The Co-operative


The co-operative is the parent organisation of Tranby and was established by Alf Clint in 1962.

tree1A symbol of the co-operative is the Tranby Tree. The tree is a visual representation of the traditional meeting and learning practices as well as the Co-operative's philosophy that Tranby is a culturally appropriate meeting place for learning and growing. The strength of the tree reflects the empowerment that comes from studying at Tranby and is highly significant embodiment of the Co-operative's core values.

Information regarding the Nomination of Directors to be elected at the 2017 AGM (Rule 48.2)

Become a Member

All members of the community as well as businesses can be members of the co-operative. Become a member and you’ll be able to attend Annual General Meetings and vote in Board of Directors elections. You will also receive invitations to all Tranby events and regular updates on Tranby's activities.

To join the Co-operative please submit the form below.

Membership Application

I would like to apply for membership of the Co-operative for Aborigines Ltd.

I agree to abide by the Active Membership Provisions, in accordance with Rule 11 of the Rules of the Cooperative:

(a) The education and training of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students is a primary object of the society; and

(b) a member must pay an annual subscription of two dollars ($2.00) for an individual and four dollars ($4.00) for an organisation in order to establish and maintain active membership. Annual subscriptions are due and payable on 31 March each year.

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Full Name::*
Organisation (if applicable):
Do you identify as Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander?*
I agree to abide by the Active Membership Provisions, in accordance with Rule 11 of the Rules of the Cooperative*
Association to Tranby and reason for applying:*
Payment Type (please note payment must be made at time of application):*

Ways To Pay Membership Fees

Fees can be paid through Paypal using all major debit and credit cards, by bank transfer, or by cheque. All fees and donations exceeding $2 are tax deductible.


To pay your yearly membership through Paypal with a debit or credit card please click on the Subscribe button below. You will be redirected to the Paypal website.

Bank Transfer

Fees can be paid by bank transfer to our account at Commonwealth Bank. Please use your last name as a reference and please email us at to provide us with your contact details so that we can issue you with a receipt.

Account Details:

Co-operative for Aborigines Limited
BSB: 062 000
A/C: 1067 0047


Fees can be paid by cheque. Please make cheques out to Co-operative for Aborigines Limited and send to:
Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education & Training, 13 Mansfield Street, Glebe, NSW 2037

We are also incredibly grateful to receive donations.

Alternatively Download a PDF Membership Application Form



Board- edited


cropped IMG_1018Kristy Masella

Kristy Masella is a Murri from Rockhampton, Dharumbal country in Central Queensland.

She has worked in Aboriginal affairs at the local, regional and state level for more than 25 years across many portfolios in both NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory. She is the CEO of the national Indigenous recruitment and training company AES. Prior to this role she was the head of Social Justice for Aboriginal Affairs NSW and a member of the Executive.

Kristy is a former CEO of Tranby Aboriginal College (2010/11) – a highlight in her career. She has been an active member of the Tranby Board of Directors since 2009 and is currently our Chairperson.

Kristy studied Journalism at the University of Queensland and has been presented with a number of prestigious awards in her career such as the National Trust Print Media Commendation Award and the Australian Society of Archivists Mander Jones

Kristy received an award for her work as Co-author of Connecting Kin.

She holds a Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of NSW specialising in Indigenous rights.

Kristy is the Chairperson of Wunanbiri Incorporated, one of the most successful independent Aboriginal community preschools in NSW. She is a former Co-chair of the NSW Reconciliation Council.

With extensive experience in senior management across many government and community organisations, Kristy has been a role model for others, juggling family, work and community priorities across a depth and breadth of areas.

Kirsty has held positions in media, communications, education, policy and program development, community development, business strategy and performance review. She has also worked as a journalist and a producer of short films.

During her professional and personal life Kristy has played a key role in:

  • The establishment of the Community Council for the National Centre of Cultural Competency (Sydney University).
  • The Review of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act.
  • The Review of the NSW Aboriginal Education Policy and the development of the NSW Aboriginal Education and Training Policy.
  • The building of true partnerships between community and government that deliver tangible outcomes for community and place community around the decision-making table.
  • The development of the Queensland Government's Report to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission on the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander From Their Families.
  • The location and securing of information relating to Aboriginal people forcibly removed from their families as a result of past government policy, practice and legislation.
  • The strengthening of Tranby’s financial position and viability including the elimination of its significant deficit during her time as CEO through solid financial management and forging new business partnerships.

Kristy is a dedicated mother to two talented, smart, strong and worldly daughters.

Board Members

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Jaimes Adlington is a respected and valued member of our Board. He is an Executive Manager of Westpac Banking Corporation. With 25 years experience at Westpac, he has held roles in both retail and commercial banking. For the past 12 years his work has focused on the Internal Audit function where he is currently overseeing the bank’s Credit Risk portfolio.

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA) and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Wollongong University) and Diploma of Financial Planning.

Jaimes completed a 6-week volunteer work placement with Tranby in 2013 facilitated by the Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships program. He contributed to the improvement of the financial and risk management aspects of our organisation's operations. Throughout his time with Tranby he developed a strong interest in the ongoing success of Tranby and the work it performs in the indigenous community.

We were delighted when Jaimes expressed a desire to stay connected and now continues to influence educational outcomes by remaining on the Co-operative board.


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Guy Jones is a Birpai man, from Port Macquarie, NSW.

After ending his career in the NSW Police Force, Guy completed a legal studies course at Tranby in 2000 and a Diploma of Business Governance in 2013.

Post his first Tranby accreditation he went on to complete an Arts/Law Degree at Griffith University. He has strong familial links to the organisation – with his mother and brothers completing their studies at Tranby also.

Guy is currently the CEO of the Bunyah Local Aboriginal land Council located at Wauchope and a member of the NSW Aboriginal Legal Service. In addition he sits on a number of boards for indigenous advocacy organisations including medicine, housing and the arts.

He has worked extensively with the Aboriginal Community on the Gold Coast where he developed a preventative and rehabilitative youth education program concerning the judicial system. His depth of experience and passion is a much admired trait.



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Kim Naden is a Weilwan woman from Western NSW.

Over the course of ten years whilst working at the Department of Human Services, Kim delivered a variety of Governmental services to Aboriginal Communities in a culturally sensitive manner. Kim has also worked with NGO’s such as Aboriginal Hostels Limited and Link-Up (NSW).

Until recently Kim was Head of Student Services at Tranby, and she therefore has a great understanding of the needs of Tranby's students.  She sees it from both sides, haven also been a student of Tranby in the past.

cropped IMG_0997Katriina Heikkanen

Katriina Heikkanen is a descendant of the Worimi nation on the mid-north coast of NSW.

She is part of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre Alumni and a member of the Sydney Swans Reconciliation Action Plan committee.

Katriina was formerly a Senior Commonwealth Government Manager for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development and previously held the position of Care Coordinator for the Make a Wish Foundation, Eastern Suburbs Branch.

She currently works with the AFL NSW/ACT as a Senior Manager.

Katriina is passionate about children, community, education and sports. A highlight in her career has been the development of a nutrition and health education programs for school age students.


cropped IMG_1013 Janelle Clarke

Janelle Clarke hails from the Biripi people of Purfleet and Taree.

After an extensive career in the NSW Public Service, Janelle attained a position in the Aboriginal Services Unit of Legal Aid NSW. She strives each day to improve Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people’s access to justice, education and employment.

Janelle is also currently a board member for the NSW Aboriginal Legal Service.

Having completed the National Indigenous Legal Advocacy course at Tranby, Janelle possesses a strong mandate to promote Tranby’s professionalism and cultural appropriateness to both government and Aboriginal communities. She cares greatly for her community and takes a personal interest in all those she has the privilege to assist.


Contact the Board at 

Read Tranby's Registered Rules


Read Tranby's Annual Report