Terry joined the Board of Desert Support Services in 2012 and was appointed Chairperson during the following year.
Terry has a strong commercial background gained through his experience as a merchant banker, senior executive and business consultant. He has many years of experience as a Director of companies in Australia, Hong Kong and Japan. This has given him a deep understanding of the importance of good governance.
Terry is currently a national Ambassador for Indigenous Community Volunteers and a Board member of the Yirra Yaakin theatre company.
Terry is a Director of Arafura Resources Limited, where he chairs the Audit & Risk Committee, and is Chairperson of a privately owned import company.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Fred Chaney has served on the Board of Desert Support Services since its formation in 2012.
Fred was a lawyer in New Guinea and Western Australia from 1962 until he entered the Senate in 1974. He was also involved in the Aboriginal Legal Service in a voluntary capacity in the early 1970s.
From 1983 to 1990 he was the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate before being elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Pearce from 1990 to 1993. His ministerial appointments in the Fraser Government included the portfolios of Aboriginal Affairs, Social Security and Minister assisting the Minister for National Development and Energy.
Fred was appointed Chancellor of Murdoch University in 1995 and continued in that capacity until 2003.
In 1994 he co founded the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation established to help young Aboriginal people succeed which now has projects in government schools across Australia involving over 1600 students and continues to serve as its deputy President. In 1994 he was appointed as a part-time Member of the National Native Title Tribunal, a full-time Member in April 1995 and was Deputy President from 2000 to 2007. He served as Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia Ltd from 2000 to 2005 and continued on the Board until 2014. He is currently a Board member of Reconciliation WA.
Fred is also a co-patron of Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ), a Martu organisation based out of Newman.
Fiona was appointed in 2012 as a Director of Desert Support Services (DSS).
Fiona is an Australian historian and award winning writer.
In 1998 Fiona started work with the Kimberley Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (KLC), firstly as a research officer. Among her roles at the time was to assist in the work on one of the early Indigenous Protected Areas in Australia, in the Great Sandy Desert. In 1999 Fiona was appointed KLC historian and in this role wrote numerous expert historical reports and appeared in five native title trials, instructed on behalf of the Traditional Owner applicants who were represented by the KLC.
Fiona has worked with the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA) on the campaign to redress stolen Indigenous wages, and gave evidence to the Senate Inquiry on the subject in 2006. Fiona contributed to an award winning documentary, Servant or Slave, written and produced by Mitchell Stanley in 2016.
Fiona is the author of Justice: A History of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia. The Chief Justice of the High Court, Hon. Robert French, launched the book in February 2012. That year, Fiona won the 2012 Margaret Medcalf Award, and in the WA Premier’s Book Awards 2011 she won the State Library of Western Australia WA History Prize and the WA Premier’s Prize.
Andy has been a Director of Desert Support Services since 14 December 2012 as well as the Chair of Rockhole Funds Management since its incorporation. He is also Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Andy is a Director of national accounting firm RSM Australia practising in the Corporate Finance Division and is Chairperson of RSM Corporate Australia Pty Ltd
He holds an AFS licence and has over 35 years experience as a chartered accountant, corporate advisor and business valuer and has a wide breadth of experience with exposure to businesses in diverse industries from financial services to mining and of varying size from small to medium family concerns to large multi national corporations.
Andy has provided financial and valuation advice to Indigenous Business Australia and their clients in industries from retail, hospitality and small mechanical workshops. This advice has ranged from mentoring, viability assessments, business plans and valuations.
Guy was appointed as a Director of Desert Support Services in 2017.
Guy has a diverse educational and professional background, which support his interests in realising meaningful opportunity for Indigenous peoples.
In 2007, Guy commenced a PhD that saw him working closely with Aboriginal communities in WA and the NT to investigate the impacts of information communication technology on remote Aboriginal communities. During this study period Guy held a range of research and community-based positions at Curtin University, the Desert Knowledge CRC and directly for Aboriginal community organisations.
Since 2012 Guy has held a range of social responsibility positions within the resource industry sector, for both large multinational and mid-cap Australian companies. He is currently employed by ASX100 listed Northern Star Resources Limited in the position of Principal – Environment, Social Responsibility and Government Relations.
Guy has held an Adjunct Research Fellow position at the University of Western Australia within the Centre for Regional Development since 2015. His published works have been cited by a range of organisations, including the United Nations.