The Centrecorp Foundation Board
Tony Renehan has lived in Alice Springs all his life and has strong family connections in the town of Alice Springs. Schooled in Alice Springs his early work experience was out bush in the pastoral and tourism industry. More recently he has worked as a welder and construction and technical assistant firstly at the Centre for Appropriate Technology and currently at the Central Land Council. In both of these roles, largely in central Australia and briefly in the Top End of the Territory, he has worked to service the technical and other needs of Aboriginal people living outside the larger towns and communities. Tony travels widely in the central region.
Tony has a wide range of interests in reading, music, pastoral work and outdoors activities and has a preference to be ‘out bush’ rather than in the office. In his youth he represented the Northern Territory in cricket at the national youth championships. He is a keen supporter of sport and his young family.
Francine is a Warumungu woman born in Tennant Creek; grew up in Alice Springs and on the Nauiyu Nambiyu (Daly River) Community. Francine has been employed with the Central Land Council since 1994; holding positions in both Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. Francine is currently the Senior Project Office in the Tennant Creek Office. In addition to her working life, Francine also coordinates the activities of the local Native Title Corporation in Tennant Creek and is a member of the Aboriginal Advisory, established under the Environment Protection and Biological Diversity Act 1999 (Comth). Francine strongly supports Aboriginal peoples’ interests in access to and management of land, education, youth issues, housing, community advocacy and enterprise development.
Dr Ken Johnson
Dr Ken Johnson came to the Northern Territory to work as a wildlife research scientist in 1978 and worked with traditional land owners to document the flora and fauna of Central Australia and investigate the factors behind the serious decline of desert mammal species. As Parks and Wildlife Regional Director from 1991 he was responsible for the southern half of the NT and later managed the Alice Springs Desert Park. In 2003 he was appointed CEO of Desert Knowledge Australia and is now the Principal of Desert Connections.
Dr Bruce Walker
Dr Bruce Walker has lived in Central Australia for 30 years and is the CEO of the Centre for Appropriate Technology. He was a founding member of the steering committee for Desert Knowledge Australia and Desert Knowledge CRC and has spent much of the last 10 years on the creation of the Desert People Centre. He has worked on development projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Burma and Vanuatu and written numerous reports and articles including commissioned reports for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission.
Sally Axten is a local Arrernte woman, fluent speaker of the Western Arrernte language with an understanding of other Arrernte dialects and Pitjantjatjarra/Luritja. Sally is a Committee Member or Director on a number of educational and community orgnisation. Vocationally has 15 years experience in Primary School education as an Education Worker. She is passionate about working with children and their families in understanding schools and education in general, particularly to help young Aboriginal people in pursuing their dreams.