Chief Executive Officer
Laura is the Founder/Managing Director of ELP and is dedicated to creating opportunities for people living in remote communities to learn the tools to develop and implement their ideas. She has extensive experience in working with people at the early stage of the business development process, including exploring the feasibility of their business ideas.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce and a Postgraduate Certificate in Indigenous Studies. Laura was a student at the School for Social Entrepreneurs in Melbourne in 2010, where she was awarded the honour of ‘Melbourne Social Entrepreneur of the Year’. Laura received the Connections Uniting Care ‘Anti-Poverty Award’ in 2012 for her work with ELP.
Laura’s love of being ‘out bush’, coupled with her ability to build rapport with community members and staff working in remote communities enables her to effectively promote and foster microenterprise as a tool for community development.
Lindsay has extensive experience in business development, organisational positioning and communication. His work spans government and business, with particular focus on creating strategic alliances and partnerships.
Lindsay has experience in sustainable development and has been the General Manager of Public Affairs for CSIRO as well as an Australian diplomat. He has an Honours degree in Mathematical Physics, a Master of Environmental Science, and a Graduate Diploma in Economics; he has also been involved in many start-ups and understands the issues of development and growth of an organisation.
He is committed to engaging with Indigenous Australia and reducing disparity of economic inclusion.
Margaret Duncan is from Urapunga, though is currently based in Katherine, NT. Margaret is an artist, entrepreneur, ELP Enterprise Facilitator, and on the Board of Directors.
As an artist, Margaret is a creator of beautiful and functional things. Coming from a long line of weavers, painters and sculptors, Margaret’s art is full of history and culture, as well as innovation as she experiments with new methods and colours.
With the support of ELP, Margaret has started her own arts business, making and selling carved birds, weaved baskets and canvas paintings. She is starting to teach her nieces and nephews how to do art and business so that they can run her business later on.
Through her own business journey, Margaret came to understand first hand how ELP works with people in communities.
“People come and go all the time….but there’s no follow through, there’s no accountability. With ELP, we walk together, we get information together, we help each other. I never saw any white person go into a community and sit down and have a good conversation. Never. But with ELP it’s different. You build up trust and mutual respect. They (community mob) know you’re going to keep coming back and helping them. ELP will help a lot of people in the future. I’ve seen it and I want to be a part of it” Margaret Duncan
Since 2014, Margaret has worked with ELP as an enterprise facilitator to support others in their business journeys. She joined the Board of Directors mid 2015 to guide ELP’s growth and development.
Ben is a Director of Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, which protects and promotes human rights in Australia using a strategic combination of legal action, advocacy, research and capacity building. Ben manages the HRLC’s Indigenous Rights Unit, which works closely with Indigenous leaders, organisations and communities to address significant and systemic human rights issues. His work also includes much of the HRLC’s engagement with the UN human rights system and work on children’s rights, disability rights, and prisoner and detainee rights.
In 2014 Ben was awarded a nine-month Myer Innovation Fellowship to research and design new and innovative approaches to address the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. The fellowship involved examining “justice reinvestment” initiatives operating overseas and considering their application in the Australian context.
Ben is very excited about being a part of the ELP team to work with and learn from dynamic Aboriginal leaders interested in using micro enterprises as a tool for community development.
Katherine is a professor at the University of Western Sydney and is known internationally for her research on rethinking economies as sites for ethical action.
She is interested in producing a language of the diverse economy that highlights the variety of transactions, forms of labour, types of enterprises, ecological relationships and development dynamics that are present in contemporary economies. Writing under the pen-name of J.K. Gibson-Graham with her long time collaborator, the late Julie Graham, their work draws on feminism, post structuralism, political economy and action based research.
Katherine is a co-founder of the ‘Community Economies Collective‘ and the ‘Community Economies Research Network’, which are “international collaborative networks of researchers who share an interest in theorizing, discussing, representing and ultimately enacting new visions of economy”.
WA State Manager