Jann has 20 years’ experience in public policy research, analysis and solution development with a predominant focus on Indigenous land and sea management, regional economic development, and conservation across Northern Australia. With a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Science from JCU Townsville, Jann has developed a strong multidisciplinary approach to problem solving and developing effective, lasting solutions.
Jann has strong research, analytical and communication skills, developed through a career as a conservation advocate, law reformer, policy advisor and community educator, both at a State and Federal level. She is proficient at interpreting, critiquing and developing reform options for law, policy and programs across a range of policy areas and is committed to collaborating with communities and stakeholders at the ‘grass roots’.
Her experience and knowledge has been built through diverse roles with regional and national conservation organisations, including Northern Australia Program Manager for the ACF, the Indigenous Land Corporation, consultancy work with NAILSMA, a multicultural advocacy role. Jann started with the organisation in 2012 as the Policy & Projects Officer and in 2015 was appointed to the role of the CEO.
Meryl has over 25 year’s administrative experience with the majority of her career working within various organisations specialising in Native Title legislation such as private legal firms, Aboriginal Land Councils, and Federal government agencies.
More recently Meryl completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts Industries degree majoring in Visual Art and Digital Media at Victoria University in Melbourne. When not at work Meryl enjoys raising her two daughters and indulging in the arts culture and the natural landscape of Cairns and the Far North Qld region.
Meryl brings a high level suite of administrative skills and dedication to her work assisting the CEO and Committee Members of RDA FNQ&TS. Meryl commenced her position as an Admin Officer in October 2015.