Caroline de Mori
Caroline was the driving force behind the creation of EON. She has more than 25 years’ experience as a public relations and corporate communications manager and until recently was the proprietor of a specialist corporate communications consultancy. Caroline frequently travelled to remote areas of Western Australia in her role as a consultant to WA based companies and witnessed the need for better education, training and health services in Aboriginal communities. In setting up EON she felt that she could put something back into this State and provide an opportunity for other individuals and corporations to help a part of our community in need. In addition to her work with EON Foundation, Caroline is Chair of the Board overseeing Landgate (Government of WA). Caroline is the recipient of the 2012 Local Hero of the Year Award for her work as an Indigenous health advocate.
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 OA
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.
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 Dreenan 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 based in Katherine.
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. Prior to this Eliza was EON’s Central Kimberley Project Manager working in the Jarlmadangah Burru, Yakanarra, and Yiyili communities. 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.
Updated details available soon.
EON’s Central Kimberley Project Manager works with the communities of Jarlmadangah Burru, Yakanarra and Yiyili communities. Further details on this position will be available soon.
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.
Details to be updated soon.
In the Mainoru district the EON Thriving Communities Program is delivered in the communities of Bulman and Beswick.
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. Erica Smyth
Born in Geraldton, Dr Smyth has over 30 years’ experience in the mineral and petroleum industries. She has a Bachelor of Science from University of Western Australia and an Applied Master of Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. In 2008 she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Australia. She started her career as a geologist working in Canada and Australia, before moving into government affairs, from where she retired to take on various board roles and consulting at the end of 2004
She has devoted her time to numerous boards, foundations and companies, including The Royal Flying Doctor Service, Limited, Toro Energy Limited, WA interactive science centre Scitech, IndiEnergy, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and the Diabetes Research Foundation of WA.
In 2010, Dr. Smyth was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the industry and as part of the Women in Resources Award.
Jonathan Taylor is an associate director within KPMG’s social policy group based in Perth. Over the past 10 years he has worked on a wide range of advisory assignments for government and Aboriginal organisations in Australia, having previously worked as a UK based researcher and consultant for the International NGO Training and Research Centre and at the European Commission Directorate General for Development.
He has extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice and development, economic development and participatory planning for service delivery in regional and remote Aboriginal communities.
Jonathan has undertaken numerous consultancies for all levels of government and not-for-profit organisations in the areas of program and policy evaluation, program planning and design, social and economic impact assessment, the preparation of economic development strategies, feasibility studies and business plans and governance and agreement reviews, including extensive remote field work in Aboriginal communities.
Dr Roslyn Giglia
Roslyn is Co-Head and the senior research fellow of the Alcohol, Pregnancy and FASD Research team at the Telethon Kids Institute. She is a dietitian and nutritionist with a strong interest in maternal health and the epidemiology of alcohol during this lifecycle stage. The recommendations from her PhD thesis formed the basis for the first alcohol guideline for lactating women and were included in the 2009 NHMRC guidelines, ‘Australian Alcohol Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol’.
Prior to her employment at the Institute in June 2014 Roslyn was a Healthway Health Promotion Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Curtin University investigating the support of breastfeeding women in rural WA using an internet intervention. She has embraced the expanding area of e-technology with the development of the Feed Safe app, a technological app that safely supports breastfeeding mothers who choose to drink alcohol during lactation.
Currently Roslyn is summarising and publishing her results from her NHMRC Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship which investigated the evidence practice gap between the NHMRC alcohol and breastfeeding guideline, clinician application and maternal uptake.
Rishelle is a proud Noongar Woman with traditional ties to the Whadjuk, Ballardong and Gnaala Karla Booja peoples and a mother of 3 children.
She is the direct descendent and granddaughter of the highly respected Noongar Wadjuk Elder, Mr Patrick Hume, who spent his life tirelessly promoting Aboriginal Rights and his Noongar culture. Similarly, Rishelle has devoted her working life to the advancement of Aboriginal people and her Noongar culture.
Rishelle has over 24 years’ experience in Aboriginal engagement ranging from employment, education, justice and health. She is actively involved in the Aboriginal community within the Perth region as the Chairperson of the Mandjah Boodjah Aboriginal Corporation, Co-Chairperson of the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute, Co-Chairperson, Department of Sport and Recreation, Aboriginal Advisory Council, Noongar Charitable Trust Advisory Council Member, Ambassador of Little Athletics WA, Mindarie Little Athletics Committee Member and appointed in 2016 to UNESCO as the Commissioner of Culture and Heritage for Australia by then Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop.
Rishelle adds value to Aboriginal advancement in Western Australia by demonstrating Aboriginal leadership. She is seen as a professional figurehead to support engagement with Aboriginal communities within WA, coordinating approaches to dealing with state Aboriginal matters.
She has completed a Bachelor of Commence with a Double Major in Human Resource Management and is currently the Senior HR Aboriginal Employment Consultant within Chevron Australia. She 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.