson of MG Corporation, on the board of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service Ltd, worked for the Kimberley Land Council in the early years of Mabo and as a teacher.

Des is a strong leader and has worked to address the social and economic challenges for Aboriginal people for many years. He is keen to see the Indigenous-led vision of Empowered Communities come to fruition, particularly the five social norms of the East Kimberley.

Annabelle Cox   Position: Director, BBY  Annabelle is a local woman from Halls Creek. She is currently the manager at 6PRK Radio, an Indigenous broadcasting service for the Halls Creek area. She is also a Director for Yura Yungi Medical Service and convenes a local women’s group, Ngaringga Ngurra Women’s Networking Group.  Annabelle is proud to be a part of BBY- the backbone for Empowered Communities in the East Kimberley. She is passionate about improving community outcomes through local Indigenous leadership.          Watch an  interview with Annabelle  from ABC Kimberley media

Annabelle Cox

Position: Director, BBY

Annabelle is a local woman from Halls Creek. She is currently the manager at 6PRK Radio, an Indigenous broadcasting service for the Halls Creek area. She is also a Director for Yura Yungi Medical Service and convenes a local women’s group, Ngaringga Ngurra Women’s Networking Group.

Annabelle is proud to be a part of BBY- the backbone for Empowered Communities in the East Kimberley. She is passionate about improving community outcomes through local Indigenous leadership.

Watch an interview with Annabelle from ABC Kimberley media

 

Former Directors of BBY

We wish to acknowledge the leadership and dedication of previous Board Directors of BBY, who have greatly contributed to Empowered Communities East Kimberley and the strategic direction of BBY. 

Peter Brown   Indigenous Director: 19/06/2017 - 8/3/18  Positions held: Chair 20/07/17- 8/3/18

Peter Brown

Indigenous Director: 19/06/2017 - 8/3/18

Positions held: Chair 20/07/17- 8/3/18

Lawford Benning   Indigenous Director: 10/6/2016-21/5/18  Positions Held: Chair 7/11/16-17/2/2017

Lawford Benning

Indigenous Director: 10/6/2016-21/5/18

Positions Held: Chair 7/11/16-17/2/2017