Mark Anderson – Chief Executive Officer
Koodah Cornwall – Aboriginal Elder & Senior Advisor
Katrina Cox – Business Development Manager
Katrina Cox is a Wadjela woman who developed an passion for Aboriginal based projects in the late 1990s, through her involvement with family income support and management in Cape York, Far North Queensland, working families to develop financial literacy, facilitating the path to financial independence for generations to come. In her previous life Katrina worked for a major bank, managing a major portfolio of large NFP organisations helping them to achieve their financial goals and objectives. As Business Development Manager Katrina works with Aboriginal communities to develop financial independence through business and tourism opportunities with the view to support economic sustainability and sovereignty. Katrina holds a Diploma of Business Management and Project Management, and a Cert III Community Sector Management. Katrina joined FISH in Nov 2017 with the opportunity to utilise her experience, skills and background towards a cause to which she feels passionate and connected, in helping others understand the challenges faced by Aboriginal Australians and how we can empower Aboriginal community to facilitate a better future for themselves and their family. Katrina believes that everyone should have an equal opportunity to create best life outcomes for themselves and feels honoured to be able to part of this journey for the individuals and families and communities with whom FISH provides a hand up.
Delvene Cornwall – Cultural Advisor
Delvene Cornwall is a Bibbulmen Yorga, Bibbulmen Whadjuk, Ballardong Yorga and Willmun Yorga. Delvene has worked in the health, justice, corporate, government, education and community sectors across Western Australia and has been involved in running training and facilitation for over 20 years. Delvene has worked across team and client groups to give them a deeper understanding of cultural matters, clients servicing and team development. She is a deeply cultural woman who continues to work with women to enable them to understand and step into their potential. Delvene is passionate about personal wellbeing, culture, creating a just society and inclusive society where each person is valued and able to positively contribute.
Kristian Rodd – Project Manager
Kristian Rodd is a former lawyer who worked in corporate law in Melbourne and China. He left the law work to focus on sustainable building and has worked throughout Europe, South America and Australia in building earth houses, which has developed within him a passion for natural building as a way to empower, heal and inspire people. He is committed to projects being by communities for communities to enable them to take their own power back to bring positive change. Kristian wants people to feel connected with the natural world around them – to shape the earth with their hands and to feel part of the living environment as our ancestors have done for millennia.
Jara Romero Esolar – Architect & Project Coordinator
Jara Romero Esolar is a Spanish architect with a passion for sustainability, natural construction and working with communities. She has worked across Europe, South America and Australia, learning from traditional architecture about the use of local materials and the adaptation to local climate and landscape. She believes in teamwork and hands-on involvement as a therapy. Jara is committed to developing the design of structures with the people and then involving them in the construction process. As an architect Jara is involved intimately in the projects on the ground as she shares her knowledge with communities so they develop an understanding of the planning and structural components of a building.
Claude Carter – Bawoorrooga Team Leader
Claude Carter is an Aboriginal leader from the Gooniyandi clan group in the Fitzroy Valley. He is the Founder of the Bawoorrooga Community in the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Claude is the Chairman of Gooniyandi Aboriginal Corporation and has worked for year within the pastoral industry and as a machine operator. his is committed to communities bringing and driving the change for themselves. He has a passion for hands on involvement in projects and inspiring others to be motivated and get involved. Claude is a recognised artist, traditional dancer and a leader in his culture.
Sandra White – Creative Manager
Sandra White is Maori – her iwi (tribes) Ngatiwhatua / Ngapuhi (Northland). Her father accepted a transfer from New Zealand to the Pilbara, Western Australia when she was a child. She grew up very much part of the Aboriginal community with parents who equally embraced their culture and ethnicity. As an advocate against the exploitation of Aboriginal artists, Sandra hopes to advance the profile of worthy Indigenous artists at a national and international level. Sandra worked within the resource sector for many years. Leaving the rat race corporate world behind, Sandra bit the bullet and pursued her passion for art and now has her own creative enterprise. As a current student of an international art business program, she hopes to share her learnings to advance artists in business.
Buddy Cornwall – Cultural Justice Advisor
Jerome (Buddy) Cornwall is the second generation from parents who were both Stolen Generation. Through Jerome’s past journey in life and experiences in his struggle with alcohol, drugs and engagement in the justice system he has a lot to offer people in similar circumstances who have become caught up in the justice system. He is able to speak the truth and provide them with a personal story of how he found his way out of his situation and begun the road to recovery. Jerome is able to demonstrate and speak from personal circumstances about breaking the cycle of generational trauma as the ‘buck stops with him and he is now a positive example to first himself and then his four boys. Jerome has worked in the community and mental health sectors and with people living on the streets. Jerome has deep cultural knowledge and loves sharing his culture with young people to enable them to be grounded.
Kaisha Champion – Intern
Kaisha is a Noongar and Wongi Woman, who was born in Perth and grew up between and Whyalla, South Australia, where she calls home. Kaisha moved back to Perth in 2014 and commenced study in Indigenous Community Management and Development (Bachelor of Applied Science) at Curtin University in 2017. Kaisha is employed with FISH as a Programs Intern and is interested in the chance to better the conditions for Aboriginal Australia in regards to life opportunity and outcomes, particularly for young people and children. From the perspective of her own lived experience, Kaisha believes firmly in supporting the development of the role of families and particularly mothers to encourage responsibility and life potential for the next generation. FISH has supported Kaisha to develop her cultural understanding and grounding, an opportunity that she recognises that not many Aboriginal (and non-Aboriginal young people) are offered, and therefore she feels very grateful and appreciative. Kaisha believes that FISH doesn’t provide a band aid solution, that this work is only the beginning, and that she is lucky to be a part of that journey.