EK Board


Kate Golson - Chairperson

KateGolsonBorn in Canberra, Kate grew up mainly between Papua New Guinea and Australia. She arrived in the Kimberley in 1992 armed with a BA and MA in Anthropology and, since then, has worked with Kimberley communities and organisations on projects concerned with sustainable development, conservation and land management, tropical river research, oral history, native title and cultural heritage protection. In so doing, Kate has worked with many local, state and national NGOs and government bodies. She joined the Board in 2007 and has been the Chair since 2009.


Shaun Clarke – Vice Chairperson

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Shaun has lived in the Kimberley for 20 years and, during this time, has dedicated himself to maintaining the cultural integrity and remarkable natural beauty of this place. Shaun has had long-term involvement with Indigenous communities of the Dampier Peninsula, and significant environmental management experience. He has worked on various environmental projects in the West Kimberley including weeding, bush regeneration and coastal protection, and as a National Park Ranger at Geikie Gorge. Shaun looks forward to bringing this wealth of experience and expertise to the EK Board.



Craig Phillips – Board Member

craig newCraig first visited Broome in 1983 and moved to town permanently in 1994. He’s raised three children here, all now working in Broome. Craig opened Broome’s first computer specialist store in 1999 and employs eight staff. He joined EK in 1997 and was on the committee until 2007, rejoining in 2010. In another life he worked for the ACF in Victoria with their Rainforest Action Group. He was a member of the Broome Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee for six years until 2009. Craig understands the need for economic growth and believes more job opportunities are essential to solve some social problems facing our communities, but that there must be a balance that respects environment, culture and community.


Kat Taylor - Board Member

Kat - high res-1Kat grew up in Perth. After completing a rivetting honours thesis on wastewater irrigation, she sailed from Cairns to Phuket, inconveniently falling in love with the ship RV Heraclitus. Kat enjoys projects that engage the community in water management. She has worked for several NGOs on projects about climate change, water efficiency and remote community drinking water supplies. Although Kat has called the Kimberley home for a few years, she periodically disappears to see her family in Perth or to travel. Kat leads a secret double life as a radio star, being one of the original presenters of Sustenance on 8CCC, Alice Springs, and now a co-presenter of The Sound Environment on Radio Goolarri.


Laurel Sutcliffe – Treasurer

Laurel Sutcliffe1Laurel has been a member of EK since its early ‘No Dam’ days, and is thrilled to have watched it grow into the strong, effective, highly respected organization it is today. I’m proud to be a member of the Board and thereby contribute to EK’s aim of protecting the nature of the Kimberley. In the face of Barnett’s plans to mine & industrialise the region, those of us who have a different vision will need to be savvy, strategic and steadfast in our efforts to rally like-minded Australians to our cause and from there, elect a Government whose policies support our values of sustainable development, and environmental preservation.


Carmel Leahy-  Board member

carmel newCarmel has lived and worked in the Kimberley for about thirty years. Like many people in the modern world she is into experiences, rather than stuff, and the Kimberley is the perfect place to live for rich, rewarding experiences: breathtaking country, rivers full of life, pristine beaches, dinosaur track ways. Carmel wants to help preserve the nature of the Kimberley so future generations can have the sustainable, long term economic benefits that flow from sharing these special places and connections. The planet needs its lungs, it must produce oxygen and soak up carbon. In this area too, the Kimberley can benefit from maintaining its rich biodiversity. Being on the board of management Carmel hopes to continue to support EK staff and members in the great work they do conserving the nature of the Kimberley.


Jan Lewis – Secretary

jan lewisAfter completing university in UK and teaching at an environmental studies centre for a year, I sought adventures in sunnier, wider landscapes — spending 5 years teaching in Zambia and The Bahamas before arriving in the Kimberley in 1982. I’ve now spent 20 of the last 30 years in the region — 6 in the East Kimberley. My non-paid life focuses on bird research — I’ve volunteered on a number of research projects and run two myself. Sitting quietly by a waterhole at dawn watching finches come in to drink, especially gorgeous Gouldians, is a favourite pastime. My motivation for joining the EK Board is a strong sense of the escalating threats to the Kimberley environment, and recognition that being part of an effective organisation that works to protect habitat is better than going it alone!


Peter Mitchell – Board member

Peter MitchellHaving taken over the role of the Board’s ‘éminence grise’ from Pat Lowe, Peter is a founding member of EK and has significant experience in local community development and governance, including a six-year stint as an elected member of the Broome Shire Council. Peter has lived in Broome and the Kimberley since 1988, has helped raise a family of three wonderful Kimberley Kids, and is verging on the status of ‘local’.



Ben CavuotoBen Cavuoto – Board member

Ben comes to the EK committee well qualified for the role.  He is an ecologist who has worked for two decades in Natural Resource Management, with a special interest in nature and culture conservation.  He is experienced in running projects and on-ground activities and writing submissions. His other interests and skills are in wildlife and conservation biology, ecology, botany, field surveys, seed collection, banking and storage, revegetation and bushcare.



Alex Headshot higher res 1Alex Mountford – Board member

Born and raised in Melbourne, Alex completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne before side stepping office life to become a teacher, undertaking a Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary) at LaTrobe University.  Arriving in the Kimberley as a graduate teacher, she quickly came to appreciate the spectacular and untouched environment as central to Kimberley life.  Alex has lived in Yiyili Community (between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek) for most of her time in the Kimberley, working as a classroom teacher and literacy specialist teacher.  Alex loves community life, and has come to appreciate it even more as she watches her very busy toddler (Lucy) delight in her surrounds.  Whilst on a steep learning curve concerning the details of environmental issues, policies and campaigns in both the Kimberley and further afield, Alex is passionate about understanding and contributing to the community outside the confines of the school grounds of Yiyili Aboriginal Community School, where she will take on the role of principal in 2017.