Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort

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.

Board Members

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, North Regional 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 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. Tom 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 Kimberley, 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 experiences, 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.

Luke Green
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.

Greg Tait
Director since 2018
Greg Tait is a Lunga/Gidja (Kitja) man from Halls Creek, where he still resides with his wife, family and grandchildren. He’s a highly respected community leader in the East Kimberley who holds on to traditional customs and protocols, and their preservation and maintenance is an integral part of his life. Greg had a 17-year career as a WA Police Officer, based in Halls Creek, and was a member of the Australian Army’s Norforce volunteer service for 12 years. Greg is also a musician whose successful band played in the region for many years. Greg rose to fame as the star of the 2011 movie “Mad Bastards”. He has also worked as a truck driver and at the Argyle Diamond Mine and currently runs a small transport business, which includes several buses.

Michael Ashforth
Director since 2018
Michael is Executive Chairman of AMB Holdings Pty Ltd, the private holding company of Angela Bennett, a role held since November 2014. Prior to this he was head of Natural Resources for Australia with Macquarie Bank.

With almost 20 years in investment banking, Michael has played a leading role in some of Australia’s largest and most complex mergers and acquisitions acting for local and offshore clients.

Over the course of his career, he has been a director of a number of private and publicly listed companies and was a Member of the Australian Takeovers Panel for nine years.

Michael was a partner of leading Australian law firm Freehills for eight years until 1997, when he led the establishment of the Perth office of Gresham Partners, a leading independent Australian corporate advisory business.

He holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Hons) and LLB (Hons) from the University of Western Australia.