David Lanagan, Chief Executive Officer
As the CEO, my role is to implement the strategic direction approved by the Board and ensure that the organisation’s structure and processes meet the strategic and cultural needs of the organisation. I lead the Senior Management Team and manage the day to day operations of the organisation, its people and resources.
Prior to being appointed as the inaugural CEO of Native Title Services Goldfields in September 2019, I worked in native title and Aboriginal affairs for over 15 years, both in several state government agencies and with a native title representative body. I am committed to securing native title outcomes for Aboriginal people in the Goldfields, and to do this Rob Powrie and myself have put together a dynamic and committed team of people who are dedicated to achieving outcomes. As you will see from each of the Senior Management Team’s biographies, we have extensive experience that we fully commit to you. We hope you will allow us to work together with you to produce native title outcomes in the Goldfields.
Rob Powrie, Principal Lawyer
I have been a lawyer for over 33 years and have been working in Indigenous and native title Law since 2002. I was General Council at ATSIC/ATSIS during the unfortunate period after the Federal Government abolished ATSIC. I was the Principal Legal Officer at Kimberley Land Council, for 4.5 years. I was the acting Registrar of the National Native Title Tribunal for 2 years. I worked as a consultant for a number of years which included being engaged as Acting Director of Research, Native Title, at AIATSIS and the acting PLO or equivalent at NLC and NTSCorp (NSW). My main objective as the PLO of NTSG is to ensure that the right people for country are properly recognised and their aspirations, both cultural and economic, can be realised through native title.
Anthony Sherlock, Chief Operations Officer (Kalgoorlie)
As the Chief Operations Officer I manage the operational aspects of the strategic plan to ensure that NTSG teams can function effectively and efficiently. I assist the CEO in ensuring that NTSG achieve and report on the milestones agreed with our funding body, the National Indigenous Australians Agency.
I have over thirty years’ experience as a project manager working mainly on new projects and initiatives. I was previously the Operations Manager at the Goldfields Land and Sea Council, where I managed the Aboriginal Ranger Program. I have also worked for the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission, managing the disbursement of Royalties for Regions funding to community projects.
I have lived in Kalgoorlie for over 7 years having emigrated to Australia from England in 2012. My wife is a teacher at a local special education needs school and I have two grown-up sons.
Brooke Creemers, Deputy Principal Lawyer
As the Deputy Principal Lawyer, I supervise and provide day to day support to the legal team under the direction of Principal Lawyer. This includes supporting the team to develop and deliver quality and professional legal services, and encourage relationship development through extensive consultation and engagement with native title claimant and stakeholders. As DPL I review the activities of the legal team to ensure compliance with the milestones set out in the operational plan for each claim and research area in the Goldfields region. I also promote the development of the legal team through encouraging the exploration and implementation of strategic approaches that align with the guiding principle of right people, right country.
I have previously practiced as a native title lawyer in the Yamatji region of Western Australia. As a lawyer I have observed both the benefits and frustrations that native title claimants have expressed about the system that they are required to comply with in seeking to have native title recognised. As a result, my approach to practice is to engage with claimants about what it is that they want from the system. This includes having full and frank discussions about what is possible, about how and what can be done to obtain the best possible outcome for claimants. I look forward to meeting people and hearing about their experiences and perspectives. In my personal life I enjoy spending time with my kids, and going camping and fishing when I get the opportunity.
Trinity Handley, Senior Anthropologist
My role as the senior anthropologist is to provide anthropological advice to a number of people and groups including native title claimants, native title holders, PBCs, NTSG staff and consultants. This also involves managing the research and community relations team. In this regard, it means supporting research staff as well as community relations staff to perform their roles effectively.
I consider the work important. I also recognise that first and foremost, I am working with people. And so I try to bring that human side to work, acknowledging that NTSG clients want the best for their country and their families and community, and that my co-workers are working hard to generate positive outcomes.
Working in Native Title has been a wonderful experience and I count myself lucky to have met some fantastic people and seen and learnt lots about country. I am familiar with some of the families from the Goldfields region and there are others who I do not know, but like the rest of the NTSG team, I look forward to working with you all. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, going for trail runs, ocean swims, reading and writing.