Les Chessells Manager view profile
Carolyn Dawe Administration Manager view profile
  Indigenous Community Links  
  Access and Support Worker  
Jackie Harney Planned Activity Worker (PAG) view profile
Marc Williams Health and Justice Worker  
Chris Hume Mens Worker  
Belinda Dawson Local Koori Justice Worker

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Staff Profiles

Les Chessells - General Manager

Hello, I am the current General Manager and a proud Aboriginal man.  My Aboriginal heritage steams from my mother Jan Chessells ( nee Combo) who was born and raised in a small NSW town of Collarenebri.  I was brought up around Fitzroy and Brunswick areas and for the last 15 years I have lived in the Knox Region. My previous employment ranges from varies State and Federal government positions such as a Court Registrar, Solutions Broker, Policy advisor and as the Manager of Indigenous services for Centrelink’s covering Gippsland and the Eastern and Southern regions.  I have also work at Ngwala Willumbong at Galliable  and the Koori Community AOD Recovery Centre.

My partner Kylie and I have four children at home.  We are always kept busy with different sporting and family activities that include swimming, girl guides, tennis, Taekwondo and roller skating. Kylie has also worked at Ngwala Willumbong, Managing Koori Youth AOD Centre and at mainstream youth services. Between looking after our two youngest girls (12 months and 2 years) Kylie manages to teach Cert 4 in community development at night, and is in consistent demand to work weekend night shifts at Youth Residential centres. I don’t how she does it all.  Kylie is my hero.

I look forward to my time a Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place. I will be actively working to develop culturally appropriate strategies and action plans to ensure we meet our funding targets and our community obligations.  Our strength is our community.

Carolyn Dawe - Administration Manager

Hi, I’m Carolyn,  I started working here voluntarily and now work full time as the Administration Manager but also help with IT, Finance and website updates.  My family have links to the Kulin nations and many of my ancestors went to Coranderrk when it was established in 1863.

I’ve worked in various jobs over the years but mainly as a department manager in a supermarket,  I left work in 2003 to raise my two children at home until they were school age and now I am thoroughly enjoying being back in the work force and meeting, working and yarning up with everyone in the community.

 Chris Hume -  Mens Worker

Jackie Harney - Elders Planned Activity Group (Pag)

Hello my name is Jackie Harney, l am a Gunnia woman from Orbost in East Gippsland and l am the new PAG worker here at Mullum Mullum.  Previously l worked at    Maroondah Hospital as Aboriginal Liaison Officer for 12 months, before that l worked at Edvos (Eastern Domestic Violence Outreach Service) as Indigenous Family Violence Outreach Worker for 14 months and I spent 7 years at Elizabeth Hoffman House Aboriginal Women’s Refuge, l am looking forward to be working with our Elders in the community.

Access and Support Worker

Belinda Dawson - Local Koori Justice Worker

My name is Belinda Dawson and I am the Local Koori Justice Worker.  Prior to joining the mob at MMIGP, I was a serving member of the Victoria Police.  My last role with Victoria Police was "Aboriginal Liaison Officer which is where I met and became involved with the Aboriginal Organisations and Community Members.  I am also very proud to be part of the MMIGP Choir where I get to sing with some amazing people. 

I am excited about being part of the MMIGP family and look forward to the challenges of my new role.  If anyone has any Justice related concerns/issues, feel free to catch up with me for a yarn.


Marc Williams -  Health Coordinator