Members of the Yaandina Governance Committee are drawn from the local community for their experience and skills to assist Yaandina through ongoing growth and success.

Most members are long-time residents of the Pilbara region and as such bring with them years of knowledge about the community, individual residents and families. They also have first-hand knowledge of the complexity and continuing changing landscape of Pilbara community needs and requirements and the unique environment in which we all live and work.

This knowledge is invaluable for setting the strategic direction of the organisation and more importantly managing the risk profile of the business.


Garry is a City of Karratha Councillor, Post Master and Justice of the Peace. He has lived in Roebourne for over 30 years. He and his wife Jenny have raised their 3 sons here while managing and operating the Post Office. Garry is also actively involved in the Roebourne Advisory Committee.

RUTH ELLIS, Deputy Chair

Ruth has lived in Roebourne for over 50 years and has married and raised her family there. Ruth has worked in many roles in the community including the Sobering-up Shelter. Ruth is also activity involved in the Pilbara Aboriginal Church, St Johns Ambulance Committee, the Wickham Community Association and the Roebourne Advisory Committee.


Ross currently works as Specialist in the Community Engagement division of Rio Tinto. He is a Noongar man who has years of experience within the resources, local government and education sectors specialising in the areas of Indigenous affairs, community engagement, community development, training and human resources management.


Miranda specialises in the delivery of transformational human resource and organisational development projects. She has managed engagements to develop operating models, aligning operations to strategic objectives and identifying performance improvements in large, complex organisations. She has extensive experience managing senior stakeholders and large teams having worked within the resource, community and not-for-profit sectors.

SUE LEONARD, Chief Executive Officer

Sue has over 35 years’ experience working in the public, private and not-for-profit sectorspredominantly in the north-west region of Western Australia. Sue’s experience is in education, training, workforce, economic and community development. Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies), Graduate Diploma of Education, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Project Management, Advanced Diploma of Business Administration, and three units toward the Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance. She is a memberof the Governance Institute of Australia.

EMMA DUMBRELL, Company Secretary

Emma has held the role of Finance Manager with Yaandina since 2012. She also held the role of Acting CEO from January to November 2020. Emma oversees the day-to-day running of Corporate administration. This centralised administration allows for the capture of greater efficiencies across the delivery of Yaandina’s suite of services. Emma was appointed as Board company secretary in 2016. She is an experienced practice manager with solid background in book keeping, staff supervision and business development.
Emma has lived in and been involved with the Wickham community for ten years. Emma has completed the Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) Leadership Development Program and is currently undertaking a Diploma in Accounting.