NQCEC has Indigenous and local ownership and management and, we pride ourselves on providing opportunities to locally based workers.
Our Owners and Directors
David Mackenzie– Executive Director
Clayton Sargood – Executive Director
Bruce Martin – Non Executive Director/Representative Regional Development Corporation and Martin family interests
Bruce is a Wik Ngathan man from the community of Aurukun on Western Cape York Peninsula. He is a Director of the Indigenous Land Corporation and Chairman of its agricultural subsidiary, President of the Cape York Peninsula Live Export Group, a Co-owner of training company Civil Safety FNQ and a Director of Regional Development Corporation
Key Management and Employees
Aaron Ostrowski – Operations Manager/Project Manager (Rio - Amrun)
Shahnee Searle – Administration and Office Manager
Shahnee is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company. With 4 years’ experience in the management of NQCEC's office, Shahnee is familiar with every aspect of NQCEC. Shahnee is supported in the office and in country by Sania Kailang, a young indigenous woman, who is being mentored on all aspects of administration.
Les Smith – Senior HSEQ Manager
With over 14 years’ experience in Health, Safety, and Environment inclusive of management positions, Les has a diverse background in the Mining/Civil sectors. Les takes a professional, although practical, hands on approach to HSEQ Management with a view to successful and timely completion of any project with minimal issues and costs to satisfy company and client expectations. His proactive approach ensures compliance with the HSEQ Management Systems and Legislative requirements, there-by reducing the risks in the working environment. He is supported by Tracy Medson.
Bob Darwen – Workshop Manager
OM Business Development/Terry O’Shane – Local Engagement Coordination/Facilitation
Terry is a Western Yalanji man who has spent over 30 years in indigenous development, serving as a Commissioner on ATSIC, a representative at the UN and ILO and then as Chairman/Director of the NQLC for over 17 years. He is comprehensively networked in the Weipa regional communities and related by marriage.