Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation is committed to maintaining a culturally diverse workplace, by creating jobs and career pathways for Aboriginal people. We also aim to attract passionate people from the broader community who support Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation’s vision. If you have an interest in working for our organisation, please contact us.

our board

Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation is governed by a Board of Directors which is comprised of representatives from our Member Organisations. The Board operates in accordance with a Board Charter and Rule Book which empowers them to make decisions concerning the strategic direction of the corporation. The Board generally meets bi-monthly and is supported by a secretariat.

Our current Board Directors are:


Ms Robyn Regattieri, Chairperson

Robyn Regattieri is the Business Manager for Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association (TEABBA), a position she has held for 15 years. Robyn holds various qualifications inclusive of Business Administration, Project Management and Training and Assessment.

Prior to working with TEABBA, Robyn spent many years with the Department of Law, travelling to remote communities, working in courts administration within the Magistrates and Supreme Courts. Robyn is also one of the founding members on the board of the Northern Alliance which are representatives of Remote Indigenous Media Organisations across Australia.


Ms Regina Bennett, Deputy Chairperson

Regina Bennett is the Manager of the Darwin Aboriginal and Islander Women’s Shelter Incorporated (DAIWS), a position she has held for over 10 years. Prior to her involvement with DAIWS, Regina worked in roles with the NT and Commonwealth Governments for over 20 years, inclusive of sitting on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC).

Regina has gained tertiary qualifications in Indigenous Leadership through the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre. Regina has a passion to help people and generously gives her time to be involved at Board level for a number of Darwin based Indigenous organisations.


Mr Joe Brown, Director

Joe Brown is the Director of Community Engagement with the Department of Education, Northern Territory Government. He has worked for the Department of Education for 30 years at various levels, predominately in financial administration and community engagement fields. During this time Joe has worked with remote schools, students and their respective communities and families across the Northern Territory. Additionally, he was a member of the FEPPI Council, the council was established to provide high level advice to Minister for Education on Indigenous educational issues

Prior to joining the Department of Education, Joe completed an apprenticeship in Carpentry and worked for two years post trade as a carpenter. In addition Joe has served in the Australian Army Reserves for five years as a field engineer with 1 Combat Regiment.

Joe was born in Darwin and has lived all of his life in Darwin he has been well supported by the local community and feels that it is time he gave something back to community, hence the volunteering of his time on Boards within the NFP sector in Darwin

Joe is currently an Executive Director on the Board for the organisation of ‘Foundation of Rehabilitation with Aboriginal Alcohol Related Difficulties’ (FORWAARD), an organisation that is one of our founding Member Organisations. Joe sits as a Director on the Board of Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation representing FORWAARD.


Malcolm Darling, Director

Malcom Darling is the General Manager for Danila Dilba, a position he has been in for more than 5 years, prior to his current role, he worked as an Aboriginal Health Practitioner and Chronic Disease Coordinator. During that time he has seen extensive growth in the establishment of new programs and clinics where he has had primary oversight in the capital works and property matters for those clinics. He currently oversees five clinics and 3 independent programs. Malcolm has been with Danila Dilba Health Services for 12 years, in addition to these roles he has also held the Acting CEO and DCEO positions.

Malcolm was born and bred in Darwin, he family is from the Bardi People, they are salt water people from Lombadina, which is located north of Broome on the beautiful Dampier Peninsula.

He follows AFL and is a very proud West Coast Eagles supporter.


Halpin Hart, Director

Halpin Hart was born in Katherine, Northern Territory, he is of the Jawoyn peoples in the Northern Territory. Halpin has been heavily involved with the Northern Territory Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation since its inception, and has been an avid supporter in their values with responding directly to the needs and concerns of members and families of the Stolen Generations.

Along with these achievements, Halpin was also a Deputy Chairman for approximately 10 years and was elected Chairperson in 2013-2014. Halpin is the current Chairperson for the Mulligas & Cudjeris group and is also on the Indigenous Advisory Committee at the Rosebery Middle School for Indigenous Culture.

With his impressive and extensive resume and years of experience, Halpin brings a wide range of knowledge to the team and fits in perfectly to the culture and ethical values we have here Ironbark.


Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown, proud Larrakia woman born and raised in Darwin currently works for the Northern Land Council in the Caring for Country branch.

Nicole is passionate about empowering women in particular future leaders by volunteering her time to mentor with The Smith Family “Girls Step Up” program and at schools through The Girls Academy.

As a previous Chairperson of Women in Resources NT, Nicole advocates strongly for women to commence careers in the Resources industry.

Nicole was employed on the $37 billion dollar Ichthys LNG project in Darwin, from 2012-2015. During Nicole’s employment on this project, she held down a variety of roles with the primary contractors, providing her with invaluable experience. During her time there she promoted the benefits of working on this project to her people.

In her spare time, Nicole is Deputy Chairperson of Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation as well as being on the Board of the Australia Day Council.

In 2018, Nicole received the judges Highly Commended Award at the National Association for Women in Construction, NT Crystal Vision Awards.

Nicole relishes the opportunity to work in her community volunteering with the Juninga Aged Care Centre and at her son’s school.

our executive team

Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation is managed by a strong Executive Management Team with extensive experience in effective delivery of economic, social and community programs.

Our current Executive Team is comprised of:


Mr Shaun Pearce, Chief Executive Officer Dip. Bus. (Gov.) FICDA

Shaun Pearce brings over 25 years managerial experience to Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation, in a diversity of fields including Manufacturing, Tourism, where he specialised in the field of Indigenous Tourism, Hospitality, Indigenous Education and Employment.

Prior to joining Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation, Shaun was engaged for 7 years as a Senior Executive Manager for Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, based at Ayers Rock Resort in Yulara. During this period, Shaun developed strong relationships with the Mutitjulu, Kaltukatjara and Imanpa communities and was instrumental in the success of the ‘real jobs’ program which increased indigenous employment within the Ayers Rock Resort. Previous positions include Operations Manager and Business/Product Development Manager for multinational companies such as Amcor and Detmold packaging, these roles involved periods where he was required to work internationally.

While in the printing and packaging Industry Shaun held the position of Chairman of the Australian / New Zealand Flexographic Technical Association.

In the short time Shaun has called Darwin home, he has immersed himself into the community fabric of life in Darwin, he holds a number of Board Positions, these are, the Tourism Top End board of Management, a position he has held for the past 2 years, the Darwin Buffaloes Football Club Executive Committee (Current President), the PRBA Management committee and also donates spare time to Camp Quality activities.


Ms Kirstine Cossens, Operations Manager

Kirstine has worked in the Non-Government Organisation sector throughout her career from the Top End of the Northern Territory in Wadeye and Darwin and internationally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

These roles have included experience in direct community consultations, small and large scale remote area residential, commercial and civil construction projects, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) development, management and support, remote logistics and procurement, governance, finance and human resources.

Kirstine holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences, a Graduate Certificate of International Relations and a Master of International and Community Development.

Kirstine has significant experience as Economic Development Manager, Deputy CEO and Acting CEO for a large remote Indigenous corporation in the Thamarrurr region of the Northern Territory, following this as Operations Manager of a Darwin based refugee trauma and support centre.

While living in South East Asia for an extended period she held several roles including Administrative Director for a grassroots NGO in Cambodia dedicated to using break-dancing and hip-hop culture to educate, engage and support at risk youth.


Mr Brad Rake, Community Projects Manager

Brad Rake brings over 18 years experience in Indigenous employment and training programs to Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation.  Prior to his current role, Brad was instrumental in developing and managing a broad range of successful projects in the Carpentaria Region of Queensland and through out the Northern Territory.  He also brings international experience, having worked for 2 years in Ghana, West Africa, Brad was responsible for teaching  mining construction to young indigenous students.

As a lateral thinker, has a strong interest in establishing social enterprises, inclusive of Indigenous labour hire concepts.

Brad brings particular experience in the Industry areas of Mining, Beef Production, Commercial Fishing, Tourism and Civil Construction.

Brad has recently been appointed as a member of the ‘Development Consent Authority for the Batchelor Division.


Mr Steven Lawrence, Corporate Services Manager (FCPA)

Steven was born in Sydney, moved to Darwin as a young teenager, where he completed his senior schooling and going on to graduate from University in Darwin. He is a long term Darwin resident, with many ties to the community, one of these ties is the ‘Darwin Football Club, where he is the treasurer. He is a proud father of two children and grandfather of one.

Steven was recently awarded a Fellow Membership of CPA Australia, acknowledging Steve’s significant accounting experience in industry, with at least 5 of these years being at executive level.

Bringing with him a wealth of knowledge from his 15 plus years’ of experience in working within communities, not-for-profit Aboriginal organisations and a Commonwealth Statutory Authority within the Top End of the NT.

Steven is a fully qualified CPA Accountant with almost 30 years’ experience in accounting, management, corporate governance and risk management functions. He has held senior management positions reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and fully elected board members. Steven brings invaluable experience in working in urban, regional and remote localities in the top end.

Not only does Steve possess high level technical accounting skills, he has an eye for detail and strives for continuous improvements to processes and practices.

Prior to commencing with Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation, Steven was the Chief Executive Officer of a resource centre in the Daly River/Wadeye region providing essential services and housing maintenance to 7 remote outstations.