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:

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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.

Robyn, our current Chairperson has been a Director on the Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation Board since its inception on June 1st 2000.

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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.

Regina, our current Deputy Chairperson has been a Director on the Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation Board since its inception on June 1st 2000.

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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.

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Mr Halpin Hart

Director

Mr 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.

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:

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Mr Shaun Pearce

Chief Executive Officer
Dip. Bus. (Gov.) FICDA

Shaun Pearce is the Chief Executive Officer at Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation, a position he has held since 2015. He is responsible for leading the organisation and its various subsidiaries through the challenges of the modern business landscape, in both the commercial and not- for- profit sectors.

His trademark drive and passion to succeed is driven by his favourite expression, which coincidently is also from his favourite movie, ‘Apollo 13’, this expression being, “Failure is not an option”. Through this passion, drive and will to succeed, Shaun has grown, expanded and diversified the organisation from what was considerably a much smaller business to what is today a large dynamic organisation with multiple avenues of business.

Shaun has been instrumental in resurrecting Aboriginal Bush Traders, a café and art space located in the historic Lyons Cottage on the Esplanade, this social enterprise provides an avenue for Indigenous artists to participate in a mainstream commercial economy. Shaun has also been a key player in one of the organisations Joint Ventures, RapidClean NT progressing from a Joint Venture to now being 100 % owned by the organisation.

His vision for Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation, is for the organisation to become a prominent Indigenous owned business in the Darwin business landscape as a Not-For-Profit, with successful commercial arms, through his tenacious and resolute management of the last 5 years, Ironbark is well on its way for his vision to being achieved.

Despite Shaun wishing he could ride off into the sunset on his Harley, he has his feet firmly on the ground in the Darwin business landscape with several board representations, these are:

  • Director of the Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory
  • Deputy Chairperson on the Tourism Top End Board of Management
  • Palmerston Regional Business Association Management Committee
  • President of the Darwin Buffaloes Football Club

When Shaun is not working, he relaxes by spending time with his family, fishing, riding his Harley, reminiscing about his long gone guitar playing days and watching his beloved Hawthorn, although he is not sure why he tortures himself each weekend in the AFL season.

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Ms Kirstine Cossens

Operations Manager
B Soc Sc, GCertInt Rel, MIntl & Comn Dev, Dip.Bus. (Gov) FICDA

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, a Master of International and Community Development and a Diploma of Business (Governance).

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.

Kirstine manages Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation’s Community Development Program, which includes Case Management, Employment and Post Placement Support and the Work for the Dole Activities division, in addition she manages Ironbark’s social enterprise, ‘Aboriginal Bush Traders’ a delightful café and retail space where Indigenous artists are able to participate in a mainstream commercial economy.

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Mr Brad Rake

Business Development Manager

Brad was born and raised in Bunbury Western Australia, moving to the Northern Territory in 1983. Brad brings over 20 years’ experience working in Indigenous organisations across the Northern Territory, Queensland and Internationally.

Since coming to the Northern Territory, he has worked in a wide variety of industries, including, fishing, mining, hospitality, civil construction, and the pastoral sectors and has gained many years’ experience across a multitude of industries. He brings to Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation a wealth of knowledge from his 20 plus years of experience in working within communities and not-for-profit Aboriginal organisations.

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

With his extensive local knowledge and networks, he constantly strives to develop and achieve growth across our organisation. In his role as the Business Development Manager for Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation he brings a passion and drive to achieve not only growth and development across the Ironbark Structure, but also growth and development of Aboriginal and Indigenous people.

Brad has owned property in and around Batchelor community since arriving in the Northern Territory and recently been appointed as a member of the ‘Development Consent Authority for the Batchelor Division.

Brad is married with two sons and spends his free time with family and working around his properties.

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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.

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