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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.


Kevin McKenny                                                                                Director

Kevin McKenny (JP) possesses exemplary Board of Director credentials specialising in instilling effective governance systems and protocols.

In addition to Kevin’s role on the Board of Awabakal Ltd, Kevin is the Chairperson for two of Newcastle’s most successful ATSI organisations: Wandiyali Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander

Corporation and Miromaa Aboriginal Language and Technology Centre. Kevin is also a current committee member of The Regional Aboriginal Housing Committee.



Stephen Griffen                                                                                  Director

Stephen Griffen was born in Tamworth, Northern Tablelands and is a Wonnarua descendent. Steve is a long time resident of Lake Macquarie and was educated as a youth in Newcastle and later on, attended The Wollotuka Intstitute. Steve has a diverse background with experience in NSW government, Transport and more recently the Biraban Local Land Council where he is Acting CEO. He maintains his keen interest in sport being one of the founding members of the Newcastle All Blacks.  He has been involved in Awabakal since its inception and the early days of the struggle to gain self determination for Aboriginal people and was an original member of the Awabakal Housing Committee.   He is a proud father of six children and many grandchildren.  Steve’s focus is to promote Aboriginal culture to be at the forefront of Australian Aboriginal Affairs to provide guidance for Australia’s future.


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Warwick 'Wok' Wright                                                                        Director

Wok Wright Born in Belmont, Warrick is a descendent of the Gommeroi, Wonaruah, Anaiwan and Dunghutti tribes. Living in Newcastle his whole life, through his family presence and influence Wok has always been an active member of the Newcastle Aboriginal Community.

Family, culture and sport were major parts of his upbringing. Wok has previously worked with youth and employment services, currently employed at Yarnteen as Business Development Officer, where he is also a Board member.

Wok still maintains his interest in Sport, Music and Culture through his business at Black Money Enterprises where he is a managing director in Sports and Event management. Wok also forms part of Hip-Hop duo Street Warriors who won theDeadly award for Band of the Year in 2013.