Our Leadership

Executive Officer – Shooting Stars
With over 25 years experience in rural and remote Indigenous communities, non-government organisations, small business and corporate Australia, along with a history of involvement in netball at all levels from grassroots through to the Board of Netball WA, Fran has extensive experience in community development, success in program delivery, strategic and financial planning across Western Australia and the Northern Territory. 

Previous roles saw Fran lead Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre from a three staff organisation to a thriving 30 plus in its peak, all working out of the $3M purpose-built facility built under Fran’s watch. In her role at BHP Billiton, Fran lead the strategic development, implementation and management of the Education and Development Strategy and Programs for Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders including strategy development, legacy project design, and infrastructure project management, contract and financial management and provision of business support for community partners, in particular NGOs. Fran’s budget was in excess of $20m annually. 

Fran is proud to employ staff from a female Indigenous background in all positions of responsibility she has held, to further address the situation of inequity and gender imbalance of female Indigenous employment. Where there isn’t opportunity to find an Indigenous woman to employ in a position Fran will endeavour to upskill and build capacity in the community to bridge the divide.

Fran is passionate about education, Indigenous advancement toward equality and netball!

Community Development Coordinator Mid West Gascoyne– Shooting Stars
Rose’s Role: Based in Geraldton, Rose coordinates the Shooting Stars program in the Mid West Gascoyne, and is responsible for program delivery across four sites: Carnarvon, Meekatharra, Mullewa, and Wiluna. In conjunction with managing the region, Rose plays a key role in developing program processes, and is the lead researcher in the Shooting Stars Longitudinal Study, which employs an Indigenous methodology (yarning circles) to evaluate program efficacy and drive localised program delivery.
About Rose: Hailing from the South Island of New Zealand, Rose is Ngāi Tahu (New Zealand Māori) and Pākehā (New Zealand European). An archaeologist by trade, Rose has worked across communities in northern Australia, the Pacific, and Island South East Asia over the past six years. Rose has extensive experience in research and project management, and is driven by an academic interest in the lives of Indigenous women (past, present, and future), her belief in the power of education, and her love of the great sport of netball.
Email Rose: rose.whitau@shootingstars.org.au

Helen Ockerby
Community Development Coordinator- Kimberley Region
Helen’s Role: To implement and support community development that aligns and works within site based programs to further develop and maintain Shooting Stars outcomes, its impacts in community and schools across the region as we drive social change working alongside and with our regions stakeholders.
About Helen: Helen has a vast amount of experience in the sport and recreation field within the Kimberley particularly the remote areas, having worked in the field over the past ten years she has experience with community empowerment and youth engagement.
Contact Helen: 0447 171 768
Email Helen: helen.ockerby@shootingstars.org.au

Manager – Government Relations & Philanthropy
Lacie’s Role: Lacie is responsible for driving the development of stakeholder engagement and investment for the Shooting Stars program. The role includes strategic direction and implementation of new donor partnerships and stewardship of current supporters.
About Lacie: 
Lacie has over 10 years experience working in a variety of business development and fundraising roles in Perth and in London, within the not-for-profit sector. She brings to her role a sound understanding of strategic income development and donor relationship management.
Contact Lacie:
9380 3706
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