Meet Our Board of Directors
Meet our Board of Directors, all respected members of our local Aboriginal community, who provide their time, skills and experience to make sure our service runs efficiently and effectively and meets the needs of the community.
We need more Directors on our Team
We currently have a vacancy for a Directorship for someone who has a passion for improving the lives of Aboriginal people. The Board meets 6 or 7 times a year, usually every second month for a few hours each time. The current board is made up of local Bundjalung people, with a mix of professionals and community experience and knowledge. We are particularly keen to fill the current vacancy with a Bundjalung person who has a good eye for governance, strategic planning, community capacity building and business development.
If this sounds like a role that would suit you, please contact us here.
Uncle Phil Roberts – Chairperson
Uncle Phil is passionate about Namatjira Haven. The Haven was founded by his father, Pastor Frank Roberts, and Uncle Phil has his father’s vision always in heart and mind. Phil joined the Board as Chairperson in 2013.
Uncle Bill “Jub” Smith
Uncle Bill joined the Board in 2015. His own lived experience of being a resident here some years ago means we have an authentic voice speaking to what is effective in supporting men through our Gulgihwen Program. Bill is a renowned local musician, regularly busking around Lismore and Byron Bay performing his original songs about life, love and healing.
Aunty Sandra Bolt
Aunty Sandra joined the Board in 2014. Aunty Sandra worked for decades as a social worker supporting Aboriginal women and children. Although now retired, Sandra remains as passionate as ever about the need for more services for local Aboriginal women and their children.
Aunty Jenny Smith
Aunty Jenny is our longest serving current Director having joined the Board in 2010. Aunty Jenny is the Workforce Manager at the Local Health District, and is at the forefront of ensuring Aboriginal people and services like ours can navigate pathways through mainstream health services.