Director, Secretary and Treasurer
Shelley has 30 years of experience working with indigenous people in the community development field. She spent 5 years working in West Papua from 2005 as an English program coordinator, developing a successful English tuition program which saw many students go on to teach English themselves. During that time she assisted a group of local Papuans at their request to commence the LEMAK Clean Water and Sanitation Program, the local partners of WPDC.
Shelley is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia, is a qualified CPA Accountant and is also accredited as an ESL Teacher. Shelley presently works as an Organisation Mentor with two indigenous grassroots organisations in Northeast Arnhem Land, and liaisons regularly with our LEMAK partners.
Sally is studying a Masters of Asian and Pacific Studies at the Australian National University, and has completed a Bachelor of Laws/International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney, including an exchange semester funded by a New Colombo Plan Scholarship at Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta.
She has completed research internships in the Melanesia Program of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, the Australian Mission to the United Nations, and worked for General Electric in Papua New Guinea on a maternal mortality project. Sally is passionate about development in West Papua and has been a member of WPDC since its inception, before taking on the role of Director in 2014.