Serving the community for over 115 years

Corporate Governance

Community Enterprise Queensland (CEQ) is an unfunded not for profit Queensland Government Statutory Board which is registered as a charity by the Australian Taxation Office. It operates under the auspices of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (Justice, Land and Other Matters) Act 1984. The IIB trades as the Islanders Board of Industry and Service (IBIS).

The role of IBIS is to provide good quality, nutritious food to the communities of the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula (Cape York) Regions at the lowest possible prices. IBIS currently operates 20 retail stores in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area (NPA).

In 2002 the IIB was restructured and a new Board was appointed. The new board provided a mix of skillsets to better position IIB in the marketplace.

When this new Board took over the organisation was in serious financial distress with large debts and very poor trading results. The Board was given the task of revitalising the organisation and bringing it to a position where it was able to carry out its mandate whilst ensuring it became financially viable.

To this end the Board appointed a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and instructed him to examine, in detail, the operations of the organisation and to develop best practice systems and processes that would bring IBIS back to profitability. This has been achieved with the added benefit that IBIS now has sophisticated processes in place that have been designed to operate effectively in remote areas.


The IBIS Pricing Policy

Most of the people living in the region serviced by IBIS stores are low income earners with families. The IBIS Pricing Policy has been designed to assist people on limited incomes with the opportunity of providing their families with healthy meals by making healthy food affordable.

The principles of this policy are simple:

Only healthy/healthier foods are promoted in weekly advertising;

  • The prices of all healthy food, especially fresh fruit and vegetables, are kept as low as possible, and often sold below cost;
  • Water and unsugared drinks are promoted in advertising over sugared drinks; and
  • Unhealthy food such as sweet biscuits, sugared drinks and cigarettes supplement the cost of the policy by being marked up in price but they will be able to feed their families fresh fruit and vegetables every day of the week.

The CEQ Board Members

Mayor Vonda Malone (Chair)

Vonda Malone created history in March 2016 as the first female Mayor of the Torres Shire Council in the Torres Strait. In March 2018, Vonda was awarded the prestigious McKinnon Prize for Emerging Political Leader of the Year, bestowed by the two former Prime Ministers, through the University of Melbourne. Throughout her career she has achieved unique milestones being the first Torres Strait Island woman to work internationally through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the United Nations Office of the Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland. Vonda has extensive public sector experience delivering services across the Torres Strait and Cape York. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Australian Rural Leadership, Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management and also a recipient of the 2001 Centenary Medal. In addition, Vonda is the Chairperson of the Torres and Cape Indigenous Councils Alliance (TCICA), Chairperson and Founder of Torres Health Indigenous Corporation, member of the newly established Senior Advisory Group, member of the Indigenous Advisory Group to the Ministerial Forum on Northern Australia and the Qld Telstra Advisory Committee.

Mr Ralph Kendall (Deputy Chair)

Councillor Ralph Kendall was elected as Mayor of Pormpuraaw in March 2016 having previously been a land and sea ranger on Pormpuraaw DOGIT land from January 2014. Mayor Kendall has widespread community knowledge of Pormpuraaw, having worked for the Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council in an official capacity since early 2007.

Dr Mark Wenitong

Dr Mark Wenitong (Professor Adjunct, QUT) is from the Kabi Kabi tribal group of South Queensland. He has been the Public Health Medical Advisor at Apunipima Cape York Health Council since 2008, where he continues to practice clinical medicine and remote health service systems and program delivery. Dr Wenitong was the Aboriginal Public Health Medical Officer, and the acting CEO, at the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) in 2012 and Prior to working at Apunipima, Dr Wenitong was Senior Medical Officer at Wuchopperen Health Service in Cairns for nine years. His main area of clinical interest is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care. Dr Wenitong received the 2011 Australian Medical Association Presidents National Award for Excellence in Healthcare and the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council Hall of Fame Award in 2010.

Dr Wenitong brings extensive experience to the CEQ board, with past and present experience serving on a number of boards as both member and Chair.

Mr Napau Pedro Stephen

Mr Napau Pedro Stephen is the Chairman of Torres Strait Regional Authority with extensive community knowledge and networks established through the Torres Strait and Aboriginal Communities that he has worked with. Mr Stephen has extensive experience in leadership with over thirty years involvement in government and non-government organisations, having held various positions as a public and elected official and a long history of community service.

Ms Eleanor Scott

Ms Eleanor Scott has extensive experience in remote Queensland and Indigenous communities providing legal services to local communities, predominantly commercial transactions including contracts for goods and services, property, planning and land tenure, corporate structures and native title. Ms Scott is currently a partner and practice group leader at Preston Law, based in the Cairns office. Ms Scott has lived in Cairns for 10 years after relocating from Papua New Guinea.

Ms Jodi Peters B Bus (USQ), GAICD, FIML

Ms Jodi Peters is a founder and Managing Director of The 20/20 Group, a North Queensland strategic consultancy specialising in strategic business and marketing planning international tender writing and Board governance. She holds a Bachelor of Business and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. Ms Peters is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders. She has an extensive background managing law firms and is presently the Business Manager of Peters Bosel Lawyers. Ms Peters has chaired, sat on, and consulted to numerous not-for-profit boards, giving her a strong knowledge of governance, executive reporting, financial and performance management. She was a member of the Board of Worklink Employment Support Group Inc. for 16 years, the last 12 of which she held the position of Chair. She presently holds other current directorships on the Boards of Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service and The Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation.

Mr Michael Aw

Mr Michael Aw has extensive experience in the retail industry, being the founding director of The Good Guys in Cairns – one of the most successful stores of its kind in the nation. Mr Aw has been the Far North Queensland Chairman for the Good Guys over a number of years and has also been a member of the national marketing and advertising advisory committee for nine years. Mr Aw is also a current serving member of Far North Queensland Football Board.

Mr Mislam Sam

Mr Mislam Sam is the current Director of Palm Island Junior Sports Aboriginal Corp. and former and now current Director of Palm Island Community Company board with notable business experience as a local government Councillor and educator, having most recently completed a four-year tenure as a Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Councillor. Mr Sam operates an accommodation business with a commercial kitchen on Palm Island which he has progressively grown into a prosperous business over the past four years. Prior to his role in council, Mr Sam also has over ten years’ experience working within State Government in the areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy, Education and Training both in Townsville and on Palm Island.

Ms Margot Richardson

Mrs Richardson is a Professional Accountant (CPA Australia) with significant accounting, auditing, business and governance experience in Far North Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Mrs Richardson is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course (2010) and has served as a member on a number of boards, including the Gumbi Gumbi Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation, Queensland Small Business Advisory Council and the Finance and Audit Committee, Southern Gulf NRM. Mrs Richardson is currently a director of Business Mapping Solutions Pty Ltd and Independent Director of Laynhapuy Aviation Aboriginal.

Ms Elverina Johnson

Ms Elverina Johnson has significant knowledge of the Yarrabah region, having lived and worked within the community performing community engagement roles for an extensive period of time in a range of social impact areas including drug and alcohol issues, school attendance and child safety related matters to name a few. Ms Johnson is an awarded member of the Queensland Performing Arts community, having, amongst a number of experiences, being awarded a Premier’s award for her role as a consultant curator for an Indigenous Dance Exhibition called ‘Kicking Up Dust’. Ms Johnson has extensive experience in the arts and creative writing industry, and uses her knowledge and insights gained to support community engagement activities in Yarrabah.