Our team of skilled staff are headed by Chief Executive Officer Fiona Snape who is responsible for all operational matters of Tamworth LALC.
Chief Executive Officer – Fiona Snape
It is a privilege to lead an Aboriginal community based organisation in the role of Chief Executive Officer.
My role is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of Tamworth LALC in line with the Community Land and Business Plan which was created based on the aspirations of Tamworth’s Aboriginal Community. I firmly believe that community consultation is essential in establishing the needs and wants of the community and being able to create a plan of how to meet those needs and wants. It has been inspiring to see the community come together to grow the LALC in my time as CEO, the new programs and assets are a credit to our community and I look forward to further achieving our goals in coming years.
Administration Assistant - Brittni Wann
I am a young Kamilaroi woman. I spent most of my life living on the Gold Coast but since moving back to Tamworth my connection to my family and Country is stronger than ever which is very important to me.
In my Administration role I work closely with the CEO to implement the Community Land and Business Plan, provide administration services and maintain the financial responsibilities of the LALC.
Day-to-day I take responsibility for coordinating and overseeing the Tamworth LALC’s office management and financial management, orienting and inducting new staff and managing and directing all of the LALC’s enquiries
Administration Assistant – Lakeisha Hile
I am a young Kamilaroi woman. I have grown up and spent most of my life in Tamworth and in the Tamworth area.
My job provides me with the opportunity to get involved with many of the Tamworth LALC’s programs including administration roles, managing the Bounce Back program, participating in training and events, coordinating the school holiday program and assisting the Opportunity Hub with planning events.
Every day is different and I really enjoy the flexibility and variety in my job, as well as the rewards of helping the community from a variety of different aspects.
Hollie Taggart - Administration Trainee
Hollie Taggart was selected to commence in a new trainee position created by the LALC in 2017. Hollie had previously been one of the Opportunity Hub’s students.
The Tamworth LALC has structured Hollie’s position so that she works four days in the Administration office for the LALC and one day a week with the Opportunity Hub. On her Opportunity Hub days, Hollie’s passion for youth work shines through, with some of her personal highlights including her involvement in the cultural education, language and Aboriginal dance education that the Hub provides.
Hollie has completed her Certificate II in Business while in the Admin role, and has commenced working towards her Cert III.
Opportunity Hub Caseworker – Patrick Strong
Yaama! My name is Patrick Strong (Gudge), I’m a proud Anaiwan Koori man from Armidale. I have family ties to Gambaangiri/Dhunghutti tribes on the coast and here in Kamilaroi/Gomeroi country. I moved to Tamworth six years ago and my wife Amy and I have three beautiful boys Bowen, Kade and Alec. I also have three siblings Cassandra, Anthony and Derek and I’m very orientated family man.
I’m very passionate about working with children. I believe that my experiences and knowledge can help young people create a better life through education, healthy nutrition, fitness and cultural identity. I want to build confidence and resilience in young people, so they can step out of their short term comfort zone to achieve their long term dreams.
Opportunity Hub Trainee - Samantha Duncan
Samantha Duncan commenced in a trainee role with the Opportunity Hub in April 2017. Samantha first came in contact with the Opportunity Hub as a student, and is now wanting to give back to the program that helped her, while also giving back to her community.
Sam says that she has been amazed at the excellent training support that she has received already in her time with the Opportunity Hub, completing a Certificate I in Gamilaraay, Managing the Bull and RAGE training, Dealing with Men’s Emotions, and Marketing Communications Training. Sam is excited to share what she has learned with other schools and to fully utilise what she has learned while out in the community.
Samantha will complete a Diploma in Community Services whilst undertaking her traineeship.
Opportunity Hub Trainee - Jacob Stanton
Jacob Stanton, is a familiar face around the Tamworth LALC office having fulfilled the Opportunity Hub caseworker role on a temporary basis for some of 2016, before securing his traineeship with the Opportunity Hub in April 2017.
Jacob completed high school at Peel High in 2015 and first became involved with the Opportunity Hub as a student. Jacob rates the opportunity to work closely with and for the Tamworth Aboriginal community as one of the best parts of the Opportunity Hub position. "I look at what the Opportunity Hub has done for me, and now I will be able to do that for someone else," he said.
Jacob will complete a Diploma in Community Services whilst undertaking his traineeship.
Sites Officer - Donny Fermor
Donny Fermor is a valued contractor to the Tamworth LALC and undertakes most of our sites officer work. Donny is passionate about culture and when it comes to the sites work, he is reliable, knowledgeable, and keen to pass on his skills to young people. Donny has recently been involved in developing land management plans for three of our significant sites, including Boundary Rock, and two of our repatriation sites.
Donny can also be relied on to provide expert advice at members meeting when issues arise. He is a valued member of our team.