WCCT Executive Officer

The Executive Officer is responsible for the management of the day to day operations of the Western Cape Communities Trust, Property Trust, Sub-Regional Trusts, the Coordinating Committee and Sub-Committees including staff and finances, in such a way as to ensure that the business and strategic objectives are achieved under the Western Cape Communities Co-Existence Agreement, Trust Deeds and Constitutions, Strategic Plan and other related legal and statutory obligations.

The Executive Officer also provides assistance and support to Trustees, Coordinating Committee members and Traditional Owners.

The Executive Officer is responsible for ensuring that all risks that could affect the capacity of the WCCT to meet its responsibilities and accountabilities are identified, assessed and managed in accordance with professionally recognised ‘best practice’.

WCCT Executive Officer Diagram

Michelle Kostecki - Transition Manager

The WCCT Administration team are getting ready for the Christmas as the office will be closed from 14th December until 2nd January. Christina Hall has successfully commenced her Rio Tinto traineeship and Lisa Stamm is also leaving the business in December.

The new Members and Directors were inducted at the Q4_2018 meetings and a review of relevant policies for the inductions were completed with all required policies updated. They were then rolled out with the inductions to ensure they understand their responsibilities associated with appointment and act accordingly as the elected representatives.

On 3rd December the Coordinating Committee met and elected Florence Charger (CC Chair) and David Grego (CC Deputy) and on 4th December the Main Trust Board elected Marie Pitt (MT Chair) and Edna Mark (MT Deputy).

The Governance Foundations for Not for Profit training is confirmed for the new year on 22nd and 23rd January in Weipa at the WCCL training rooms for new Directors who have not previously attended this course, followed by the Director training course for the ‘Role of the Chairperson’ and it will be held in Brisbane on 14th February. The training will assist to provide clarity for Directors of the WCCT and set the path forward of the responsibilities associated with your appointments and all training is being provided by the Australian Institute Company Directors (AICD). The administration team will confirm all accommodation and travel arrangements in January and will be in contact with all who are required to attend the training.

The WCCT end of year Christmas celebrations for the Director and Members was held at the Weipa Bowls Club this year on 5th December and there were around 140 guests that attended. I asked the Chairpersons of the Main Trust and Coordinating Committee to share a few words with our Shareholders, Partners and Communities regarding their important roles. Patrick Nandy from Wujal-Wujal provided the evening entertainment and was a crowd pleaser. I would like to acknowledge the WCCT staff for organising a great evening.

A reminder for those applying for the grant funding that all applications for the next Sub-Trust meetings close on 10th January.

That is all for 2018 and the WCCT administration team wishes all Directors, Members and Partners a safe and Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year and we look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

Liz Foster - Office Manager

After spending my life growing up in the Cassowary Coast region I moved to Weipa in 2011. I joined the WCCT Team in March 2017, as Office Manager.

I find my role as Office Manager for the Trust both rewarding and enjoyable. I enjoy helping others and assisting people to achieve their goals and expand their skills.

I am learning a lot about Traditional Owners and their communities and culture, and I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to develop myself further.

It is satisfying to be part of an organisation that strives to improve the quality of people’s lives, and I am looking forward to contributing towards the exciting developments the WCCT have put in place for the future.

Zoey Sagiba - Administration Officer

I have lived in Weipa for almost 5 years now and feel truly blessed to live in such a beautiful part of Australia.

I have lived in Cairns most of my life before then and I am of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. My great grandparents (Mothers side) are Ankamuthi people of whom I am a proud descendant of.

Since joining the Trust Team in June 2016, I have learnt and gained so much experience both culturally and professionally.

It is a privilege to be working with the WCCT Team, Board of Directors and Members and the Shareholders. I aspire to help my people and gain as much knowledge and experience as possible.

Shawntaye Manantan - Reception Administration Assistant

I was born in Weipa and raised in Cairns Queensland; I have been living in Weipa for 5 years. I am a part of the Taepadhighi clan from my father’s side and Tjungundji clan from my mother’s side.

Since joining the WCCT team in August 2018, it is a pleasure to be working alongside such amazing people. Working with the Trust gives me the opportunity to meet new people and get to know the other Traditional Owners from all the different clan groups.

Kaylene Jawai - Implementation Officer

Napranum is home to me, I have lived here all my life and am so grateful to grow up in such a beautiful region.   My Traditional Owner group is Thanikwithi.

It is a privilege to be working in this position and I look forward to working with the WCCT staff, Traditional Owners and other Shareholders.  From this I hope to gain skills and further my understanding that will enable me to contribute and share the knowledge and experiences with others.

Florence Charger - Implementation Officer

Kristiana Carroll - Finance Manager

I hold a Master of Accounting with additional qualifications in business management, hospitality and tourism. I am an Associate member of CPA Australia, participating in continued professional development.

I have experience in management and financial accounting, administration management and corporate restructure.

My Interests include efficiency and accuracy of accounting information systems, and encouraging and assisting with training and development so that aspirations can become reality.

Sally Robinson - Finance Grants Officer

I have been living in Weipa for the past 15 years and have worked for WCCT since 2011.

The role of Finance Grants Officer is a challenging and rewarding one. I have learnt a lot from Traditional Owners throughout my time at the Trust and feel lucky to have the opportunity to work closely with those in Community.

Charraine Bond - Finance Grants Officer

I have been living in Weipa for the past 8 years, and I am originally from NPA Community of New Mapoon.

My heritage is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. My Traditional Owner group is Taepadhighi. I have been working at the Trust Office since 2010 in the Administration and Finance departments.

Living and growing up in Community from a young age made me develop a passion for community work; I love helping others and enjoy working closely with the Shareholders and Traditional Owners.

Working for the Trust is a privilege and I have learnt a whole range of skills culturally as well as professionally.

I have enjoyed seeing the changes and developments over the years and look forward to the future working for the Western Cape Communities Trust.

Andrina East - Senior Finance Officer

I moved to Weipa in 2015 from Cairns and began working with the WCCT in August 2018 and I am of Torres Strait Islander decent.

Becoming apart of the WCCT team I hope to expand my skills and knowledge in the area of administration and get to know and understand the Traditional Owner groups in the Western Cape Region.

I look forward to working alongside the WCCT team, Board of Directors, Members and Shareholders.

Rachel Dick - Finance Administration Officer

I was born and raised in Weipa and began working with the WCCT in February 2018. I am of Torres Strait Islander descent and am very proud of my culture.

As my first full-time job, I hope to learn and develop new and rewarding skills that can be used to successfully contribute towards the WCCT.

I am excited to be working with the WCCT Team, Board of Directors, Members and Shareholders, and look forward to the new experiences this job will bring.

Upcoming Events

February 5, 2019 Sub-Committees (E&T, E&H, L&R)
February 6, 2019 Sub-Committees (E&T, E&H, L&R)
February 7, 2019 Sub-Committees (E&T, E&H, L&R)
February 8, 2019 Investment Committee

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