Our Team of Associates

Our team of Associates are experienced and highly regarded leaders in their fields. Depending on the needs of different clients our Associates join us as part our cross cultural teams or they provide specialist support.

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Donna Hartz

Donna Hartz is a descendent of the Kamilaroi (Gomeroi) people and is currently based in Gosford in Darkinjung country. She recently retired from Charles Darwin University, College of Nursing and Midwifery, as the Associate Dean Indigenous Leadership and Associate Professor in Midwifery. Donna is a registered midwife and nurse with more than 34 years’ experience as a clinician, educator/lecturer, midwife consultant, project manager, and researcher.

Donna most recently has been involved in project and research work including the clinical redesign and evaluation of maternity and midwifery models of care, Birthing on Country Models of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and babies, prevention of smoking in pregnancy initiatives, Aboriginal family preservation and restoration, Community derived Aboriginal Cultural Healing models and midwifery education pathways in for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

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Jacqui Pearce

Jacqui is a creator of change and passionate about strengths and solution based approaches to support individual, organisational and systemic change.

Jacqui has a proven track record in leadership, management and community development roles in the not for profit and public sectors. Jacqui has worked with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for over 30 years. Jacqui’s strategic policy and program acumen combined with expertise in governance and organisational development are the tested ingredients of supporting strategic organisational change and direction.

Jacqui’s skills include team development, change management, workplace diversity, building cultural competency, leadership, communication and conflict resolution.

Jacqui has a Masters of Business Administration and has recently completed a Masters of International Development. In 2014 Jacqui convened the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames Human Rights Forum held in Darwin. Jacqui’s interests include spending time in the bush, family time, caring for her horses and dog, and playing music.

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Jane Grant

A consultant with a broad range of experience who has worked across the community service, environmental and business sectors. Jane has proven strengths in developing and leading projects and in supporting others to develop their organisation. In particular, Jane has expertise in: governance and management, continuous quality improvement, business administration, compliance, community development and engagement, grant writing and communications.

Jane has a long history of working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and organisations. Jane has undertaken formal training in cultural responsiveness and has a strong personal interest in the histories, cultures and futures of First Nations Peoples. Jane’s passion is building the resilience, self-reliance and sustainability of individuals, communities and organisations

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Kerry Pearse

Kerry, who is currently taking a well-earned break, was a founding Director of Moreton Consulting and lead the company from 2010 to 2020 before handing over the Executive Director role to Karel Williams. Kerry continued to lead the organisation as part of the team of Directors until June 2022. Kerry remains with the group as an Associate. 

Kerry is an innovative and strategic thinker with policy, program and senior management experience. She is also a highly skilled facilitator who is people and outcome focused. She has a flair for innovation, business improvement, building high performing teams and driving change. Kerry is used to working effectively in complex environments with multiple stakeholders, including in First Nations affairs and has a successful track record of policy, program and corporate achievements.

Prior to consulting Kerry worked as a senior executive in the Commonwealth and NSW public sectors for over ten years. This followed a successful career in the not-for-profit sector in the areas of community housing and family violence. Kerry is passionate about working with organisations to facilitate organisational, strategic and governance capacity. She has a deep interest in cultural competence and culturally proficient service delivery and de-colonisation. She has a Master of Education (UTS) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has coaching qualifications with the Institute of Executive Leadership and Coaching and a Cert IV in Mentoring in Diversity.

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Jenny Hutt

Jenny is a thoughtful designer and engaging facilitator of learning and organisational development. Clients appreciate her capacity to tune in to their concerns and learning needs, helping them respond creatively to real-life situations and organisational concerns; and shape a culture which sustains them and makes a difference. She has specialist expertise in organisational development, experiential learning, mentoring and coaching, leadership, team building, workplace diversity, intercultural learning and human relations.

Jenny has twenty years experience as an independant consultant with previous experience in public service management. Jenny works with organisations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific in government, professional, judicial, business and community settings.

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Kristina Taylor

Kristina Taylor is a proud Yuwaalaraay and Ngarrabul woman. Kristina has a background in creative digital design and celebrates her connection to culture with a focus on how our history influences the present - we live and dream in two worlds. 

She designs and produces indigenous artwork, digital and print marketing material and corporate branding that inspires, informs and captivates. 

Her artwork features on our website. Find out more about the Burbangana artwork.

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Marg Cranney

Marg joined Burbangana Group in July 2021.  She is a dynamic course and workshop writer, teacher, facilitator, tutor and mentor with demonstrated capabilities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, including leadership, team building and health curricula. Marg was the principal researcher in the Concept Study Into an Australian Indigenous Leadership Program, a project hosted by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) which led to the establishment of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC).

Marg has worked extensively on the development, facilitation and evaluation of Indigenous leadership courses and training materials and is a skilled facilitator of strategic planning workshops, mediations, change management exercises, diversity and inclusiveness training, mentoring and team development processes. Marg is particularly passionate about cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in health settings and plays a leading role in professional development for health professionals in this space.


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Maryanne Brown

Maryanne is a Wailwan/Kamilaroi - Gumbainggir woman currently living on Bundjalung country. She is passionate about ensuring the voice and visibility of Aboriginal people and our inclusion in all things relevant to our happiness, stability, identity and wellbeing. Maryanne is of the Stolen Generations, as was her mother and has worked hard to reconnect with her family and country. She is a Board member of the Coota Girls Aboriginal Corporation.

Maryanne has extensive experience working in domestic violence services advocating for and supporting women who are escaping and surviving domestic and family violence and sits on the Aboriginal Steering Committee with Domestic Violence NSW. Previously Maryanne was a member of the Lismore Council Aboriginal Advisory committee, a board member for the Inner City Legal Centre and the Aboriginal LGBTIQ Domestic Violence Advisory Board. Maryanne has undertaken lots of different community work, including: food services , home care,  Redfern home visits and transport. Maryanne has an extensive understanding of alcohol and other drug dependency and recovery. She has worked in services that educate and support people with HIV/AIDS and continues her commitment to Aboriginal health and wellbeing in all areas.

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Ruth Link

Ruth Link is a Gooreng Gooreng woman based in Nambucca Heads, Gumbaynggirr Country. Since mid 2015 she has been involved with the Muurrbay Language and Culture Co-operative at Nambucca.

Ruth grew up in the inner suburbs of Brisbane City within a large family in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advocacy was of central importance. She is particularly passionate about working with members of the Stolen Generations and their families.

During her time working at Link-Up Qld, Ruth was part of the panel which addressed the removal of children from young pregnant mothers in Brisbane and the impact of this on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. She also reported to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Ruth’s work and life experience has shown that reconnections back to family, culture, land and language is critical in building social and emotional wellbeing.

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Sandra Avuri

Sandra is a Murri from South-East Queensland. She has a family history and connection to Gumbainggirri Country on the mid north coast of NSW and has been living there since 1998.

Sandra has had an extensive career within the public sector primarily in working to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Her passion includes improving health access and service delivery to and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across NSW. She is committed to culturally appropriate service delivery and genuine local community consultation with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Sandra currently works and volunteers with the Goori Learning Centre, helping children with their homework, the reading program and Gumbainggirri language education. She is studying her Cert III in Education Support. She enjoys walking along the beaches, swimming and photography.

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Stephanie Ring

Stephanie has recently retired after more than 20 years working in State Government and the non-government sector in management and development positions.

Stephanie’s career has included: managing regional community housing programs within Family and Community Services in NSW; working with Q Shelter to build the capacity of Indigenous community housing providers; providing community housing expertise in a procurement role with NSW Family and Community Services; and implementation planning for rollout of NDIS projects on the Mid-North Coast of NSW.

Stephanie has a range of project and program management experience in the community housing environment, including: stakeholder engagement, sector and partnerships development; and improving service delivery.

Stephanie’s working life has been committed to social justice, ethical practice, and improving housing and life outcomes for disadvantaged people.

Toni Bauman

Toni Bauman

Toni joined Burbangana as an associate in June 2019. She is an anthropologist, mediator, facilitator, researcher, trainer and coach.

Her expertise in participatory processes covers areas such as: community engagement processes including service delivery issues; communication skills which achieve sustainable outcomes; facilitation and decision-making processes that are trauma informed; Indigenous decision-making and dispute management processes and their evaluation; providing policy advice to governments; building partnerships including the evaluation of the joint management of protected areas, and relationships; land and native title claims; alternative consensus building processes such as Deep Democracy; free prior and informed consent.

Toni has over thirty years of experience working in Indigenous communities across Australia and was for many years a Senior Research Fellow, Governance, Cultural Competence, and Public Policy at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

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Valerie Cooms

Dr Valerie Cooms belongs to the Nunukul people of Minjerribah or North Stradbroke Island in Queensland. Valerie has worked in government for many years, was CEO of Queensland South Native Title Services and more recently was appointed as a Member of the National Native Title Tribunal. Valerie previously served as a Director of Indigenous Business Australia and is currently Chair of the Quandamooka Yoolooburabee Registered Native Title Body Corporate as well the Aboriginal and Aboriginal and Islander Independent School and is also a Member of the AIATSIS Native Title Research Advisory Committee.

Valerie has three children and ten grandchildren, resides in Brisbane and holds a PhD from Australian National University.

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