John Brisbin

Phone: 0407 471 565

John is a resident of Mount Molloy in the far north-east of the Northern Gulf region. He has been active with a number of NRM groups over the past decade, including the Northern Territory NRM Board, Cape York NRM, and the Mitchell River Watershed Management Group. John's background is in complex information systems, having worked with many state and commonwealth agencies in Australia since arriving here in 1995. John is committed to growing an environmental economy that will support livelihoods and a multi-generational culture in the North.
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Riki Gunn

Phone: 0427 476 500

Riki is a familiar face both in the Gulf and internationally for her extraordinary achievements with the Ghost Nets project (2002-2015) and for being involved with Northern Gulf right from its formation. Riki’s strong sense of community drives her passion to help people not only manage their own natural resources but also be a part of the decision making process that affects them. Her experience in fisheries was during the very tumultuous time when fisheries in Australia were evolving from a resource focus style of management to one promoting ecological sustainability. She knows first-hand how management decisions can affect livelihoods. Riki is currently a member of the Global Marine Litter Network hosted by the UNEP; on the Steering committee for the Global Ghost Gear Initiative hosted by World Animal Protection; Director of FISHI International; and Secretary of the Ravenshoe Community Centre.
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Ellen Weber
Conservation Director

Phone:  0439 778 051

Ellen joined Northern Gulf as the Conservaton Director in November 2014.  Ellen is Secretary of Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC), an organisation she first joined in 1997.  She completed her science degree from James Cook University in Townsville in 1994, graduating with a first class Honors in Botany. She moved to the JCU Cairns campus in 1996, and with three other lecturers, established the School of Tropical Biology. During this time she also undertook a higher research degree studying rainforest plants in the Daintree lowlands.  Her day job is at the Wet Tropics Management Authority, working on vegetation mapping, threatened species, climate change, heritage conservation issues and building research partnerships with other organisations.
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Jess Fealy

Phone:  0408 904 299

Jessica Fealy farms with her husband and four children at Blue Sky Produce, a 153acre lime, mango and avocado orchard located just outside Mareeba, Far North Queensland. Jess is an experienced Chartered Accountant and Community Engagement practitioner and is the founder of Back Paddock Business, which provides business and communications support to rural enterprises. She also sits on the Agrifutures Australia Advisory Panel, as well as the Regional Economies Centre of Excellence Advisory Panel and has extensive experience working in the regional startup and innovation space. Jess is passionate about the fact that the Northern Gulf area is one of the best places in Australia to raise a family, do business and enjoy the pristine environment in which we live.
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Brian Muirhead

Phone:  0419 728 696

Brian is a Geospatial Specialist with a degree in Hydrology obtained locally from James Cook University and recent experience performing scientific research in the field of agricultural and climate sustainability. Brian first joined the Northern Gulf team as a Sustainable Industries Officer, working on multiple projects aimed at improving efficiencies and minimising impacts before upskilling as a Geospatial Analyst for the Department of Defence. Currently Brian works for the Native Title Tribunal and has returned to Northern Gulf to continue advocating for the region in his capacity as Director. Having been born and raised in a small town in western Queensland he is familiar with the particular challenges that come with a rural lifestyle, along with the benefits. With this combination of experiences he hopes to encourage a positive and inclusive environment that supports the long term sustainability of the Northern Gulf region.
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