Meet the Board

The Gunggari Native Title Aboriginal Corporation is governed by a Board of Directors comprising eight members. Directors are elected by the Gunggari membership in accordance with the terms of our Rule Book.  All Directors roles are voluntary and we do not receive sitting fees. 

Daen Munn
Co-chairperson, reappointed to the Board AGM 18 November 2017

Daen Munn is the Chairperson of the Gunggari Native Title Aboriginal Corporation and is of Gunggari and Mandandanji descent. He is the son of Robert Munn, a Gunggari elder who initiated the current claim for the native title over Gunggari country.

Robert (Bob) was the son of Aunty Ethel Munn, whose mother was Minnie Jackson, daughter of Ada Clarke and William Henry Jackson. Daen grew up in Roma and Quilpie and has worked throughout the region. He is married with two children and lives in Toowoomba.

Daen is employed as a Cultural Heritage Officer for an Oil and Gas Company and leads a team undergoing Cultural Heritage surveys, assessments and reporting.

He has a security background working for the Queensland Government as a Custodial Correctional Officer and previously for a private company leading a security team.

Daen is on his second term of appointment on the GNTAC Board.

Saraeva Mitchell
Director,  appointed to the Board AGM 18 November 2017.  

Saraeva is a proud Gunggari woman, appointed as a Director and employed as the Coordinator for the Gunggari Native Title Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC.  She is also Chairperson of Nalingu Aboriginal Corporation, Indigenous Representative for the Community Advisory Network for the Mitchell Hospital and Gunggari Representative for the Queensland Murray Darling Catchment Indigenous Advisory Committee.

Saraeva brings a wealth of experience to her role as Director. She has dedicated thirty-three years working in various roles in rural and remote communities across Queensland and the Northern Territory.  She has worked with Federal, State and Local Governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisations and Non-Government Organisations. Saraeva works relentlessly towards improving the capacity of these various Organisations and Government Departments, to strengthen their working relationships to achieve positive outcomes for communities.  She works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to overcome social, cultural and economic barriers.

Culture stands at the heart of everything Saraeva does; she is passionate about strengthening the social, economic and cultural identity of Gunggari people.  

Michelle Saunders
Secretary, appointed to the Board AGM 30 September 2018

Michelle Saunders is a  Gunggari woman who is a Director and appointed as the secretary of Gunggari Native Title Aboriginal Corporation.  She is also an Applicant for the #4 Claim for the Gunggari People which is currently under negotiation. 

Carol Finlay
Treasurer, appointed to the Board AGM 30 September 2018

Carol Finlay is a proud Gunggari woman connected through her mother, Joyce Finlay (nee Foster). Carol was raised and lived in Mitchell most of her life and is now a mother of 4 children and 1 granddaughter with partner, Barry.

Carol is currently working for the Department of Human Services/Centrelink, for now over 20 years and in the field of Indigenous Servicing. Carol had worked in Charleville before locating to Brisbane to continue working in the Department delivering services to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities. Carol has an immense passion to assist and work with her people and create change in the community.

Carol has previously worked in local government in Mitchell, working for the Booringa Shire Council (now Maranoa Regional Council) for 10 years and has experience in working with community organisations, Mitchell Aboriginal Housing Company and held positions on both Nalingu Aboriginal Corporation and Mitchell Aboriginal Housing Company Board.

Jamie Frid
Director / Cultural Heritage, appointed to the Board AGM 30 September 2018

Jamie is also appointed as the Male Cultural Heritage Coordinator and Male Representative on the Queensland Murray Darling Basin Advisory Committee.

Jamie is also an Applicant for Claim # 4 for the Gunggari People currently being negotiated.

Jamie works for one of the largest NFP Disability Support Service operators in the Surat Basin. 

Alice Beilby
Director / Cultural Heritage Coordinator, appointed to the Board AGM 18 November 2017

Alice Beilby is of Gunggari/Kamilaroi descent and is appointed as the Cultural Heritage Director for the Gunggari Native Title Aboriginal Corporation (RNTBC). Alice operates her own business – Savanna Solutions Pty Ltd – and has 15 years of experience working in State and Territory Governments before founding and operating her own business for the past 10 years.

Alice has 30 years experience in land management, and has attained an Associate Diploma Applied Science (Horticulture); an Advanced Diploma Conservation Land Management; a Graduate Certificate in Australian Rural Leadership; and a Certificate IV Training and Assessment. Alice is currently studying a Graduate Certificate-Business Administration, working towards achieving an MBA through the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne.

Aunty Lynette Nixon
Director / Elder, reappointed to the Board AGM 30 September 2018

Aunty Lynette Nixon is the National NAIDOC 2018 Female Elder of the Year. She is the founder of 15 Aboriginal Corporations in South West Queensland. She has raised 7 children and despite having an education to Grade 4 went on to complete an Associate Diploma In Aboriginal Studies.

She is an author and co-author of several books from children’s books to Binang Goonj – Bridging Cultures in Aboriginal Health an international reference book on Aboriginal Health, A Place Called Home – The Gunggari Struggle for Land – A Native Title Case Study in 2015. She is a researcher, cultural knowledge keeper and teacher.