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Our board

Board Structure

Our Directors bring a range of skills and experience to the work of NAILSMA Ltd.


The Board meets at least four times a year and is responsible for:

  • Setting the policies and strategic directions for the organisation

  • Approving and monitoring the annual budget and ensuring financial wellbeing

  • Monitoring overall organisational performance

  • Ensuring the organisation meets its regulatory and statutory requirements.

The Board appoints the Chief Executive Officer and delegates management of the organization to the CEO. The Chief Executive Officer is the Board’s only official connection to the organisation’s operations and conduct.

Board Directors

  Peter Yu 

Peter Yu

Peter Yu is a Yawuru Man from Broome in Western Australia. He has over 30 years working experience on behalf of Traditional Owner communities in remote Australia, particularly the Kimberley region. 

He currently works in a private capacity providing executive level advice to the public and private sector on policy and community development and project management, with a special interest in Aboriginal Governance, capacity development and equity participation at the interface of Native Title and external third party interests on Aboriginal lands and waters.

Teddy Carlton

He is a Indigenous leader and former Chair of the Miriuwung Gajerrong Corporation based in Kununurra in the east Kimberley. He is a support person for the Garralyel group (senior Traditional Owners). He leads consultations with the State Government on behalf of the Miriuwung Gajerrong people, as well as advising the East Kimberley Shire.

Teddy has participated in a number of workshops and courses, including Aboriginal Health Training Needs, Alcohol & Other Drugs Working with Young People.

He has extensive experience in community development, in building self-esteem and motivating Miriuwung Gajerrong people towards self-help, and in planning, organizing and leading. He is a qualified alcohol counsellor. He also has experience in education and training in social dependency areas.

Guy Fitzhardinge

Guy Fitzhardinge has extensive land management, business and philanthropic experience.

Guy was brought up in the bush on a sheep and cattle property at Mandurama in central NSW. His qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics, a Master’s Degree in Applied Science and a Doctorate of Philosophy looking at the relationship between people and landscape.

In addition to managing his own pastoral enterprise, he is a governor of WWF Australia and Chair of Karrkad Kanjdji Trust which was established to support the aspirations of the traditional owners of the Djelk IPA and the Warddeken IPA (in east Arnhem Land) in land management and cultural preservation. He has previously been a director of Bush Heritage Australia, Meat and Livestock Australia, the Meat Research Corporation and Chairman of the Beef Genetics Cooperative Research Centre.

Guy has been instrumental in the progress of Bush Heritage Australia from becoming a small conservation organisation with seven staff to one of the major conservation organisations in Australia with over thirty reserves and a staff of over seventy. Appointed for three years to the Threatened Species Scientific Committee, he remained on the committee for twelve years providing advice and guidance from a community perspective on the listing of threatened species and communities under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. He also helped develop the NSW biodiversity strategy.

Guy is experienced in governance, board functions and responsibilities, and the roles and duties of directors. He has been a Ministerial appointment to a Quality Assurance Group for Caring for Our Country for the last four years, reporting to the Minister on the credibility of process in the program management.

Guy is committed to supporting the aspirations of indigenous people across Australia, and in the north in particular, who want to live on and care for their land and sea country where their traditional knowledge and wisdom is equally valued with Western knowledge.

Ron Archer

Ron Archer is a Djungan leader from far north Queensland who has worked ten years with the Northern Gulf Indigenous Savannah Group (NGISG). During that time he developed the NGISG development plan in natural resource management working on submissions and developing policies to engage Indigenous people in natural resource management. He has spent a great deal of time networking with people from Canberra to the Cape/ Gulf Region.

In 2005 he won the Alcan Community Award (Indigenous) and attended various State and National conferences as a keynote speaker addressing issues such as Indigenous engagement, caring for country, Indigenous perspective, conducting cultural awareness workshop, and explaining the diversity of cultures that exist in this country.

His brothers have been key people in negotiating Native Title over Djungan Lands.

His involvement with NAILSMA began in 2006 at the Mary River Forum where he was elected by the Queensland group to be their representative at the Forum. He has been an active member of the Indigenous Water Policy Group (IWPG) under the leadership Joe Ross and is also a member of the Indigenous Experts Panel with Pat Dodson and Peter Yu. He is the Indigenous representative of the North Australian Beef Industry Working Group along with Joe Ross. He is an appointed member of the Land Care Council

Cissy Gore-Birch Gault

Cissy Gore-Birch Gault is from Western Australia and is a Jaru/Kija woman. She is also connected to Nyikina and Balanggarra in WA. Cissy is the Chairperson of Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation, Wyndham WA a role she has held since 2011. She is also a member of a number of committees within the East Kimberley Region.

Cissy has worked in the community development sector for the past 20 years, with a number of organisations, departments and NGOs ‘with an outlook of fairness, justice and equality for our people as a whole’.

Her interests include:

  • Capacity Building
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Sustainable Livelihood

Samuel Bush-Blanasi  

Chairman, Northern Land Council

Find out more about Samuel from the Northern Land Council web site.

Joe Morrison

CEO, Northern Land Council

Find out more about Joe from the Northern Land Council web site.

See our Company Members page for additional information.