Some of the people who make the concept of Kimberley Specialists work!
Lee has degrees in Archaeology and history and ran her own Archaeological consultancy business for a number of years, undertaking field work and research in most states of Australia. Since her return to the Kimberley nearly two decades ago, Lee has undertaken a private research program of recording and mapping archaeological sites throughout the Kimberley. During this time she has formed a durable and lasting working relationship and friendship with Ju Ju Wilson, a Mirriuwong leader and elder. Ju Ju has assisted Lee in facilitating Aboriginal contacts in many of the areas she has undertaken research.
It has been during the many extensive research surveys, and specialist tour guiding, that Lee's interest in the fragile and threatened environment of the Kimberley became an all-consuming concern. Of particular worry is the growing impact of fire on rock art sites throughout the Kimberley, and the issue of management of these sites. It has been through the growing awareness of the rapid deterioration of the unique natural, historical and cultural resources of the Kimberley, and the rapidly growing tourism industry that the concept of KST was born.
Lee has researched and written a number of small local histories and co-authored several archaeological reports with Ju Ju. Both are working on a number of pending publications.
Dean joined Kimberley Specialists in 1999 and brings with him the technical skills required to bring Kimberley Specialists and the many valuable research results achieved into the twenty first century. Dean has designed and set up Kimberley Specialists web site.
An electrician by trade, Dean has also been able to contribute his many practical skills towards ensuring the highly successful annual environmental art exhibition and the biannual enviro educational fire forum Kimberley Specialists continue to be a success. Dean is also the co-author of a Kimberley Specialist field research report.
Dean is currently completing a degree in archaeology at the University of New England. His previous studies have been in the field of geology. An avid bush walker and caver, Dean has spent considerable time getting to know the Kimberley Outback.
Juju "Burriwee" Wilson:
Ju Ju is a member of the Mirriuwong language Group and has worked with Lee for seventeen years. JuJu has been a member of Kimberley Specialists since it's beginnings. Ju Ju has also worked in an advisory capacity with Lee in the training of Aboriginal tour guides and in setting up the cultural content in some of the Kimberley Specialist tour products. Ju Ju is also co-author to a number of research reports for the Kimberley.
Ju Ju also works with Kimberley Specialists as an advisor and research consultant with students and researchers.
JuJu has assisted Kimberley Specialists with the Aboriginal consultation process involved in archaeological research and the recording of rock art sites.
Stacey Porter works with Kimberley Specialists in the area of environmental accountancy. She is also Kimberley Specialists executive research facilitator. Stacey is currently undertaking a postgraduate research program on how to apply an economic value to natural, cultural and historical resources of the Kimberley. It is through this research that Stacey is attempting to assist Kimberley Specialists with the implementation of an acceptable 'enviro' levy for visitors coming to the Kimberley.
Stacey has assisted Kimberley Specialists with a number of research fieldwork projects and has co-authored and edited several Kimberley Specialists field reports. Stacey also helped to facilitate several educational forums.
Dr. Jim Kohen:
Jim has degrees in biology and archaeology. A senior lecturer at Macquarie University and very committed to the research program initiated by Kimberley Specialists. Jim has now facilitated and provided several postgraduate student research programs in the Kimberley.
Jim has also undertaken archaeological fieldwork surveys with Kimberley Specialists, and has co-authored archaeological reports with Lee and Ju Ju.
Also a committed environmentalist, Jim chaired one of Kimberley Specialists educational forums held at El Questro in 2001. He also presented a paper titled 'Aboriginal Environmental Impacts'.
Jim worked with Kimberley Specialists in the editing and compiling the research papers presented at the fire forum.
Ben has been part of Kimberley Specialists since its beginnings. He has lived in the Kimberley over twenty years and has a vast knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Kimberley.
Ben has worked as a professional tour guide for a number of tour companies throughout the Kimberley and Northern Territory and as a specialists contract guide for Kimberley Specialists on Kachana Pastoral Station since 2001.
Ben has also been a strong participant in co-ordinating, designing and constructing Kimberley Specialists eco Durack Overnight camp on Kachana Pastoral Station as well as implementing many of the constructional and environmental changes to the main Cleanskin Camp. Ben brings to Kimberley Specialists a vast range of talents, knowledge and a passion for the environment.
Anita was born and bred in South Australia but has developed a love and commitment for the Kimberley.
Anita joined the Kimberley Specialists team in 2002. Anita's background is book keeping and business administration, and although Anita's main role is to manage the book keeping side of Kimberley Specialists tourism and research aspects, she has also managed to become actively involved in the Kachana Pastoral Station experience.
Anita has a love and passion for the environment and is actively involved in promoting the natural and cultural resource management aspects of the Kachana Pastoral Station tour experience.
Val is the matriarch of Kimberley Specialists and runs and administers Kimberley Specialists Kachana Pastoral station Cleanskin camp during the busiest months of the tourist season.
She maintains staff discipline and training and ensures the Cleanskin camp is run professionally and caters for every visitors needs. Vals love for the Kimberley goes back to her Derby days in the early 1950's. Mother to Lee and Stacey, and grandmother to Ben and Anthony, Val has been an invaluable family participant and mentor in the formulation and growth of Kimberley Specialists in Tourism and Kimberley Specialists in Research
Anthony has lived in the Kimberley for most of his life.
Of Aboriginal heritage and a member of the family group behind Kimberley Specialists, he has been actively involved in the formulation of the Kachana Pastoral Station tour product.
Anthony has also participated in the construction and design of Kimberley Specialists Kachana Pastoral Stations eco camps and works full time as maintenance officer in these camps during the tourist season.
He has participated as a guide and volunteer for a number of scientific research programmes on Kachana and in the bungle Bungles. Anthony bring commitment and a love for the Kimberley natural and cultural resources into his position with Kimberley Specialists.