Board of Directors

Brenda Holt

Brenda Holt is a Bundjalung woman who works and lives in the local community area of Ballina, Brenda has been working in NSW Health and Community Health for about 25 years in a variety of positions including Aboriginal Health, Maternal Infant Health Strategy, and Family & Community Services.  Brenda involves her time to assist in improving Indigenous Health outcomes for all children and families. Brenda’s leadership experience incorporates a health vision for community along with commitment and promoting staff to deliver stronger health outcomes. Where Brenda is able to advocate towards future development and expansion of the provision of health and wellbeing services through the local community.

Tim Merritt

Tim Merritt was born in Wiradjuri country but has lived most of his life in the Bundjalung area. He spent 20 years working his own plumbing business in the Northern Rivers before spending four years as a project manager of a dairy factory in Casino. From there, Tim studied Theology at Avondale University. He became a Minister of Religion in 2011, ministering in Casino and Kyogle for four years before transferring to the Lismore region, where he continues to engage in ministry activities. Tim spent eight years as a board member of the NNSW conference executive committee of the SDA church. He also works as an Honorary Police Chaplain for the Richmond Police District.

Catherine Waters

Catherine Waters is a proud Thungutti descendant, mother of two, and a Sydney-based lawyer. She grew up on Yugambeh country and spent several years residing on Bundjalung country. She has extensive experience in the regulation, review, and monitoring of out-of-home care and the child protection system in New South Wales (NSW). Catherine is passionate about advocating for the rights of Aboriginal children, young people, and families involved in the child protection system and previously contributed as a Reviewer for the ‘Family is Culture Independent Review of Aboriginal Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care in NSW’. Her strong knowledge of NSW child protection legislation and out-of-home care governance is supported by her previous role with the Office of the Children’s Guardian. Additionally, Catherine has held legal support positions in child protection in Queensland and worked as a Policy and Research Officer at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS). Catherine is deeply committed to Ngunya Jarjum’s Vision and Values and pays her respects to the Bundjalung community and elders.

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