Caroline de Mori
Caroline was the driving force behind the creation of EON. She has more than 30 years’ experience as a businesswoman and company director. During her executive career, Caroline frequently travelled to remote areas of Western Australia. She witnessed first-hand the disparity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians, particularly in health. Recognising that poor nutrition was one of the key reasons for the health disadvantage, Caroline founded EON to partner with Aboriginal communities and schools to create access to fresh and affordable fruit and vegetables, and provide nutrition education and training. Since 2005 the innovative and unique EON Thriving Communities Program has been delivered to 38 remote communities across Western Australia and the Northern Territory, engaging and educating thousands of children and their families in the vital link between nutrition and health. In addition to being Executive Chair of EON Foundation, Caroline is Chair of Landgate (Western Australian Land Information Authority). In 2012 she was the recipient of the Australian of the Year WA Local Hero Award for her work as an Indigenous health advocate, and in 2019 Caroline’s leadership skills were recognised by the Australian Institute of Company Directors when she received the PwC Director Award for Excellence in the Not-for-Profit Sector.
Danielle Blain AM
Danielle is a businesswoman, and a political and community volunteer. She is a Director of Schaffer Corporation Ltd and a former Pro-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University. She was a founding patron of the University of Western Australia’s Centenary Trust for Women. Danielle was a member of the Federal Executive of the Liberal Party of Australia for 10 years, first as WA State President and then as a Federal Vice President. Her contribution and dedication has been recognised with the awarding of Life Membership of the Liberal Party of Western Australia. She has been actively involved in numerous school, university, government and charitable Boards. In 2010 she was inducted into the inaugural WA Women’s Hall of Fame and in 2018 was appointed as a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia.
Harvey Coates AO
Harvey Coates AO MS FRC(C) FRACS DABO is a Paediatric Otolaryngologist and Clinical Professor at the University of Western Australia, and former senior ENT Surgeon and Head of Department at the Perth Children’s Hospital. He is Patron of the Earbus Foundation, former Chairman of the Aboriginal Sub-committee of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and served on the Board of the Telethon Kids Institute for 16 years. His current research interests include Indigenous children’s ear disease. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005 for his work and research in paediatric otolaryngology and ear disease in Aboriginal children. He has won several other awards including the inaugural RACS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Medal (2015), Life membership of Better Hearing Australia (WA) (2015), The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the Art and Science of Otolaryngology (2013), the Deafness Council WA Inc. Dr Harry Blackmore Award (2004) the Australian Lions Foundation William R. Tresise Fellow Award for humanitarian services (2002) and the Fiona Stanley Medal (2001).
Katrina has been a Director of EON since its inception. She is proud of the success of EON’s practical, community-based model and of the fact EON gives individuals and companies a chance to help Indigenous communities in a way that allows the people of those communities to grow strong. Katrina is a solicitor and has an extensive history as a non-executive director on a number of private sector and government boards. She is currently a Director of Sheila Foundation Ltd.
Paul is a Chartered Accountant with experience in the areas of financial management, accounting and taxation. Paul Joined the Dowsing Group as Chief Financial Officer in December 2015 following a secondment from KPMG. He has broad responsibility for the corporate services function including business management systems, contract management, finance, human resources and information technology.
In his previous role of Manager within KPMG Australia’s Private Enterprise practice, Paul provided advice on tax, finance and accounting matters that impact upon private organisations. He worked with clients across a range of industries including within the not-for-profit sector.
The Hon Wayne Stewart Martin AC QC
Wayne Martin attended North Perth Primary School and Christchurch Grammar School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) in 1973 from the University of Western Australia. He then completed a Master of Laws from the University of London in 1975 and was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1977.
After being a Senior Litigation Partner with Keall Brinsden from 1984-88, he joined the Independent Bar in 1988 and was appointed Queens Counsel in 1993. From 2001-2003, he was Counsel assisting the HIH Royal Commission in Sydney. He served as President of the WA Bar Association from 1996-99, Chairman of the Law Reform Commission of WA from 1996-2001, President of the Law Society in 2006 and Director, Law Council of Australia in 2006.
Mr Martin was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 1 May 2006. He was appointed as a Judge of the Court, a Judge of the Court of Appeal and served from 2006 to 2018 as the Chief Justice of Western Australia. He is currently an Arbitrator and Mediator at Francis Burt Chambers. Mr Martin was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia on 11 June 2012.
Marie-Louise Carroll is Executive Manager with responsibility for governance, reporting, communications, sourcing new funding, policy development, overseeing monitoring and evaluation and working with the team to implement the strategic plan. Previously, Marie-Louise was State Manager for Creative Partnerships Australia and has extensive experience in business development, communications, program and event marketing and management, partnerships and stakeholder relations. She has also worked as State Director (NSW) for the Australia Business Arts Foundation and National Relationship Manager for the Surf Life Saving Foundation where she managed a wide range of partner and philanthropic relationships. Marie-Louise served a 3 year term as Senior Classifier on the Classification Board, a full-time statutory board role, and is a former lawyer who has worked for the BBC and Film Victoria.
Anna Morris is EON’s Financial Controller with responsibility for EON’s day-to-day financial management and accounting. Anna is a CIMA-qualified management accountant and has spent the majority of her career working in the UK retail industry in a variety of management accounting and group reporting roles. She moved to Perth in 2011 with her West Australian husband and prior to joining EON worked as a Senior Business Analyst within the mining services industry.
Human Resources Manager
Careta Marmarinos is EON’s Human Resources Manager with responsibility for EON’s day-to-day HR requirements. Careta has experience in all aspects of Human Resource Management in a number of industries including oil and gas, not for profit and corporate. Areas of expertise include creation of policies and procedures, consulting with and training managers, recruitment, induction, performance reviews, advising on employee relations and all other aspects of the employee cycle. She loves HR because supporting and developing people is the foundation of successful organisations.
Helene is EON’s Financial Assistant. Helene is an experienced bookkeeper and also offers general administrative support to EON staff.
Pam joined EON as Administration Assistant in August 2018. Prior to this she was working at The University of Western Australia providing administrative support to the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Pam has worked in a range of fields including the political and industrial relations sphere, and has experienced life in a range of different locations in Australia.
Sheena Drennan is the Administrative Assistant in EON’s Katherine Office in the Northern Territory. Sheena brings a wealth of local knowledge to her role, having been a Katherine resident for over 25 years. She has a wide range of administrative skills and experience. Sheena has previously worked in both business management and administrative sections with local schools, in addition to experience working in private enterprise, government departments and not-for-profit organisations.
National Operations / NT Operations Manager
As National Operations Manager Jenny Hurse oversees EON’s operations on the ground. Jenny is based in Katherine and co-ordinates program delivery across all EON locations, working closely with all EON’s Project Managers, with a particular focus on the Northern Territory. Before becoming the National Operations Manager, Jenny was the EON Project Manager for three of the Pilbara communities so she has in depth knowledge of the EON Thriving Communities Program. Jenny has a Diploma of Applied Science in Amenity Horticulture and has practical, management, horticultural and sustainability experience gained whilst managing a number of community programs including working for Tropical Forestry Services Australia.
WA Operations Manager
Eliza, EON’s WA Operations Manager based in Broome, is responsible for managing EON program delivery and Project Managers in WA and is also currently responsible for the delivery of the Thriving Communities Program at Jarlmadandah Burru. Prior to this Eliza was EON’s Central Kimberley Project Manager. She has grown food from the time she learnt to plant seeds as a child on a Tasmanian farm. Her favourite thing is to wander through a garden, bowl in hand, collecting vegetables for dinner. Eliza has been a rural reporter with the ABC in both WA and Tasmania, and a free range pork and smallgoods producer.
Erika is EON Project Manager for the Central Kimberley region working with the communities of Yakanarra and Yiyili. Originally from Melbourne, Erika lives on community in Yiyili where her husband is a teacher and her children go to the community school. Erika’s professional background is in art and design however she has spent most of her life growing her own food in both her childhood home and as an adult. Erika combines her love of gardening with cooking, and endeavours to eat seasonally straight from the garden. Through her work with EON, and her involvement with the Yiyili school, Erika sees the benefits of creating strong community relationships and believes through these relationships ongoing community engagement is developed.
Tim is EON’s Project Manager working in the Pilbara communities of Yandeyarra, Warralong and South Hedland. Tim graduated from Southern Cross University with a degree in Environmental Science. Prior to starting with EON Tim worked in a Sydney-based charity supporting children and teenagers with different learning, behaviour and developmental issues. While working at the charity he initiated a veggie garden and ran weekly sessions for the clients and their siblings in the garden, educating participants about horticulture, science and sustainability. Produce that was grown in the garden was used in cooking classes. Tim has worked as a youth worker in remote communities in central Australia. He is very passionate about gardening and educating students about horticulture and nutrition.
Share, based in Newman, is EON Project Manager for the communities of Jigalong, Marble Bar and Nullagine. Prior to joining EON, Share worked in the UK, USA and Canada as well as in the community development sector in Australia working with marginalised families and youth.
Having grown up in sheep farming country where she attended a one-roomed village school with only 19 other students, Share is in her element living and working in remote communities and enjoys walking alongside children, their families and community members to build edible gardens, capable of providing a sustainable and freely-accessible supply of fresh fruit, vegetables and bush tucker.
Share is a mother of four children and a proud grandmother of one.
Sally is EON Project Manager for the Murchison/Mid-West region of WA, working with communities in Meekathara, Mount Magnet and Yalgoo. Before joining EON Sally was a Maintenance Supervisor for one of Perth’s leading boutique landscaping companies where she managed and trained two horticultural teams. Prior to this role Sally ran a successful gardening business, ‘Sal the Gardening Gal’. She has completed vocational training in horticulture, landscaping, conservation and land management.
Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory
Nicola joined EON in mid-2019 as Project Manager for the Groote Eylandt archipelago in the Northern Territory. She works with the communities of Milyakburra, Angurugu and Umbakumba. Nicola holds a Masters in Environmental Science, a Degree in Production Horticulture and a Diploma of Teaching. She has extensive experience in horticultural and food production research, teaching and program delivery. This includes establishing orchards and vegetable gardens in the APY Lands in South Australia’s far north, and delivering Cert 2 in Horticulture (Bush Food) across remote SA. Nicola, whose research on the bee industry has been published, brings to her EON role a passion for training in horticulture, agriculture, food and nutrition.
Big Rivers Region, Northern Territory
Annette (Nettie) Bory
Nettie is EON’s Central Arnhem Project Manager working in the communities of Pine Creek, Manyallaluk and Barunga.
Prior to commencing at EON, Nettie spent several years working on stations around Australia looking after gardens, working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous stock workers, as well as assisting with programs for teenage school children. With a background in horticulture, Nettie ran her own garden and pool business, as well as working at nurseries, a botanic garden and with forest and sand dune regeneration projects. She has a passion for healthy eating habits as well as a great love of children, having been a Family Day Carer when her children were young, and then providing care to teenagers and young adults in later years. Nettie has also managed a retirement home with 42 residents, where she initiated the ‘Adopt a Nana or Pop’ program with the local primary school.
Donna is EON’s Roper Region Project Manager delivering the Thriving Communities Program in the communities of Jilkminggan and Minyerri.
She is a ‘born and bred’ local and mum of four children. Donna spent the last two years working in Aboriginal communities across the Top End as the Regional Coordinator for Community Safety. In this position she travelled between six communities, delivering health and wellbeing, community safety, alcohol and drug awareness, and youth diversion programs, as well as being involved with after-school care and night patrol. Donna is very passionate about health and nutrition, and loves talking to youth about reducing sugar intake and making healthy food choices. She has strong community ties to many local organisations and is a proud budding bee keeper!
Owen is EON’s Project Manager delivering the Thriving Communities program in Ngukurr and Urapunga.
Owen, along with his partner and young children has lived and worked in Ngukurr since 2011. Prior to joining EON, he was the Community Development Program Mentor/Supervisor with the Roper Gulf Council. He also worked as the Manager of the Trade Training Centre at the Ngukurr Community Education Centre where he provided training across several areas to secondary school students and worked to develop engagement and pathways for the students. Owen has assisted with developing and maintaining class-based gardens at the local school, and has a strong personal interest in health and nutrition.
Lindsay Cameron is EON’s Project Manager for the Mainoru district, delivering the Thriving Communities Program in the communities of Bulman and Beswick.
Lindsay’s love of gardening began during his early years on a sugar cane farm in North Queensland. Subsequent experience in construction and a decade of community development in Africa drew upon his practical skills and nurtured an affinity with cross-cultural settings. When he isn’t gardening and cooking, Lindsay enjoys research and writing. He completed a PhD in 2017 and has established his own publishing company. In 2019 Lindsay and his wife, Rosalea, relocated to the Northern Territory out of a passion for remote work.
Josef (Joe) Perner
Joe Perner is an EON Project Facilitator. In this role he supports the Northern Territory Operations Manager and all the Big Rivers Region Project Managers in delivering the Thriving Communities Program across nine communities.
Joe, who is married with kids, is a ”born and bred” local and is well known in the area. Joe brings a lot of horticultural experience to his EON role, having worked with the family business in Katherine exporting cycads and boab trees interstate and around the world. He is also familiar with the Kimberley region where he ‘rescued’ cycads and boabs and found new homes for them. Most recently Joe has been working as a supervisor for Roper Gulf Regional Council based in Jilkminggan.
DR RISHELLE HUME AM
Dr Rishelle Hume AM is the Manager, Aboriginal Employment Strategy at Chevron Australia.
A proud Noongar Woman with traditional ties to the Whadjuk, Ballardong and Gnaala Karla Boodja peoples and a proud mother of 3 children. She is also the direct descendent and granddaughter of the highly respected Noongar Wadjuk Elders, Mr Patrick and Ms Lorna Hume who spent their lives tirelessly promoting Aboriginal Rights and his Noongar culture. Following in her grandparent’s footsteps, she has successfully and inspirationally devoted her working life to the advancement of Aboriginal people and the Noongar culture.
Rishelle has 25 years’ plus experience in Aboriginal engagement ranging from employment, education, justice and health and is actively involved in the Aboriginal community within the Perth region as the following:
- Chairperson of the Mandjah Boodjah Aboriginal Corporation;
- Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute;
- Noongar Charitable Trust Advisory Council Member;
- Ambassador of the EON Foundation;
- Director – AUSPIRE Australia Day Council WA;
- Director – Ronald McDonald House Charities WA;
- Ambassador of Helping Little Hands;
- Western Australian Football Commission Aboriginal Advisory Board Member;
- Director – Perth Festival;
- Director – Shooting Stars Netball WA;
- Director – Little Athletics WA; and
- UNESCO Commissioner of Culture for Australia.
She has added value to Aboriginal advancement in WA by demonstrating Aboriginal leadership and is seen as a professional figurehead within WA to approach to engage the Aboriginal communities and coordinating approaches in dealing with these state Aboriginal matters.
Rishelle is highly respected by the Aboriginal community and employers as an innovative and experienced Project Manager.
Rishelle was awarded the 2016 Western Australian of the Year Award – Aboriginal Category Winner, inducted into the 2017 Little Athletics Australia Roll of Excellence (Hall of Fame) in the Achievers Category and inducted as inaugural inductee on the 2018 WA Roll of Excellence in the Achievers Category for Little Athletics WA.
In February 2018 she carried the baton for a 400m stretch in the Queen’s Baton Relay and most recently was recognised on the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia AM division. On 8th March 2019 Rishelle was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame for service to the Aboriginal community.
On the 8th September 2019 Rishelle was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Edith Cowan University (ECU).