Meet the Board

The Directors of the Budjiti Native Title Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC are appointed according to their Descendant Group, so that each Budjiti family is represented at Board level.  They each work tirelessly for their community, both in their roles as Directors as well as in their private lives.  

Directors serve on the board for a term of two years.  Once they have served a term, they are eligible to be reappointed.  

Raeleen Rach

Raeleen Rach currently resides in Boombungee and has strong ties to Country through matrilineal lines of her mother. Raeleen has previously held positions as a bookkeeper, office manager, payroll clerk and police liaison officer. Raeleen’s vision for the Budjiti PBC is to ensure all members have a voice, and she will assist with the development of policies and procedures to ensure good governance is implemented.

An interesting fact about Raeleen…
“I take my role as custodian of the land very seriously. I am also a twin!”

Kathleen Wincen

Kathleen Wincen (nee Rach) is red dirt to the core. She was born and raised in and around Quilpie, with most of her childhood spent throughout the South West, from being on Country to living in Longreach where her sisters were born. Her mother was Kathleen Rach (Nee McKellar) (Todlie).
Kathleen holds a Juris Doctor (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Southern Queensland and a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies. She has previously held positions as an Elder Abuse Lawyer at TASC National Community Legal Service, Junior Solicitor at Angie Richards Legal, an Acting Senior Conservation Officer at Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services and Acting Project Officer at the Department of Environment. In addition to Kathleen’s various accomplishments, she also has broad experience as a Board member having volunteered as a Director for Mary Mackillop Catholic College, Darling Downs Health Service Indigenous Advisory Group and the Darling Downs Health Service Consumer Advisory Group. Kathleen would like to secure education and employment opportunities on behalf of the Budjiti People and ensure the establishment of an Elders Council and keeping place for Budjiti artifacts.

An interesting fact about Kathleen…
“I have never completed high school and I lived in Canberra for seven years. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same age when my mum was diagnosed and I am married with two daughters, my youngest of whom was born with a rare genetic condition. I have two beautiful grandchildren.”

Marcia Girdler

Marcia Girdler is originally from Cunnamulla, but currently resides in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. Over Marcia’s working career, not only has she developed extensive experience working in hospitality and retail, but she established and managed her own cleaning business. Marcia’s vision is to bring the Budjiti People together to provide opportunities to the younger Budjiti generations to learn about their culture.

An interesting fact about Marcia…
“I’m passionate about everything I do. I’m always caring and love to help those in need. I’m sometimes shy, but most of the time, I’m not and I believe that everyone should smile more because they are free.”

Ben McNiven

Mick McNiven

Charles Ellery