Our Board

Our board members are respected Indigenous community members who provide visionary leadership and ensure our work aligns with the cultures, languages and aspirations of Indigenous communities. 

We have members from many backgrounds with differing levels of experience, skills and knowledge. 

Our Board

Meet Our Board Members

Chair

Chair

Gawura Waṉambi (Gamarraŋ) - Darwin

Gawura was born near Ramaŋgirr outstation. His family moved around the Gapuwiyak area and south as far as Numbulwar. It was here that he first attended school. During his ‘Balanda’ schooling he also attended Shepherdson College, Gapuwiyak School and Dhupuma College. He commenced working at the Gapuwiyak Store and then moved into community work before attending Batchelor College where he study linguistics. It was he that he met his partner from Central Australia. Over the years they have lived in Central Australia and Arnhem Land. Gawura’s work has involved him in roles such as Community Services, Homeland Resource Centre CDEP administration and a Money Management program. For health reasons he and his family had to move to Darwin around 2004 where has worked with the Aboriginal Interpreter Service and now ARDS.

Vice Chair

Vice Chair

Ḏipililŋa Marika Bukuḻatjpi (Buḻanydjan) - Yirrkala

Ḏipililŋa was born and grew up at Galiwin’ku. She attended school at Shepherson College in Galiwin’ku. In the early 1980s she moved to Yirrkala where she has worked for many years at the local Health Centre involved in the Strong Women, Strong Babies, Strong Culture program. Ḏipililŋa has 6 children and 1 grandchild.

Specialist Director

Specialist Director

Rev Haloti T Kailahi 

Director

Director

Biritjalawuy Goṉḏarra (Wamuttjan) - Darwin

Director

Director

Warmbirrirr Ganambarr (Galikali) - Milingimbi

Warmbirrirr was born and grew up at Yurrwi (Milingimbi). She did some work experience at the Yurrwi School and decided to make teaching her life career. After several periods of study at Batchelor College she graduated in 1988. She has now been teaching for over 35 years. Warmbirrirr has also been involved with many community groups and organisations. She started as an ARDS director in March 2017. She has 4 children and 12 grandchildren.

Director

Director

Gurimaŋu Bukuḻatjpi (Baŋaḏitjan) - Darwin

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