Meet the Board
The Palm Island Community Company (PICC) is now a community-controlled organisation. We have registered a new company that only has Palm Islanders as members.
On 30 September 2021, all of PICC’s services, workforce and assets were transferred to the New Company so services will continue to operate and all staff will keep the same jobs.
The New Company has kept the name of Palm Island Community Company (PICC).
We will continue to provide information about the new company, and how you can become involved, on this website.
Harriet was born and raised on Palm Island, and attended the local Palm Island State School. Harriet has worked as a Field Officer with the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Legal Service, and was later promoted to Manager of Field Operations. During this time, Harriet was also appointed the Official Visitor to the Stuart Creek Correctional Facility, which she has held for 12 years. Harriet has also sat on selection panels for the Queensland Police Service. She was on the Board of the Townsville and District Aboriginal and Islander Justice Group, and later became the chairperson. Harriet has worked at the Reverend Charles Harris Diversionary Centre for the homeless, and has been on the boards of radio station 4K1G and the Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service. One of her proudest achievements was at the Wiri Yuwiburra Community Trust, where she was a board member and later the chairperson. Most recently Harriet has been on the board of the Palm Island Community Company, a pursuit she finds worthwhile as she can directly help her own people.
Mark Johnston is a Queensland Solicitor with over thirty two years’ experience. He has a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) Degree from University of Queensland. He has a Graduate Certificate in Court Management (placed on the Dean’s list for academic excellence) from Edith Cowan University. He has a Mediation Certificate from Bond University.
Mr Johnston has lectured on Business Law at TAFE Colleges in Townsville and Cairns.
Mr Johnston has served in management positions on several community bodies including lengthy stints as Chairperson of Centacare Cairns and Chair Board of Governance for St Andrew College Redlynch. This has been complemented with several years’ service as Chairperson of the Island Industries Board and the position of Director on the Palm Island Community Company.
He has served as a semi-judicial officer on Tribunals for many years including the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal, the Children’s Services Tribunal and the Mental Health Review Tribunal He is currently a part-time legal member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
He has received a number of community service awards and community legal awards for his work and involvement in the profession in North Queensland.
He has written a number of professional articles on various aspects of practice and presented seminars for the Queensland Law Society and other professional bodies.
He is an active member of the St Vincent de Paul Society and is on the state Social Justice and Advocacy Committee for the Society. He is the current secretary of the Cairns and District Squash Racquets Association.
His hobby of many years is breeding native frogs and growing tropical ginger plants.
Allan Palm Island
My name is Allan Palm Island and I am fifty years old. I began to learn about my culture from as young as eight years, and this started with my father.
He would, over the years, teach me first about the stories of the Nanggarra Wanggarra people and my connection to country (Manbarra).
My art depicts the land and animal and sea life and within the art is the spiritual connection to our ancestors which includes my father and my mother’s country and they carrying on of knowledge through these artworks.
I completed formal training through Cairns College of TAFE in Arts and Craft. I continued to learn more through Casuarina University in the Northern Territory and later I completed my master of Fine Arts at RMIY University Melbourne in 1999.
I am a member of the Palm Island Community Company Board holding the inaugural position of Traditional Owner Director for the Manbarra people.
Rhonda has been a PICC director since the establishment of the Company in 2007. She has over 40 years’ experience across community, public and academic sectors in public administration, social policy, program management, social research and human services delivery. Her areas of particular interest and expertise include indigenous governance, policy implementation and service integration.
Rhonda has contributed to strong governance through her participation on the boards and committees of a diverse range of government and not-for-profit organisations where she has been a key driver of innovation and quality improvement. During her time on the PICC board, Rhonda has chaired the Governance and the Finance and Risk Committees and has led priority projects including the PICC Impact Evaluation.
Company Secretary and Chair of the Finance Committee
Ian is a qualified accountant (FCPA), with considerable commercial and public accountancy experience. He recently retired from public practice, where he was a Partner specialising in Auditing, Business Valuations and Forensic Accounting.
While in public practice, Ian held the positions of Deputy Chancellor and Chair of the Finance Committee for James Cook University and Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Port of Townsville Limited. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by James Cook University for his services to that institution.
He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
On retirement from public accounting, Ian works primarily in governance, and holds a number directorships and committee memberships. He is also commercial advisor to the Kaurareg Aboriginal Land Trust.
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