NYFL is the Traditional Owner organisation that is building a legacy of prosperity and wellbeing for our community.

The Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd (NYFL) is a Traditional Owner organisation that delivers social and economic outcomes for its members and the broader community of Ieramagardu (Roebourne) and beyond.

NYFL’s focus is:

- Ensuring there is a legacy of prosperity and wellbeing for our members and Roebourne people

- Maximising social and economic benefits for its members and the Roebourne community

- Delivering the WY employment and training program

- Implementing Social Impact and Investment initiatives

- Delivering positive commercial outcomes via NYFL's business arm, Garlbagu (also known as NYFL Commercial)

The Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi lands in the Pilbara area of WA comprise of over 11,000km2 of vast mountain ranges and gorges, rolling rocky outcrops and rivers, and spectacular coastline. It stretches from the azure waters of the Pilbara coast to the Millstream-Chichester National Park to the south, from around Whim Creek in the east to just west of Pannawonica.

Since entering into a Land Access agreement in 1998, NYFL has been the Traditional Owner representative organisation of the Woodside-operated North West Shelf (NWS) Project area, which includes the Karratha Gas Plant. The NWS joint venture is made up by Woodside (operator), BP, Chevron, Mimi, and Shell.


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NYFL specialises in social impact and community development.

NYFL's strong focus is on delivering positive social and economic outcomes for the community of Ieramgadu (Roebourne), our members and all Ngarda-ngarli (Traditional Owners) 

The Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation Limited is committed to promoting the interests of its beneficiaries, and particularly the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people. Driven by a committed and visionary Board, it is developing business activities which provide sustainable revenue streams


The current NYFL Board of Directors:

  • Michael Woodley
  • Josie Samson
  • Janelle Mowarin
  • Kevin Guiness
  • Ricky Smith
  • Lorice Douglas
  • Lyn Cheedy
  • Angus Mack
  • Independent Directors


Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Sean-Paul Stephens

Sean-Paul Stephens is the CEO of the Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd (NYFL) Group. Prior to being appointed NYFL CEO, Sean-Paul was the Indigenous Engagement Lead and Senior Corporate Affairs Advisor at a Forbes 2000 and ASX top 20 global company. He has held executive roles with a Pilbara Aboriginal Native Title corporation and has a professional background in cultural heritage management across Australia. Sean-Paul has worked with Traditional Owner organisations across Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria. Sean-Paul holds an Honours Degree in Indigenous Social Justice and Archaeology and is completing a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) specialising in Social Impact.

Manager Member Services and Business Sustainability: Kelly Stuart

Kelly Stuart has a strong professional background in corporate services and business support and development. Kelly has worked in private industry and the non-profit sector. Kelly and her team successfully deliver the member services program that supports health, wellbeing, education and emergency support for NYFL members.

Manager Employment and Training: Amee Leane

Amee Leane has delivered NYFL's Aboriginal Employment and Training program for over five years, with record success. Amee's portfolio includes the Warrgamugardi Yirdiyabura (WY) Program, which supports Roebourne Aboriginal people obtain meaningful, covational employment in their field of choice. 

Employment and Training Support Officer: Hayley Ladyman

Noongar woman Hayley Ladyman is a committed employment and training support officer who works closely with Roebourne people who are overcoming employment barriers and entering vocational work. Hayley has experiece in the non-profit sector and specialises in grassroots, community-focussed programs.


Community Support and Administration: Tenellia Lockyer

Yindjibarndi woman Tenellia Lockyer provides direct support for Ngarda-ngarli (Traditional Owners) alongside corproate administration. Tenellia has a professional background working in Aboriginal Health Services and the non-profit sector.

Employment and Training Program Support Officer: Lovina Samson

Ngarluma woman Lovina Samson has qualifications in mental health and wellbeing, and provides mentoring and program support via the Warrgamugardi Yirdiyabura (WY) Program. Lovina has strong connections across the Pilbara Traditional Owner community, with strong ties to the Roebourne community.


Click here to find out about the NYFL Constitution.