AACHWA Board of Directors

AACHWA became an independent, not-for-profit, Aboriginal Corporation in March 2015. The Aboriginal-majority board and governance structure ensure key decisions and strategic direction are being driven in a culturally appropriate way, and that AACHWA truly represents the interests of Aboriginal art centres in Western Australia.


Lynette Yu-Mackay

Chair | Appointed 2019

Nagula Jarndu, Broome


Lynette was born in Broome and is of Yawuru, Bunuba and Hakka heritage. She has seven sisters, one brother, four daughters, eleven grandchildren, and a very large extended family. Lynette holds a Bachelor of Management (2000) from Canberra University which she completed as mature age student and as a very busy single mother working full-time and studying part-time. She was ultimately able complete her Degree as a full-time student being the recipient of a federal government Study Award from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

Lynette’s work history has been focused on grassroots contributions (which continues today as a volunteer). She has fulfilled roles in family day care and the public service at both state and federal levels including working for a federal senator. Areas of work include defence, human rights and equal opportunity, health, Indigenous employment and small business, native title and community empowerment.

Lynette is currently the Chair of Nagula Jarndu Designs (based in Broome) and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with AACHWA in her role as AACHWA board chair from 2019. Lynette’s other passions include fishing, travel, yoga, teaching grandchildren and textiles.


Kuberan Muir

Deputy Chair | Appointed 2018

Walkatjarra Cultural Centre, Leonora


Kuberan Muir is a Purungu man (skin group) and his family are Ngalia, who are a southern branch of Mantjiltjarra people, who live mostly in the Northern Goldfields region, based in Leonora. He is a native title holder and member of the Tjiwarl and Manta Rirrtinya native title groups.  Kuberan has been working with the Walkatjurra Cultural Centre as an artist, arts worker and youth worker, running the Leonora Youth Centre for two years since leaving school. In 2018, Kuberan started a Bachelor Degree in Photography at Curtin University and he is currently living in Perth to complete this tertiary study.

His artwork currently focuses on digital media, but he also has experience in textiles, ceramics and works on canvas. In digital media he is working on projects that involve intergeneration transfer of knowledge, and using language and stories from elders to create media that younger generations can relate to. He enjoys creativity in the arts – especially the ability to tell a story while preserving language, culture and history.


Deborah Millard

Treasurer | Appointed 2015


Deborah is a Chartered Accountant and currently the CFO and Company Secretary of JWH Group Pty Ltd. She is experienced in all aspects of strategic financial management of large private business. Born in London, she completed her university education in 1987 at Oxford University with an Honours degree in Pure and Applied Biology. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997. She is also a Fellow of Leadership WA (2009); a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2010), and a participant in the AICD Director Pipeline Project (2012). Her other not-for-profit Board and Committee involvement is as Board Member Leadership WA (on their Finance Risk and Audit Committee), and as a Board Member of Mundaring Arts Centre (chairing their Finance Committee). Previously, Deborah has served on the board of the YMCA, Perth.


Loreen Samson

Board member | Appointed 2015

Roebourne Art Group, Roebourne


Loreen’s language group is Ngarluma and she was born in Roebourne where she still lives today. Loreen is a respected artist who is passionate about connecting with, and teaching, the younger generations in her community. Loreen paints the colours of the land; the thoughts she has of her heritage; the stories of her ancestors, as well as modern themes of social justice and mining. Loreen is a multiple Cossack Art Award winner (Best Pilbara Indigenous Artist), and her paintings are held in collections including the Australian National Museum and the Berndt Museum, UWA.


Christina Araujo

Board member | Appointed 2015


Christina has a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) from Murdoch University.  As a lawyer, Christina specialises in Native Title Land Access, Aboriginal Heritage, Corporate Governance – PBCs, Indigenous Organisations, Community Consultation, Environmental Approvals, Implementation – Benefits, Management Structures and Project Management. Christina’s broad professional legal career has seen her work extensively with Indigenous communities in Pilbara, Murchison-Gascoyne, Central and Western Desert regions.  She is knowledgeable and experienced in working with legislation relevant to Indigenous organisations, such as CATSI Act, Native Title Act, PBC Regulations, including working with and establishing Trusts and Trustee Companies. Christina has worked with Yamatji Marlpa Land and Sea Council; Department of Environment and Conservation; as in-house Counsel at Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC; Central Desert Native Title Services, and currently works as a legal consultant.