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Board of Directors

Chair of Directors - John Brisbin

John is a resident of Mount Molloy in the far north-east of the Northern Gulf region. He has been active with a number of NRM groups over the past decade, including the Northern Territory NRM Board, Cape York NRM, and the Mitchell River Watershed Management Group.

John's background is in complex information systems, having worked with many state and commonwealth agencies in Australia since arriving here in 1995. John is committed to growing an environmental economy that will support livelihoods and a multi-generational culture in the North.

Vice Chair - Riki Gunn

Riki is a familiar face both in the Gulf and internationally for her extraordinary achievements with the Ghost Nets project (2002-2015) and for being involved with Northern Gulf right from its formation.

Riki’s strong sense of community drives her passion to help people not only manage their own natural resources but also be a part of the decision making process that affects them. Her experience in fisheries was during the very tumultuous time when fisheries in Australia were evolving from a resource focus style of management to one promoting ecological sustainability. She knows first-hand how management decisions can affect livelihoods.

Riki is currently a member of the Global Marine Litter Network hosted by the UNEP; on the Steering committee for the Global Ghost Gear Initiative hosted by World Animal Protection; Director of FISHI International; and Secretary of the Ravenshoe Community Centre.

Director of the Industry Sector - Robert Pender 

Robert Pender has been a fisherman operating from Karumba for the past number of years. He is an active member of Gulf Savannah Development and Chairman of The Fishermens Portal Inc. which focuses on the interests of wild harvest inshore fisher’s in Queensland's inshore fisheries.  The Fishermens Portal Inc. is associated with the Gulf Chamber of Commerce and Southern Gulf NRM and Northern Gulf Resource Management Group. 

Director of the Local Government Sector - Will Attwood

Will has been involved with the Northern Gulf since arriving in Georgetown and retiring from the Police force in 2011. Will served as Etheridge Shire's Mayor and was elected again as Councillor in 2016. Will brings a terrific level of passion and commitment to growing a strong economic and social base in the region.

Director of the Community sector - Ian Adcock

Ian joined the Northern Gulf as the Community Director in Novenber 2014.  Ian is Chairperson of the Mitchell River Watershed Management Group (MRWMG).

Director of the Conservation Sector – Ellen Weber

Ellen joined Northern Gulf as the Conservaton Director in November 2014.  Ellen is Secretary of Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC), an organisation she first joined in 1997.  She completed her science degree from James Cook University in Townsville in 1994, graduating with a first class Honours in Botany. She moved to the JCU Cairns campus in 1996, and with three other lecturers, established the School of Tropical Biology. During this time she also undertook a higher research degree studying rainforest plants in the Daintree lowlands.  Her day job is at the Wet Tropics Management Authority, working on vegetation mapping, threatened species, climate change, heritage conservation issues and building research partnerships with other organisations.

Director of the Indigenous Sector - Joseph Rainbow

Joseph has been long involved with the Northern Gulf, having served on the Board twice before and contributing to the formation of the Ghost Nets programme.

Joseph lives in Normanton and is a Kurtijar elder.

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Board of Directors

John Brisbin, ChairJohn Brisbin chairs a sector-based Board of Directors drawn from the community.
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Ron ArcherRon Archer convenes the Indigenous Group, one of many community-led initiatives.
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