Board of Directors
Anyinginyi is a community controlled Aboriginal health organisation governed by a Board of Directors that are voted in by members of the organisation.
The Board of Directors provide strategic direction for the leadership team and give a voice to all residents in the Barkly Region.
Anyinginyi’s day-to-day operations are managed by our leadership team who have diverse qualifications and experience.
Ross Jakamarra Williams I Chairperson
Chairperson Ross Williams is a Warumungu man from Philip Creek, who has lived in Tennant Creek his whole life. Ross is a co-founder of Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation and has been involved in many different roles with the organisation throughout it’s history. He is a voice for his Elders and for his community, and a strong voice for the health of the people in the Barkly Region.
“Unity is the unification of a community, a town, and people. A united community where peace and harmony prevail and a community coming and working together for a common goal for the good of the people.”
Pat Braun | Deputy Chairperson
Director Pat Braun was born in Tennant Creek and currently works for NT CatholicCare. Pat has worked in the Barkly region and Central Australia Aboriginal Health most of her working life.
“Unity is being together at one time with someone or something. It is the opposite to being divided. When we stand together, only then do we get freedom from all kinds of negativity. Unity protects us. Unity is needed for survival for one and for all.”
Noël Jungarayi Hayes | Director
Director Noël Hayes is a Kaytetye man living in Ali Curung Community. He has been involved with the Anyinginyi Health Board of Directors since 2009.
Noël is currently the Secretary of the Board of Directors and is an active advocate for his community.
Kade Jakamarra Green | Director
Director Green is the Treasurer of the Anyinginyi Health Board. He is a Warlmanpa man, and born and bred in Tennant Creek. He is one of Tennant Creek’s young leaders.
“My quote for this year’s theme of ‘Unity’ is about the importance of our health. Being healthy isn’t about the weight you lose. It’s about the life you gain and coming together. Knowledge leads to unity. Where there’s unity there’s always victory.”
Norman Frank Jupurrurla | Director
Director Frank is a Warumungu man, a traditional owner of Tennant Creek. He is a senior Cultural Leader and a member of different governing committees in Tennant Creek. He lives at Village Community Living Area with his family and works part-time as a Community Development Officer at Julalikari Aboriginal Council.
“A healthy community is united. We work together and look after each other. Health is about Unity and connection between our bodies, our minds, and our cultures. It means working together across different organisations on housing, environment, climate change, culture, safety, and care for other people with all the different ages, languages and abilities. Together, we must be in it to win it, no matter who we are.”
Duane Fraser | Director
Director Fraser is a Bidjara man and was born in Winton, Queensland. He has been living in Tennant Creek for over 50 years. He has been on the Anyinginyi Board of Directors for more than 10 years.
“Unity in the community should be valued, promoted, and maintained. When everyone works together for a common goal, then that goal will be easier to achieve. Because ‘community’ cannot be spelled without ‘unity’, connecting, building good relationships, and working together with other community members should always be encouraged.”
Marcel Clarke | Director
Marcel is a Kamilaroi and Wiradjuri woman from New South Wales but has been living in Tennant Creek for the last 25 years. This is Marcel’s first year as a Director for the Anyinginyi Health Board. Her drive to become a director was driven by her passion for Aboriginal Health. Marcel was an Intensive Care Paramedic and Officer in Charge of the Tennant Creek Ambulance Service before moving over and working with Anyinginyi in the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) area for 5 years.
“Unity signifies to me the sharing of a common goal and moving together as one to achieve the shared outcome.”
Heather Wilson | Director
Director Wilson recently joined the Anyinginyi Board of Directors in April 2021. She is the representative of the Elliott community and is Ngurrumarla traditional owner of Elliott and surrounding estate group areas of the Djingulu tribal language and eastern Mudburra tribal language.
She has an Advanced Diploma in Primary Teaching and has been an Aboriginal teacher assistant at the local Elliott Community School since 1980. She worked in Aboriginal teaching for 22 years and is a member of Amnesty International. She is a strong voice and advocate for human rights for indigenous people.
“Unity to unite and come together and support future health plan and delivery of health services across the Barkly region. The ability to come together as representatives to improve and develop strong knowledge of our people’s health and support and respect kinship and relationship through health.”
Glenys Crafter | Director
Director Crafter is a local Aboriginal Warumungu woman. She joined the Anyinginyi Health Board in 2019 and resigned from the Board in early January 2021.