New CEO takes up the reins

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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

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