The committee manages both the Wyemando Bequest and the Jimmy Pike Trust.
Cameron currently teaches in the Community Development course at Murdoch University, as well as working for the One World Centre, providing professional learning for teachers about global issues through the AusAID Global Education Project. In the past he has worked as a primary school teacher in the Tjukurla community in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, and as a community worker in schools in Perth. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Masters in Community Development, and has worked in schools and universities for over 20 years. Cameron grew up in country WA – Kondinin and Kalgoorlie – and now lives in the city with his family. Outside of work, he enjoys walking his dog Arthur, growing vegetables, playing the banjo and generally being outdoors.
Finn PedersenDeputy chairperson
Finn is an Architect, and a Director of Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects. He has been working in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of WA since 1992. He lived in Broome for 5 years and worked for NBC Aboriginal Corporation designing and project managing housing projects and facility buildings for Aboriginal communities and is passionate about contributing to the improvement of conditions for Aboriginal families in Australia.
Finn is a passionate environmentalist and a founding member of Environs Kimberley Inc, a Broome based environment group promoting landscape preservation and sustainable development in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Noel is a consultant accountant specialising in the Charity Sector. In this role he was the advisor to the Harper sisters who were the Founders of the Wyemando Harper Sisters Aboriginal Bequest. He is a frequent contributor at Seminars on matters relating to the Charity Sector on accounting and taxation, constitutional matters, legal structures, corporation and administration generally. He has taken a leading role in WA in the provision of guidance to charities with the introduction of the Australian Charities & Not for profits Commission (ACNC) and is a member of the ACNC Professional Advisor Group. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia with which body he holds a Taxation specialty. He is also a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Secretaries.
Dr Matt ByrneCommittee Member
Matt Byrne is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Education at Edith Cowan University. He is currently coordinating the Bachelor of Education on the Joondalup Campus. Matt is an experienced teacher, teacher educator and researcher. He is involved in Aboriginal education and research and the development of cultural competency within the university, public and private sector. His PhD thesis investigated the challenges teachers face when working in low socio-economic primary schools in Perth. He was recently invited to participate in the large scale Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) “Teacher Professional Learning in Indigenous Education Project” (2013) as an Early Career Researcher member of the Executive Group. The project concerned itself with nearly 300,000 teachers currently employed in Australian primary and secondary schools and involved the design of two units of work for Standards 1.4 and 2.4 of the new Australian Professional standards for teachers.
Matt is currently leading a number of research projects with Foodbank WA investigating the impact of Foodbank’s Healthy ‘Food For All’ Strategy on schooling. Matt’s most recent experience also includes working on the five year longitudinal project Keeping kids on track: An initiative developing the resilience of Aboriginal students during a critical transition phase (2012) funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council; Effective science program delivery for remote area schools (2011) funded by Scitech, the Review of Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer Program for the Department of Education and Training Western Australia (2011).
Coleen SherrattCommittee Member
Coleen Sherratt is a proud Noongar Wadjak person. She currently works for the Department of Education as a Project Officer for Aboriginal Languages. She is responsible for the coordination of Aboriginal Languages in Western Australian public schools in the Mid west, Metropolitan, Wheatbelt and South west areas.
In this role Coleen also co presents the Aboriginal Languages Teacher Training Course for speakers of their traditional languages who work in schools. This course provides the participants with the skills necessary to teach their languages in classrooms.
Previously Coleen worked in schools for 12 years firstly as an Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer then Noongar language teacher before completing her Bachelor of Education at Curtin University.
Katrina DraytonProject Officer
Katrina joined Wyemando in October 2012. Originally an architect, she moved into the community sector in 2008. Since then she has worked for not-for-profit organisations in various capacities and recently completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Community Development.
Katrina is fascinated by languages and how they describe our world view. She has been learning Noongar language since 2011 and has undertaken several trips on country, led by a local elder. Although still a novice, she values the subsequent deepening of her relationship with the Noongar country on which she lives.
Katrina works part-time for the Jimmy Pike Trust and is generally available to respond to calls and emails on Mondays and Tuesdays. She is also project officer for the Wyemando Bequest