An advisory Board of Indigenous and non-Indigenous members, all leaders in their fields of speciality, oversee the strategic business operations of Bama Services.
David Stewart B.Sc., B.E, FIFEAust, FTSE, MAICD
David is a civil engineer with 35 years’ experience managing operations in the construction and mining industry, throughout Australia and Internationally. He was previously Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Leighton Holdings Limited, the parent company of one of Australia’s major project development and contracting organisations. David provides invaluable advice, guidance and contact to Bama Services; and his experience and expertise are second to none.
Richie Ah Mat
Richard (Richie) Ah mat was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. His mother is a Wuthathi woman and his father was a Yupungathi man. Richie worked for Comalco (now Rio Tinto Alcan) for 27 years and was the Aboriginal man to hold the position of President of a Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union Lodge. Richie is the Chairman of the Cape York Land Council, a non-executive director of Cape York Partnership and a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.
Chief Executive Officer
Fiona is an Indigenous leader dedicated to education, reform and empowering change for Indigenous Australia.
A proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Fiona’s love for her family, culture and heritage shaped her career in empowering local change in Indigenous communities.
Fiona first joined the Cape York Institute in 2010 and, prior to her appointment as CEO, held a number of executive positions as Director of Leadership for the Cape York Leaders Program, Chief Executive Officer of Cape York Institute, General Manager of Cape York Partnership, and Chief Executive Officer of Cape York Partnership.
Fiona is also hands-on in a number of Indigenous-led organisations. She is a Leader of Empowered Communities, Board Member of Bama Services and Djarragun College, and Chairperson of Jawun Advisory Group.
She also holds a range of directorships including Non-Executive Director of Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation, Djarragun College, and Cape York Girl Academy. Fiona is also on the Council of the National Museum of Australia.
Fiona’s professional career began with a traineeship at Education Queensland and during her 10 years with the department, she soon advanced to senior management positions. Here she gained a wealth of experience in leadership, management, education and government relations. Fiona also held management positions in aviation and training and employment.
Fiona was the winner of the 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Award – Queensland for Purpose and Social Enterprise. She was also a State Finalist in the 2012 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Fiona’s enthusiasm, dedication and expertise were also recognised when the Australian Institute of Management named her Queensland Not-for-profit Manager of the Year in 2012.
Fiona was a contributor to the recent book ‘So You Want To Be a Leader’ by author Philip Crisp.