On 1 September 2016 the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (Justice, Land and Other Matters) Act 1984 was amended to create a name change from Island Industries Board (IIB) to Community Enterprise Queensland (CEQ). Our Entity Name has changed only – our ABN, banking and all other contract details including street address and phone numbers remain the same. IBIS is a retained trading name of Community Enterprise Queensland.

The CEQ Board Members

Mr Nigel Tillett (continuing Chair)

Mr Nigel Tillett has extensive retailing and leadership experience combined with essential understanding of policy and government processes through a lengthy public sector career. Mr Tillet has gained substantial knowledge through living and working in the Torres Strait and Far North Queensland, of issues and challenges remote Queensland communities face in accessing quality, fair priced and reliable grocery and retail supplies. Mr Tillett brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his role as Chairman, having held a number of Directorships across a range of organisations, including the Queensland Rugby League and is currently a Director of the QRL Northern Division.

Mr Napau Pedro Stephen (Continuing Board Member)

Mr Napau Pedro Stephen is the Chairman of Torres Strait Regional Authority with extensive community knowledge and networks established through the Torres Strait and Aboriginal Communities that he has worked with. Mr Stephen has extensive experience in leadership with over thirty years involvement in government and non-government organisations, having held various positions as a public and elected official and a long history of community service.

Ms Eleanor Scott

Ms Eleanor Scott has extensive experience in remote Queensland and Indigenous communities providing legal services to local communities, predominantly commercial transactions including contracts for goods and services, property, planning and land tenure, corporate structures and native title. Ms Scott is currently a partner and practice group leader at MacDonnells Law, based in the Cairns office. Ms Scott has lived in Cairns for 10 years after relocating from Papua New Guinea.

Ms Jodi Peters

Ms Jodi Peters is the co-founder and Managing Director of the 20/20 Group Australia Pty Ltd, a business consultancy firm with extensive experience in North Queensland. Ms Peters is also a current member of the Board of Trinity Anglican School Limited and has operational retail experience along with extensive commercial enterprise and business management experience, including as a commercial and property manager for Cairns Port Authority. Ms Peters holds a Bachelor of Business, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a qualified Justice of the Peace.

Mr Michael Aw

Mr Michael Aw has extensive experience in the retail industry, being the founding director of The Good Guys in Cairns – one of the most successful stores of its kind in the nation. Mr Aw has been the Far North Queensland Chairman for the Good Guys over a number of years and has also been a member of the national marketing and advertising advisory committee for nine years. Mr Aw is also a current serving member of Far North Queensland Football Board.

Ms Vonda Malone (Continuing Board Member)

Councillor Vonda Malone is a continuing member of the CEQ board and Mayor of Torres Shire Council, having been elected to the position in April 2016 as the first female Mayor for the Shire and for main-stream council. Mayor Malone has extensive experience in senior management positions having worked extensively across community health coordination roles with both federal and state Governments. Mayor Malone has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course amongst a number of other qualifications including an Indigenous Fellowship Programme with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr Mislam Sam

Mr Mislam Sam is the current Director of Palm Island Junior Sports Aboriginal Corp. and former and now current Director of Palm Island Community Company board with notable business experience as a local government Councillor and educator, having most recently completed a four-year tenure as a Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Councillor. Mr Sam operates an accommodation business with a commercial kitchen on Palm Island which he has progressively grown into a prosperous business over the past four years. Prior to his role in council, Mr Sam also has over ten years’ experience working within State Government in the areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy, Education and Training both in Townsville and on Palm Island.

Ms Margot Richardson

Mrs Richardson is a Professional Accountant (CPA Australia) with significant accounting, auditing, business and governance experience in Far North Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Mrs Richardson is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course (2010) and has served as a member on a number of boards, including the Gumbi Gumbi Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation, Queensland Small Business Advisory Council and the Finance and Audit Committee, Southern Gulf NRM. Mrs Richardson is currently a director of Business Mapping Solutions Pty Ltd and Independent Director of Laynhapuy Aviation Aboriginal.

Mr Ralph Kendall

Councillor Ralph Kendall was elected as Mayor of Pormpuraaw in March 2016 having previously been a land and sea ranger on Pormpuraaw DOGIT land from January 2014. Mayor Kendall has widespread community knowledge of Pormpuraaw, having worked for the Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council in an official capacity since early 2007.

Ms Elverina Johnson

Ms Elverina Johnson has significant knowledge of the Yarrabah region, having lived and worked within the community performing community engagement roles for an extensive period of time in a range of social impact areas including drug and alcohol issues, school attendance and child safety related matters to name a few. Ms Johnson is an awarded member of the Queensland Performing Arts community, having, amongst a number of experiences, being awarded a Premier’s award for her role as a consultant curator for an Indigenous Dance Exhibition called ‘Kicking Up Dust’. Ms Johnson has extensive experience in the arts and creative writing industry, and uses her knowledge and insights gained to support community engagement activities in Yarrabah.

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