Country, Culture, People, Future

Executive Management Team

YMAC CEO

Simon Hawkins

Chief Executive Officer

Simon is responsible for the overall management of the organisation on behalf of YMAC’s Board of Directors, and also acts as the Company Secretary. This position ensures that policies, and decisions of YMAC’s Board of Directors and respective Regional Committees, are implemented. It also ensures that the organisation observes its legal responsibilities, and that it meets its obligations under agreements entered into with other parties. Additionally, in promoting the interests of YMAC and its clients, the CEO advocates for policy change, and negotiates funding for new and existing projects.

Simon has been the CEO for 14 years and has overseen the largest native title negotiations in Australia’s history, including the multi-billion-dollar agreement between Pilbara Traditional Owners and Rio Tinto Iron Ore and BHP. In addition, Simon has managed YMAC through over 1,000 agreement negotiations with national and international bodies, on behalf of the Traditional Owners represented by the organisation, including securing a National Heritage Listing and Indigenous Protected Area partnerships.

Before joining YMAC in 2003, Simon worked for the Department of Indigenous affairs as a Director, where he managed a regional network of officers across the Western Australia. He has also held the position of CEO in Local Government.

 

YMAC Yamatji Regional Manager

Donna Murdock

Yamatji Regional Manager

Donna is the Yamatji Regional Manager. She is responsible for developing and maintaining strategic alliances across all sectors, managing special projects, advocating and representing the native title rights and interests of represented Traditional Owners (within the Midwest, Murchison and Gascoyne), overseeing regional operations, including managing the regional office, and overseeing staff for the Yamatji region.

YMAC Pilbara Regional Manager

Donny Wilson

Pilbara Regional Manager

Donny is the Pilbara Regional Manager. He is responsible for developing and maintaining strategic alliances across all sectors, managing special projects, advocating and representing the native title rights and interests of represented Traditional Owners, overseeing regional operations, including managing regional offices, and overseeing staff for the Pilbara region.

YMAC Director of Research and Heritage

Olivia Norris

Director of Research and Heritage

Olivia is the Director of Research and Heritage. She is responsible for managing the organisation’s research, heritage, biodiversity and spatial operations. This includes all anthropological, and other specialised research, on behalf of native title claimants to establish their connection to land and waters under traditional Law and custom. Research is also prepared for the purposes of resolving boundary overlaps, group membership, litigation, and other purposes related to establishing native title. This position also oversees the organisation’s heritage services, and is responsible for cultural heritage protection matters. The organisation’s biodiversity and spatial staff, which undertake various community projects, also report to this position.

YMAC Principal Legal Officer

Michael Meegan

Principal Legal Officer

Michael is the Principal Legal Officer (PLO). He is responsible for managing the legal operations of the organisation in accordance with the Native Title Act 1993 (NTA). The PLO advises on matters related to the NTA and associated legislation, and other Commonwealth and State laws and statues, which affect the interests of native title holders in the Midwest, Murchison, Gascoyne, and Pilbara regions. Michael coordinates the relationships between the organisation and its represented Traditional Owner clients, intra-indigenous mediation in relation to the native title claim process, preparation and lodgement of native title claims, progress and resolution of native title claims, and future act processes.

YMAC Chief Financial Officer

Nicholas Kimber

Chief Financial Officer

Nicholas (Nick) is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He is responsible for overseeing the financial reporting requirements of the organisation. Nick provides timely and accurate information to the CEO, the YMAC Board of Directors, and the respective Regional Committees, for strategic decision-making, and to ensure efficient and effective use of resources to meet the dynamic and challenging conditions of the economy.