New CEO takes up the reins
NEW Bamanga Bubu Ngadimunku chief executive officer Peterson Opio has swapped the deserts of Ethiopia for the Mossman Gorge rainforest.
The 28-year-old CEO graduated in law, criminology and politics majoring in international relations and has experience working for United Care Community Services in Cairns and turned down a United Nations internship to take on his new role.
“I was meant to fly out the end of March to Ethiopia to take up the UN internship in law and governance but then this popped up, giving me the opportunity to gain experience you can’t get anywhere else,” he said.
“The fact you’re in the rainforest, with such a unique and beautiful scenery was also a deciding factor.
“From the onset it’s clear you need to be driven, have a lot of energy and above all positivity, respect and understanding as well.”
Mr Opio’s role represents BBN, which works with the Mossman Gorge community and made up of 98 per cent indigenous employees, including board of directors, which recently had a reshuffle.
The board of directors now consists of chairperson Karen Gibson, vice-chairperson Roy Gibson, secretary Karen Shuan, treasurer Roberta Henning and directors Donna Henning, Terrence Gibson, Mathew Ross, Kelly Gibson, Chantal Cannon, Trixie Kerr and Fiona Kooka.
“My role as CEO is to advocate and represent the board on behalf of the board of directors who in turn are representatives of the Mossman Gorge community,” Mr Opio said.
“I oversee the day-to-day operations of BBN’s key functions, maintaining and providing adequate housing to our community members and provide capacity to continue to grow and improve on own individual set of skills.
“I’m also looking towards expanding BBN’s business in terms of art production and also the community-run nursery, which has handled some really big projects including supplying the Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre with majority of their plants.”
Big plans: BBN CEO Peterson Opio