Christy HAwker, CEO
Christy was appointed as CEO of BBY in October 2016. She has many years of experience in public administration, policy advocacy, native title, alternative dispute resolution and development practice and has worked in senior management and advisory roles in government and not for profit organisations in Western Australia and Victoria. Christy has qualifications in politics, philosophy and sociology, public administration and (very nearly) program evaluation.
She is committed to supporting an Aboriginal-led development agenda in the East Kimberley so that this region’s beaut kids can be strong in culture while also having access to the same opportunities and life choices as her own two small boys.
ELLEN OTTENHOF, aDMIN OFFICER
Elly was appointed Admin Officer at BBY in July 2018. Elly has held various admin-like roles throughout different industries, including banking, Assistant Cattle Station Management and administration. She holds qualifications in Business Communications and has vast experience in multicultural societies. Elly is a proud ‘Guu-Gu Yimmithirr’ woman from Hopevale, Far North Queensland and grew up supporting her younger families and friends, encouraging them to pursue their dreams of sporting careers or job opportunities and being one of the many role models within her community.
She has two young boys and says “This opportunity is a good example to show my children how important it is to follow the pathways through education to employment, so they can achieve any career, job or profession they admire in their futures.”
samantha Betts, Learning Leader
Samantha joined BBY in May 2017. With over 8 years' experience in the development sector in international and Australian contexts, she brings strong knowledge of place-based community development practices and program management skills. Samantha is passionate in supporting community driven and sustainable development for Aboriginal people.
Samantha holds tertiary qualifications in Community Development, Applied Management, Training and Assessment and is currently completing her Masters in Policy and Applied Social Research.
KERRY THOMAS, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT LEADER
Kerry Thomas was appointed Community Engagement Leader at BBY in August 2018. Kerry came from Communities - Child Protection and Families Support. Kerry is a proud Bunuba woman.
Her love for supporting her family and community have broadened throughout her career and loves setting an example for her children and grandchildren, in showing them that ‘aboriginal men & women are strong and have a voice, & we need to use it on the platforms we build through schooling & education (cultural & western), to ensure our people and its culture live a long prosperous life as our ancestors once did, but within this westernised society’.
DANIELLE TUCKER, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR
Dani moved to Kununurra and joined the BBY team in October 2018. Dani has lived and worked with Aboriginal communities around Australia for many years and has a deep respect for culture and Country. Dani holds a BA in Development Studies and a Diploma of Health Sciences and has extensive experience working in community engagement, food security and environmental sustainability. Dani takes an ecological approach and has a strong background facilitating collaborations including working as a Collective Impact Backbone Coordinator. Dani brings with her a diverse skillset and looks forward to working with and learning from the BBY team and people of the East Kimberley.