"I look forward to continuing my cross cultural education and being able to facilitate the highest standard of governance for the corporation into the future."

Jess Whyte joined ALPA in 2016, after a seven year stint in law, in Cairns.  Jess had begun to foster an interest in indigenous governance structures as a result of her experience with the Murri Court of Queensland. The Murri Court was a diversionary court which operated throughout Far North Queensland, the Northern Peninsula Region and the Torres Strait (amongst other areas in Queensland) on a circuit basis, connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants to cultural and support services (as an alternative to standard sentencing practices in the criminal courts) with a view to helping them make changes in their lives (and the lives of their kin) which would assist in a decline in recidivism.

Jess sought out her next career move in the indigenous space and joined ALPA in August 2016 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO. She moved from Cairns to Darwin and was appointed by the Board as the Company Secretary in September of that year. Jess says "I have been lucky enough to have the best of both worlds though; living in Darwin whilst still maintaining my connection to Cairns by virtue of my position as Company Secretary for Island & Cape Retail Enterprises. I consider myself very fortunate to have been granted the opportunity to work at ALPA and I have thoroughly enjoyed building my relationship with each of our Directors. They have been generous with sharing their time and knowledge and I value the education I have received courtesy of our Board. I look forward to continuing my cross cultural education and being able to facilitate the highest standard of governance for the corporation into the future.".