Our Board

Mr Grattan Mullett (Chairperson)

Grattan is a local Gunaikurnai man who grew up at Lake Tyers. He has worked in a variety of positions from labourer to management level in the Gippsland region.

He was employed for 12 years as the Cultural Officer/Manager Cultural Business at the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative (GEGAC).

Grattan has been a Chair of the East Gippsland Aboriginal Community Development Employment Program, a member of the GLaWAC Board and was a member of the GEGAC Board of Directors.

Grattan currently works at GLaWAC as the General Manager, Culture.

Mr John Mitchell (Deputy Chairperson)

John has a strong business and governance background in local government, water, and waste and resource management.

He has extensive experience in dealing with large industries (oil/gas/power generation and timber/paper sectors), community groups, environmental and education organisations and regulatory authorities.

John is a strong advocate for an integrated approach to natural resource management. John now manages his own consulting company and is Chair of GippsTAFE, in Victoria.

Ms Marianne Atkinson

Marianne is a Gunaikurnai lady with an impressive history working within Aboriginal Affairs, the Human Services sector and Family Violence Policy and Reforms. Marianne has broad experience leading, coordinating and liaising with community groups and facilitating the preparation of state-wide strategies in response to community needs.

Marianne is now employed by Family Safety Victoria in the Family Violence Policy and Programs Unit within the Systems, Policy and Reform Branch. The branch leads the design and development of integrated family violence services that improve personal, social and economic outcomes for people. It includes responding to the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Ms Janine Haddow

Janine’s background is in education and environmental management including for over 16 years as an Executive Director within DEPI leading service delivery and policy development for natural resource management including parks, forestry and public land, catchment and sustainable land management.

Janine has a Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree in Environmental Planning from Melbourne University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Janine’s board memberships and community involvement include past Director of the Mt Buller Alpine Resort Board, North Central Catchment Management Authority and Victorian Catchment Management Council and a member of Leadership Victoria Alumni and Skillsbank Program.

Since 2011 Janine has operated her own consulting company.

Ms Angela Hutson

Angela was Chief Executive Officer of East Gippsland Institute of TAFE for seven years. Angela has a strong background in leadership and management within the vocational education sector, with experience in strategic planning, leading organisational change and workforce development.

Angela has a Masters in Organisational Leadership from Monash University and is also a member of the Regional Development Australia Gippsland Committee, Chair of the VET Development Centre Board, a member of the East Gippsland Shire Economic Development Advisory Board and the Chair of the Bairnsdale Regional Health Service.

Angela is currently a part time consultant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lena Morris

Lena was formally appointed to the GKTOLMB on the 6th May 2015 as the Gunaikurnai replacement for Uncle Albert Mullett.

Lena has a long and distinguished career in regional and state indigenous aged care and disability services.

Her previous work history has included being a board member for Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative and Executive Manager roles in health, Home and Community Care as well as local, regional, state and national committee positions with peak bodies representing Aboriginal issues.

Katherine Mullett

Katherine is a proud Gunaikurnai woman with a strong background in cultural heritage.

She has completed the Cert IV in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management and has a Diploma of Tourism specialising in Eco Tourism.

Katherine has previously worked as a heritage officer for an independent company and as a Cave Ranger and Indigenous Ranger for Parks Victoria in Buchan and Bairnsdale. Katherine also took part in a secondment to Parnngurr Community (Cotton Creek) in Newman Western Australia where she held the role as a Women’s Ranger Coordinator for a year.

She is currently working for Parks Victoria as the Aboriginal Heritage Coordinator in the Bairnsdale office.

Dr Doris Paton

Dr Doris Paton is a Gunai/Monero Ngarigo woman and is a mother and grandmother who speaks language from both Gunai and Monero Ngarigo. She has been teaching language to children and adults for many years and is involved in language revival and curriculum development, in coordinating Koorie employment programs and in delivering customised cross-cultural awareness programs.

Ms Glenys Watts

Glenys Watts is a proud Gunai woman living on the traditional land of her ancestors in Lucknow. She has a background in community development and business governance, having run her own successful business for 11 years and being appointed to Minister-approved boards as well as Aboriginal community controlled boards. She is currently employed by DHHS in Bairnsdale as the Regional Coordinator for Indigenous Family Violence.

Prior to this role, Glenys worked for 15 years in local government managing staff, budgets, developing policies, writing reports, submissions, work plans, monitoring and evaluating programs, coordinating events, camps, planning activities for Elders as well as caring for Aboriginal cultural heritage and developing an Aboriginal Gathering Place.

Mr David Willington

Management and leadership in sustainable agriculture is an area David worked while employed by the Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

He also has many years experience in natural resource planning and project management including supporting the development of the East Gippsland Regional Catchment Strategy, Lake Wellington Catchment Salinity Management Plan and the Macalister District Nutrient Management Plan.

David has been an advocate for Aboriginal issues and the promotion and protection of Aboriginal heritage in Gippsland. David is currently self-employed and volunteers his time to provide literacy and other teaching services to adults in the Sale area.

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