CEO Cape York Partnership
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.
General Manager – Cape Operations
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.
General Manager – Cape York Leaders Program
James 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.
General Manager – Cape York Employment
Sonia 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.
General Manager – Pama Language Centre
Karin is committed to working with the people of Cape York Peninsula to revitalise and maintain our rich cultural heritage and the 159 endangered Paman language varieties of our region. As General Manager of Pama Language Centre, Karin designs and coordinates the delivery of innovative language programs and workshops, the creation of high quality teaching materials and resources, and the recording of Cape York’s precious languages.
General Manager – Ngak Min Health
Claudine moved to Cairns in 2009 to work on Cape York Partnerships’ education agenda (Westpac Fellowship). Claudine worked with Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy and the Family Responsibilities Commission in may Cape York communities whilst living in Aurukun. She worked in policy development for the Cape York Institute in the area of youth disengagement before moving to Residential Care for Uniting Care Community and Life Without Barriers and The Benevolent Society, managing children and family projects across Queensland. Claudine returned to Cape York Partnership to run the Strong Families program (Parenting) and is now the General Manager for Ngak Min Health. Claudine holds postgraduate qualifications in Management and International Relations and Affairs and is completing qualifications in Psychology.
General Manager – Bama Services
Cade hails from Western Australia bringing 20 years of experience in engineering and business management, and leadership in large regional development agendas. He is known for exemplary people management skills, a vital competency when managing the complexity of issues amongst our people. Bama Services not only builds skills and careers, but is focussed on growing the personal development of individuals and families. Cade is charged with leading the growth of Bama Services in civil construction, landscaping services, and asset and facilities maintenance.
Chief Operating Officer
Simon’s professional career has spanned more than thirty years. He has a background in accounting, legal and contractual procurement; taxation and tax management as well as economic forecasting and a highly regarded business owner, industry and economic leader and philanthropist.
Simon has owned and operated family businesses in Papua New Guinea and Australia and lead teams of 600+ personnel in PNG and 250+ personnel in his Australian based enterprises.
Fundraising and Development Manager
Paul has extensive experience in philanthropic fundraising and business development, specialising in social impact and social entrepreneurship. Paul has worked across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region with organisations including Levis, United Way and Caritas.
Principal – Djarragun College
Michael Barton is appointed Principal of Djarragun College in 2020. Before his appointment, Michael was Deputy Principal at Djarragun College and has also worked as Deputy Principal at Snowy Mountains Grammar School and was Head of Robb College at the University of New England in Armidale. Michael is committed to Djarragun College being the preeminent choice of school for families from across the country who seek an educational opportunity which develops students as proud leaders of their community.
Michael has extensive research experience in the areas of student engagement, teacher quality, school improvement and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education. He has twenty years experience leading boarding schools and completed his PhD research in exploring the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boarding students. He is an experienced primary and secondary teacher having worked in NSW and QLD and brings this knowledge to his role.
General Manager - Shared Services
Stephen has more than 25 years in leadership, management and financial experience across both the government and private sector.
His background is in finance and more broadly HR, IT and Administration Management. At the heart of his approach is positive and productive ‘relationships’ and empowering others to achieve shared goals. As General manager Shared Services, Stephen is responsible for the administrative, finance, Information Technology and Human Resource areas across the Cape York Partnership group, ensuring these functions assist to deliver quality services for the First Nations of Cape York.
Head of Policy
As a passionate reformist, Prue also has over 15 years of experience in public policy having worked for three premiers, ministers and at the executive level of public service. Prue has an extensive background in political strategy and public policy specialising in strategic coalition building, policy reform and campaign management.
Prue’s current focus is advocating for a national job guarantee, which will provide economic security to Australia’s bottom million, and leading a nation-first co-design process with the community of Aurukun to respond to youth sexual violence.
Principal - Cape York Girl Academy
Baressa Frazer has recently commenced her new role as Principal of the Cape York Girl Academy. Her mission, aligned with the school’s, is to make education fit the needs of her capable students. Baressa is a Wik woman by heritage, and certainly in heart. As an Indigenous educator, her professional decisions are guided by understanding of and connection to culture. She has previously worked as both a principal and deputy principal of Cape York schools, as well as Head of Indigenous Education at the prestigious Scots College in Sydney.
Baressa is also currently completing a Doctorate of Philosophy, focussing on the place of traditional language and communication in early education. This is a value that she has stated to be both important to her and vital to the process of educating Indigenous students. Baressa is always seeking ways to apply her own empirical knowledge to achieve robust reform of Indigenous education.