Nairm Marr Djambana board members

Kayla Cartledge

Acting Chair

Kayla is a proud Gurindji woman from the Northern Territory who now lives on the Mornington Peninsula.

With a Degree in Commerce, a degree in Property & Real Estate and a certificate III in Local Government, Kayla is keen to see economic prosperity for Indigenous people in Victoria
(and Australia).

Kayla is in a management role at Kinaway, the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, has over 10 years experience in Local Government and is the Founder of Our Songlines and Our Dilly Bag.

Kerry Strickland


Proud Wadi Wadi woman, First Nations people of the Illawarra region, NSW.

Registered Nurse currently employed at Frankston Hospital.

Small Business owner. Cultural Adviser with the Women’s Spirit Project.

Jida McCartney


Jida is a proud Aboriginal man from the lands of the Yorta Yorta, Wotjobulak, Nari Nari and Boon Wurrung peoples.

Experienced in working with young people and in family violence.

Jida is acting secretary of the Nairm Marr Djambana board.

Karen Gibbs

Board member

Jardwadjali woman from upper Wimmera river, east of the Grampians

Currently Foster Carer and Playgroup Facilitator.

Supports literacy in primary school.

Erin Pennett

Board member

A Torres Strait Islander woman, born and raised in regional Victoria, Macedon Ranges area. Erin has lived on the Mornington Peninsula for the past 8 years.
Manager of an Indigenous Engagement Unit in the Higher Education sector with 10+ years of supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and community members to improve educational, health and well-being outcomes.