Who we are

ABOUT IBN

Established in 2001, IBN Corporation is Trustee of the IBN Charitable Foundation. We deliver programs and services to improve the lives of our members, the Yinhawangka, Banyjima and Nyiyaparli people.

The traditional lands of the IBN people are in and around the Hamersley Ranges in northern Western Australia.

We have offices in South Hedland, Tom Price and Karratha and offer our members the most services of any Aboriginal Trust in the Pilbara.

Our community reach extends beyond our members and families, with IBN’s Community Programs reaching thousands of people across the region. Our offices also provide assistance every day to many other Pilbara Aboriginal people who are not IBN members.

Our strong financial record is because our single Board is focussed on delivering life-changing social programs and development of a Future Fund to provide for the IBN Community long after the end of mining. IBN is recognised as one of the strongest Aboriginal organisations in Western Australia, and it’s a status we work hard to maintain.

OUR PURPOSE

Supporting the Yinhawangka, Banyjima and Nyiyaparli people.

OUR GOAL

Building resilience and capacity for the present and strong foundations for the future.

ABOUT IBN

The IBN Board manages both the Trust and the Corporation’s operations and funds

Christina Stone

CHAIRPERSON – Nyiyaparli Representative

Darren Injie

Vice Chairperson (Yinhawangka Representative)

PHIL DHU

(Banyjima Representative)

May Bryne

(Milyuranpa Banyjima Representative)

Stephen Peterson

(Nyiyaparli Representative)

Pauline (Polly) Klante

(Independent Director)

Geoffrey Parnell

(Independent Director)

Brendan Renkin

(Independent Director)

Dale Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Chirantha Perera

Chief Financial Officer

Caroline Lee

Community and Member Services Manager

David Dhu

Corporate Manager

Evelyn Kroczek

IBN Services Manager

Kara Hawke

IMMS Manager

Kara Hawke

IMMS Manager
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Christina Stone,

Chairperson – Nyiyaparli Representative

Christine is a Nyiyaparli woman who was born in Port Hedland. She attended Marble Bar Primary School and South Hedland High School before moving to Queensland with her Mother and sisters. She is 1 of 11 children, a Mother of 6 and a Grandmother of 14.

Christine has sat on numerous boards and committees over the past 20 years and has worked in public and Catholic secondary schools, and for both Government and non-Government organisations.

Christine has owned her own home day care business and had a catering business with my sister for several years. Christine has a Diploma in Business Governance and enjoys being involved in the community, addressing social issues.

Darren Injie

Vice Chairperson (Yinhawangka Representative)

Darren comes from Yinhawangka peoples who traditional lands are in the Hamersley ranges in the central Pilbara.

Darren is well educated in both the Aboriginal world and the mainstream. He is a good communicator and is self motivated.

He has been involved with Aboriginal organisations for thirty years in various capacities including management positions as well as leadership roles.

He is passionate about promoting, protecting and preserving Aboriginal culture.

PHIL DHU

(Banyjima Representative)

Phillip was born in Marble Bar and has strong connections to the community and region.

Phillip has been a strong advocate for the inclusion and importance of the Elders Council and Representative Corporations.

Phillip is an experienced company Director with over 10 years of Board experience.

Phillip has high level experience in mining and civil construction, with years of experience in Frontline management, Safety and leadership roles.

Phillip was the Project Manager that managed the start-up and founding of IMMS.

Phillip has over 40 years of hand-on work experience that is complemented by several tertiary achievements in Leadership and Business, Civil Construction (Plant Operations), Metalliferous Mining (Open Cut), Surface Extraction Operations, Front Line Management, Training and Assessment Systems, Business Administration, Occupational Safety and Health for Supervisors.

Phillip also hold several strategy and governance achievements with the AICD and other reputable institutes, including being a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2010, and staying up to date with industry and trends, having undertaken regular training, beginning from 2010 through to present day.

  • The Role of the Director and the Board AICD (2012)
  • Assessing Company Performance for Directors AICD (2013)
  • Introduction to Financial Statements for Directors AICD (2013)
    Indigenous Companies Directors Course AICD (2015)
  • Indigenous Governance: Introduction to Board Meetings and
    Governance
  • Indigenous Governance: The Role of the Director & the Board (2019)
  • The Foundations of Directorship (2019)

May Bryne

(Milyuranpa Banyjima Representative)

IBN Board Director since 2009

May is a very long term serving member of the IBN Board having previously held the office of Chairperson.

May brings an extensive view of cultural matters and a closely managed knowledge of the community and its needs.

Stephen Peterson

(Nyiyaparli Representative)

IBN Board director since 2021

Pauline (Polly) Klante

(Independent Director)

Polly Klante has more than 25 years’ experience as a finance and governance professional, having previously worked in the UK, Tokyo, and Sydney. Polly acts as a CFO for a not-for-profit organization in Perth and also contributes to other not for profit organizations through mentoring others. She is an External Committee Member for South Metropolitan Health Services, on their Finance and Governance, and Audit and Risk Committees. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Geoffrey Parnell

(Independent Director)

Geoff Parnell has over 30 years’ experience as a Director in the disability services, independent living villages, residential aged care, health, professional services, and facility management sectors. He is the current Chair of disability services provider Mosaic Community Care and a Non-Executive Director of Ocean Gardens Retirement Village and Non-Executive Director of Australian Apartment Advocacy. He has Board subcommittee experience in finance audit and risk management, succession planning and remuneration and culture engagement and wellbeing.
Geoff is the founder and Managing Director of Aqumen Pty Ltd that focuses on facilities management consulting in the Strata Sector. In addition, Geoff lectures in the School of Design and the Built Environment at Curtin University and Open Universities Australia, is a Consumer Advisory Panel member of the Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group and a member of the Department of Communities Adoptions Applications Committee. Geoff holds a Bachelor of Business Degree, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Certified Chair and Advisor with the Advisory Board Centre.

Brendan Renkin

(Independent Director)

Brendan Renkin joined the IBN Board of Directors on 4th January 2022. Brendan lives on Yawuru-buru in Broome, and has 15 years experience as a lawyer working in native title, Aboriginal heritage and commercial practice. For the last 7 years he has worked as a consultant providing mediation, facilitation, strategic planning, evaluation and workplace investigation services across the Kimberley region.

Brendan has experience both advising and sitting on a range of boards and committees, and is currently a director of Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd – the commercial organisation for the Yawuru native title holders.

Brendan is passionate about clear and accessible communication and working with his fellow Board members to demystify the role of being a director. He is committed to learning from other directors and staff and working to develop processes for making decisions based on strong cultural foundations, for the long term benefit of future generations.

Dale Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Dale is a proud Western Australian having resided here his entire life. He is married to Mandy, has two married sons and two beautiful granddaughters and is very focused on family and community.

Dale’s professional career has seen him hold senior management positions in large and medium organisations for over 30 years. He brings a well- developed inclusive, strong values-based leadership style. He is described as a problem solver and team builder by his previous teams. Dale has considerable experience in organisational culture, process, and business improvement practices.

15 years ago, Dale moved from Commercial profit-making organisations to very service-based organisations within Disability, Aged Care, and Indigenous sectors. These experiences ignited a passion to make a difference for others. His true passion is about connecting commercial business with social outcomes, opening pathways of “choice and opportunity” for our young and others who may need a little assistance.

Dale has developed considerable business opportunities that increase the value of an organisation at the same time, using those businesses to generate work opportunity for its stakeholders.

Dale sought this role because he believes he can bring a very strategic approach to ensuring we maximise the future financial returns for the community by ensuring we invest wisely, create new opportunity for work or education, and develop more effective ways to meet the needs of our members.

Chirantha Perera

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Chirantha oversees the accounting and finance, financial reporting, investment relations, internal audit and tax functions and youth development project at IBN.

Chirantha joined IBN in March 2020 and has worked closely with various stakeholders of IBN since his arrival. He is credited with combining broad experience, industry expertise, financial management and concise
reporting capabilities to deliver optimised financial and strategic success to companies of various sizes. He is a high performing and analytical leader

who has a passion for driving business growth through financial discipline, harnessing power of team effort and effective strategic planning. A broad range of industries he has worked such as banking, local and state government, private and not for profit industries has given him the upper hand in forward-thinking and developing processes and procedures designed to improve efficiency and productivity. He is an effective communicator across all levels and a trusted partner to executives and management teams focused on results.

Chirantha holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Deakin University Melbourne, majoring in Accounting, Finance and Financial Planning. He is also a qualified member of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia.

Caroline Lee

Community and Member Services Manager

Caroline has been with IBN for 14 years.

Caroline is an IBN Banyjima Member and has extensive senior management experience in charitable organizations for the advancement and prosperity of Aboriginal communities. Caroline has developed and managed implementation of programs and services to raise the personal, social and economic wellbeing of members and flexible personal support programs in health, education, housing, culture, enterprise development and employment.

Caroline has extensive knowledge of community resources in the Pilbara area, a strong passion for building sustainable and positive futures for all Aboriginal people and their Families and has experience representing
Aboriginal people and Aboriginal corporations over many years.

Caroline has a strong yet flexible leadership style that is adaptable to the
changing demands of the Community.

David Dhu

Corporate Manager

Born and raised in Western Australia, David is a proud Indigenous Australian man and IBN Banyjima Member, with connection to the Karriyara, Yindjibarndi and Nyiyaparli language groups of the Pilbara region.

David has been working for IBN since 2018, with experience within the Community and Member Services Department, and more recently in the Corporate Support Department. David is passionate about Aboriginal advocacy and advancement, and is strongly guided by respect for heritage, tradition, and Elders, and is guided by governance and process. David is a member of several reputable institutes and is also tertiary qualified in a range of leadership and management fields.

David has a unique set of strengths and competencies and is a client services, team focused and proactive individual that combines effective communication and strategic thinking abilities to adapt, engage, lead change, and enable teams and peers to strive for continuous improvement.

Evelyn Kroczek

IBN Services Manager

Evelyn is an IBN Nyiyaparli Member, and has been employed at IBN since 2013, overseeing IBN Services.

Evelyn has worked in several industries for over 40 years including the resource industry, environmental industry, horticulture, and agriculture.

Evelyn is an experienced Executive and Director, has many qualifications and skillsets, and has years of experience across several fields which include

  • Experience in Natural & Cultural Resource Management
  • Experience in Training & delivery in the NT and WA as a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Conservation & Land Management
  • Health Programs, Heritage, Cultural Awareness and Bush & Survival skills
  • Studying Archaeology and Zoology

Evelyn has delivered programs and training to Indigenous Communities including the set-up of Ranger Training Programs throughout the NT including out on small islands for over three years and delivered Horticulture in a prison and at a prison camp for three years.

In 2002, Evelyn was honoured by being awarded in the National top 20 Leading Indigenous Graduates.

Kara Hawke

IMMS Manager

Born in South Australia, Kara has been living in Port Hedland for the last 25 years.

Kara has 3 young children, all born in Port Hedland, with her partner of 16 years.

Kara has been with IMMS for over 10 years and has been working in the labour hire industry for the past 15 years, and prior to this, Kara managed a job network business for 5 years.

Kara is extremely passionate about companies providing local employment opportunities as it is critical to growing and sustaining regional communities.

Kara also has an extensive background in recruitment and training and development.

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