Kate Golson - Chairperson
Born 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.
Bruce Gorring – Vice Chairperson
Bruce is of mixed Asian and European heritage. He is a product of Maitland (NSW) in the lower Hunter Valley and spent his formative years in Albury/Wodonga, one of Gough Whitlam’s great de-centralisation experiments. Apart from a short residence in Fremantle, Bruce has lived in Broome since 1998. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Geography and Sociology from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Social Sciences (Environment and Planning) from RMIT University. Bruce is profoundly interested in the reflexive relationship between ‘Country’, people and the sustainability of cultural and natural landscapes. This interest has influenced his professional career journey over time. From 1998 to 2005, he worked for the KLC, initially as a Project Development Officer and then as Manager of the Native Title Services Unit. From 2006 to 2009, he was Assistant Director of the Land Branch in the Department of Indigenous Affairs, Perth. In 2009, he was appointed Research Coordinator in the Nulungu Research Institute at the Broome campus of the University of Notre Dame Australia. In 2015, he took up the inaugural General Manager’s position with Marrugeku Inc, Broome’s pre-eminent dance theatre company. He is an enduring EK member and has served on the Board since 2009. Bruce lives in Broome with his partner Ari, daughters Sophie and Freja, and their dog Ollie.
Craig Phillips – Board Member
Craig 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 - Treasurer
Kat 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 – Board Member
Laurel 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 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
After 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!
Jeremy Cussen – Board member
Having grown up between Australia’s east coast and Papua New Guinea (not an unfamiliar start for EK Board Members), Jeremy has been active in environmental NGO’s from a young age, working with local action groups in Melbourne and the UK, travelling extensively and assisting in Vanuatuan health education projects. Jeremy moved to the Kimberley in 2012 and lived between Broome and Halls Creek for the following year, which allowed him to take part in Broome’s NO GAS campaign and develop strong bonds with communities throughout the Kimberley. Having worked with the majority of Broome’s under 18’s, his aim is to educate, empower and inspire Kimberley youth to take a leading role in the conservation and enjoyment of our abundant natural resources.
Peter Mitchell – Board member
Having 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’.
Shaun Clark – Board member
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