STEVEN DHU, LLB
Steven is an Aboriginal man from the Pilbara of Western Australia. Born and educated in the Pilbara town of Port Hedland he has worked in many areas in the Mining Industry and in Education. He has studied Law at UWA before commencing practicing Law in Native Title, Mining Law, and Commercial Law. During his years of practice Steven assisted in several Commercial dealings with Traditional Owners. Steven was Legal Counsel for a Pilbara Aboriginal Corporation and was involved in significant Corporate Governance and Trust Structures. Prior to his involvement with Red Dirt Transport Services he developed a Corporate Governance Training product for a Western Australian University. Steven also has substantial experience in financial capacity building and business development.
MARTIN SIBOSADO, Director
Martin (Marty) Sibosado, has performed company director roles for many years,
predominantly in the not-for-profit sector. Marty has twenty years experience sitting on company boards, having made significant contributions through his involvement working with Aboriginal corporations.
He has extensive Western Australian networks in the Pilbara and West Kimberley regions. These long standing relationships emanate from his native title connections, contracted service provider experience and advocacy roles.
For almost 20 yrs. Marty has been involved with Djaringo (nirrumbuk.org.au), arguably the most influential and important registered training organization in the Kimberley. Marty is the Managing Director and has been pivotal in providing opportunities for Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people in the following areas:
Conservation and land management, Forklift training, White cards, Automotive servicing, Construction, Indigenous mentoring, Resource and Infrastructure, Oral History, Tourism, Get ready to work, Numeracy and literacy, Food Safety handling, Agrifood operations.
Marty has well developed business and corporate management expertise and has acquired his business acumen from practical hands on experience in establishing new enterprises. Often Marty has had limited capital and resources, which has required his personal input into tender procurement, project management through to contract completion.
Throughout the past ten years Marty has been focused on developing Aboriginal entrepreneurs and establishing sustainable small business in the West Kimberley. Part of this process is to provide sustainable local role models to the aboriginal community, in an attempt to develop from welfarism to financial wealth empowerment. Many of the initiatives are ‘baby steps’ in transitioning to the ‘Modern Australian Economy’, free of welfare dependency.
Much of the approach Marty has employed requires brokering and matching established and sustainable business, with indigenous entrepreneurs as mentors and partners. Marty has played pivotal roles in setting up partnerships and joint ventures, that are win win for both parties. This has been made possible by his extensive Government and corporate sector networks.
MICHAEL HALES, B.Comm
Michael has been involved with the Pilbara and the transport industry in the North West since 2010, supplying directly and through sub-contractors, a wide variety of equipment and personnel to major mining and construction companies in the Pilbara. Michael’s role in Red Dirt Transport Services is multifunctional and includes but not limited to new business development,planning and liaising with the clients regarding upcoming works and equipment required, ensuring main roads and company HSE management systems are being adhered to, managing mobilisation and demobilisation of equipment and staff and importantly ensuring work undertaken directly by RDTS or by sub contractors meets and exceeds our clients expectations.
Michael has invested considerable resources and time to ensure the company is operating under the best internal management systems and has developed a very comprehensive contractor management system.
Michael has been involved with the Pilbara since early 2010 having lived in Hedland, operated businesses in Hedland and contributed to the community of Hedland through his involvement on the South Hedland Development Committee. Michael was one of three business owners appointed to represent the interest of local businesses and residents of Port Hedland. The Committee would meet periodically and was made up three community representatives, selected Town of Port Hedland council members and LandCorp representatives. The objective was to ensure the South Hedland town center redevelopment considered all stakeholders interests and that the revitalization initiatives were in the best interests of the town’s future.
Michael holds a bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in marketing and management and has considerable experience in Commercial and Industrial property.