Our Staff

Our team of skilled staff are headed by Chief Executive Officer Fiona Snape who is responsible for all operational matters of Tamworth LALC.

Fiona Snape

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.

Brittni Wann

Administration Coordinator

Brittni Wann

I am a proud 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.

Lakeisha Hile

Admin Assistant & Bounce Back Program Coordinator

Lakeisha Hile

I am a proud 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.

Post School Support Officer

Jayde Starr

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Project Officer

Joanne Stead

Joanne Stead joined the LALC in July 2023. She brings over 15 years’ experience as a project officer working in Aboriginal communities across the NENW. Her skills include building partnerships, and designing and implementing cross-sector projects and strategies.  She is an accomplished writer and facilitator who supports the Tamworth LALC to fulfil its charter through grant writing, report writing, community projects management and events facilitation.’

Junior Ranger Program Coordinator

Jolene Faint

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Team Leader - Opportunity Hub

Samantha Way

I am proud Gomeroi woman, born in Moree NSW and raised in Tamworth. I am a mother to 3 children who were all born on Gomeroi country. Tamworth has been home for most of my life and always will be. I started working with young people in the local community from 2017 and have found that being in this space is something that truly makes me happy.

In my role as a Futures Mentor at the Opportunity Hub, I work with students one-on-one to help them set and achieve their goals. I also facilitate workshops at our local schools for students from year 5-12 with a focus on career pathways, resilience and wellbeing. One of the key highlights to my career as a Futures Mentor is seeing the students each week at school getting excited that the Opportunity Hub is back for our weekly workshops.

Futures Mentor - Opportunity Hub

Matthew Nean

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Futures Mentor - Opportunity Hub

Latrell Allan

I am a proud Gomeroi man born here in Tamworth and raised in Quirindi/Werris Creek.

I have always had a huge passion for our culture and during my later years out at Farrer started to see the Opportunity Hub attend allowing us to gain more of a knowledge and from their it only started to grow. My passion has taken me on a journey through to being elected the Youth Delegate for the Northern Region New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council.

My position in the Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council revolves around educating and helping kids from year 5 to year 12 in building career aspirations, whether it’s to finish school or whether they would like to get into work experience and try to find a career they can enjoy.

Project Officer - Bumbira Art & Culture

Charlie Abra

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Cassandra Withers

Project Officer - Bumbira Art & Culture

Cassandra Withers

I am a proud Gamilaraay woman born in Gunnedah NSW and raised in Tamworth NSW. I am very passionate about my culture and have been privileged to learn and grow in my cultural knowledge to share for my family and community.

I work with the local Gomeroi community to improve social and emotional well-being within women from age 15 and above. In my role as Project Officer in the Bumbira Art & Culture program, I develop and deliver cultural programs that involve art, cultural practices, connection to Country, connection to community and cultural identity. We bring Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal community together to share stories and learn from each other.

My motivation will always come from my family to close the gaps for our community and develop rich knowledge of our culture. I aim to make a change for the women that we work with everyday.

Project Officer - Bumbira Art & Culture

Charissa Swan

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Casey Howard

Aboriginal Community Connector

Casey Howard

My role is an Aboriginal led initiative connecting Aboriginal students with support within their community. Education and connectedness to Country, culture and community are important. Together, these contribute to better learning, employment, and health outcomes for our young Aboriginal people.

The Community Connector initiative is led by the Coalition of Aboriginal Peak Organisations (CAPO) as part of the Premier’s Priority on Aboriginal Education and Culture in partnership with the Department of Education and Premier and Cabinet. The Priority aims to increase the proportion of Aboriginal students attaining their HSC by 50% by 2023, while maintaining their cultural identity.

I will work with Aboriginal students in Year 10 in 2021, Year 11 in 2022 and Year 12 in 2023, supporting them to be culturally strong and remain engaged at school.

Operations Manager - Walaaybaa Rangers

Terri Whitton

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Walaaybaa Ranger

Karwin Knox

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Walaaybaa Ranger

Zac Spreadborough

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Administration Assistant

Eedi Nigro

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Ranger Program - School Based Trainee

Chayse Shepherd

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Walaaybaa Ranger

Hank Flett

Project Officer - Place Based Partnerships

Patrick Strong

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Project Officer - Bumbira Art & Culture Program

Tess Reading

Tess Reading, I am a proud Gomeroi women born and raised in Tamworth, a proud mother of three children, I am an established Graphic Designer, photographer and Artist.

In my role as a Project Officer at Bumbira Art & Culture program, I look forward to utilising my skills and helping other Aboriginal women become more confident in the art world and sharing their art and stories. Sharing that their stories can be told by using acrylic paint, but also by using technology and sharing the opportunities in that space.

Ranger Program - School Based Trainee

Robert Flett

Acknowledgement
of Country

Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council acknowledges the Kamilaroi/ Gamilaroi/ Gomeroi people as the traditional custodians of the land we work on. We recognise the strength, resilience and capacity of our Aboriginal community and have the utmost respect for our Elders past, present and future.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website contains images and names of deceased persons.

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