Fiona Jose

Fiona Jose

Executive Director

Fiona Jose is the CEO of Cape York Partnership, an Indigenous organisation driving a comprehensive reform agenda improving the lives of Indigenous families in the Cape York region.

Fiona oversees 12 entities and businesses under the Cape York Partnership including the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, two schools anchored in Indigenous culture, the Cape York Leaders Program, and Bama Services, a landscape and construction company.  She joined Cape York Partnership in 2010 where she held senior management positions following more than 15 years of experience in management, business development, and government relations in aviation and education.  Fiona is one of eight First Nations leaders driving structural change through the national Empowered Communities initiative. She is a Council Member of the National Museum of Australia, has been awarded the For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award at the Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and named Queensland Not-for-profit Manager of the Year by Australian Institute of Management.

Danny Gilbert

Danny Gilbert

Co-Chair

Danny Gilbert AM is co-founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin.

In his role as co-founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin, Danny has been the recipient of several awards, including the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards Managing Partner of the Year 2018 and the 2017 Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers first ever Special Achievement Award for his extraordinary contribution to law and commitment to innovation.

Danny is currently Director, Business Council of Australia; Co-Chair Cape York Partnership Group Pty Limited; Co-Chair, Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition Ltd; Member, Social Impact Investing Taskforce Expert Panel, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Honorary Ambassador of Menzies School of Health Research.

Danny is a former Non-Executive Director of National Australia Bank Limited 2004-2016; former Chairman Western Sydney University Foundation 2012-2019; former Chairman National Museum of Australia 2009-2015; former Chairman Australian Film Television and Radio School; former Chairman Law and Justice Foundation of NSW and former Chairman of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

In June 2005, Danny was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the law and to the community, particularly Indigenous Australians.  In December 2019 Danny was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by the University of New South.

Danny is also a trustee of various private charitable trusts.

Noel Pearson

Noel Pearson

Founder

Noel Pearson is one of Australia’s leading thinkers. He comes from the Guugu Yimidhirr community of Hope Vale on south eastern Cape York Peninsula, and is the primary architect of the Cape York Agenda. Noel’s goal is to enable Cape York’s Indigenous people to have the capacity to choose the life they have reason to value by reinstating the rights of Aboriginal people to take responsibility for their lives.

David Stewart

David Stewart

Non-Executive Director

David is a civil engineer with 35 years’ experience managing operations in the construction and mining industry, throughout Australia and Internationally. 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 contact to Bama Services; and his experience and expertise are second to none.

David Jones

David Jones

Non-Executive Director

David is Executive Director of VGI Partners, a global listed equities absolute return fund. David spent seventeen years in private equity (1994-2011), as Managing Director at CHAMP Private Equity; Executive Director and Country Head of UBS Capital and a Division Director at Macquarie Direct Investment.

Jon Nicholson

Jon Nicholson

Non-Executive Director

Jon Nicholson has had a long corporate career. He was the Chief Strategy Officer at Westpac Banking Corporation and, before that, a Senior Vice-President with the Boston Consulting Group. Earlier in his career he was Senior Private Secretary to the Prime Minister of Australia (Bob Hawke). Jon has a deep expertise and experience in business strategy, business management and corporate governance.

Dr Ken Henry AC

Dr Ken Henry AC

Non-Executive Director

Ken was Chairman of NAB between 2015-2019 and has been a Non-Executive Director since December 2011. He served as the Secretary of the Department of the Treasury from 2001 to 2011 until November 2012, he was special advisor to the Prime Minister with responsibility for leading the development of the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century.

Richie Ah Mat

Richie Ah Mat

Co-Chair

Richard (Richie) Ah Mat is a descendant of the Yupungathi peoples from western Cape York and the Wuthathi people of the eastern Cape region. Born on Thursday Island, and later moving to Weipa, Richie led the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU Weipa Branch) in the mid 1990’s against mining giant Comalco, in the fight against individual contracts. In 1997, Richie was elected as the Chairperson of the Cape York Land Council, an Aboriginal organisation appointed by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs as the Native Title Representative Body for the Cape York region. Richie held this role for 4 years before serving as the Land Council’s Executive Director for a further 4 year period. In 2009, Richie returned to the role of Chairperson and has held the role since.

Richie is the co-chairperson of the Cape York Partnership group and serves on the board of Good to Great Schools Australia, Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation, the Forestry Industry Advisory Council, Bama Civil and Construction Services, Ngak Min Health, Cape York Girl Academy and Djarragun College.

Richie was elected as a founding member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council and is committed to the promotion of economic and social development of First Nations people of Cape York and across the nation.

Nicole Scurrah

Nicole Scurrah

Non-Executive Director

Nicole Scurrah has worked in leadership roles in the public and private sector, in leadership and commercial roles. Currently with PwC as lead consultant in Queensland working across many areas of delivery in private and public sector engagements.

Previously Nicole was the Chief Operating Officer for Telstra Health, where she lead the team to secure the National Cancer Register contract in partnership with the federal government.

Nicole has worked for Queensland Government, and was the Chief of Staff with responsibilities including development and implementation of strategy and legislative reforms including the governments response to the GFC and the states disasters.

Nicole has extensive experience in strategic planning, risk management, governance design, policy development and change management

Lisa Siganto

Lisa Siganto

Non-Executive Director

Lisa Siganto has worked in the impact economy for almost 20 years, supporting and investing in social entrepreneurs who are changing the world. Through her consultancy, Shorebirds, she has facilitated a number of large-scale partnership projects that create social impact. She is the Chair of White Box Enterprises, QUT ImpaQt and Asylum Circle.
Lisa was the founding QLD Director of Social Ventures Australia, where she was responsible for a hub of more than 60 social enterprises and profit-for-purpose businesses. Formerly, she was a Partner in consulting at Deloitte and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Lisa has an MBA from Harvard University and an Engineering Degree (Honours) from the University of Queensland.

Wayne Butcher

Wayne Butcher

Non-Executive Director

Wayne was born and bred in Lockhart River. Wayne has been the Mayor of Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council since 2012. His qualifications and experience in the field of community development, make him well placed to work with the community to develop and implement new ideas and strategies to continue to strengthen the people and the shire so close to his heart.

Fiona Wirrer-George Oochunyung

Fiona Wirrer-George Oochunyung

Non-Executive Director

A graduate of James Cook University (B Ed), NAISDA Dance College (Diploma of Dance), Sydney and Queensland University of Technology (Master in Education, Major in School Guidance and Counselling), Fiona Wirrer-George is a freelance performer, educator, writer and choreographer. Descending from the Mbaiwum/Trotj and Alngith/Liningithi Wikway Nations of Western Cape York Fiona also has strong traditional ties to the Wik of Cape York through her maternal great-grandmother, pre-dominantly Wik Apalich. Fiona has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology and is casual on-line lecturer of post-graduate students at James Cook University, Cairns Campus. Fiona is currently in her second year of PhD studies. She has authored five books and three stage plays and her works have been show-cased both national and international. She has been choreographer of the CIAF fashion show since 2015 and is currently contracted as choreographer for the 2018 Commonwealth Games Indigenous Fashion Show.

Ann Sherry

Ann Sherry

Non-Executive Director

Ann is one of Australia's leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism.
Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia and ENERO and currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Infrastructure Victoria, Cape York Partnerships, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Ann is the Australian Co-Chair of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum.
She is an Adviser, the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. After joining as Chief Executive Officer in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since.
Beginning working life as a Radiographer, Ann became First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra before moving to the banking sector initially in HR roles, then in CEO roles with Westpac NZ and the Bank of Melbourne.
The Australian Government awarded Ann the Centenary Medal in 2001 and in 2004 she was awarded an Order of Australia. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award.
Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women’s rights (currently as convenor of the MCC STEM group), supporting opportunity for Indigenous communities, personal philanthropy and support of the arts.

Matthew Turner

Matthew Turner

Company Secretary

Matthew 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.

 

David Stewart

David Stewart

Chairman

David is a civil engineer with 35 years’ experience managing operations in the construction and mining industry, throughout Australia and Internationally. 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 contact to Bama Services; and his experience and expertise are second to none.

Richie Ah Mat

Richie Ah Mat

Non-Executive Director

Richard (Richie) Ah Mat was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Richie was elected as Chairperson of the Cape York Land Council in 1997. After serving his fourth term he moved into the position of Executive Director of Cape York Land Council in 2001 and held this position until 2005, before returning as Chairperson in late 2009. Richie is a non-executive director of the Cape York Group and a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.

David Jones

David Jones

Non-Executive Director

David is Executive Director of VGI Partners, a global listed equities absolute return fund. David spent seventeen years in private equity (1994-2011), as Managing Director at CHAMP Private Equity; Executive Director and Country Head of UBS Capital and a Division Director at Macquarie Direct Investment.

Lisa Siganto

Lisa Siganto

Non-Executive Director

Lisa Siganto has worked in the impact economy for almost 20 years, supporting and investing in social entrepreneurs who are changing the world. Through her consultancy, Shorebirds, she has facilitated a number of large-scale partnership projects that create social impact. She is the Chair of White Box Enterprises, QUT ImpaQt and Asylum Circle.
Lisa was the founding QLD Director of Social Ventures Australia, where she was responsible for a hub of more than 60 social enterprises and profit-for-purpose businesses. Formerly, she was a Partner in consulting at Deloitte and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Lisa has an MBA from Harvard University and an Engineering Degree (Honours) from the University of Queensland.

Fiona Jose

Fiona Jose

Executive Director and CEO CYP

Fiona Jose is the CEO of Cape York Partnership, an Indigenous organisation driving a comprehensive reform agenda improving the lives of Indigenous families in the Cape York region.

Fiona oversees 12 entities and businesses under the Cape York Partnership including the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, two schools anchored in Indigenous culture, the Cape York Leaders Program, and Bama Services, a landscape and construction company.  She joined Cape York Partnership in 2010 where she held senior management positions following more than 15 years of experience in management, business development, and government relations in aviation and education.  Fiona is one of eight First Nations leaders driving structural change through the national Empowered Communities initiative. She is a Council Member of the National Museum of Australia, has been awarded the For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award at the Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and named Queensland Not-for-profit Manager of the Year by Australian Institute of Management.

Duncan Murray

Duncan Murray

Non-Executive Director

Duncan started his career as a lawyer and investment banker, but for the majority of it has been a CEO and COO level operator in the public and private company sectors, as well as the private equity and not-for-profit industries.

Mark Mackay

Mark Mackay

Non-Executive Director

Mark has held numerous senior management roles in the transport and construction industry throughout Australia. He currently holds the role of Executive General Manager, Transport Projects for Downer Group.
Mark is a focussed and strategic thinker with an analytical approach to problem solving. He intimately understands the challenges and risks of growing a business like Bama Services and is always available to provide guidance and support.

Cape York Health trading as Ngak Min Health
Audrey Deemal

Audrey Deemal

Chair

Audrey is a Dhirrtharr Warra woman from Hope Vale and a leader amongst her peers. Audrey started with CYP in 2011 as Opportunity Hub Manager in Hope Vale where she was responsible for 10 team members. Audrey is very passionate about what Cape York Agenda is and what it’s doing to bring back community pride, community integrity and self-worth amongst her family and community members. Prior to being appointed to her current position, Audrey was Manager of Opportunity Products.

Richie Ah Mat

Richie Ah Mat

Non-Executive Director

Richard (Richie) Ah Mat was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Richie was elected as Chairperson of the Cape York Land Council in 1997. After serving his fourth term he moved into the position of Executive Director of Cape York Land Council in 2001 and held this position until 2005, before returning as Chairperson in late 2009. Richie is a non-executive director of the Cape York Group and a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.

Zoe Ellerman

Zoe Ellerman

Non-Executive Director

Zoe career, both within government and outside of it, working at the nexus of policy, evidence, innovation and partnership, has been focused on helping to drive more effective responses to complex and entrenched disadvantage. Zoe led policy development at the Cape York Institute from January 2013 until late 2019, and in this role worked on our agendas including welfare reform, education, employment and economic development, land reform, constitutional recognition and empowerment. Zoe is most proud of the role she and her team played to support the establishment of the Girl Academy - a new boarding school in Cape York for disengaged girls and young mothers.

Zoe began her career working as a native title lawyer, including for the Wik and Wik Way people of Western Cape York. She has played key roles on many major public policy reviews, including the Crime and Misconduct Commission's review of policing in Indigenous communities after the death of Mulrunji on Palm Island, and regarding alcohol-related violence when working as a Director, Law and Justice Policy in Queensland’s Department of Premier and Cabinet. Currently, Zoe works as a Director in Queensland Corrective Services with a focus on partnerships and engagement to drive strategic reforms, including with respect to Indigenous incarceration.

Kaava Watson

Kaava Watson

Non-Executive Director

Kaava Watson is from the Birri Gubba and Gangulu people of central Queensland but born and raised in Brisbane, where his family have strong historical connection to the Indigenous community of South East Queensland. He is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology with bachelor degrees in both Justice and Law and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Professionally he has worked across a variety of areas including youth justice and education. More recently, he was Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane Indigenous Media Association a multimedia organisation commonly known for its radio station 989fm (Murri Country), and is now General Manager of Family Health and Wellbeing services at Institute for Urban Indigenous Health.

Fiona Jose

Fiona Jose

Executive Director and CEO CYP

Fiona Jose is the CEO of Cape York Partnership, an Indigenous organisation driving a comprehensive reform agenda improving the lives of Indigenous families in the Cape York region.

Fiona oversees 12 entities and businesses under the Cape York Partnership including the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, two schools anchored in Indigenous culture, the Cape York Leaders Program, and Bama Services, a landscape and construction company.  She joined Cape York Partnership in 2010 where she held senior management positions following more than 15 years of experience in management, business development, and government relations in aviation and education.  Fiona is one of eight First Nations leaders driving structural change through the national Empowered Communities initiative. She is a Council Member of the National Museum of Australia, has been awarded the For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award at the Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and named Queensland Not-for-profit Manager of the Year by Australian Institute of Management.

Tanika Deemal-Parker

Tanika Deemal-Parker

Non-Executive Director

Tanika Deemal-Parker is a proud Guugu Yimidhirr Bama, an Aboriginal person specific to Cape York in the Community Hopevale; situated on the South Eastern Cape York Peninsula. In addition to English, Tanika also speaks her local language; Guugu Yimithir.

Tanika is a Registered Trauma Nurse with 7 years’ experience in Rural and Remote Nursing along with extensive experience in Metropolitan health care. has been involved in various levels of Governments, including International engagements and not-for-profit work advocating for the improvement to Indigenous health care across diversity groups. Tanika is in the final stages of completing a Master’s in Public Health, with a focus on Primary Health Care (policy and governance). Tanika is currently the Chief Operations Officer at National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) based in Canberra.

 

“When our mob engage health care providers in a rural, remote or metropolitan location; our mob must be assured the care they are receiving is appropriate culturally, holistically and clinically. Having Indigenous health care staff in all aspects of our health systems strengthens our relationship with Indigenous peoples and allows us to remove the systemic prejudice faced by Indigenous communities and ultimately closes the GAP-Tanika Deemal-Parker”

Julia Davison

Julia Davison

Non-Executive Director

Julia Davison is Goodstart Early Learning‘s CEO. A role she has held for the last 9 years and one she is passionate about. Julia has led the organisation out of the ABC collapse and has worked tirelessly to establish our unique social enterprise - Goodstart Early Learning. Goodstart is Australia’s largest Early Learning Provider with 665 centres across the country, employing over 15 500 educators and supporting over 71 000 children. Julia has extensive Executive experience in the human services sector. This is her third CEO position. She is a former Hospital CEO and has led the turnaround of WorkCoverSA. Julia has a science degree from Durham University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard. Julia has held numerous board appointments.

Audrey Deemal

Audrey Deemal

Non-Executive Director

Audrey is a Dhirrtharr Warra woman from Hope Vale and a leader amongst her peers. Audrey started with CYP in 2011 as Opportunity Hub Manager in Hope Vale where she was responsible for 10 team members. Audrey is very passionate about what Cape York Agenda is and what it’s doing to bring back community pride, community integrity and self-worth amongst her family and community members. Prior to being appointed to her current position, Audrey was Manager of Opportunity Products.

Richie Ah Mat

Richie Ah Mat

Non-Executive Director

Richard (Richie) Ah Mat was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Richie was elected as Chairperson of the Cape York Land Council in 1997. After serving his fourth term he moved into the position of Executive Director of Cape York Land Council in 2001 and held this position until 2005, before returning as Chairperson in late 2009. Richie is a non-executive director of the Cape York Group and a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.

Zoe Ellerman

Zoe Ellerman

Non-Executive Director

Zoe career, both within government and outside of it, working at the nexus of policy, evidence, innovation and partnership, has been focused on helping to drive more effective responses to complex and entrenched disadvantage. Zoe led policy development at the Cape York Institute from January 2013 until late 2019, and in this role worked on our agendas including welfare reform, education, employment and economic development, land reform, constitutional recognition and empowerment. Zoe is most proud of the role she and her team played to support the establishment of the Girl Academy - a new boarding school in Cape York for disengaged girls and young mothers.

Zoe began her career working as a native title lawyer, including for the Wik and Wik Way people of Western Cape York. She has played key roles on many major public policy reviews, including the Crime and Misconduct Commission's review of policing in Indigenous communities after the death of Mulrunji on Palm Island, and regarding alcohol-related violence when working as a Director, Law and Justice Policy in Queensland’s Department of Premier and Cabinet. Currently, Zoe works as a Director in Queensland Corrective Services with a focus on partnerships and engagement to drive strategic reforms, including with respect to Indigenous incarceration.

Kaava Watson

Kaava Watson

Non-Executive Director

Kaava Watson is from the Birri Gubba and Gangulu people of central Queensland but born and raised in Brisbane, where his family have strong historical connection to the Indigenous community of South East Queensland. He is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology with bachelor degrees in both Justice and Law and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Professionally he has worked across a variety of areas including youth justice and education. More recently, he was Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane Indigenous Media Association a multimedia organisation commonly known for its radio station 989fm (Murri Country), and is now General Manager of Family Health and Wellbeing services at Institute for Urban Indigenous Health.

Fiona Jose

Fiona Jose

Executive Director and CEO CYP

Fiona Jose is the CEO of Cape York Partnership, an Indigenous organisation driving a comprehensive reform agenda improving the lives of Indigenous families in the Cape York region.

Fiona oversees 12 entities and businesses under the Cape York Partnership including the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, two schools anchored in Indigenous culture, the Cape York Leaders Program, and Bama Services, a landscape and construction company.  She joined Cape York Partnership in 2010 where she held senior management positions following more than 15 years of experience in management, business development, and government relations in aviation and education.  Fiona is one of eight First Nations leaders driving structural change through the national Empowered Communities initiative. She is a Council Member of the National Museum of Australia, has been awarded the For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award at the Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and named Queensland Not-for-profit Manager of the Year by Australian Institute of Management.

Tanika Deemal-Parker

Tanika Deemal-Parker

Non-Executive Director

Tanika Deemal-Parker is a proud Guugu Yimidhirr Bama, an Aboriginal person specific to Cape York in the Community Hopevale; situated on the South Eastern Cape York Peninsula. In addition to English, Tanika also speaks her local language; Guugu Yimithir.

Tanika is a Registered Trauma Nurse with 7 years’ experience in Rural and Remote Nursing along with extensive experience in Metropolitan health care. has been involved in various levels of Governments, including International engagements and not-for-profit work advocating for the improvement to Indigenous health care across diversity groups. Tanika is in the final stages of completing a Master’s in Public Health, with a focus on Primary Health Care (policy and governance). Tanika is currently the Chief Operations Officer at National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) based in Canberra.

“When our mob engage health care providers in a rural, remote or metropolitan location; our mob must be assured the care they are receiving is appropriate culturally, holistically and clinically. Having Indigenous health care staff in all aspects of our health systems strengthens our relationship with Indigenous peoples and allows us to remove the systemic prejudice faced by Indigenous communities and ultimately closes the GAP-Tanika Deemal-Parker”

Julia Davison

Julia Davison

Non-Executive Director

Julia Davison is Goodstart Early Learning‘s CEO. A role she has held for the last 9 years and one she is passionate about. Julia has led the organisation out of the ABC collapse and has worked tirelessly to establish our unique social enterprise - Goodstart Early Learning. Goodstart is Australia’s largest Early Learning Provider with 665 centres across the country, employing over 15 500 educators and supporting over 71 000 children. Julia has extensive Executive experience in the human services sector. This is her third CEO position. She is a former Hospital CEO and has led the turnaround of WorkCoverSA. Julia has a science degree from Durham University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard. Julia has held numerous board appointments.

Richie Ah Mat

Richie Ah Mat

Non-Executive Director

Richard (Richie) Ah Mat was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Richie was elected as Chairperson of the Cape York Land Council in 1997. After serving his fourth term he moved into the position of Executive Director of Cape York Land Council in 2001 and held this position until 2005, before returning as Chairperson in late 2009. Richie is a non-executive director of the Cape York Group and a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.

Audrey Deemal

Audrey Deemal

Non-Executive Director

Audrey is a Dhirrtharr Warra woman from Hope Vale and a leader amongst her peers. Audrey started with CYP in 2011 as Opportunity Hub Manager in Hope Vale where she was responsible for 10 team members. Audrey is very passionate about what Cape York Agenda is and what it’s doing to bring back community pride, community integrity and self-worth amongst her family and community members. Prior to being appointed to her current position, Audrey was Manager of Opportunity Products.

Zoe Ellerman

Zoe Ellerman

Non-Executive Director

Zoe career, both within government and outside of it, working at the nexus of policy, evidence, innovation and partnership, has been focused on helping to drive more effective responses to complex and entrenched disadvantage. Zoe led policy development at the Cape York Institute from January 2013 until late 2019, and in this role worked on our agendas including welfare reform, education, employment and economic development, land reform, constitutional recognition and empowerment. Zoe is most proud of the role she and her team played to support the establishment of the Girl Academy - a new boarding school in Cape York for disengaged girls and young mothers.

Zoe began her career working as a native title lawyer, including for the Wik and Wik Way people of Western Cape York. She has played key roles on many major public policy reviews, including the Crime and Misconduct Commission's review of policing in Indigenous communities after the death of Mulrunji on Palm Island, and regarding alcohol-related violence when working as a Director, Law and Justice Policy in Queensland’s Department of Premier and Cabinet. Currently, Zoe works as a Director in Queensland Corrective Services with a focus on partnerships and engagement to drive strategic reforms, including with respect to Indigenous incarceration.

Kaava Watson

Kaava Watson

Non-Executive Director

Kaava Watson is from the Birri Gubba and Gangulu people of central Queensland but born and raised in Brisbane, where his family have strong historical connection to the Indigenous community of South East Queensland. He is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology with bachelor degrees in both Justice and Law and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Professionally he has worked across a variety of areas including youth justice and education. More recently, he was Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane Indigenous Media Association a multimedia organisation commonly known for its radio station 989fm (Murri Country), and is now General Manager of Family Health and Wellbeing services at Institute for Urban Indigenous Health.

Fiona Jose

Fiona Jose

Executive Chair

Fiona Jose is the CEO of Cape York Partnership, an Indigenous organisation driving a comprehensive reform agenda improving the lives of Indigenous families in the Cape York region.

Fiona oversees 12 entities and businesses under the Cape York Partnership including the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, two schools anchored in Indigenous culture, the Cape York Leaders Program, and Bama Services, a landscape and construction company.  She joined Cape York Partnership in 2010 where she held senior management positions following more than 15 years of experience in management, business development, and government relations in aviation and education.  Fiona is one of eight First Nations leaders driving structural change through the national Empowered Communities initiative. She is a Council Member of the National Museum of Australia, has been awarded the For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award at the Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and named Queensland Not-for-profit Manager of the Year by Australian Institute of Management.

Tanika Deemal-Parker

Tanika Deemal-Parker

Non-Executive Director

Tanika Deemal-Parker is a proud Guugu Yimidhirr Bama, an Aboriginal person specific to Cape York in the Community Hopevale; situated on the South Eastern Cape York Peninsula. In addition to English, Tanika also speaks her local language; Guugu Yimithir.

Tanika is a Registered Trauma Nurse with 7 years’ experience in Rural and Remote Nursing along with extensive experience in Metropolitan health care. has been involved in various levels of Governments, including International engagements and not-for-profit work advocating for the improvement to Indigenous health care across diversity groups. Tanika is in the final stages of completing a Master’s in Public Health, with a focus on Primary Health Care (policy and governance). Tanika is currently the Chief Operations Officer at National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) based in Canberra.

“When our mob engage health care providers in a rural, remote or metropolitan location; our mob must be assured the care they are receiving is appropriate culturally, holistically and clinically. Having Indigenous health care staff in all aspects of our health systems strengthens our relationship with Indigenous peoples and allows us to remove the systemic prejudice faced by Indigenous communities and ultimately closes the GAP-Tanika Deemal-Parker”

Julia Davison

Julia Davison

Non-Executive Director

Julia Davison is Goodstart Early Learning‘s CEO. A role she has held for the last 9 years and one she is passionate about. Julia has led the organisation out of the ABC collapse and has worked tirelessly to establish our unique social enterprise - Goodstart Early Learning. Goodstart is Australia’s largest Early Learning Provider with 665 centres across the country, employing over 15 500 educators and supporting over 71 000 children. Julia has extensive Executive experience in the human services sector. This is her third CEO position. She is a former Hospital CEO and has led the turnaround of WorkCoverSA. Julia has a science degree from Durham University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard. Julia has held numerous board appointments.