ICIN Ltd Board of Directors
ICIN Ltd is an independent, Indigenous-led not-for-profit owned by its Full Members. All Full Members are Indigenous organisations that own or directly produce carbon credits.
Cissy Gore-Birch, Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation (Co-chair)
Dean Yibarbuk, Warddeken Land Management Ltd (Co-chair)
Tyronne Garstone, Kimberley Land Council (KLC)
Cathy Goonack, Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation
Neville Gulay Gulay, Arafura Swamp Rangers Aboriginal Corporation (ASRAC)
(We currently have 2 positions vacant)
Dean Yibarbuk - Co-Chair
Dean Munuggullumurr Yibarbuk is a traditional owner of Djinkarr, near Maningrida and of Yanjkobarnem in the Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area. Dean’s language is Gurrgoni.
Dean has been prominent in development and conservation issues for the past three decades, travelling widely in Australia and overseas to speak on fire management and other conservation issues. He was the driving force behind the development of the Djelk rangers, one of Australia’s first Indigenous ranger groups, in 1991. He was also a leader in the formation of Warddeken Land Management in West Arnhem Land, which registered Australia’s first Indigenous savanna fire management carbon project in 2006 using traditional knowledge of savanna burning practices. Dean was also a founding director of the Aboriginal Research Practitioners’ Network (ARPnet) hosted by Charles Darwin University (CDU).
Dean is an inaugural director and co-chair of ICIN Ltd. He is also Chair of Warddeken Land Management Limited.
Cissy Gore Birch - Co-Chair
Cissy Gore-Birch is a Jaru/Kija woman with connections to Balanggarra, Bunuba and Nyikina. Cissy has over 29 years of experience in community development, governance & decision making, leadership, negotiation and conflict resolution, native title, economic development, tourism and conservation and land management. Cissy holds a Graduate Diploma in Natural Resource Management, Executive Certificate in Mastering Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Facilitation.
Cissy's ability to connect and communicate with people on all levels and her desire to create real change, stems from her lived experiences and her understanding of the needs of people, community and business. This has seen her progress from grass roots community approaches, through to influencing and advising regional, state, commonwealth and international policy, and now Director/Owner Operator of Kimberley Cultural Connections Pty Ltd.
Cissy is also an inaugural director and co-chair of ICIN Ltd. She is also Chair of Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation.