Who we are

Board & CEO

Chris Fry

Interim Chair of the Board

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.

Vanessa Elliott

Board Director

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.

Rede Ogden

Board Director

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.

Gary Powell

Board Director

Senior Advisor at NPY Women’s Council

Chris Croker

Board Director

Managing Director at Impact Investment Partners

Dr. Patricia Miller AO

Board Director

Dawn Ross

Board Director

Lecturer in Indigenous Health at Flinders University