About

Staff & Associate Profiles

Cen­tre­farm Employees 

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 clear­ly and quick­ly iden­ti­fy oppor­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges, and to devel­op robust and work­able respons­es, Vin’s inno­v­a­tive approach and busi­ness acu­men under­pins Cen­tre­far­m’s success. 

Sam Miles

Key Strate­gist 

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, which was cre­at­ed fol­low­ing his engage­ment by the Cen­tral Land Coun­cil in 1999 – 2000 to under­take an eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment consultancy. 

Joseph (Joe) Clarke 

Busi­ness Strat­e­gy Manager

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 Cen­trecorp Foun­da­tion. 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 busi­ness strat­e­gy and plays a key role in com­mu­ni­ty liai­son and engagement .

Michael Dev­ery

Busi­ness Strat­e­gy Officer

Michael is a local Dar­win man with strong com­mu­ni­ty ties to the Ngukurr com­mu­ni­ty in South East Arn­hem land. He has worked pre­dom­i­nate­ly with­in Indige­nous Engage­ment for more than 20 years. His expe­ri­ence includes work­ing with­in the legal and com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment spheres. Michael has for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions in project man­age­ment and devel­op­ment, includ­ing research and eval­u­a­tion and pos­sess­es a Bach­e­lor of Applied Sci­ence in Indige­nous Com­mu­ni­ty Man­age­ment and Devel­op­ment. Michael’s role at Centefarm/​TopEnd farm is Busi­ness Strat­e­gy Offi­cer which is to com­mu­ni­cate all things to do with the ALE­DA strat­e­gy with­in the NLC oper­a­tional footprint. 

Brody Smith

Project Devel­op­ment & Policy

Brody has worked in a range of pro­fes­sion­al and tech­ni­cal roles in Cen­tral Aus­tralia since 2013, fol­low­ing time in Arn­hem Land and Burk­i­na Faso. Brody has expe­ri­ence in envi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tan­cy, project man­age­ment and with the Cen­tral Land Coun­cil’s min­ing divi­sion. He holds a Mas­ter of Envi­ron­ment (Sus­tain­able Food Sys­tems) from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mel­bourne and Bach­e­lor degrees in Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Arts (Pol­i­tics). Brody also assists Joe Clarke in com­mu­ni­ty liai­son and engagement. 

Cen­tre­farm Associates

In addi­tion to the reg­u­lar team, Cen­tre­farm 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 Abo­rig­i­nal 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 Alekarenge 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 Alekarenge.

Kim Mahood

Kim is a writer and artist who grew up in Cen­tral Aus­tralia and on Tana­mi Downs Sta­tion. She has worked close­ly with Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple across Australia’s desert regions, main­tains strong con­nec­tions with Warlpiri peo­ple, and has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in cul­tur­al and envi­ron­men­tal map­ping projects in the Tana­mi and Great Sandy Desert. Her works have received numer­ous awards and have been pub­lished in lit­er­ary, art and cur­rent affairs jour­nals. Kim is cur­rent­ly work­ing on Cen­tre­far­m’s Co-map­ping on Coun­try’ project to cre­ate mul­ti-pur­pose maps with Tra­di­tion­al Own­ers to act as two-way engage­ment tools that facil­i­tate com­mu­ni­ca­tion, dis­cus­sion and deci­sion making.

Dr Steve Morton

Dr Steve Mor­ton is an Hon­orary Pro­fes­so­r­i­al Fel­low with Charles Dar­win Uni­ver­si­ty. He stud­ied at the Uni­ver­si­ties of Mel­bourne, Cal­i­for­nia, and Syd­ney. He joined CSIRO in Alice Springs in 1984 to work in the desert envi­ron­ment that has long been his focus. From 2000 until 2010, based in Can­ber­ra and Mel­bourne, he helped lead CSIRO as Chief of Divi­sion and Exec­u­tive Team mem­ber. Dr Mor­ton returned to Alice Springs in 2011, from where he serves on a vari­ety of advi­so­ry bod­ies in envi­ron­men­tal sci­ence and nat­ur­al resource man­age­ment. He is assist­ing Cen­tre­farm with the estab­lish­ment of the Abo­rig­i­nal Land Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Agency.