Our team

STAFF TEAM:

Karrina Nolan is a descendant of the Yorta Yorta people. She is an experienced manager and organiser of complex programs and initiatives in Aboriginal communities and has worked as a facilitator, trainer, researcher and strategist alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, young people and communities for over 25 years. Most recently, Karrina has been building the capacity for self-determination in the context of economic development, climate change and clean energy. She supports communities’ capacity to organise, act decisively, share knowledge and make informed decisions which take into account long-term community needs as well as country and culture. As a Churchill Fellow, Karrina worked with First Nations women in Canada, the USA and Australia collating lessons to grow women's leadership capacity and engagement in community and civic life. She dedicated an Atlantic Fellowship to determining how to best build clean energy projects by and for First Nations people. 

Karrina is the Executive Director of Original Power.

Sharon Ford is a descendant of the Wangan and Jagalingou People of Central Queensland. Through personal and professional experiences, Sharon has developed a thorough understanding of the challenges our people face in protecting community interests and establishing effective and functional self-governing communities. Sharon is an Indigenous Governance and Management Consultant with over 20 years’ experience working with Indigenous Corporations, including nearly a decade of experience in the Native Title Industry. Sharon is passionate about empowering Aboriginal people to to exercise our right to make decisions that affect our families, cultures and country.

Sharon is the Deputy Director of Original Power.

Wynona Karena is a descendant of the Arrernte People of Central Australia. With a strong background business development, marketing, communications and strategy development, Wynona is passionate about engaging, motivating and guiding stakeholders to achieve equitable outcomes, through developing accessible approaches that promote shared benefits and associated changes and impacts. Wynona contributes her breadth of skills and unique understanding of First Nations issues to assist in the initial development and implementation of the First Nations Clean Energy Network, as well as support the ongoing projects of Original Power.

Wynona is the Project and Administration Officer.

Sabah Quddus

Sabah Quddus brings a rich blend of academic grounding and hands-on experience in operations and strategy. She has spent the last decade leading operations in national and international not-for-profit organisations, with particular emphasis on people and culture and creating internal efficiencies. Sabah holds postgraduate qualifications in Public Policy from Monash University and undergraduate degree in Public Health from the University of Auckland. She is deeply committed to the principles of decolonisation, and dedicates her time in supporting, educating and advocating for self-determination of her own and other marginalised communities.

Sabah is the Chief Operating Officer.

 

Madison (Madie) Sturgess is a cleantech specialist with experience across tech start-ups, agriculture, film and TV, and international development sectors. Her cleantech experience includes developing microgrid projects and clean energy cooking alternatives with remote Haitian communities by way of Washington DC, and researching and developing energy innovation opportunities and policy reform for agriculture and communities in regional Queensland. Madie is passionate about fit for purpose solutions for sustainable development, the democratisation of energy, and the larger transition to circular economies - none of which is possible without consulting the communities they serve.

Madie is the Clean Energy Project Lead.

Georgia Perillo was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand and is descendant from the Ngāpuhi Whakapapa from Panguru in the northern Hokianga harbour. She has over 10 years experience delivering events in London, Toronto, Auckland and Melbourne for a range of different sectors including Not For Profit, Government, Agency and Education. She has executed numerous First Nations' led Conferences in Melbourne, the Elevate Technology Festival in Toronto, philanthropy events for the University of Auckland and community engagement and consultation projects for Auckland Transport. She has a passion for cuisine and opened Auckland's first Māori kai cafe with her mother in 2019.

Georgia is Project Manager, Events and Communications for the First Nations Clean Energy Network.

Jonathan Kneebone is an experienced lawyer, advocate, strategist and systems entrepreneur with a deep understanding of policy, legal, financial and economic systems. Jonathan has over 20 years’ experience establishing and enabling collaborations, fixing entrenched and extractive systems, and advocating for an inclusive and regenerative economy that privileges and incorporates First Nations people, knowledge, views and experiences. Jonathan has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-controlled organisations and alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities across Australia. Jonathan has led an array of significant commercial negotiations, major projects, and test cases on behalf of Traditional Owners, and has worked closely on economic development and economic inclusion policies and projects. Jonathan is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity, holds an Arts and Honours degree in Law from the University of Melbourne, a Masters of Laws from the University of Dundee (and was awarded the Laszlo Gombos Prize as the top-ranking LLM student), and is a board member of several organisations working respectively in the fields of mental health, the arts and community economic development. Prior to joining the First Nations Clean Energy Network Jonathan worked in the private sector with an organisation pioneering the growth of a circular and regenerative cleantech business.

Jonathan is Director of Policy and Engagement for the First Nations Clean Energy Network.

Lauren Mellor has close to two decades experience working in community development and organising capacities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland to implement self-determined solutions to complex community needs. She has led programs and teams of people in the design, implementation and assessment of community-driven projects and has experience delivering community energy planning scenarios, standalone and grid-connected solar and battery storage projects and renewable energy law and policy reform to ensure First Nations people play a leading role in the clean energy transition.

Lauren is the Clean Energy Communities Coordinator - Northern Territory.

Dan Brookes

Dan Brookes is responsible for managing a growing team of local First Nations’ solar installers to develop skills and experience on our community solar projects across the Territory. Dan is a Clean Energy Council accredited solar installer and A Grade Licensed Electrician. He brings extensive experience working across commercial, residential and remote area solar power solutions to Original Power’s Clean Energy Communities Project, building local capacity to ensure First Nations people and communities can harness the opportunities of the renewable revolution.

Dan is the Solar Program Specialist.

Alison Orme began her career in law reform, working for state and federal government agencies including the Australian Law Reform Commission and the Federal Department of Health, before spending almost a decade as a senior political and media advisor in NSW and Federal Parliament. Most recently she was Communications Director at the Sunrise Project, responsible for overseeing communications strategy to drive campaigns to hasten the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. She is passionate about harnessing the power of everyday people to achieve change and holds an Arts/Law Degree from the University of Sydney.

Alison is the Campaigns and Communications Director.

Kate Finlayson

Kate Finlayson is a communications professional with over 20 years expereience. Kate has negotiated media, engagement and campaign outcomes for government, private industry and not for profits in Australia and globally. She is skilled in consulting with stakeholders, building strategy and reaching key audiences with compelling narratives and calls to action that generate change.

Kate is the Communications Director for the First Nations Clean Energy Network.

 


BOARD MEMBERS:

Kado Muir is a Wati, a Goldfields Aboriginal cultural and community leader and an anthropologist/archaeologist with many years’ experience working in Aboriginal Heritage, Language preservation and maintenance, traditional ecological/education and native title research.Kado is a community based cultural heritage and environmental activist. He has led campaigns against uranium mining in Western Australia and is part of that national network. He has been fighting mining industry to adopt responsible practise in Aboriginal heritage and to stop destroying Aboriginal sites and sacred places. Kado is a cultural leader who has preserved his Ngalia language and helped develop Australian curriculum content incorporating Aboriginal knowledge into education curriculum.  He is currently deputy Chair of the National Native Title Council, a board member of Native Title Services Goldfields and chair of the Wakamurru Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, the PBC for Manta Rirrtinya Native Title Determination.  Kado operates a number of businesses including an Aboriginal art business, a Sandalwood company, a Cultural focussed podcast and a heritage consultancy business. He is an advocate promoting alternative community based enterprises, especially through his PhD university partnerships for research on Wealth in First Nations. Kado grew up from an early age living in the bush and his passion is to look after country, community and culture.

 

Alex Kelly is a settler Australian filmmaker and communications strategist based in Mparntwe, Arrernte country.  Alex worked for ten years with Big hART across many projects including being the Creative Producer of Ngapartji Ngapartji. Alex’s documentary film credits include producing Island of the Hungry Ghosts, THE ISLAND, Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji and co-producing The Namatjira Project production managing Coniston: Telling it True and directing Queen of the Desert. From 2014-2016 Alex was the Global Impact & Distribution Producer on Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything project.

Lara Watson is a Birri Gubba woman from Central West Queensland and the Indigenous officer with the ACTU.  She has been involved with the Trade Union movement for almost 15 years, starting as a workplace delegate and moving into community campaigning as a Yr@w co-ordinator.  She ran the anti-privatisation campaign ‘Not4Sale’ in Queensland, and worked on numerous Indigenous campaigns, including the fight for Muckaty, Queensland Stolen Wages, the NT Intervention. She is currently running the ‘Wage Justice’ campaign for Community Development Workers in remote communities through the First Nations Workers Alliance.

Genevieve Grieves is a Worimi woman from mid north coast New South Wales who has lived in Narrm (Melbourne) for many years. She is an award-winning artist, researcher, educator, curator, filmmaker and oral historian who has accumulated twenty years’ experience across the arts, culture and education sectors. Genevieve has consistently won recognition and awards for the variety of projects she has undertaken throughout her diverse career including online documentaries, film, art and exhibitions.

Genevieve holds a prominent leadership role in the arts and cultural sector, contributing to the development of key organisations while attaching importance to mentoring emerging First Peoples creatives. She was the lead curator of the First Peoples exhibition, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the Melbourne Museum, which opened in November 2013. Genevieve has previously worked with the Koorie Heritage Trust as an oral historian, and then on both the Mission Voices website for the ABC and as a field producer on First Australians for SBS television. She has also produced a documentary called Lani’s Story.

Genevieve holds a PhD in Indigenous Studies (University of Melbourne), Grad Dip History (University of Melbourne) and BA Communications (University of Technology Sydney).

Currently, Genevieve is developing a range of creative projects – across public art, film and video, audio and online content – under the auspices of her company, GARUWA.

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