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.


Become a Member



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.

cropped IMG_1025Kim Naden

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).

Kim was previously in the Student Services team at Tranby, and she therefore has a great understanding of the needs of Tranby's students.  She sees it from both sides, having 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.

Lara TzafarisLara Tzafaris

Lara Tzafaris is a Yawuru descendent (Broome, Western Australia) with Middle Eastern--‐ Malaysian paternal roots. Born and raised in Queensland she completed a Bachelor of Music at UQ, and after several years in radio production for Triple M and B105, and subsequent editorial roles with Queensland Newspapers (a subsidiary of News Limited), Lara moved to Sydney. During this time Lara completed a Graduate Certificate in Business (Public Relations). In Sydney she worked for News Limited in Head Office Operations reporting to two Directors as the Group Marketing and Operations Coordinator.

Previous volunteer experiences for Oxfam and Amnesty International in non--‐profits and philanthropy lead her to a role with membership for the Art Gallery of NSW in 2009, working as marketing coordinator to raise funds to acquire art for the state’s gallery.

After almost 10 years in marketing, media, and operations Lara retrained on a scholarship to become a primary school teacher with the Department of Education and Communities in a Masters of Teaching. Lara was a targeted graduate in 2012 and full--‐time school teacher from 2012--‐2017.

She proudly collaborated with colleagues and local AECG to develop a whole--‐school Aboriginal education committee and policy. This project injected contemporary and authentic classroom teaching practices into the whole school community, educating teachers, parents and students about what it truly means to be an Aboriginal Australian, and how we all are participants in our cultural history and future.

During this time, Lara also acquired significant funding for a large Aboriginal mural painted by local artists in a two--‐storey school stairwell. This was prior to resigning from her teaching role in 2017 to grow her small tutoring business and fitness company. Lara now manages her music tutoring business and is also Founding Director of the fitness company Body Butterfly Studios: Transform Yourself. Here she instructs pilates and functional strength programs in schools for children and teens which develop their self--‐esteem, resilience, and life--‐long strength through educational Fitness programs.

krista picKrista Christensen

Krista Christensen is a proud Aboriginal woman from Sydney and a descendant of the Worimi people of Forster and Dhunghatti people of Kempsey on the Mid North Coast of NSW. She has maintained strong connections to both families and communities and is passionate about working with all communities. Krista has many years’ experience working with diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across NSW in roles with Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW), Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre.

She is currently living in Cairns, Far North Queensland and has started her own recovery consultancy business National Capital Refunds, working with Aboriginal organisations to reclaim lost money across Australia. Her decision to move to Cairns was based on her family, as a mother of two sons, one with special needs, her priorities shifted to allowing more time for her family rather than career, hence starting her own business.

Krista has been a valued member of the CSNSW Aboriginal Advisory Council, the CSNSW Women’s Advisory Council, the Aboriginal Advisory Board to the Anti-Discrimination Board and a variety of steering committees in government and non-government organisations. She has worked with committees on many policies and procedures towards improvement of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system and overseen strategies to implement these.

She holds Tranby close to her heart since graduating with her Diploma in National Indigenous Legal Studies in 2004. Then was given the opportunity to be in the Organisational Leadership Excellence for Aboriginal Leaders and Managers Program presented by Executive Central in 2013. Krista has presented to the students of Tranby as an Alumni and is proud of her ongoing connection to the unique learning centre.

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Hagbarth “Haggy” Strom is a commercial lawyer currently working for an ASX-listed finance company, Perpetual Limited. He has worked as a lawyer since 2008, with stints at Clayton Utz and French bank Societe Generale. Prior to this he had a career in consulting, working with Wall Street banks in New York.

Haggy is originally from Norway. After a somewhat nomadic upbringing he moved to Australia in 2003. He holds a Bachelor of International Relations from Brown University, USA, and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Sydney.

Since moving to Australia Haggy has been keenly interested in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. He completed a legal internship with a Native Title Representative Body in WA in 2006. In 2015 he participated in the Jawun programme, spending several months in a remote Cape York community, working closely with traditional owners on a strategic plan for management of their lands.

Haggy is passionate about the power of education to effect change. He is seeking a position on the board in order to engage with community and contribute to the ongoing success of Tranby.

Jason whittyJason Whitty

Jason Whitty is a passionate advocate for Diversity and Inclusion – particularly in the Australian Indigenous Community. He has been employed by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for the last 13 year, with his current role being the Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Culture for the Wealth Management and Risk Management businesses. A key part of Jason’s role is working to create a more inclusive culture for all employees through strategic and measured training, coaching and other initiatives. Core to this is building an understanding of our Indigenous culture with employees across the Commonwealth Bank more broadly.

In addition to his day job, Jason is involved in a number of different initiatives in this space – in particular:

• Acting a mentor on behalf of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) for the last 4 years, with his mentee Oliver currently in year 12;
• Participating in a ‘Jawun’ secondment – at Tranby – working closely with the CEO on a number of key initiatives, including Tranby’s rebrand in 2015;
• Acting as a ‘Yana Budjari’ (Reconciliation) Champion for Commonwealth Bank, with a key focus on working with AIME on their annual hoodie day program; and
• Acting as a subject matter expert in a range of other Diversity initiatives, including Commonwealth Banks approach to training others around understanding Cultural and Ethnic differences, and also understanding the LGBTI community.

Jason was a Jawun secondee with Tranby in 2015.


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