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 5 years living remotely on a cattle station and later 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 has a diversity of experience across a wide range of sectors including territory and local government, private enterprise and not-for-profit. Brooke is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program 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.

Brooke is Vice President of the Australian Institute of Animal Management and Vice President of Bereaved Parent Support NT/Sids and Kids NT, and has formerly held positions on the boards of Territory Natural Resource Management and NT Farmers. Brooke commenced with AMRRIC in February 2018, and is proud to lead the organisation, 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.

Dr Chelsea Smart BSc DVM

PROGRAM MANAGER – OPERATIONAL DELIVERY

Chelsea is a veterinarian who has worked in private practice in rural South Australia and has volunteered as part of local council animal management initiatives throughout Adelaide.

She became familiar with AMRRIC when investigating ways to aid animal management in her local indigenous community of Point Pearce on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia (Narungga country). These conversations sparked an interest in remote community work and encouraged Chelsea to volunteer as a veterinarian with AMRRIC in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, South Australia.

While Chelsea has a love for animals, she finds the most rewarding part of veterinary work is communication and problem solving with animal owners and promoting animal health and welfare throughout the wider community. Chelsea is also passionate about human mental health, she has undertaken additional training in compassion fatigue and is an accredited Mental Health First Aid officer. She feels these skills can be utilised to understand and support the human-animal bond which is integral to animal ownership in remote communities and otherwise in our society.

Chelsea has geriatric pet Green Tree Frog of 18 years of age and her favourite Australian native animal is the Wombat

Katrina Doody

PROJECT OFFICER

Katrina joined the AMRRIC team in March 2020 after relocating from Mount Isa, Queensland. With a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from University College Dublin, she comes to us with over 15 years’ experience within the animal care industry.

Originally from Ireland, Katrina has lived and worked in Australia for over 9 years. She has worked within varied private practice, specialist centre and equine care settings, always with a passion for client education and providing high quality services and outcomes for animals and their families.

During six years of enjoying the outback lifestyle in Mount Isa, Katrina feels privileged to have been strongly involved in providing veterinary service programs within the remote indigenous communities of Doomadgee and Mornington Island in Far North Queensland. These experiences have led her to develop a strong interest in a complete community approach to the veterinary services provided within remote communities.

Katrina is excited to continue to develop her knowledge and skills with AMRRIC and is dedicated to a holistic approach of facilitating veterinary services within remote indigenous communities. She is also currently studying an Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour through the International Society for Feline Medicine and has a strong interest in appropriate cat management in Australia

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.

Frances Grant

COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING OFFICER

Frances Grant joined AMRRIC in January 2020 as Marketing and Communications Coordinator, bringing with her a background of experience working with Indigenous organisations and in communications roles.
Frances has a degree in Media and Communications and Art History from the University of Sydney. She is originally from Sydney but has lived in Darwin for eight years. She has experience working in the NT public service and in not-for-profit organisations in Sydney and Alice Springs.
Frances has spent the past seven years working in the Indigenous art industry in communications and development roles at ANKA, Provenance Arts, and APY Art Centre Collective.

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.

Kit Reed

ADMINISTRATION OFFICER

Kit joined the AMRRIC team as Administration Officer in January 2020.
She is currently studying a Certificate 3 in business administration through GTNT.
Before coming to AMRRIC, she worked as a Sample Preparation person in Pine Creek, then moving on as a Laboratory Technician in Gold Assay. She then went to Claravale Station as a general station hand.
She loves camping, fishing, reading and animals; she has a three-legged dog called Busta, a horse called Diego and a cat called Blacky.
Kit is an Aboriginal woman and has lived in Port Roper, Mataranka, Katherine, Pine Creek and Palmerston. She has always preferred living out bush to living in the city but is keen to try something different.
Kit’s love for animals and desire to further her skills through a traineeship attracted her to AMRRIC and she is excited by the opportunity to participate in AMRRIC programs with the team!