Board of Directors
Wunan is governed by a board of directors, made up of a mix of Aboriginal people who reside in the East Kimberley and non-Aboriginal people who can offer expertise in the areas of commerce, investment and corporate governance.
Importantly, all board members are appointed primarily on the basis of experience and skill, rather than on representative or political grounds. The standard period of office for Board members is three years.
Mr Ian Trust
Chairman and Executive Director
Chairman since 2008, Executive Director since 2004
- Director, Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)
- Director, Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC)
- Director, Aarnja Board, West Kimberley
- Board Member, Kimberley College of TAFE
- Formerly Founding Chairman, Wunan Foundation (1997-2003)
- Formerly ATSIC Commissioner (Kimberley)
- Formerly Chairman, Wunan ATSIC Regional Council
A local Gija man from Wuggubun Community, Ian speaks English and Kriol (of the English Creole Language family).
Ian has a strong and coherent vision of a better future for Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley — a future beyond welfare and government dependency.
Ian has worked tirelessly to progress this vision through such initiatives as the ATSIC Regional Council’s “future building” strategy (1996), the East Kimberley Aboriginal Achievement Awards, reforms in the Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure sector, and as Executive Director of Wunan Foundation.
Mr Jim Lewis
Director since 2009
- Managing Director, Crosscountry Contractors
(a key employer of the Wyndham area)
- Formerly Executive Officer of Karntewarranginy Kurrumuluny Trust
- Formerly FaHCSIA – Place Manager for Wyndham and Kalumburu
- Formerly Deputy Shire President for the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley
- Formerly Shire Councillor for the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley
A Named Applicant on the Kitja Native Title Claim, Jim has grown up in the Wyndham area and has strong family and professional connections throughout the region.
Jim holds a BA in Applied Science – Management and a Graduate Diploma in Community Development. An emerging Leader, Jim is highly engaged in changing the landscape of Indigenous affairs in the East Kimberley. He played a key role in working with government in developing the East Kimberley Development Package which forms part of the Ord Expansion. This package is intrinsically linked to improving the social and economic participation of Aboriginal people.
Jim’s business is a key contributor to training and employment outcomes in the Wyndham area.
Mr Tom Birch
Director since 2002
- Formerly Wunan Chairman 2002-2007
- Deputy Chairman, Kimberley Land Council (KLC)
- Director, Kimberley Language Resource Centre (KLRC)
- Director, Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC)
- Formerly Director, Wunan ATSIC Regional Council
A traditional owner of Balangara Native Title (Wyndham area), Tom speaks English and Kriol (of the English Creole Language family).
Tom sees poor educational and employment outcomes are the key issues impacting Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley. These are underpinned by a lack of parental responsibility for children and a breakdown of family structures. Toms works through the Wunan Board to encourage personal responsibility, educational solutions and reward for effort.
Tom worked for many years in the Kimberley pastoral industry before taking up various community Leadership roles. He focused particularly on restoring Native Title and improving the economic future of Kimberley Aboriginal people.
Mrs Olive Knight
Director since 2012
Olive Knight is a Walmatjarri elder from the community of Wangkatjungka, near Fitzroy Crossing.
Olive brings to the Wunan Board a wealth of experience, from a lifetime of learning and being fully immersed in her community, working with her people. She has been a strong advocate for aboriginal people, and a spokesperson on their behalf.
Olive is a very well respected role model throughout the Kimberleys, and is known in various circles as a multi linguist, cultural advisor, humanitarian, musician and visionary. She has worked extensively in the areas of health and education. She has been tireless in her pursuit of a better quality of life for others.
Olive recently had the unique experience of singing alongside Hugh Jackman on Broadway in New York, following the release of her first album, ‘Gospel Blues at the Edge of the Desert’.
Mr Jamie Elliot
Director since 2014
Jamie Elliot works to address a wide variety of challenges in the Aboriginal health, housing, education, sporting and community liaison areas. He is experienced in taking a hands-on role, as well as viewing things from a big-picture perspective and over the years he has gained a broad range of knowledge and professional experience, especially in relation to Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.
Jamie is highly respected within his community and he now seeks to further his involvement, combining his business acumen with his desire to contribute to his community. He sees his role as a Director on the Wunan Board as an ideal way to work with a group of like-minded individuals to achieve something special. He is passionate about providing meaningful advice and leadership on behalf of his people.
Jamie and his wife Tracey were the founding house parents of Wunan’s Dural Education Excellence Program.
Independent Director since 2014
Ben Lawrence joined the Board of Wunan in December 2014.
Ben is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Wesfarmers Limited. Prior to this, he was the global head of Human Resources for Foster’s Group Limited. He also held a variety of senior executive roles in the United States including Chief Human Resources Officer with Beringer Wine Estates, Vice President International Human Resources with the Clorox Company, a global consumer goods company, and Human Resources Director with FMC Company, a global diversified mining, minerals and chemicals business.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Science in Business/Labour Relations from Utah State University and advanced management qualifications from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan.
He is currently a non-Executive Director of Red Dust, an Indigenous health and wellness non-profit organisation.
Independent Director since 2016
Luke Green is an experienced strategist and lawyer who has worked with Boards, CEOs and senior members of corporations, governments and other organisations across Australia, the USA, UK, Europe and Asia. Luke works at the Boston Consulting Group, one of the world’s leading strategy advisory firms. He is based in Sydney and Perth.
Luke devotes much of his personal time to social impact efforts. He is active in Indigenous affairs, and has deep experience working with Indigenous Leaders on the Empowered Communities reform initiative across Australia. He has spent time living and working in the East Kimberley region, and is passionate about opportunities for future generations. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Centre for Policy Development (a public policy think tank in Australia).
Luke holds an MBA (Distinction, Dean’s List) from the London Business School, and degrees in Law (First Class Honours) and Economics. He is a U.S. attorney admitted to the New York Bar, and solicitor admitted in Australia.