First Nations Business Frontier – Opportunities Past Present and Future

Please join us to hear from First Nations business leaders who’ll discuss their learnings, wins, setbacks, and opportunities as business owners and leaders.

Join host David Shillington along with panellists Ramone Close, Jyi Lawton and Mathew Pitman as they delve into:

  • How First Nations Business empowers and sustains communities
  • The negative impacts of black cladding
  • What future opportunities First Nations businesses can provide throughout the upcoming economic uncertainty


About Panel Host, David Shillington, Director, Prime Effect
After retiring from professional sport, David worked for the NRL for several years, developing, managing and delivering community-based wellbeing programs. David is now a Master Instructor with Mental Health First Aid Australia and runs the mental health coaching platform Prime Effect, working alongside psychologists and some of Australia’s admired sports stars. David knows how powerful sports and sports stars can be in the community to normalise mental health challenges, role model healthy practices, and inspire action.

About Ramone Close, Former Football(soccer) Star, Entrepreneur, Managing Director of Yindi Manufacturing
Ramone is a First Nations entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in corporate and community sectors. Ramone is skilled in Creative Business Strategy, First Nations Public Relations, Management, Recruitment and Business Development with Strong communication skills.

About Jyi Lawton, CEO at Triple-A, Brisbane Indigenous Media Association Ltd
Jyi is a Bidjara man from Central Queensland and the CEO of Triple-A, owned and operated by Brisbane Indigenous Media Association Ltd. a community-controlled multi-media organisation. He has undertaken tertiary study in Architectural Design, Justice and Business. Jyi has held previous operational and senior leadership positions across State and Federal governments in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Youth Justice, and Indigenous Business Australia leading IBA’s National Business Program supporting Indigenous Entrepreneurs in business.

Jyi serves on the Board of Directors for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane, National Indigenous Radio Service and is the founding Chairperson of the state Indigenous media peak body, Queensland First Nations Media Coalition.

About Stephanie Parkin, Co-Founder and Principal, Parallax Legal

Stephanie Parkin and Cassie Lang co-founded Parallax Legal in early 2022, a law firm aimed at bringing perspectives together by working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those who wish to work with them.

The firm services a range of clients in areas of native title, cultural heritage, governance, intellectual property, copyright and protocols, with the overall aim of building good engagement and respectful relationships. Stephanie belongs to the Quandamooka People and is the Chairperson of the Indigenous Art Code and President of the North Stradbroke Island Museum on Minjerribah.

About Mathew Pitman, Director, MDP Developments
Mathew Pitman founded MDP Developments in 2013. MDP Developments delivers a suite of high-quality, value-based building, development and project management consultancy services. Property and development run in Mathew’s blood; his father, Paul Pitman of Pitman Properties, has provided him with an excellent training ground and a passion for the industry.

Mathew brings a decade of construction experience and a lifetime of property knowledge to establish MDP Developments. MDP’s mission is to partner with investors and clients, providing high-quality work that is both to schedule and within budget, whilst always maintaining open communication and clear progress updates.


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