Conrad Maralngurra - Chair
Conrad is a senior Traditional Owner of the Ngalngbarli clan estate and he resides at the homeland community of Mamadawerre. Conrad has worked as an educator, previously holding assisting teacher positions at Gunbalanya School and Mamardawerre Homeland Learning Centre. He has been a Director of Warddeken Land Management since 2013 and has previously been a regional representative on the Northern Land Council, a Director of Demed Aboriginal Corporation and a member of Norforce.
Lois Nadjamerrek is a traditional owner of the Mok Clan Estate in which Kabulwarnamyo is situated and a is pillar of the Gunablanya community where she resides. Reverend Lois Nadjamerrek is also an Anglican Priest in Gunbalanya at the Emmanuel Anglican Church and is highly respected in this role. Lois is passionate about providing safe and strong communities for families and children and works tirelessly in her twin roles as Directors of Nawarddeken Academy and Warddeken Land Management to provide opportunities for Bininj people. Lois is also a Director of Adjumarllarl Aboriginal Corporation and is a member of the Stronger Communities for Children Reference Group and the Gunbalanya Housing Reference Group. Using her strong linguistic skills Lois also works closely with linguist Dr Murray Garde on the Bininj Kunwok Language Project.
Milly loves working with wurdurd and helping them when they need it. She is a Traditional Owner of Manmoyi and loves sharing her cultural knowledge. She loves helping her community and showing the kids how to respect old people. She started working as a ranger at 17 years of age and has been working in schools since 2017.
Margie has worked as a finance industry professional for almost 30 years, in the first place with global banking organisations including Prudential-Bache securities, Baring Securities and Hambros Bank. Subsequently, she specialised in corporate advisory work in the agribusiness sector, consulting to organisations including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), AMP private investments, the Australian Primary Trust, plus a large range of Government and semi-government bodies, and Statutory Marketing Authorities. Margie has been on the Boards of Wool International, a range of Pooled Development Funds and investment vehicles, and was the inaugural Chair of the CSIRO Textile, Clothing and Footwear Sector Advisory Committee.
Neil has spent the past 35 years in Business Management in independent schools in Darwin, Alice Springs, Perth, and Adelaide. After qualifying with a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University, Neil looked for more meaningful employment than taking up pure accounting, commencing his new career in in independent schooling in Darwin in 1986. Over the years Neil has built up significant experience in the many aspects of school operations including financial management, strategic planning, master planning and the development of new schools. Neil has been actively involved in the Associations of Independent Schools in the NT and WA, Block Grant Authority NT Board, and Treasurer and Board member of Baptist Care NT Ltd, and Foodbank NT.
With 40 years experience working in Aboriginal education in the NT as teacher, principal, curriculum developer, HR manager and Regional Director, Leonie bring a wealth of skills and knowledge to the board. Leonie currently runs a bespoke educational consultancy that works to provide training, mentorship and support primarily to principals of schools with Aboriginal students. Leonie has dedicated her life's work to Indigenous education and is passionate about a child's right to access quality education, no matter where they live.
Eliza began working with Nawarddeken Academy in 2015, leading the Early Learning programme in Kabulwarnamyo. Eliza contributes weekly to the Bush Trips and has strong cultural knowledge around family kinship and the history of the IPA. Eliza has two young sons who are Traditional Owners of the Mok Clan Estate, and she loves going fishing with her extended family out on Country.
Naomi is a proud Mok woman - a Traditional Owner of Mankungdjang estate, where the Academy is situated. She is also a proud mother to Delsanto, who is a student at the Academy, and Jonno Junior. Naomi worked for many years as a Warddeken ranger and in 2017 started work as an educator at Nawarddeken Academy.
Mavis is a Traditional Owner of the Djorrorlom clan and currently sits of the board of both Warddeken Land Management Ltd and Mimal Land Management Ltd, having customary responsibilities for country in both management areas. Mavis has worked for many years as a youth worker, facilitating back to country trips and diversionary programs for at risk youth. She is passionate about the education of next younger generation of leaders.