Meet the EK Board

Kate Golson


Kate is a community-based researcher with an interest in community development and organisational change. Kate has consulted for a range of organisations including the Nulungu Research Institute at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Western Australia, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Kimberley Land Council and the Kimberley Institute. She has also consulted for government environment departments at both state and federal level. Kate 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. Born in Canberra and raised in Papua New Guinea and England, she holds an MA in Anthropology (Development Studies) from Sydney University. Kate joined the Board of EK in 2007, inspired by ‘the considered and informed activism of co-founder Pat Lowe’ and has served as Chairperson of the Board since 2010.

Shaun Clark

Vice Chair

A landscape supervisor, Shaun has a particular interest in Indigenous knowledge of fauna and flora. A former Geikie Gorge National Park ranger, he has had a long-term involvement with the Indigenous communities of the Dampier Peninsula and significant environmental management experience. Shaun has worked in many fields, including computer programming, agriculture, horticulture, irrigation, landcare and Indigenous community development. He has taken part in various environmental projects in the West Kimberley such as weeding, bush regeneration and coastal protection. Shaun says, ‘From campaigns to standing up for the voiceless flora and fauna to working with Aboriginal rangers to create a better understanding and protection of the nature of the North-west of Australia, EK takes us down the path we should have always been headed down: looking after the country.’

Jan Lewis


Jan is an educator and community services professional, who joined the Board because of a strong sense of the escalating threats to the Kimberley. A long-term Kimberley resident and avid volunteer bird researcher, she is Secretary of the Dinosaur Coast Management Group. Her previous roles include Secretary of the Broome Bird Observatory Committee, Secretary of the Marna Jarndu Women’s Refuge, committee member of the Wyndham Action Group and Chairperson of Women for One World. Once a public servant and later an Oxfam employee, she has worked as a high-school teacher in the United Kingdom, Zambia and the Bahamas, and an adult educator at TAFE in the Kimberley. Jan holds a Masters in Development Studies from Murdoch University, an Honours degree in Geography from Leeds University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Bristol University.

Kat Taylor

Board member

Kat is an environmental consultant with extensive experience working for Aboriginal and environmental non-government organisations, including the Kimberley Land Council in Broome and the Centre for Appropriate Technology and Arid Lands Environment Centre in Alice Springs. She is an environmental educator and water specialist with a special focus on drinking-water supply risk management. Currently studying for a doctorate, Kat holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Honours) plus a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology from Murdoch University. The roles she has held range from Natural Resource Management Officer of the West Australian Department of Water in Perth to co-presenter of The Sound Environment on Radio Goolarri. Kat moved to Broome in 2010 and says, ‘It is inspiring to see EK’s staff and supporters working on wonderful projects that support a positive future.’

Laurel Sutcliffe


Laurel, a teacher at Broome Senior High School, previously spent 20 years at Yakanarra Community School near Fitzroy Crossing, where she served as School Administrator and Principal. Laurel holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Education from Melbourne University. After graduating, she taught at schools in Victoria and Papua New Guinea before moving to the Kimberley in 1986 to work in Aboriginal education. She joined EK in its early days of campaigning against a dam on the Fitzroy River and was motivated to join the Board because she cared about preserving the natural environment. Laurel says: ‘I love being a member of EK and hanging out with like-minded people. The staff members are friendly, fervent and funny. As a member of EK, I feel optimistic about the future.’

Peter Mitchell

Board member

CEO of the Men’s Outreach Service in Broome, Peter is a founding member and former chair of Environs Kimberley. He has significant experience in local community development and governance, including a six-year stint as an elected member of the Broome Shire Council, and membership of the St Mary’s College School Board. After he completed a BA degree at Curtin University, his early working life was mostly spent in fieldwork in outback WA, in the mining and surveying industries. Since he moved to the Kimberley in 1988, his roles have included Telecentre Coordinator for Broome and Halls Creek, and field officer for the Department of Child Protection and Kullarri Employment Services. Peter’s passions are engaged by conservation and sustainability, Aboriginal empowerment, the Kimberley, music — and football.

Carmel Leahy

Board member

An upper primary teacher at Yiyili Aboriginal Community School, Carmel has previously served as a literary specialist at Broome Senior High School and taught at Nyikina Mangala Community School and various other schools and institutions. Author of the Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals (SKIPA)’s Guide to growing a garden in Broome, she participated in the society’s weeding and conservation projects with Goolarrabaloo Rangers and volunteers. Her work for EK has included preparing herbarium samples for the West Kimberley Nature Project. Among her qualifications is a Bachelor of Education in Multicultural Education from Edith Cowan University and a Masters in Applied Linguistics from Charles Darwin University. As a teacher at Yakanarra Community School in the 1990s, Carmel helped develop the school from its rudimentary beginnings in a bough-shed to a proper school with a full-time principal, four teachers and an adult education facility.

Craig Philips

Board member

A member of the EK Board since 1999, Craig owns a computer IT sales-and-service company. He has served on the boards of the Broome Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Centre West Kimberley and St. Mary’s College. His previous roles include Managing Director of OEM Supplies — Northwest, and before that Victorian sales manager of Columbus Mufflers and West Australian sales manager of Lukey Mufflers. Craig was born in Melbourne and moved to Broome in 1994. He says, ‘The Kimberley is special country, which has captivated my heart, but the people that EK has attracted, volunteers and staff, have been my true inspiration. We have a team of professional scientific and cultural experts and active carers and I am proud to be a part of EK.’

Alex 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.

Nik Wevers

Board member

Nik has lived in the Pilbara and Kimberley since the late 1970s. She has been employed by and sat on the Boards of numerous not-for-profit community organisations, mostly responsible for the delivery of social services.  She has also sat as a Board member of the Broome Port Authority and the Kimberley Development Commission, and served for 10 years as a Shire of Broome Councillor, including six years as Deputy Shire President. Nik is committed to the sensible preservation of the natural environment of the Kimberley, while supporting development that creates opportunities for Kimberley people.

Sean Salmon

Board member

After growing up in Country Victoria, Sean attended University in Ballarat. Seeking adventure, he travelled to the Kimberley in 1996 and has remained here ever since. He enjoyed working in the Pearling and Fishing industries on the remote Kimberley coast, and finally completed his degree in Education in 2006 whilst working on community landscaping projects. His teaching career began in Wyndham in 2007. In 2009 he returned to Broome with his partner and two sons and continues teaching in Broome, specialising in Indigenous Education.