John Hollander – Chairperson/Director
John is a director/owner of Hollander Homes. John is a life member of the local Centrals Trinity Beach club and also AFL Cairns Juniors and Chairman of the AFL Cairns Senior Tribunal. John and his wife Valerie have been outstanding volunteers to AFL in Far North Queensland and we are proud to have John as Chairman of AFL Cape York.
Renee Williams – Deputy Chairperson
Renee is the Executive Officer for Empowered Communities Cape York, and was previously the Partnership and Development Coordinator at Apunipima Cape York Health Council where she was responsible for analysis and strategic development.
Renee has a wealth of experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia. Renee has held various positions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health organisations, peak organisations, research centres and not-for-profit organisations.
Louise Hunter – Director
Louise is the Manager, Indigenous Library Services with the State Library of Queensland and has extensive understanding and experience in Government having worked in Indigenous Affairs, Child Safety and Sport and Recreation. Louise understands the opportunities that sport and education can give young people having received a basketball scholarship to study in the United States as a teenager.
She is an example of how lifeskills and life experience are enhanced through the vehicle of sports.
Melissa Browne – Director
Melissa is the Indigenous Alcohol Health Promotion Officer with the Cairns and Hinterland Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Service. Melissa’ role coordinates the Which Way Our Way: A Strong Community Way program and develops and implements local alcohol prevention programs aimed at reducing harmful alcohol consumption and alcohol related harms in Cairns and Northern Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Matt Trevett-Lyall -Director
Matt is the Regional Manager of Qantaslink airlines operating out of Cairns and servicing the Remote Communities. Matt has a real commitment to Remote Indigenous Communities and has been a supporter and advocate of the Kickstart program over many years. Qantaslink has been a partner of the progam for the past six years.
Noel Rawlins – Director
Noel was directly involved in the establishment of AFL Cape York House when it was still very much a pipe dream of Ric Hanlon and others in the late 2000’s. Noel has a passion for all sports, and as a career teacher this has often included coaching and managing schoolboy representative teams. As a long term state high school principal in Far North Queensland, Noel has been able to bring a strong educational perspective to the Board. More recently as the College Principal of Western Cape College based in Weipa, Noel can also now contribute a remote community perspective for the Board.
Originally from Hopevale. I relocated to Cairns in 1999 to seek employment and undertake further studies at university. I currently work in Finance for a community controlled health organisation here in Cairns. In my previous role at Apunipima Cape York Health Service I travelled extensively throughout Cape York Peninsula and am familiar with the local customs and traditions of these communities. I have strong ties to many of the Cape York families which I hope will be beneficial to my role as a Director.
I am an active member of the AFL community, having played for North Cairns Tigers since 2003. I am also a member of the AFL Cape York Parent’s Advisory Board and canteen volunteer for every Eagles home game.
I am looking forward to being part of an organisation with a strong focus on achieving positive outcomes for our boys and their families.