Tony ‘Duwun’ Lee
Principal Consultant – Healing
Duwun is a Larrakia man, who is based in Darwin (Darwin region is the Traditional Lands and Waters of the Larrakia People) and is recognised Nationally and Internationally for his Traditional Cultural Healing practices and knowledge.
Duwun brings a unique wealth of knowledge and experience to Cultural aspects of any project through his involvement as an active participant in National and International projects such as:
- National Social Emotional Well Being (SEWB) and Trauma Committee
- National Suicide Prevention Trials – reference group
- National Healing Network
- International Art Xchange Team
- Nationally recognised Traditional Medicine Artist
- Cultural Advisor for the Commonwealth Games
- Planning Committee for the Arafura Games open ceremony as well as the music for the Opening and medal presentation ceremonies
- The largest Shamanic festivals in Europe
- Exhibiting Artist (prints, paintings, carvings and sculptures)
- Director of Turtleback Cultural Services (Healing, Smoking Ceremony facilitation, Welcome to Country presenter, art by commission and didgeridoo musician)
- Co design and development of programs including design and development of University Degree Units (Charles Darwin University)
Principal Consultant - Communities and Strategy
Mildura born, Jane has a 30-year career in senior management in the private, public and community sectors working as project manager, community planning and development, social researcher, lecturer and social policy writer, immigrant settlement manager, employment officer, and early and middle childhood practitioner and trainer and community development practitioner particularly with culturally diverse communities including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities. Jane has an extensive network with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities spanning rural and remote, regional and urban Queensland and Regional New South Wales and Victoria.
A key role has been to undertake enumeration strategies to advance access and equity and community participation in broad social policy, decision making and community capacity building relating to self determination and First peoples identity and entrepreneurial aspirations. As an intercultural trainer spanning more than 25 years experience, Jane has developed a diverse network within the community and this has assisted her to ‘message stick’ her introduction to new networks and existing kin relationships.
As a specialist in intercultural relations, social entrepreneurial practices and social impact assessment consultancy; Jane Delaney-John brings a combined set of professional experiences through a variety of roles and disciplines to her role within Yarning. Jane has extensive experience in Federal and Local Government and non-profit sectors, coupled with a training and community engagement, social policy and social research background to offer a unique set of skills to the corporate and business community. Jane’s specific expertise lies in community engagement and conflict resolution.
As a Lutji Lutji woman Jane has also been made blood sister to the Gomeroi through ceremony in recognition of her extensive work and relationships with the Gomeroi people particularly the Elders in Gundedah.
Jane’s recent consultation and relationship development and social planning and community engagement include an integrated sustainable small farming initiative for JB Stone, Cultural heritage assessment for Skyways Whitsunday and Shute Harbour Marina Developments marina and Aboriginal cultural centre and channel.
Jane also strategically spearheaded recommendations for the Glencore (formerly Xstrata) New South Wales Corporate social sustainability program review and development of an Indigenous Social Sustainability model, Xstrata Ravensworth Operations intensive community engagement, conflict mediation and cultural advice for project specific community engagement and cultural heritage management planning, Xstrata Mt Owen Complex (including 4 key mining operations) inter-operations cultural mentoring and relationship building projects have required the establishment of sound trust relationships and engagement with the diverse peoples and clans within the Hunter region (particularly Awabakal and Wonnaruah and Gomeroi country)
Jane’s other consultations include The GPT Group’s Casuarina Square Shopping Centre intensive Indigenous community engagement working with the Traditional Countrymen from across the Northern Territory including salt water and desert peoples to address homelessness and social impacts associated with the dire lived experience of homelessness, public drunkenness, health, housing, trauma and public safety and The GPT Group’s $600 million Newcastle project Community Wellbeing research and community engagement, Awabakal and stakeholder Cultural Heritage and Memorandum of Understanding development and negotiations, Laing O’Rourke’s $670 million Indigenous Housing program Northern Territory and Queensland– Program review, strategic recommendations and community engagement modelling and the facilitation of a partnership with an Indigenous earth moving company; Santos $7.2 billion GLNG project; Community wellbeing research and consultation with over 700 stakeholders, and provided the GLNG social impact assessment peer review and reviewed and recommended labour market strategies , Shute Harbour Marina Development $110 million EIS Cultural Heritage Management Agreement and Indigenous social enterprise including broader community engagement; Northeast Business Park $880 million project EIS broad community consultation and cultural heritage agreement, Flagstone $250 million project Social Impact Assessment Social Infrastructure Planning, and Mirvac $1.5 million project Gainsborough Greens project Social Infrastructure Planning also provided community engagement and community education for community participation in the EIS Wyaralong and Traveston Dams and Bromelston Off stream Storage .
In her previous role as Statistical Projects Manager for Australian Bureau of Statistics, Jane managed the development of statistical evidence to provide measures of Queensland’s Progress across the domains of economy, environment and society/human capital.
Prior to consulting, Jane managed and led the Community Planning and Development Branch of the Ipswich City Council, servicing 146,000 people, approx 4,500 communities, cultural and recreational groups and 12 local council divisions. Key to the role was providing leadership in community engagement processes and building community capacity with local businesses, community groups and individuals in areas of urban development/renewal, resumption processes, and integrated service provision. Jane also managed the Ipswich Management of Public Intoxication program, Indigenous, immigrant and young people’s community development teams and was directly responsible for attracting over $11 million dollars in human services funding to the area. Jane also provided social impact assessment and community engagement for the Springfield Lakes and Ripley Valley Eco-village development and Ipswich 2020 and beyond plan.
Jane is an accomplished urban strategist with demonstrated experience of creating and steering projects to deliver economic, social and cultural outcomes for communities.
Jane is also currently providing consultancy services and working closely with diverse clan groups and Aboriginal stakeholders in the Hunter region; Gia, Ngaro, and Birri Gubba peoples (Coastal Central Queensland); Bidjara people (Central Queensland) Awabakal and Newcastle and Hunter Aboriginal people and Wulgarakaba (Magnetic Island and Townsville) communities. She is also providing cultural engagement advice to agencies wanting to work effectively with the Gia Ngaro and Gomeroi peoples. Jane is also assisting in a voluntary basis the development of an online learning tool to advance the wellbeing and inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children in early childhood and school aged settings. Jane has recently assisted in the establishment of the first Aboriginal company to own a quarry (Anderleigh) and the first Aboriginal early childhood resources supplier (Kurrajong).
Jane also has extensive experience of the social needs and community tensions in areas where there is mining and resource industry activity in Central Queensland and Hunter Valley NSW and has been involved in a leadership capacity in developing recommendations about social and cultural interventions in this arena.
Principal Consultant - Aboriginal Education and Relationship Learning styles
Nola Turner-Jensen is a proud Wiradjuri mixed heritage Australian.
Nola brings a wealth of Indigenous education knowledge and experience to the Yarning team’s capabilities through previous roles and professional experience and is regarded by many as a leading expert in Aboriginal curriculum inclusion, design and delivery
Previous roles and experiences include:
Senior Project Officer - Victorian Aboriginal Children in Care Association (VACCA) which included researching and writing of informed ministerial responses on behalf VACCA
Leading a team to develop an online Aboriginal education website which is aimed at supporting non-Indigenous educators to teach Indigenous Culture in classrooms
Principal Director - Crackerjack Education - Providing accredited professional development for professional Teaching Hours (Strict accreditation process and requirements including my developing of company policies to address NESA (formerly BOSTES NSW) and Teacher Quality Institute of ACT requirements) - Crackerjack Education has ‘preferred supplier’ status with QLD TAFE
Development of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander digital resources for National Curriculum
Education QLD - Everyday Counts series - Writing of three books for encouraging Aboriginal young people in Early Primary, Upper Primary and Early Secondary to attend school
Australian Leadership Centre (Canberra) - National Training Program - Design and development of course learning materials and course guides for Indigenous Governance and Cultural Competence
Published Indigenous Children’s Author of four books
Indigenous Poet included in the International Indigenous Poetry Anthology
Lead writer - Indigenous Literacy Project - Magabala Books
Former Youth Worker running youth shelters and working with Young Indigenous Offenders
Design and development of ‘Totem Kinnections’ program to enable Aboriginal foster care kids to learn back culture - currently being trialled by Kari Aboriginal Services in Western Sydney
Design and writing of ‘I love being a Koorie Kid’ digital resource - VACCA digital portal to increase the wellbeing of Indigenous young people in care
1 of 60 Indigenous women leaders across Australia to attend the Straight Talk convention in Canberra - chosen by Oxfam (2013)
Human Rights Awards - Finalist, Business Section, Crackerjack Education, 2014
Featured in the 2018 NAIDOC E-Book funded by the Qld Department of Women
Invited to present at the AIATSIS conference in Canberra and Indigenous Suicide Prevention conference in Alice Springs in 2017 due to Nola’s ground-breaking research into the issues and need of Aboriginal people and their families
CultuRecode™ Project - Lead research team - 6 year research project regarding the tangible elements of what makes a culture unique or different to another? What is a person’s Instinctive Belief System that they live by and follow with every motivation, thought and action? A persons’ default system and importantly how it is inherited.
Robert ‘Bobby’ Cole
Principal Consultant – Co-design
Bobby is of Luritja, Arrernte and Wambaya People descent and brings strong community program design, development and implementation skills and knowledge through previous roles with regional and national relationships and networks, including:
- Prevention Educator
The role of the Prevention Educator is to have an oversight of the development and implementation of Program within specified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, under the National program framework. The emphasis of the roles is on the delivery of the prevention education using a community development approach. The program focus on the whole of community approach to community, family and child safety inclusive of families and communities with the aim to build community capacity and empowering community members to educate their wider communities. The program Educator will be responsible for the development and maintenance of partnership with key stakeholder organisations within the respective communities.
- Health Services
Consultations with the community and health services organisations, in relation to the planning and delivery of health-related services. Provide advice on the development of new services to identify needs in the community and undertake related project such as research and evaluation.
Assessments and monitoring of health services needs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Assist with the implementation and maintenance of funding and planning systems. Responsible for the preparation of developing agreements with the community and assist the community with reporting requirements, payments, acquittals and the financial management tasks of the program.
- Ministry of Justice
Provision of assistance in the development and management of contractual arrangements with Aboriginal communities for the supervision of offenders released to those communities. This was to assist in the development of programs and to provide a consultative service relating to Aboriginal cultural issues, for Ministry staff, sentencing authorities and the Parole Board.
Design, development and delivery of culturally appropriate programs for Aboriginal offenders, with specific attention to programs addressing alcohol, alternatives to violence, job skills acquisition and sexual offending to support the rehabilitation and reconciliation of offenders.
Undertake evaluations of programs and special projects for Aboriginal offenders, in both the developmental and implementation stages and the referral of selected offenders to appropriate developmental programs.
Preparation and presentation of reports to inform releasing and sentencing authorities.
- Program design and development
Design and development of an educational model for youth to address their anti-social behaviours.
Program design was underpinned in assisting youth with the transition in addressing behavioural reform and identifying pathway obstacles in getting them back to school or into the work force.
Founder and Managing Partner
Principal Consultant - Native Title, Cultural Heritage & Indigenous Services
David is a descendant of the Bidjara People.
For over 18 years, David has been working in a professional capacity in the areas of Native Title, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and Indigenous Community consultation, engagement and participation.
Services and assistance were provided to traditional owner groups, exploration and mining companies, Government agencies, project proponents and developers.
David possess extensive professional and personal experience and knowledge in dealing with the intricacies involved in:
Native Title and Cultural Heritage;
Indigenous affairs and communities;
Agreement making and implementation;
Risk identification and mitigation; and
Legislative requirements and compliance.
David has led and assisted with negotiations of native title and cultural heritage agreements and actively assisted traditional owner groups and companies with the implementation and compliance of agreements and legislative requirements.
Indigenous participation, engagement and consultation, preservation and protection of client’s rights and interests, as well as identifying mutually beneficially economic development opportunities have been the core elements of assistance and services provided.
Loo Chuan Yeo
Adjunct Consultant - Singapore
Lead Consultant - Agronomics, Manufacturing and Defence
Loo read Law in University College London (UCL) and comes from a background of immersive cross disciplines in MNCs as well as his family business consortium. His global exposure and broad spectrum experience in both core business departments and auxiliary business units has been instrumental in his ability to review and restructure ailing companies and has strategically scaled SMEs and guided startups towards a regional and international operational arena.
His career has spanned the breadth from working on the production floor to C-level leadership in Bruneian property development and proprietary manufacturing in Singapore of specialised bespoke solutions catering to mainstream FMCG, EU and North American regulatory compliant ecological compounds, BCS Oko Garantie GmbH certified agrochemicals, as well as military and aerospace industry materials. Compliant to and attaining of McDonnell Douglas, Boeing and MIL-SPEC certifications. In due process of which, acquiring a working familiarity with international standards agencies including but not limited to German TUV-SUD, American NSF/EPA, European REACH and ECOCERT.
Whilst based rotationally in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei, he spearheaded and successfully concluded bizdev activity with US Fortune 500 organisations and advanced the commercial relationship by collaborating with Philip Morris and British American Tobacco conjointly towards Malaysian State and Federal Tobacco Board approvals. In a parallel endeavour was collaboration with Nestle’s agronomics division to develop organic agrochemical intermediates ‘green list’ codified for their Malaysian vertically integrated farms producing crops for their baby cereals manufacturing inputs where thresholds exceedingly surpassed W.H.O. ceilings by yielding zero heavy metal ppm/ppb residuals.
He specialises in resolving B2B as well as regulatory deadlock scenarios the same way he approaches problem solving and the natural function of “extinguishing a myriad of bushfires” inherent in any given workday – by eschewing formulaically incongruent methodologies and instead draws from his reservoir of experience into coalescing highly purpose-centric, custom scripted, non-templatized and at times perplexingly unorthodox but ultimately, inventively successful approaches to resolve and unravel causative factors to the deadlock.
His cumulative background enables him to marshal his two career decade’s capabilities and competencies into his current professional niche proclivity - focusing on the uncharted field beyond strategic planning & operation alone into where strategic engineering through influencing, molding and shaping of outcomes lay. The zenith of strategy in observing, identifying, harnessing then amalgamating the finer and commonly imperceptible hidden and remote intangibles, into a lever for true synergistic gain and symbiotic outcomes for all privy parties.
During his scholastic days in Singapore, he was the Student Council exco for Public Relations in St.Patrick’s Secondary School as well as captain of the victorious interclass debating team, and later in Catholic Junior College was a first team squad member of the Team Yamaha Collegiate tennis team. Pastorally, he devoted much of his remaining free time to volunteer work at old folks’ homes and the SPCA – a pastime that he believed deeply in and in which his two children independently continue in his footsteps, entirely on their own volition.
He attributes his Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in Singapore to be an ongoing chapter carried over from his youth and has been privileged to fulfil advisory roles on CSR logistics mechanisms to humanitarian organisations in neighboring countries.
Loo joins old friends in Yarning, and looks forward to working together with like minded peers in mission and mandate to initiate and catalyse a transformative socio-economic change to the Australian landscape. He deems his colleagues as luminaries in their respective fields and in light of which, hopes to not fall short in his share of contribution to the Yarning family of team players - each and everyone driven by a common predilection of professional excellence in equal measure to passion for a worthwhile cause. Aggregating towards effecting commercial success twinned with landmark social change.
“The difference in this world is in belief. In this world, the optimus have it. The optimus take the risks that others fail to see” – Christine Clifford.
Loo couldn’t agree more. And adds onto the profundity he oft quotes – “when you compromise your thoughts you become a candidate for mediocrity.”
Adjunct Consultant - UK
Lead Consultant - Marketing
John Bunyan is an award winning specialist in marketing and business development, with a focus on delivering clear and sustainable competitive advantage and profitability.
He has over 20 years experience of commercial marketing management and leadership across a wide range of sectors in the UK, EMEA and globally.
John is able to provide a holistic approach, from strategy to delivery, having extensive experience in the development and delivery of online and offline sales / marketing, product development, customer service, education and training.
He has actively delivered multi-channel marketing campaigns within a number of organisations, most recently as a freelance consultant. John has also held senior positions across media, education and technology where his ability to nurture and develop staff to improve business performance led to him also becoming a qualified teacher.
John’s teaching specialisms focus predominantly on higher level vocational training in business leadership and management where he has taught across public and private sectors from undergraduate to masters level.
Education & Accreditations:
BSc (Hons), Marketing, Teesside University
MBA, Durham University
QTS, The University of Sunderland
Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing
Areas of expertise include:
Audience development / Community engagement
Technology – Software, SaaS, Education Technology
Media – B2C / B2B Publishing, distribution & retail
Education – Secondary, Further, Higher and vocational training