Our Board

The NTAIC Board members are diverse with a range of cultural, land and financial expertise. The 12-member Board includes two representatives from each of the four NT Land Councils, two independent directors appointed by Australian Government and two independent directors appointed by the Board.

Ms Barbara Shaw - CHAIRPERSON

Ms Shaw, a Kaytetye, Arrernte, Warramunga and Warlpiri woman is an Executive Member of the Central Land Council (CLC).

Ms Shaw is the elected Chairperson of NTAIC and was previously a youth worker in Alice Springs and is on the committee for the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority. She contributed to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and is a director for Eynewantheyne Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC. Ms Shaw has been Co-Chair of Aboriginal Housing NT and former deputy Chair of the CLC. She was former co-coordinator of the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety group.

Ms Shaw was employed on the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT in 2017 and contributed to the establishment of the Central Australian Affordable Housing Company in 2008.

Mr Bradley Bara

Mr Bara is an emerging Anindilyakwa leader who was elected as Umbakumba Community Representative on the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) Board in 2021.

Mr Bara also serves as the Chair of the Anindilyakwa Advancement Aboriginal Corporation, the majority shareholder in the traditional-owner controlled Winchelsea Mine on Groote Eylandt, and as a director of Groote Holdings Aboriginal Corporation, which is responsible for developing major infrastructure, assets and services for the social and economic benefit of all traditional owners of the Groote Archipelago. Mr Bara is also a well-known artist and musician through his involvement with local band, Mambali.

Mr Scott Wurramarrba

Mr Scott Wurramarrba is a strong Anindilyakwa leader and member of the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) Board. In addition to his role on the ALC Board, Mr Wurramarrba is a member of the ALC’s Finance Committee, a director of the Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Primary College Aboriginal Corporation (GEBIPCAC), a member of the Local Advisory Committee supporting the newly established Groote Archipelago Regional Council and he has recently been nominated as an ALC director for the Aboriginal Sea Company. Mr Wurramarrba is an accredited coxswain and has attained his Master 5. He is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal-led economic development in the Northern Territory.

Mr Jimmy Frank

Mr Frank is a Warumungu/Arrernte man and has ties to Tennant Creek through his father’s side. He is a cultural advisor and artist specialising in carving spears, shields, boomerangs and coolamons. He is a member of Tennant Creek Brio, an artist collective which exhibited at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney. He has also been entrusted by local elders to co-ordinate and showcase Warumungu cultural dance locally, nationally and internationally. He is passionate about empowering Aboriginal people to achieve economic prosperity while still maintaining connection to country, culture, ceremony and kinship. Mr Frank is a serving member of Central Land Council’s (CLC) Full Council.

Ms Joy Cardona

Ms Cardona is a Malak Malak Traditional Owner and represents the Daly River. She is an Exeuctive Member of the Northern Land Council (NLC). Ms Cardona is a member of the Muran Estate, Cobourg Peninsula, North West Arnhem Land and a descendant from the Torres Strait.

Ms Cardona has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development from Curtin University in Western Australia and holds a Certificate IV in Mentoring Diverse Groups. She runs her own business – Joybell’s Consultancy Services, which focuses on the history of the NT, Land Rights, archives and libraries. Ms Cardona worked in the NT Library and the NLC Library for 13 years.

Ms Cardona has also been a member of the following boards and groups: Chairperson for NT NADIOC and Board Member for Tiwi Bombers Football Club, Darwin Buffalo Football Club and Working Women’s & NT Women’s Legal.

Mr Graham Kenyon

Mr Kenyon, a member of the Northern Land Council (NLC), is a Limilngan- Wulna, Wairi senior Elder and has lived at Wairuk Community, Humpty Doo Station all his life. He is one of the senior people of his clan group and speaker of all the sacred sites and significant places.

In 1993 he started work as a ranger at Djukbinj National Park and also held the role of Aboriginal Facilitator Officer for NT Parks and Wildlife. In 2008 he started his own successful business, Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours. He has been involved with the Kakadu Board of Management since 2017 and is a current Board Member.

Ms Karina Coombes

Karina belongs to the Takaringuwi (Mullet) skin group and is the Munupi Trustee of the Tiwi Land Council (TLC). She is an important member of several committees and boards, such as the Co-Chair of the Tiwi Islands Training and Employment Board and Northern Building Consultants. Karina is also a community-based researcher with Menzies, contributing to research on Pirlangimpi community. Her passions are education and training, as well as the establishment and preservation of jobs for the Tiwi people on the Islands. She believes her people should be given the opportunity to be independent and able to function in both Tiwi and non-Tiwi society. She holds a Diploma in Government from the Australian Government Indigenous Apprenticeships Program.

Mr Leslie Tungatalum

Mr Leslie Tungatalum is a Miyartuwi (Pandanus) elder and was elected Chairperson of the Tiwi Land Council on 14 March 2024.

He is also the Director of Pirntubula Pty Ltd and a key member of a range of boards and committees, including the Bathurst Island Housing Association, Nguiu Ullintjinni Association and Chairman of the Tiwi Islands Training and Employment Board.

Ms Suzanne Hullick

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Appointed by the Australian Government, Ms Suzanne Hullick was recently appointed 2022 Group Head of Inclusion & Diversity for the Westpac Group to support organisational change in all aspects of gender equality, inclusive leadership and diversity in the workforce.

Ms Hullick was previously Westpac’s National Head of Indigenous Banking and the State GM SANTAS. She is currently a Non-executive director of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.

Ms Hullick is passionate about developing and empowering people, and in 2013 was recognised as the Overall Women of Influence for Westpac and a Bicentennial Service Honour in 2017.

Mr Justin Ryan

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Appointed by the Australian Government, Mr Justin Ryan is Managing Director of Glow Capital Partners – a growth focused private equity investment firm, which he co‑founded in 2021.

Prior to this Mr Ryan was a Managing Partner of Quadrant Private Equity (10 years) and before that Managing Director and CEO of Alesco Corporation Limited (6 years) – an ASX 200 listed company (now part of Dulux Corporation).

Mr Ryan has previously been on the boards of the Benevolent Society (7 years) and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (7 years). Mr Ryan is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. Justin has a Bachelor or Economics and Laws from the University of Sydney and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr Anthony Ashby

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Appointed by the Board, Mr Ashby is a Partner of Ashby and Co Chartered Accountants – a tailored accounting service specialising in accounting, audit, taxation, and business consulting, which he founded in 2004.

Mr Ashby’s key directorships include the current Chair of Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL), current Deputy Chair of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and a former Director of Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC). Mr Ashby has chaired various finance and audit committees of multiple entities.

Mr Peeyush Gupta

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Appointed by the Board, Mr Gupta is the co-founder and inaugural CEO of IPAC Securities, a pre-eminent Wealth management firm spanning financial advice and institutional portfolio management. Mr Gupta has an excellent track record of shareholder value creation and realisation, starting and growing businesses, acquisitions and divestments, roll-ups and integration, general management in global multi-national firms, and investment management.

Mr Gupta has served on listed and unlisted boards across various industries, including Financial Services, Insurance, Government, Media, Accounting and Technology and as a Trustee of super funds as Board Chair and Director. He is an alumnus of Harvard, London and UNSW business schools.