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Our Board


Bill Fisher

Bill has lived in Newcastle for ten years. He is of Awabakal and Worimi heritage, and has a continuous link to the Newcastle area, preceding colonisation. He has extensive experience in Banking and Finance, having spent fifteen years with Westpac specialising in Business and Rural Finance. Bill has worked with ATSIC in Lismore on the Home Ownership Pro, and as the Strategic Economic Development Officer in Forster LALC. Bill has also worked in Aboriginal specific roles with Centrelink, Yarnteen and with The Wollotuka Institute (The University of Newcastle)

Darren Faulkner

Darren Faulkner

A Newcastle resident for over forty years, Darren has been actively involved in the Aboriginal community, participating in many cultural and community events. He has worked with Hunter New England Area Health as a counsellor for over six years and previously worked at Awabakal Ltd as a Youth Worker.


Raymond Kelly

Raymond was born and raised in Armidale and is of Dhangarr'i and Gummayirra Heritage. He has been involved with Aboriginal Community Development for over thirty years, delivering in a broad range of areas from Art and Culture through to Management and Administration. Raymond has served on a range of Boards including the NSW Ministry for the Arts, The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board, The NSW Ministry for the Arts Board, The Health and Medical Research Council, and The Hunter Area Health Board. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer - Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative 1993-2004, and as Executive Director - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board - Australia Council for the Arts. Raymond was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by The University of Newcastle in 2006.


Floyd Tighe

Floyd is a Gamilaroi man, born and raised in Moree, and has lived in Newcastle for the last seven years. With extensive professional experience in Aboriginal organizations, he has held senior positions with Moree Land Council (Chairperson), Moree Boomerang Football Club (Chairperson,) Metro Local Land Council, Pius X Aboriginal Cooperation and Awabakal LALC. Floyd holds a Trade Certificate in Commercial Cookery and Certificate IV in Land Management.






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