Staff

AMRRIC is comprised of a small team of skilled staff who are funded by the Australian Federal and Northern Territory governments. Our dedicated team support AMRRIC’s efforts in every sense and are committed to creating an authentic difference to the Indigenous communities we serve.

Dr Brooke Rankmore

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

With a passion for rural and remote Australia, Brooke has lived and worked in the Northern Territory for 20 years, including two and a half years living remotely on Groote Eylandt. Brooke has a Bachelor of Science with Honours, a Doctor of Philosophy and extensive experience in the conservation and natural resources management sectors across the Top End.

Brooke’s previous experience includes assisting Indigenous corporations and organisations, not-for-profit organisations and local governments to develop and secure funding for various economic development and environmental projects. Brooke also developed a Grant Writing workshop for not-for-profits, which she delivered to organisations across the Territory. Brooke completed the Australian Rural Leadership Program in 2010 and among other roles, has held positions with Regional Development Australia (Northern Territory), Greening Australia and City of Darwin where she oversaw the Council’s regulation of animal management through by-laws and responsible pet ownership education.

Having held various board and committee positions, Brooke is currently a Board Director of Territory Natural Resource Management and Sids and Kids, Northern Territory. Brooke commenced her role with AMRRIC in February 2018, and is proud to lead AMRRIC, working with the board, staff, partners and communities to improve service delivery and education for companion animals.

Lauren Shaw

BUSINESS OPERATIONS MANAGER

Lauren joined AMRRIC in January 2019, bringing with her a strong background in accounting, business systems and operational management. She has worked for twenty years in financial and operational management roles with engagement across many different industries within the private, commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Her key experiences cover tax and financial accounting, systems setup, development of reporting systems for project and cost centres, and operational management of HR, WH&S, projects, and financial reporting.

Lauren moved to Darwin in 2009 from Adelaide, chasing a warmer climate, new experiences and opportunities to learn and meet new people in a new city. Having recently worked in the environment not-for-profit sector working across community, volunteer and pathway education programs, Lauren is very excited to be working with AMRRIC to utilise her knowledge and work with a team of respected and passionate people.

Dr Bonny Cumming

PROGRAM MANAGER – STRATEGIC DELIVERY

Bonny joined the AMRRIC team in October 2013 having been a strong supporter since volunteering on an AMRRIC dog health program in Kintore in 2008.

Bonny has a keen interest in One Health principles, combining community development, animal health and welfare and conservation to improve animal, human and ecosystem health. She is a veterinarian, has a Masters in Veterinary Conservation Medicine, and has worked in private veterinary practice, animal shelters, zoos and wildlife hospitals.

Bonny thoroughly enjoys getting out into the field and has been fortunate to use her degree to travel widely, working in remote locations with a variety of species amid various cultures. Bonny feels extremely priviledged to work for AMRRIC, utilsing her veterinary training for ‘big picture’ issues with vast reach.

Courtney Falls

EDUCATION OFFICER

Courtney joined AMRRIC as an Education Officer in January 2016. She has a bachelor of Education in Junior Primary and Primary and started her teaching career on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Courtney was based on Davenport Downs Station in Central Queensland from 2013 to 2014, where she worked as a teacher and within the stock camp.

She enjoys horses and has been fortunate enough to develop her skills whilst working stock within the remote outback. She is an avid animal lover and values being able to combine her passions of animals and education together within AMRRIC.

Brooke Kennedy

INTERN – CAT POPULATION MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

Brooke is a proud Gomeroi Yinarr (Kamilaroi woman) from Tamworth NSW who joined AMRRIC in October 2019 for a 5-month Internship. Brooke has a Bachelor of Zoology and completed an Honours year that introduced her to remote Aboriginal communities, their culture and their pets.

Following this passion, Brooke is currently completing her PhD in Animal Science through the University of New England, not only looking at improving animal management in remote Aboriginal communities, but also at how research organisations such as Universities deliver programs in these communities.

With pet cats on the rise in some remote Aboriginal communities, Brooke will assist the AMRRIC team in researching best practice cat population management strategies to help improve the health and wellbeing of the communities and their pets.