DIRECTORS

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DAVID WOODROFFE

Chair

David Woodroffe is the Principal Legal Officer of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency with 17 years criminal law expertise for Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

 

He is a descendant of the Stolen Generation for Retta Dixon Home and Kahlin Compound. He is a respected advocate and manager of legal services to remote regions of the Northern Territory and in 2013 was awarded the National Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year.

His main interest is the bringing about of a greater understanding of Aboriginal culture in the legal profession and improving the standards of advocacy involving Aboriginal witnesses and defendants.  David demonstrates how knowledge of Aboriginal culture and legal expertise go hand in hand.

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BRIONEE NOONAN

Director

Brionee Noonan is of Irish heritage and a Gurnu Barkindji woman of the Darling river region of Western New South Wales, but spent her childhood on the southern beaches of Kaurna country. Brionee completed a double degree in a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at University of Canberra and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the Australian National University.

 

Brionee also studied a Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Policy Development and a Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Knowledges at Charles Darwin University and the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE). Brionee was admitted to practice at the Darwin Supreme Court in April 2011, moved by Jonathon Hunyor. Brionee is a director on the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) board and currently works for Minister Chansey Paech. 

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JASMIN ONUS

Director

Gunditjmara and Bindal woman originally from Townsville, North Queensland living on Larrakia country.

 

Double degree Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Business at James Cook University Townsville and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice,  Australian National University.

 

Currently working in Investments at Indigenous Business Australia, assisting Indigenous groups and organisations achieve their investment objectives with a view to economic sustainability and independence. Previously an in house solicitor at the Northern Land Council, providing legal advice to the organisation and Traditional Owners in the Top End. As an in house solicitor, Jasmin worked on a broad range of matters including settling land claims, commercial transactions and negotiations concerning Aboriginal land.

 

Interests include Indigenous Affairs matters at both the Territory and national level. Volunteering in various roles including as a mentor to Indigenous youth and aspiring law students/lawyers and raising awareness of the impacts of intergenerational trauma as a result of stolen generation and colonisation policies. Also enjoy playing netball in local social and competitive comps.

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TRISH RIGBY

Director

Trish Rigby is a descendant of the Mitakoodi people from the Cloncurry area in North West Queensland and has lived and worked in Darwin and remote areas of the Northern Territory since about 1980.  Trish has family in Queensland and in the Northern Territory where her children were born and bred.

 

She worked for the Northern Land Council for over 25 years and has significant experience, networks and corporate knowledge about land council functions.   Prior to going on leave without pay in 2018, Trish  was their senior research and policy officer.

 

Trish studied in Darwin and was admitted to the Supreme Court in 2008.  She is currently the General Manager Executive with the Northern Land Council.

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TAMIKA WILLIAMS

Director

Tamika Williams is an Iwaija/Larrakia woman from North West Arnhem Land/Darwin.  Tamika has completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies at the Northern Territory University (now the Charles Darwin University). While studying Tamika worked at the Central Land Council Legal Section assisting with land claim matters and attending country with Traditional Owners. 

 

After completing her law degree in 2003, Tamika undertook her Articles of Clerkship with the Northern Territory Department of Justice.  Tamika has undertaken a role as a Federal Court Judge’s Research Associate attending as Associate, and researching a range of issues within the jurisdiction of the Federal Court concerning Native Title, Taxation, Corporations and Intellectual Property.  Subsequently she returned to the Northern Territory Department of the Attorney-General and Justice where she has practiced for the last 13 years and as a Senior Policy Lawyer.

 

Currently, Tamika is employed with the Menzies School of Health Research as the in-house Legal Advisor and Research Officer (Health Law).

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NICK ESPIE

Director

Nick Espie is an Arrernte man and has practiced as lawyer since 2003. Nick has worked throughout the Northern Territory and the Kimberley region of Western Australia working extensively with Aboriginal people.

 

Nick has primarily practiced in the area of criminal law, however has also experience in Child Protection proceeding. Nick was the Director of Community Engagement for  the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern Territory. He was involved in the development of the WA Blurred Borders Project and gave evidence to the Coronial Inquest into Aboriginal Youth Suicide in the Kimberley.

Nick worked as a Manager on law reform for the Northern Territory Government implementing reforms to the child protection and youth justice system. Nick was previously a Board member of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency. Nick currently works for NAAJA.

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MARK MUNNICH

Director

Mark Munnich is a descendant of the Yawuru and Gunggandji peoples, and was born and raised in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Accounting and is admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and the High Court of Australia. Mark is an Associate member with CPA Australia and a Provisional Member with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Mark currently works as a Lawyer with the Aboriginal Legal Service of NSW/ACT ('ALS') with the Your Story Disability Legal Support team, assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the country, to engage with the Disability Royal Commission. Prior to joining the ALS Mark held several roles within the Government, not for profit and private sectors. He worked with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) as a Community Legal Educator and the Bilata Legal Pathways Program; an Indigenous Cadet and with the Solicitor for the Northern Territory; a junior accountant with a medium tier accounting firm; a Community Legal Educator/ Solicitor with the North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service (NAAFLS) and more recently, with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation as a Senior Communications Officer.

Mark is a former Indigenous Fellow with the United Nations in Geneva Switzerland and is very passionate about justice and human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, delivering community legal education and informing communities about their legal rights and is passionate about corporate governance and financial literacy.

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JOHN RAWNSLEY

Director

John is Larrakia and Anmatjerre and was born in Darwin and mainly grew up there attending Darwin High School and Charles Darwin University.  Until aged eight he lived at the Ranger station behind Uluru and briefly at Kakadu before his father passed away.  As an adult he lived in Alice Springs for several years.

John is the Manager of the Law and Justice Projects section at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA).  Prior to this he worked in various legal roles and in leadership development.  John is a Director of the Larrakia Development Corporation, the Northern Territory Primary Health Network, and is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Indigenous Legal Issues Committee and Indigenous Incarceration Working Group. 

 

John is the Chair of the Smith Family’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group.  He has extensive board and committee experience including former Board Member for the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (sacred site authority for the Northern Territory, 2013-2015) and former Alderman of the Alice Springs Town Council (2008-2012) and Deputy Mayor of Alice Springs (2009-2010).  

John has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies from Charles Darwin University and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Australian National University.  His admission was moved by Larrakia lawyer Nigel Browne at the Supreme Court in Alice Springs in June 2012.​