KEY PEOPLE

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ADAM DESMOND

Founder & Executive Director

Adam founded Binar in 2011 and has acted as Executive Director ever since. He has overseen key operations and initiatives and has been a major driver of the organisation’s success to date. As owner and operator of a drycleaning business Adam has been active for many years in the Midland business community

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ANDREW VLAHOV

Chair

Andrew’s professional basketball career with the Perth Wildcats encompassed 11 years and three championships. He is a four-time Olympian and a recipient of the Order of Australia Medal. At Binar, he has a discovered a space where he can engage with his dual passions for basketball and social justice

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ERNIE DINGO

Board Member

Ernie is an Indigenous Australian actor, television presenter, comedian, teacher and promoter originating from the Yamatji people of the Murchison region of Western Australia. He is a designated Australian National Living Treasure. He collaborated with Richard Walley to create the first public performance of the "Welcome to Country" ceremony in Perth in 1976. He has been an ambassador for Binar for a number of years.

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IRSHAAD SONGERWALA

Board Member & Treasurer

Irshaad is a Partner and the Regional Leader of Ernst & Young Perth’s Strategy and Transactions division, the largest full-suite corporate finance practice in Western Australia. With more than 20 years’ experience with EY in professional services, Irshaad advises clients on acquisition due diligence, vendor due diligence, IPO forecast reviews and counterparty viability reviews. Irshaad is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

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JULIE JONES

Board Member

Julie is a Watjarri (Yamatji) woman from the Murchison Region. She has been an active member of the Binar community, having assisted in a volunteer capacity for a number of years prior to joining the board. She is a qualified Cultural Safety Trainer and Medical Clinical Trainer, having worked with the Aboriginal Health Council of WA for 8 years and was with the Aboriginal Affairs Department (State Government) for 15 years as a Policy and Land Officer. Julie was also a Ministry of Justice, State Coordinator for several years, dealing with Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

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MARGARET COYNE

Board Member

Margie is from Menang country with connection to Yamatji through her grandmother. She is a qualified level 1 referee, level 1 coach and Referee Coach and passionate about developing a referee academy through Binar. She strongly believes in giving back to the sport and community and giving everyone a place to belong where they can be included and have a chance to meet people, make friends, learn, grow and connect with others.

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LENNELLE PAPERTALK

Board Member & Secretary

Lennelle is a Noongar Yamatji woman who is a Research Assistant at WA Centre for Rural Health with a Masters in Social Work. She has been collaborating with Binar in the Midwest region for several years. Lenny was the Chairperson of Geraldton Sporting Aboriginal Corporation for 15 years and heavily involved in grass roots regional sporting communities through umpiring, coaching, volunteering, committee roles and playing. She is passionate about developing culturally safe social and emotional wellbeing programs.

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ERIKA SONGERWALA

Finance & Admin Manager, Company Secretary

Erika brings more than 25 years experience in accounting, bookkeeping and company administration as well as a strong passion for basketball and community-based initiatives. She is the owner principal of a business, Booksmart Consulting, that provides accounting services to small and medium businesses and non-profit organisations and is a registered BAS agent, ASIC agent and member of the Institute of Public Accountants in Australia.

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NATALIE MIPPY

Executive Team Member, Registrar

Natalie Mippy is a Yamitji woman from the Gascoyne region and has been employed at Curtin University for 29 years in numerous roles. Her current role  is a Senior Research Services Officer at the Research Office at Curtin. Natalie joined the Binar team in 2021 and is the Binar Registrar for the Cockburn and Rockingham competitions. She has over 12 year’s experience as a junior basketball committee member and brings this wealth of experience to Binar. Natalie has been a scoretable official since 2011 and was awarded the 2019 Scoretable Official of the Year from Basketball WA. She currently holds a Level 3 accreditation and has officiated games at WABL, Australian National Championships, NBL1 West, WNBL and NBL. Natalie has been a scoretable official for the NBL for five seasons and was chosen to officiate at the Boomers v Canada game at RAC Arena in August 2019

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ELLY BLACKBURN

Executive Team Member, Registrar

Eleanor Blackburn has been employed by Churches of Christ Recreation Centre for 20 years in various roles. She held the role of Competition Administrator at Warwick stadium for 6 years which involved running and growing the Warwick Senators junior domestic program from 170 teams to 450+ teams during that period. Warwick stadium has the largest participation rates in Western Australia for domestic basketball. Her current role is Finance & Admin Assistant but her past roles or duties have included site manager, games controller, WABL and NBL1 administrator and event coordinator, staff training and induction, staff rostering for 20 employees, night duty manager, reception work, working in the creche, running of tribunals and mediation sessions and complaints handling.

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EFREM GARLETT-WATSON

Competition Manager, Games Controller, Mentor

Efrem Garlett-Watson is a Ballardong Noongar man who was one of the original Binar boys team in 2011. He started helping with and then managing a school-based competition run by Binar in 2014 at Midland PCYC. He has held various paid and voluntary roles including having completed a traineeship (Cert III in Sport & Recreation) at Swan Active Midland and then being employed as a lifeguard at Swan Active, coach and mentor at Koya Aboriginal Corporation, liaison officer with Rooforce, COVID screening officer with Derbal Yerrigan Health Services. He is a level 1 referee with first aid qualifications and is a valuable asset to Binar with his leadership skills and work ethic in numerous roles including referee, coach, mentor, team manager, administrator, competition manager, games controller, camp coordinator and bus driver.

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KASHAYLA AUSTIN

Competition Administrator, Mentor

Kashayla Austin is a Gunditjmara woman who was one of the original Binar girls team in 2013. She started helping with Binar Sports in various capacities from 2016  including coach, mentor, team manager, administration, bookkeeping, competition and tournament management, MC at opening ceremonies and more recently in digital imaging and marketing. She is currently employed by the Waalitj Foundation as a mentor for the Deadly Sista Girlz program in Governor Stirling Senior High School and with Burgeon Mentoring as a disability support mentor. She is first aid qualified and has a Cert II in Family Wellbeing with the Aboriginal Health Council of WA.