Executive Leadership

Duncan Murray, Chief Executive Officer

Duncan MurrayDuncan Murray is the CEO of the Cape York Partnership.

Duncan Murray is a former investment banker and lawyer, but for the majority of his career has been a CEO and COO lead operator in the public and private sectors, as well as the private equity and not-for-profit industry. He has occupied senior executive roles for more than a decade. He started his career in 1994 with Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens) before joining Centaurus Corporate Finance (subsequently Merrill Lynch) in 1996. He has held various senior executive roles, including CEO and COO with EyeCorp, Platinum Media, Belong and Photon Group, Full Circle Holdings and Otway Partners and Otway Logistics.

Duncan was the inaugural Chairman of the Amy Gillett Foundation (2006-2013), and recently retired as a Director. He is the Deputy Chairman of Cycling Australia.

Matthew Turner, Chief Financial Officer

Matthew TurnerMatthew is responsible for all financial aspects of Cape York Partnership. He is a key member of the executive leadership team and engages with peers on budgets, monthly reporting and related efficiency measures. He also oversees the IT and administration functions, never losing site that his department is an enabler for other departments to carry out the primary objectives of the Partnership.


Tracey Burrell, Head of People

Tracey BurrellTracey has responsibility for all people based activity for Cape York Partnership, from both an operational and strategic perspective. The People team provides support to managers through the provision of policies, systems and guidance on staff management practices that aims to ensure staffing outcomes to support the achievement of the goals of the organisation.


Jimi Bostock, Head of Communications

Jimi oversees communication and engagement functions across Cape York Partnership. He works closely with the executive leadership team to develop, maintain and enhance valuable relationships with government and corporate partners.  Jimi works with program managers and Cape York people to design communication and engagement practices for maximum community participation.

Tim Beasley, Head of Fundraising

timbeazleyTim has a commerce and finance background, previously working for Perpetual before spending two years leading the Cape York Enterprises division. Tim now leads the fundraising activities of Cape York Partnership from Melbourne, whilst remaining involved in the broader Cape York Enterprises work.

Fiona Jose, Executive General Manager – Cape Operations

Fiona JoseFiona is a business manager whose experience spans education, employment, aviation, and Indigenous leadership development sectors. At Cape York Partnership she is responsible for policy and design, and the direction and implementation of key areas such as leadership development, employment, and Cape York on-ground operations. Fiona’s homelands are Cape York and Torres Strait.


James Fa’Aoso, Head of Leadership

James Fa'AosoJames leads an all-Indigenous team under the Cape York Leaders Program. He is a product of the Program, being a member of the inaugural scholarship group in 2007. James has a strong affiliation to Cape York, through his mother with the communities Bamaga, Seisia and Saibai Island. He is passionate about developing Indigenous leaders who are committed to achieving their full potential, talent and confidence to reach their goals.

Sonia Minniecon, General Manager Employment

Sonia MinnieconSonia is the General Manager of Cape York Employment, the Remote Jobs and Community Program (RJCP) service provider for Region 60 (Aurukun and Coen). Sonia leads her team in stakeholder and employer engagement, as well as in the development of a range of activities to enable job seeker engagement and participation in Aurukun and Coen.


David Stewart, Chairman – Bama Services

David StewartDavid is a civil engineer with 35 years’ experience managing operations in the construction and mining industry, throughout Australia and South East Asia. He was previously Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Leighton Holdings Limited, the parent company of one of Australia’s major project development and contracting organisations. David provides invaluable advice, guidance and contacts to Bama Services; and his experience and expertise is second to none.

Ranjan Rajagopal, Executive General Manager – Bama Services


Ranjan is a qualified legal practitioner with extensive experience in the building and construction industry.  He has spent a number of years as a General Counsel for ASX listed companies advising them on a range of transactional, operational and litigious matters.  He is the General Manager for Cape York Enterprisess which is responsible for originating, developing and growing indigenous owned and operated enterprises of scale in order to deliver economic development and employment outcomes for the people of Cape York.

Rob de Fegely, Chairman – Cape York Timber

Rob de FegelyRob has more than 30 years’ experience in the Australian forestry industry and is the President of the Institute of Foresters of Australia and a Non-Executive Director of VicForests. In January 2014 he was appointed to the Agricultural Industry Advisory Council as a forestry representative and in March 2014 the Prime Minister announced he would co-Chair the Forestry Industry Advisory Council. Rob has a BSc (Forestry) from the Australian National University and an MSc from Aberdeen University in the UK.

Glenn Downing, General Manager – Cape York Timber

Glenn has over 20  years experience in the hardwood industry with 7 years as General Manager of a timber milling and processing operations in Central Gippsland. He also owned and operated his own businesses in the retail sector and is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that Cape York Timber presents.


Kathryn Todd, Principal – Djarragun College

Kathryn is an FNQ local, growing up in the small farming community of Garradunga, north of Innisfail, before completing her secondary education and university study in Brisbane.  Kathryn has been a teacher for over 25 years, with over 11 years experience in school leadership.

Kathryn spent the past 7 years working at Bentley Park College, a P-12 State School in the southern corridor of Cairns, the last four years as Principal of the Secondary campus.  This experience really ignited in her a passion for working with students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Kathryn holds the fundamental belief that receiving a high quality education can be the key to overcoming adversity and be the pathway to future success for a student and for their children in generations to come.

Natalie Walker, Chair – Cape York Girl Academy

nat2Natalie is a Kuku Yalanji woman from Port Douglas in Far North Queensland and one of Australia’s most exciting young entrepreneurs, named in the top 100 Women of Influence in 2012.  She has over 16 years experience working in and with the corporate, small business, government and not-for-profit sectors on various social and economic policy.  Natalie is the founder and managing director of Inside Policy, specialising in assisting clients to understand complex policy problems, identify the core issues and design ways forward. Notable previous roles include founding CEO of Supply Nation, project manager in KPMG’s Indigenous Business Stream, advisor to the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission and various policy and program management roles in Queensland Government Department of Communities. Natalie has degrees in psychology and law, and is currently completing her Masters in Economics.