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Appointed March 2024 

Allan James is a Tjupan Wongi– Badimia Yamatji man raised on country in the remote Western Australian pastoral regional of the Northern Goldfields. Allan is a highly respected and effective senior business, Indigenous and community leader with broad experience across the private, public and community sector.  He is highly experienced in leadership, policy development, communications, and strategic planning. 

Allan is currently Head of Indigenous Engagement at BHP Pty Ltd and has previously been CEO of the Carey Group of companies, one of Australia’s largest 100% privately owned Indigenous Businesses. He is also an active board member of several not-for-profit organisations and Native Title bodies, including more recently the Tjiwarl Aboriginal Prescribed Body Corporate and Desert Support Services Pty Ltd. 

Allan has a strong social and philanthropic background and is motivated by a sense of fairness and equality. Allan is passionate about Indigenous Affairs and changing the dialogue for Aboriginal peoples and believes that culture, education, employment, and economic development are the keys to addressing socio economic disadvantage.


How we met