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’.
Executive Officer - Geoffrey Fahey
I am a Churchill Fellow and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) with significant management and board experience with positions in management of commercial (Manufacturing), not for profit, statutory authorities, charities and agribusiness.
I hold qualifications in agriculture, marketing, human resource management, market research and company directorship. I have training in Six Sigma, not for profit management, governance and corporate risk management.
I have experience in development for indigenous communities associated with large-scale mining projects and landowner companies and significant experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams in cross-cultural situations and in managing and mentoring indigenous staff.
I have worked extensively in Papua New Guinea and have also worked in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, The Philippines, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
My interests include improved remuneration systems to attract and retain quality staff, ensuring proper governance in statutory authorities, not for profits, indigenous corporations and community organizations.
I am passionate about enticing young particularly indigenous people to “Dream, Believe, Achieve”.
I am committed to seeing an end to domestic violence against women and a true bridging of the gap between indigenous Australians and the rest of the community. I also have permanent residency for Papua New Guinea.
My role with the Western Cape Communities Trust is my dream job as I choose to be part of the solution for Aboriginal People rather than a problem and here I can make a real difference for the communities I serve.
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 - Office Administration Assistant
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.
Christina Hall - Reception Administration Assistant
I have lived in Napranum/Weipa my whole life. I am a Traditional Owner of the area, which we work on. I am from the Thanikwithi clan (mother’s mother) also the Alngith clan group (father’s mother).
I have been working for the Trust since May 2017.
I enjoy my job and I like the team that I work with.
Working here has given me the privilege to learn new things, meet new people; other Traditional Owners and visit some places I haven’t been before.
Lisa Stamm - Implementation Officer
I am a long term resident of Western Cape York with professional experience in education at all levels, business improvement, production improvement and community relations.
I am passionate about leading sustainable improvements in order to support the building of capacity of individuals and organisations, particularly Traditional Owners.
It is a privilege to live and work in community alongside and with Traditional Owners so that individuals and community aspirations can be identified and achieved.
I am fortunate to be working in a role at the Trust that I am passionate and committed too.
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.
Odessa Sabatino - Finance Administration Officer
I have lived in Weipa for six years. I am originally from Bamaga where I have lived most of my life. I am both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. My Traditional Owner Group is Ankamuthi.
I have obtained a Certificate III in Business and Business Administration and a Certificate IV in Business Administration. I am advancing my education, and hope to have attained Certificate IV in Accounting by December 2018.
I have worked for the Trust collectively for six months so far. It is a privilege working for the Trust and getting to meet other Traditional Owner Groups as well as expanding my network and meeting new people.
Finance Administration Officer - Jazmin Dockrill
Coming from a small town, Mossman; adapting to Weipa’s culture and heat has been a breeze over the last two months.
I am a Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owner from Wujal Wujal in FNQ.
I am currently studying Secondary Education, hoping to some day work in communities and rural areas like Weipa and Mossman to help ‘bridge the gap’.
I find it gratifying that we (WCCT) are able to go the extra mile and continue to build strong reationships with current and future, as well as recognising and remebering past Traditional Owners.
Don Geyer - Governance Manager
I am a CPA and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD). I am also a Fellow of the North American Academy of Arts and Sciences. I hold degrees in Accounting, Geology, Geophysics and Education.
I have some 40 years’ experience in Accounting and Systems Design and Implementation. My work has taken me all over the world and I have worked with many large companies and Governments in these areas.
I joined WCCT in July 2013 as Finance Manager and now am undertaking a major Governance Review of all aspects of the Trusts’ operations.
I find working with the Trusts and all Directors to be most rewarding and hope that my work will improve all aspects of the Trusts activities for the benefit of all Shareholders.