The Centre for Appropriate Technology Limited (CAT) is governed by a majority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board.
Our Board Members ensure good governance, financial integrity and that the Organisation’s focus remains true to its intended purpose.
Read up on who our CAT Board Members are, and what they're passionate about.
Peter Renehan, CAT Chairman
Peter Renehan took on the role of CAT Chairman in October 2010 and brings strong community engagement and practical hands-on abilities, built up over a long period of time of interacting and working with Aboriginal people. Leading by example Peter also brings strong governance practices to the Board and is keen to get stronger focussed outcomes and input from Board members to add their strengths and understanding of issues confronting Aboriginal communities to assist them into the future.
Dr Steve Rogers, Public Officer & CAT CEO
Dr. Steve Rogers commenced as the CEO of CAT in January 2015. He has most recently been the Science and Industry leader at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Perth. He has also been the CEO and Managing Director of twoCo-operative Research Centre’s and Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Land and Water. He is an experienced company director with a strong vision for CAT as a national organisation delivering the technology innovation needed to stimulate economic development across remote Australia.
Jenny is an Eastern Arrernte woman, who serves as CAT’s Executive Officer and plays a critical role linking the Board with the senior management of CAT. Jenny has a practical background in cross-cultural education and uses this to nurture the organisational culture at CAT. She has integrated Indigenous Knowledge into science curriculum in schools. She is a strong advocate for women in technology.
A local Arrernte man, Frank Curtis serves the people of Central Australia as an Aboriginal Community Police Officer, a role he’s enjoyed for the past 12 years. Frank enjoys working with young fellas to build up their self esteem and confidence. He strives to instil in these youth a vision that someday they will end up being leaders of their country. As a member of the CAT Board, Frank is passionate about finding ways for Aboriginal people to return to country and live on their homelands, in a sustainable manner.
Noel Hayes is a Kaytetye man from Ali Curung, central Australia. For ten years, he served as an ATSIC commissioner. He currently serves on the Barkly Shire Council in the NT. Noel has been involved in a leadership capacity for a range of social programs and community justice initiatives. He brings strong expertise in working with government.
Brian Stacey is an anthropologist by training and worked in the Australian Public Service for more than 30 years in Indigenous Affairs. He started in Alice Springs as a graduate clerk for the former Department of Aboriginal Affairs in 1983 and worked with the Centre for Appropriate Technology in helping Aboriginal people to return to their country. Ultimately Brian became a senior officer including the State Manager in the Northern Territory and a Division head responsible for Land for Indigenous people.
Brian Singleton is a Yirraganydji Rainforest Bama (People) whose people Ancestral Traditional Lands are from the Cairns region to Port Douglas. Brian works for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park as an Indigenous Community Compliance Liaison Officer. He brings more than 15 years’ experience in engaging Traditional Owners and Indigenous Communities in Land and Sea Management. Brian is passionate about providing training and knowledge exchange to communities and Traditional Owners to manage their own sea country.
Grant is a professional engineering technologist specialising in renewable energy systems and energy efficiency program development and implementation.
Grant spent several years as Group Manager of CAT’s Bushlight renewable energy program from its inception in 2002. He has since lead projects in the energy sector in Australia, India, North America, and the Pacific Islands.
Grant is currently the Director of Evolve Energy Pty Ltd, a Director of Energy Innovations Pty Ltd, and is based in Cairns, Queensland.
Helen Martin is a local Arrernte woman and for the past 12 years co-owner of an eco-friendly tourism retreat ‘Banu Banu’ located off the coast of Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem Land.
Helen was a finalist in the Entrepreneur Category of the NT Telstra Women’s Business Awards in 2015 and is the Chair of the Northern Territory Indigenous Tourism Advisory Council. As someone who has first-hand experience of growing a business from the grassroots level up, Helen is passionate about helping other Indigenous people start and operate their own businesses.
Born in Darwin, Jonathan is of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and is currently engaged by the Northern Land Council as Manager, Regional Development. Based in Darwin he looks after a regional office network in the Top End of the Northern Territory. Jonathan has worked within Indigenous Affairs for 25 plus years with both the Australian Government and the Land Council as a Commonwealth Statutory Authority. Travelling extensively throughout the Northern Territory he is passionate about supporting remote Aboriginal communities establish opportunities through education, employment, business development, land management, housing, health and sport.