Vin Lange - CEO
Vin comes from a strong agribusiness and business development background. He has successfully created and run small, medium and large businesses in Australia and Europe. His interest in Aboriginal cultures combined with his innovative approach and business acumen underpins Centrefarm's success in creating viable economies on Aboriginal land in proper alignment with Aboriginal aspirations. Vin is also a dedicated fan of Shane Warne's spin.
Lindy is an Anthropologist and small business owner and developer. She has worked in academia, the government, non-government and private sectors across a range of industries, and as a self-employed business woman. She is particularly interested in the interface between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia and how to successfully support both approaches to acheive lasting outcomes. Lindy is Centrefarm's Corporate Manager, overseeing the engagement, governance, research, communications and administration of the company, and acting as 2IC to the CEO. She also occasionally gets to go bush!
Sam is an Agronomist with more than 40 years experience in community development, regional, business and strategic planning. His long-standing involvement with Aboriginal communities in the NT has helped to develop strong working relationships with senior people across the region which in turn supports his role as the leader of Centrefarm's Engagment and Governance activities.
Graham Ride - Centreprise
Graham is a Civil Engineer with more than 45 years experience in project management, planning, natural resource assessment & management and tourism development and operations. He is an experienced groundwater engineer (hydrogeologist) and has undertaken many major groundwater and surface water assessments across the NT, including the successful completion of the award winning Ayers Rock Resort/Yulara infrastructure, buildings and tourism development. Graham heads up Centrefarm's engineering-based consultancy and project management division, Centreprise.
Ilan is an Economist with extensive planning, management and business experience in rural and remote Australia and overseas. He is particularly interested in environmental management and health and development economies as they pertain to Indigenous Australia, and has published widely on these subjects. Ilan oversees the Strategic Economic Development division of Centrefarm, which conducts a range of scoping, feasibility and business planning consultancies on behalf of Aboriginal land owners and their representative bodies. He is also a passionate soccer fan.
Greg is an Arrernte man with a community engagement background. He comes from a stong Alice Springs family that emphasised the importance and benfits of contributing to the community through work, and has successfully run significant community projects across rural and remote NT and SA, and also played sport at the elite level (go St Kilda!). Greg works closely with Sam and leads Centrefarm's Engagement and Governance activites on the ground ensuring effective two-way communication between all parties.
In addition to the regular team, Centrefarm can call upon the experience and expertise of a wide range of associates.
Craig San Roque
An Analytical Psychologist with over 25 years' experience in Central Australia working with Aborignal people to co-evolve communication tools and facilitate mental health and wellbeing. Craig is internationally renowned for his work and has published many articles and book chapters in this area. He is currently working closely with Centrefarm and the directors of Alekarenge Horticulture Pty Ltd at Ali Curung to develop two-way (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) understandings on land management and governance to enable the successful establishment and operation of land-based economies in remote regions.
An adult education and governance specialist, Kerrie has worked with Aboriginal people in the NT over 25 years and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the International Development Gateway and the ACT Knowledge Management Forum. She is currently working with Centrefarm and the directors of Alekarenge Horticulture Pty Ltd to share knowledge about statutory law and company governance facilitating AHPL board management of the growing economy at Ali Curung.
Lisa holds a PhD in political ecology from the University of Melbourne and is a specialist in Indigenous water rights. Married into the famous Aboriginal musical family, the Butchers, Lisa has lived and worked in the remote NT for more than 20 years. Most recently she worked with Centrefarm on the Wudjuli Lagoon Case Study, a research project on behalf of the Northern Land Council and the Northern Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance that looked at the incorporation of Indigenous water knowledge and management processes in government water management policy. This study formed the basis of the Wudjuli Horticulture Project on behalf of the Yugul Mangi Aboriginal Development Corporation, a project that will see the development of 97Ha of irrigated horticulture at Ngukurr in the Gulf Country. Lisa is also an accomplished filmmaker and is currently working on a project for release in 2013.
A Human and Cultural Geograher, Jen is currently the Senior Reserch Development Manager at the University of South Australia (based in Whyalla). A passionate supporter of Indigenous rights in the commercialisation of native plants, Jen continues to work with Aboriginal groups across the centre and north of Australia and to publish in this area. She is also currently finalising a PhD on the Australian Bush Foods Industry. Her commitment to rural and regional Australia and to agribusiness is demonstrated by her roles as co-Chair of the International Rural Network and the Chair of the Far North SA Regional Development Australia, and her membership of a wide range of national and international networks, research bodies and associations for agribusiness, rural and regional affiars, and climate change impacts on food production. Jen is currently engaging with Centrefarm in the complex and ground-breaking area of native foods and Indigenous rights.