Our People

Vin Lange - CEO

Vin comes from a strong agribusiness and business development background. He has successfully created and run small, medium and large businesses in Australia and Europe. Vin has a strong understanding of the economic development space with particular focus in remote area development. With an ability to clealry and quickly identify opportunities and challenges, and to develop robust and workable responses, Vin's innovative approach and business acumen underpins Centrefarm's success. 

 

Lindy Andren 

Lindy is an Anthropologist and small business owner and developer. She has worked in academia, the government, non-government and private sectors across a range of industries, and as a self-employed business woman. She is particularly interested in the interface between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia and how to successfully support both approaches to acheive lasting outcomes. Lindy is Centrefarm's Corporate Manager, and oversees the strategic activities as well as liaison and engagement, and research. 

 

Sam Miles 

Sam is an Agronomist with more than 40 years experience in community development, regional, business and strategic planning. His long-standing involvement with Aboriginal communities in the NT and extensive experience of economic development in this space has helped him develop strong working relationships with senior people across the region. Sam is Centrefarm's key strategist, and was created following his engagement by the Central Land Council in 1999-2000 to undertake an economic development consultancy. 

 

Joseph (Joe) Clarke 

Joe is a local man with ties to the Arrernte people. He has an extensive background in the community sector having run regional offices for the Central Land Council, worked in men's health initiatives with Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and currently sits on the board of the Institute for Aborignal Development. Joe is perhaps best known across the region in his role as the longstanding CAAMA radio sports anchor, and for his live football commentating. Joe looks after community liaison and engagement for Centrefarm.

 

Brody Smith

Brody is an Environmental Scientist with a politics degree. He has worked in remote Central Australia for several years following time in the Top End and Burkina Faso, West Africa. Brody has project management experience in the engineering sector and has worked for the Central Land Council's mining division. Brody works with Joe Clarke in community liaison and engagement.

 

 

Centrefarm Associates

In addition to the regular team, Centrefarm can call upon the experience and expertise of a wide range of associates.

 

Craig San Roque

An Analytical Psychologist with over 25 years' experience in Central Australia working with Aborignal people to co-evolve communication tools and facilitate mental health and wellbeing. Craig is internationally renowned for his work and has published many articles and book chapters in this area. He is currently working closely with Centrefarm and the directors of Alekarenge Horticulture Pty Ltd at Ali Curung to develop two-way (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) understandings on land management and governance to enable the successful establishment and operation of land-based economies in remote regions.

 

Kerrie Nelson

An adult education and governance specialist, Kerrie has worked with Aboriginal people in the NT over 25 years and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the International Development Gateway and the ACT Knowledge Management Forum. She is currently working with Centrefarm and the directors of Alekarenge Horticulture Pty Ltd to share knowledge about statutory law and company governance facilitating AHPL board management of the growing economy at Ali Curung.

 

Lisa Watts

Lisa holds a PhD in political ecology from the University of Melbourne and is a specialist in Indigenous water rights. Married into the famous Aboriginal musical family, the Butchers, Lisa has lived and worked in the remote NT for more than 20 years. Most recently she worked with Centrefarm on the Wudjuli Lagoon Case Study, a research project on behalf of the Northern Land Council and the Northern Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance that looked at the incorporation of Indigenous water knowledge and management processes in government water management policy. This study formed the basis of the Wudjuli Horticulture Project on behalf of the Yugul Mangi Aboriginal Development Corporation, a project that will see the development of 97Ha of irrigated horticulture at Ngukurr in the Gulf Country. Lisa is also an accomplished filmmaker and is currently working on a project for release in 2013.

 

Jennifer Cleary

A Human and Cultural Geograher, Jen is currently the Senior Reserch Development Manager at the University of South Australia (based in Whyalla). A passionate supporter of Indigenous rights in the commercialisation of native plants, Jen continues to work with Aboriginal groups across the centre and north of Australia and to publish in this area. She is also currently finalising a PhD on the Australian Bush Foods Industry. Her commitment to rural and regional Australia and to agribusiness is demonstrated by her roles as co-Chair of the International Rural Network and the Chair of the Far North SA Regional Development Australia, and her membership of a wide range of national and international networks, research bodies and associations for agribusiness, rural and regional affiars, and climate change impacts on food production. Jen is currently engaging with Centrefarm in the complex and ground-breaking area of native foods and Indigenous rights.

 

 

 

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