Aboriginal Community Owned & Managed

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Tom Slockee, Chairperson (Member of Finance & Audit Committee)

Tom was born in a hessian bag house and grew up in a Aboriginal community who, although not having a flash house, cared for each other and shared everything they had. His Dad and Uncles built the first real house Tom knew. After time in the Army, Tom settled in The Bay and found that the Aboriginal People were still struggling to find a place to call home.

He started Budawang Housing Corporation after he couldn’t find a house to rent because of racial prejudice. Tom is a servant leader and was recognised and sought out by the NSW Government to lead the Aboriginal Housing Development Committee (ADC) which was the forerunner the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) in NSW. Tom was the inaugural Chairperson of both.

Tom was instrumental in setting up the South Eastern Aboriginal Regional Management Service (SEARMS) as a Co-Operative in 2003 and was the first Chairperson of this Co-Operative. After some time away Tom returned as Chair in 2011 when SEARMS moved from a Co-Operative structure to an Aboriginal Corporation under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act with a skills and merits based Board.

Tom is a respected leader – inspirational and transformational –  with foresight and imagination to improve outcomes across all aspects of life for the communities he serves. He acknowledges and respects other people’s perspectives, and involves others when decisions are needed for future directions. Tom builds a sense of community so that people can trust each other and forge stronger relationships.

Tom is driven by his faith and his mission is to serve and represent those who find life a struggle. He has a passionate concern for the good of all people. Other involvements include/have included:

  • Chairperson Budawang Aboriginal Corporation
  • Chairperson Murra Mia Tenants Advocacy and Advisory Service
  • Chairperson of the AHO
  • Deputy Mayor of Eurobodalla Shire Council
  • Chairperson of the Umbarra Regional Council (ATSIC).
  • Board of Campbell Page Ltd
  • Board Chair of the Southern Area Health Services Board
  • Director for Aboriginal Hostels Ltd
  • Board Member of the Batemans Bay LALC

Brendan Moyle, Director

Brendan’s current position is as Branch Manager Delivery – Operational Policy, Department of Social Services.

He is responsible for leading the development of strategic operational policies that supports the delivery of DSS funded services and programs through the Department’s national network. Brendan is a member (Aboriginal Economic Development Advisory Committee – NSW Aboriginal Land Council).

His previous experiences include General Manager Operations (Aboriginal Hostels Limited), Senior Adviser Indigenous Organisational Capability Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Brendan was responsible for the development of policy frameworks and a national strategy for strengthening the capability of Indigenous organisations. Director Indigenous Leadership and Governance Frameworks (Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) and Branch Manager Governance (Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations).

James Allen, Director

Jim is the former Chairperson of Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council.

He currently manages the Murra Mia Tenant Advice and Advocacy Service which assists tenants and communities with their dealings with landlords and the Consumer Traders and Tenancy Tribunal. Jim has been an active member of the Housing Appeals Committee (HAC). Jim was a strong advocate of Aboriginal Housing Providers as a Director of the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office Board.

Jim has a passion to represent the needs of the disadvantaged and is a voice for people in need, whatever your background or social standing. He has a passion for social justice and gives a voice to the marginalised.

Anne Greenaway, Director (Chair of Finance & Audit Committee)

Anne is a proud Aboriginal woman (traditionally from Taree) who has lived and worked in the local communities on the Far South Coast for over 22 years, with over 30 years experience in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health and Aborginal Housing sectors.  She is a great grandmother seven times over!

Anne has now retired from full-time work but continues to live and work in the local community, remaining active in participating and representing her community on a wide range of Aboriginal issues.  She is currently Chairing the Little Yuin Preschool and Family Centre at Wallaga Lake.

Her qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Arts,
  • Masters of Letters (History),
  • Diploma of Business (Management),
  • Certificate IV Governance, and,
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Experience includes:

  • Board Member SEARMS (8 years) – current
  • Chair, Little Yuin Preschool and Family Centre – current
  • Chief Executive Officer, Merrimans Local Aboriginal Land Council (6 years)
  • Director AH&MRC (NSW Aboriginal Health Peak organisation for over 15 years)
  • Deputy Chair and CEO, Katungul ACC & MS / South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation
  • Director, NSW Aboriginal Legal Service
  • Director, Oolong House
  • Manager, Moruya Women’s Refuge

Cheryl Moreton, Director (Member of Finance & Audit Committee)

Cheryl commenced worked in 1986 with the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (initially Far South Coast Regional Aboriginal Land Council) I was made redundant in 2004. Continued to work in various Aboriginal community organisation.

  • Currently studying – Certificate IV in Business
  • Completed Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110

Cheryl is currently:

  • Chairperson of Bodalla Local Aboriginal Land Council,
  • Director with the Bodalla Aboriginal Housing Company,
  • Board member of the Regional Aboriginal Housing Committee (RAHC)
  • Chief Executive Officer of Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council

Roslyn Field, Director

Roslyn Field nee Ella is a proud Walbunja/Yuin Elder who has spent most of her life living and working in Sydney. Ros spent her early working career as an infants school  teacher, then worked for 22 years in the Aboriginal education, training, and employment portfolio as a senior manager in the Australian Public Service, for which she was awarded a public service medal.

Ros retired as the NSW Director of Indigenous Education for the Department of Education, Science and Training in 2007. After spending 12 months at home looking after her family (four children and one grandson), pets and garden, she was persuaded to work for three months as the CEO at the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council; this turned into 3 action-packed years.

In August 2011 she took up the position of Joint Management Coordinator with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in Narooma, and is currently the Chairperson of the Gulaga National Park Board of Management.

Ros has dedicated her entire working career trying to make a difference for Koori and Murri people around the state. Community development and capacity building, plus better education, training and employment opportunities will lead to increased socio-economic independence and better outcomes for Aboriginal people. Having grown up in a severely overcrowded substandard house, and knowing the impact this had on her schooling, Ros has decided to focus her time, energy and commitment to this important area through her membership on the SEARMS Board.

Steve Shanahan, Director (Member of Finance & Audit Committee)

Steve was appointed to the Independent/Specialist Director position  at the 2018 AGM, following his interim role as General Manager for SEARMS.

His housing career has spanned over three decades across the ACT and NSW, with roles in youth, special purpose housing, and strategic and business planning, culminating in executive positions with the Department of Family & Community Services managing public housing operations in the Southern NSW District.

He remains a passionate advocate for ‘housing first’ based solutions to assist individuals and communities, particularly in regional areas, to get access to and sustain appropriate housing. He has worked extensively to achieve structural coordination of support services to achieve sustainable housing outcomes for clients.