Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort

Executive Staff


Mr Ian Trust Executive Director Ian has been involved with Wunan since its inception in 1997 and has been the Executive Director since 2004. Ian is one of the driving forces behind Wunan’s key strategy to establish a strong economic base, which allows it to deliver sustainable programs to assist Aboriginal people of the East Kimberley to create better lives and a positive future for themselves. In addition to Wunan, Ian is engaged with a number of national and regional organisations that contribute to the broader objective of creating Aboriginal independence. These include the Indigenous Land Corporation, Kimberley Development Commission and Kimberley Land Council – Kimberley Futures. Ian is also involved in the support and development of emerging Aboriginal leaders in the East Kimberley because he believes developing strong leaders from within the Aboriginal community is crucial to drive and maintain development strategies and ensure Aboriginal people achieve their full potential. He is also one of the Leaders of the East Kimberley Empowered Communities Group.
Email – Ian.Trust@wunan.org.au | Phone – 08-9168 3881

Jim Lewis

Mr Jim Lewis Chief Executive Officer A Gija man, Jim grew up in Wyndham and has strong family and professional connections throughout the region. Jim holds a BA in Applied Science – Management and Community Development, and a Graduate Diploma in Community Development. Jim has worked for both not-for-profit organisations and Government Departments, both state and Federal. 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 owns his own business that has been a key contributor to training and employment of local Indigenous and non- Indigenous people. Jim is also a co-opted Director on the board of Aboriginal Legal Services of Western Australia Limited.
Email – Jim.Lewis@wunan.org.au | Phone – 08-9168 3881

Shan Shanmugnanthan Chief Financial Officer Chief Financial Officer Shan has worked in the finance sector for over 23 years, the last 15 of which he has spent in the not-for-profit sector. Shan has a degree in Business Studies from Massey University, New Zealand and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand. He is also a Fellow Member of the Australian Institute of Public Accountants. Shan believes maintaining a healthy financial position in a not-for-profit organisation is challenging. At Wunan, he sees his role as maintaining the focus on sustainable growth and financial independence while pursuing strategies to fulfil the organisation’s social mission. Shan uses organisational objectives as the guiding principles for all decisions made with regard to Wunan’s operations. He strongly believes that even in the not-for-profit space, innovation and a commercial mind-set are important.
Contact: Email – shans@wunan.org.au | Phone – 08 9166 5708
Dr John Scougall General Manager Programs John joined Wunan in 2017. He is responsible for oversight of client service delivery across a broad range of areas: housing, financial well-being, education, employment and training, family support, early childhood development and governance. He brings over four decades of work experience in the private, public, not-for-profit and academic sectors. John has worked extensively in the Kimberley. Prior to joining Wunan he operated his own research and evaluation consultancy. Recent work included a review of a co-designed child protection initiative and an evaluation of WA’s Growing and Developing Healthy Relationships program. John’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics (U of Q) and a Master’s in Public Policy (Murdoch). His Ph.D. examined processes of social capital production in remote communities.
Email – John.Scougall@wunan.org.au | Phone – 0411 263 266