Governance - Our Board & Membership

About the Board

Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services is an Incorporated Aboriginal Association under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 and is accountable to its members (see information Become a Member of Gurriny),

Since its inception the Board of Directors has actively developed the organisation to become the lead health agency in Yarrabah. 

Chair - Leslie Baird

Leslie Baird is an experienced Indigenous community development researcher, recognized for his extensive research on the effects of the Aboriginal Family Wellbeing Program.

 In 2000, he became the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services, focusing on implementing the recommendations of the feasibility study, including contributing to a program of research with Prof Komla Tsey and his team to implement and evaluate community-based social and emotional wellbeing programs such as the Family Wellbeing program.

 He led the National Centre of Family Wellbeing Research from 2017 to 2019 and is the current Chairperson of the Board of Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service.


Director - Rob Giason

Rob brings 45 years of Business, Tourism experience and leadership from across multiple and diverse Australian regions, with past roles including, CEO Tourism Tropical North Queensland, CEO Tourism Tasmania & Director of Marketing, Destination New South Wales. He possesses a passion for Regional communities and their positive development.

 Rob is a Director of multiple Boards and not for profit organisations, servicing on Ports North, Charity and development sectors such as COUCH and is a Co-founder & Chair of Reef Restoration Foundation, Chair of start-up ‘Out There Travel Care’ and also serves on the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Cairns Committee.


Director- Kenneth Jackson

Director - David Baird

Director - Eilsa Lively

Ailsa is a Gungandji Woman from the Yarrabah Aboriginal Community in Queensland.  

 Ailsa is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Gindaja Treatment & Healing Indigenous Corporation in Yarrabah and has held this position since January 2008.

 Ailsa has extensive experience in Indigenous Community issues, executive level management, leadership and governance. In her current position her focus is to build a nationally recognised organisation in the Indigenous AOD sector that provides a safe place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to heal.

Serving currently as a Director of the Wet Tropics Management Authority (Government Board), Gurriny Yealamucka Aboriginal Medical Service Board, Gunggandji Mandingalby Yidinji Peoples Prescribed Body Corporate   and through her employment is currently the Treasurer of the Northern Aboriginal and Islander Health Alliance, a Board member on the Queensland Indigenous Substance Misuse Council and a Board member of the Qld Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies.


Director - Linda Sexton

Director - Rob Schrieber


Director - Katie Pope


Director - Mikaela French

Company Secretary -Tamilyn Brennan


Strategic Plan 2021-2024

It is important for the Board and the organisation to understand what success looks like and this is managed through the Strategic Plan which began implementation in March 2021 and is overseen by the Board and implemented by the Chief Executive Officer . Annual reviews are undertaken with successes measured against National Health Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and amended accordingly. While striving for this we also value community engagement, community ownership and sustainability.


Become a Member of Gurriny - and  have your say!

As a member, you can have a say in who is elected to the Board of Directors and their accountability in the delivery of services to improve the health and wellbeing of the Yarrabah community.

Membership is free and open to those over 18 who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and normally reside in Yarrabah.

Gurriny members can: 

  • Nominate to become a Gurriny  Board Member
  • Vote in a Board Member
  • Attend, speak, vote and put forward resolutions at the Annual General Meeting and special general meetings
  • Ask Board Members to call a general meeting
  • Look at Gurriny's books and records (at the discretion of the Board).

If you would like to contribute to your community health service, please consider becoming a member by completing the application form below and returning it to Gurriny. 

Our Mission 

Gurriny will be influential innovators delivering quality holistic health outcomes.

Our Vision

Gurriny will be a holistic centre of excellence supporting a strong and healthy community.