Who we are
Board & CEO
Deputy Chief Executive Commercial Services at Dept of Corrections NZ
Chris brings extensive governance and executive experience to the DKA Board. Chris has been involved with a number of regional boards and was CEO of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) from 2011 to 2016. He joined IBA after a working with the National Australia Bank for over 25 years in regional and urban roles.
Chris has a longstanding interest and involvement in Indigenous affairs. He was Chair of the Indigenous Land Corporation’s Mossman Gorge Development Steering Committee and an inaugural board member of the Indigenous Tourism Leadership Group. He has also completed a secondment with the Miriuwung Gajerrong Corporation in Kununurra.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of New England and a Masters of Applied Finance from Charles Sturt University, is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Banking and Finance and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.
Pat Anderson AO
Indigenous Health Advocate & Chair of the Lowitja Institute
Pat Anderson is an Alyawarre woman known nationally and internationally as a powerful advocate for the health of Australia’s First Peoples. She has extensive experience in Aboriginal health, including community development, policy formation and research ethics.
Pat has spoken before the UN Working Group on Indigenous People, has been the CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Chair of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), and was the Chair of the CRC for Aboriginal Health from 2003 to 2009. She has published many essays and articles, including co-authoring a report on the abuse of Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory.
In 2007, Pat was awarded the Public Health Association of Australia’s Sidney Sax Public Health Medal in recognition of her achievements. She was awarded the Human Rights Community Individual Award in 2012 and the Human Rights Medal in 2016 by the Australian Human Rights Commission. In 2013, she received an honorary doctorate from Flinders University and in 2017 Edith Cowan University conferred on Ms Anderson a Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa. In 2015, Pat won the public policy category in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She served as co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Referendum Council.
Pat was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014 for distinguished service to the Indigenous community as a social justice advocate, particularly through promoting improved health, and educational and protection outcomes for children.
General Manager Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Airports
David has worked in the Defence and Civil aviation industry for over 35 years. Prior to taking up his current appointment as General Manager Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Airports, David was General Manager Aviation Operations at Townsville International Airport.
David holds a Bachelor of Aviation and is currently a Chartered Engineer through Engineers Australia. As part of a senior management airport corporate development program, David completed a Graduate Certificate in Business through Southern Cross University as part of an MBA program.
David is currently the Chairman of the NT Chamber of Commerce and has previously held the roles of Chairman of Tourism Central Australia, Executive Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce and President of the Alice Springs RSL.
CEO of Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation
Robert Campbell has been CEO of Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation since November 2016. He was previously shire services manager at Barunga, 80 km from Katherine. He is a member of the Lhere Mparntwe Working Group which advises the Northern Territory Government on how best to manage the natural resources within the Todd River and its immediate catchment.
Alice Springs Town Councillor & Director of the Arid Lands Environment Centre
Jimmy is an environmentalist and community leader with an interest in sustainable development who is based in Alice Springs. He is Director of the Arid Lands Environment Centre and is passionate about desert Australia. He has a strong connection to the local community and is keen to represent the issues facing northern and central Australia. Jimmy is an Alice Springs Town Councillor, the Deputy Chair of the Alice Springs Regional Economic Development Committee, a founding co-director of Wide Open Space festival, and Northern Territory Councillor of the Australian Conservation Foundation.
Policy Manager at Department of the Premier and Cabinet of WA
Vanessa is the Manager of the Western Australian Government Regional Services Reform Unit specialising in education, workforce participation and human service structural reform. Vanessa was appointed to the Aboriginal Hostels Limited Board in November 2010 until 2016. She is committed to increasing remote participation in life-long learning, economic development, and life course planning and project development.
In 2016 Vanessa successfully designed and received Cabinet approval and $25 million funding for the Kimberley Schools Project. Vanessa spent a decade within the resources industry as the Senior Advisor of Human Resources / Corporate Affairs with Woodside Energy including planning the Pluto and Browse project. Vanessa was the former External Affairs Manager of Newmont Asia Pacific which included mine life extension project for the Tanami, the transition from construction to operations for the Boddington Gold Project Australia’s biggest gold mine, and project managing the NT Government approved Mine Closure Criteria for Woodcutters site.
Vanessa has a background in local government, community revitalisation and town planning assisting with the formation of the Wiluna Development Project (WDP) and $24 million governance, services and investment package. The WDP included public private partnerships with government, community, and Industry.
Senior Lecturer - Griffith Law School
Ms Heron Loban is a Senior Lecturer at the Griffith Law School. She is a Torres Strait Islander woman with family connections to Mabuiag and Boigu. She is admitted to practice as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, Supreme Court of Queensland and of the High Court of Australia. Her research interests are Indigenous legal issues and consumer law.
Heron is a past director of the Centre for Appropriate Technology and past deputy chair of the ABC Advisory Council where she served until December 2017).
- ‘Eatts v Gundy and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Adoptions’ (2015) 8(20), Indigenous Law Bulletin, pp 22-25 (with H Loban and A Booker).
- 'Inequities, Alternatives and Future Directions: Inside Perspectives of Indigenous Sentencing in Queensland', (2013) Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law, Vol. 20 (6), pp. 812 - 823.
Director of Ogden Power
Rede started Ogden Power in 2005 and was contracted for Bushlight in 2006 installing remote off-grid power systems. He partnered with SunPower Australia in 2008 installing the largest grid connect system in Australia at Crowne Plaza Alice Springs and installed the ADES tracker at the Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre, the largest dual axis tracker in the southern hemisphere.
Ogden Power is now partnered with WINAICO Australia as the NT preferred supplier and is working with WINAICO to develop off-grid solutions for remote Australia.
CEO of DKA
Lauren Ganley is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people and has extensive experience in commercial and cultural strategies, policy and program development/delivery, and community stakeholder engagement.
Lauren commenced as the CEO of Desert Knowledge Australia in January 2017. Prior to this, she had a successful career at Telstra for more than thirty years working in senior positions in the Northern Territory and South Australia. In her last role at Telstra, Lauren led programs and business activities to improve digital and social inclusion for Indigenous Communities across Australia.
Lauren is the inaugural Chair of Telstra’s Indigenous Advisory Committee; a Director of Kakadu Tourism, the Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia and Power Community Ltd; an Ambassador for Indigenous Community Volunteers; a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation; and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2018, Lauren became the Chair of the Alice Springs Women's Shelter and a member of the Ministerial Digital Advisory committee to the Hon Lauren Moss (Minister for Corporate and Information Services).
In 2014 Lauren was recognised as one of Australia’s most influential women winning a place in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.