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.
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.
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.
Karel Williams is an Aboriginal woman who is based in Canberra and has family connections to the Palawa and Western Arrernte Nations. Karel joined Burbangana in October 2019 as an Associate and as our Lead Business Development and Operations
Karel has extensive management and leadership experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs at national and regional levels. She has also worked in Indigenous affairs at an international level.
Karel has substantial experience in research, strength-based organisational reviews, strategic planning, policy analysis, development, implementation and review, and project management and coordination as well as relationship management.
Karel is also a Registered Midwife and a strong advocate for Birthing on Country Models of Care. In October 2019, Karel received a Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Health, from the University of Canberra.
Kristina is a Kamilaroi and Ngarrabul woman who has a passion for graphic design.
To complement her natural talent Kristina studied graphic design while working at the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples where she designed, produced and distributed various marketing campaigns and corporate branded materials. These included; corporate style guides, stationery, advertisements (digital & print), merchandise and 80+ page reports, all with exceptional results and positive feedback.
After leaving Congress Kristina continued to stimulate her passion and quickly established her own small freelance business called McKinlay Graphic Design. Many of Kristina’s clients are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based and not-for-profit organisations.
Kristina is known for her simple clean design work, and eye for detail. She is able to use her unique experiences and skills to work with her clients to create print & graphic design products that inspire, inform and captivate.
Her artwork features on our website. Find out more about the Burbangana artwork.
Rod Little, is a proud Wilunyu and Wajuk man of the Yamatji and Nyoongar peoples of Western Australia and currently lives in Canberra.
Rod was a former Co-chair and Director of the National Congress of Australia's First People's and Chairperson of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body. He has held senior leadership positions in many other social areas, including justice, education and employment. He has been a CEO and consultant specialising in cultural integrity, governance and leadership. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a champion for collaborative approaches and he volunteers on a number of not-for-profit boards.
Rod has extensive advocacy and employment experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and is passionate about and committed to improving the capabilities of communities and families.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Tikka Wilson has worked at the National Museum of Australia (2006-2014) and the National Archives of Australia (1999-2006). She has been a member of the editorial board of Aboriginal History since 2008. She worked with Link-Up NSW on their submission to the National Inquiry on the Removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families and wrote her PhD thesis on the political impact of Stolen Generations autobiographies.
Tikka migrated to Australia in 1989 and is of African-American descent.
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).
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.