Meet our Native Title Team


Native Title Lawyer.

Originally from NSW, Kate has been in Perth for many years where she works as KNAC’s Native Title Lawyer.

She has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science Hons) and has worked for over 15 years as a lawyer for Native Title groups and organisations in the Pilbara.

She manages the Native Title team and provides advice to the corporation on KNAC’s rights and responsibilities as a registered native title body corporate, including land use agreement negotiation and implementation; Cultural  Heritage & Environment management & protection matters; and approvals and consultation processes


Environment and Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Michelle is from Perth and is now based in the KNAC Hedland Office as the  Environment and Stakeholder Engagement Manager working within the Native Title team.

She has a BSc (Hons) with majors including Conservation and Wildlife Biology. She taught a range of science based units at Murdoch University for over a decade and is currently completing her thesis for her PhD research in genetics and population management of fish.

In addition to providing subject matter expert advice on environmental matters and facilitating Nyiyaparli participation in environmental activities, Michelle plays a key role in liaising with stakeholders to improve information provision and consultation methods.


Native Title Implementation Officer.

Georgie grew up in Chittering, a rural area outside of Perth and is now calling Hedland home.

As the Native Title Implementation Officer she provides support to the Native Title team.

She liaises with internal and external stakeholders to ensure Agreement Implementation Committee meetings run efficiently and also collaborating with KNAC staff to implement processes. Georgie also ensures that future act notices and other important agreement related correspondence is processed and actioned in a timely manner.


Native Title Compliance Officer

Sel grew up in Samoa and in Wellington, New Zealand and is now settled in an eastern suburb of Perth.

As the Native Title Compliance Officer her role is to ensure that proponents comply with their agreement obligations, including the payment of financial benefits under Native Title land use agreements. She cultivates strong relationships with stakeholders, including Nyiyaparli  Trust representatives and mining proponents.

She is currently developing an environmental compliance tracking register to enhance our monitoring capabilities.


Native Project Officer Environment

Katie is from Collie, a small mining town in the South West but now lives in Hedland. She joined KNAC in May 2024 as the Project Officer Environment.

She has a Degree in Anthropology from Curtin University and then lived overseas gaining new experiences, including a spell in New Zealand working and volunteering with animal sanctuaries, caring for the land and the animals. Since returning to Australia she worked as a tour guide talking about the history, geology and culture of the Margaret River area.

In her role she is responsible for facilitating environmental discussions and engagements between Nyiyaparli representatives and relevant stakeholders. These engagements enable shared learning between Traditional Owners and external stakeholders to work towards better planning and management to care for country.

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