Our Board of Directors are responsible for the strategic direction of the cooperation and guiding it from a board business perspective on behalf of all members. The directors are involved in defining the vision and strategic objectives for the corporation. The directors work with the CEO to set the direction of the corporation. Directors do not become involved in the operation of the corporation. The CEO reports directly to the Board.
Wayne is committed to being a part of a proactive team that provides support and programs developed by and for Aboriginal people to assist in improving the health, wealth, and well-being of the Aboriginal Community.
Wayne has been working in the Aboriginal Sector for the last 25 years or so, and is an area that he is passionate about, and feels that his experience from working in these fields can value add to the great work currently undertaken by Yorgum.
Wayne is a Nyoongar man from the Great Southern area and grew up in Katanning. His Dad was a white Australian farmer who met his Mum when she was living on the Carollup Native Reserve. His maternal Grandfather was from Goren country near Bremer Bay and Grandmother was from Wudjarri country. He has lived all of his adult life in Perth, with his wife, children and now grandchildren.
Lennett is a Noongar woman who grew up on the Moora Reserve with her grandmother, mother, uncles and brother. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Community Management and Development) at Curtin University.
Lennett is proudly committed to the community, as clearly demonstrated in her service as a committee member for six committees including Yorgum (of which she a founding member).
- Marr-Mooditj Training (Aboriginal Health Training)
- Moorditch Gurlongga Association (MGA) Trading as Coolabaroo Child Care Coolabaroo Housing;
- Clontarf Aboriginal College;
- Catholic Education Aboriginal Committee PERTH (CEAC); and
- Aboriginal Education Employment & Training Committee (AEETC – South Metropolitan TAFE).
One of Lennett’s goals is to take what she has learnt, use it to build a stronger more independent community service which provides culturally appropriate services at grass roots and community level.
Dawn has been the CEO of Yorganop Association Incorporated since 1997, and has over 30 years’ experience in community sector dedicated to improving the support to vulnerable children, youth, families and communities.
Dawn has worked in government and educational institutions in the areas of research, policy, teaching, and generalist positions since commencing my working life in the early 1970’s.
Dawn was elected to the Karlkarniny Regional Council (ATSOC). Served on SNAICC as a Board Member for over 20 years with a term as National Chairperson. Current life member of SNAICC. Current Chair of Nyoongar Outreach Service, West Coast Language Development Centre and was inaugural Convenor of Noongar Child Protection Council.
Laurel is proud to be part of the Noongar nation, born on her Grandmother’s country of Wagyl Kaip at Katanning. She also have extensive family connections in the Pilbara and other regions of Western Australia.
Laurel has been leading Yorgum as Chief Executive Officer since 2014. Prior to that she worked in the government sector for over 20 years at both State and Commonwealth levels.
Laurel managed many key Aboriginal programs and projects across Western Australia related to housing and community development. She later managed the Aboriginal Visitor’s Scheme for the WA Department of Corrective Services.