Thirrili Board Directors

Michelle Deshong

Director of Thirrili Limited

Michelle is from Townsville, North Queensland and draws her connection to the Kuku Yulanji nation.

Michelle Deshong is currently Chief Executive of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute. Prior to this she held many senior leadership roles in both the government and non-government sectors. From 2001-2010 she was the Director of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre and she currently holds a number of directorship roles in the not-for-profit sector. In 2013 Michelle was named in the Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.

Michelle has extensive experience in areas of leadership, governance and politics. She has a strong commitment to human rights and has been a NGO representative on many occasions at the United Nations forums on the Commission on the Status of Women and Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

Tim Goodwin

Director of Thirrili Limited

Tim Goodwin is a barrister and practices primarily in the areas of commercial and public law. Prior to joining the Bar, Tim worked at Allens as a solicitor in commercial litigation, banking and finance.

Prior to this Tim served as Associate to Justice North and Justice Bromberg of the Federal Court of Australia. He also served as Foreign Law Clerk to Justice Skweyiya of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Most recently Tim was a Junior Counsel supporting the recent Royal Commission into Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

Tim has a Bachelor of Arts and Laws (with Honours) from the Australian National University and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.

Tim is a member of the Yuin people of the South East Coast of New South Wales. He serves on a number of boards, including the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Dr Mark Wenitong

Director of Thirrili Limited

Dr Mark Wenitong is from the Kabi Kabi tribal group of south Queensland (Qld). He is currently working as a Medical Advisor at the Apunipima Cape York Health Council in Cairns, Qld. As Medical Advisor, Mark’s role is to provide strategic leadership, support and advice to the Board, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and senior management team.

After studying Medicine at the Newcastle University Medical School, Mark completed his degree in 1995 as the third Aboriginal male graduate. He was also one of the first Aboriginal men to become a doctor. Mark began his medical career working in community development with World Vision and also spent time working in Central Australia. He was the Senior Medical Officer at Wichopperen Health Services in Cairns for nine years; acting CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, where he worked in primary health care in East Timor; and also Medical Advisor for the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Canberra.

Dr Wenitong is a past President and founder of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association and is a member of several state and national advisory committees.

Mark is committed to improving the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia through community control. He is interested in preventative medicine, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, refugee health and prison health.

Wayne Kinrade

Founding Director of Thirrili Limited

Wayne has practiced as a management consultant since 1996. Prior to this he worked as a senior executive in several government agencies at a Commonwealth and State level, where the focus of his work was in health and community services policy development, implementation and review.

As a consultant Wayne has undertaken assignments in the areas of health, community services, disability, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. He specialises in strategy development and review, program and project management, program evaluation, process redesign, activity based costing, benchmarking, and organisation design and review.

Wayne has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and a Master of Business Administration.