Meet our Directors and management team
Brian Cassin – Managing Director
Brian is a registered Builder and Manager of Gascoyne Assett Maintenance since it’s inception in 2006. He has managed it’s development through the years to become a very successful corporation delivering asset management and building services to the Gascoyne region. Importantly training and employing many Aboriginal people in the process.
Brian started as an apprentice in 1968 in carpentry and joinery in Geraldton and has progressed through the industry as Tradesman, Foreman, Supervisor, Construction Manager and Contract Manager and worked throughout WA from Koolan Island, Port Hedland, Neman, Geraldton and Carnarvon and districts. He is a man of this country and knows it and it’s people well.
His goal for the past 15 years has been to establish a construction and maintenance company for aboriginal people to have a real chance to have a job, maintain it and learn in the Building industry trades. GAM is wholly owned by Mungullah community and is a not for profit company.
Dennis Wade – Chairman of Board
Dennis is a Mechanical Engineer and has worked extensively in foundry and in production management for 30 years. He then ran Small Business Development Centres in Northam and Carnarvon for 18 years. Graduating from WAIT and majoring in Secretarial Administration he has extensive knowledge and experience in business. He has also been a Rotarian for 32 year and has worked extensively with community groups since 1972 including Scouts, Kindergarten, P & Cs, and Aboriginal Corporations. Dennis is eminently qualified and experienced in all facets of large, medium and small business administration, management production, quality systems and comes with very high community regard.
Heather Condo – Director
Heather is currently a local plantation owner and manager, Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Past president - Carnarvon Chamber of Commerce, Secretary - Gascoyne Table Grape Growers Association and member of the Australian Table Grape Growers Association. Heather is also a certified Quality Assurance Auditor for Internal Auditing of Quality Systems AS/NZ ISO 9001, 9002, 9003 and a Panel Member of Enterprise & Planning Improvement Consultants for The Department of Commerce & Trade – Aboriginal Enterprise Planning & Improvement Program. As an Austrade Export Advisor she has facilitated successful exportation of Table Grapes into Bangkok.
Heather has extensive Australia wide experience in Horticulture with extensive properties in Victoria and WA growing Table Grapes, Citrus Avocado and Mangos.
John Oxenham – Director
John or Johnny Ox or JOX to those who know him well locally is a real local hero in that he was instrumental in establishing a much needed Carnarvon Men’s group over the past few years. He saw first hand the issues in remote Australia particularly relating to men and youth and has dedicated his retirement to that and expanding that to improving the role of women and families in the community more generally.
A shark Bay man originally, he started his work career on Peron station at the age of 14, then at 16 on Dirk Hartog island looking after all manner of things required on one of Australias most isolated and historically significant islands. From there it was off to Wooramel station and winning the north west buck jumping competition in 1960. Then fishing with his father, purchasing a boat, being the power house engine driver for the first power station at Shark Bay, then manager at Useless Loop, Texanda salt where he established the current salt mines you can see across the bay from Denham. More recently he has worked for Department of Child protection, KARU a local Aboriginal corporation serving the region and operating his own successful Plantation in Carnarvon.
Terry Cahill – Director
Terry is an original Freo’ man, born in Fremantle with early schooling there before moving to Carnarvon as a partner in a building firm. He then established one of Carnarvon’s first hardware stores later to become Carnarvon’s Icon Mitre 10 store in Robinson st. He later helped establish Mitre 10 in West Australia where he was chairman and National director of Mitre 10 for 12 years. He has also worked extensively in the region in Derby, Broome, Port Hedland, Exmouth and Carnarvon so knows the country and people and issues well. He was a Justice of the peace in the children’s court, member of the North west development commission, shire councillor, foundation member of the Carnarvon rotary club, foundation member of the Carnarvon yacht club and chairman of the Gascoyne Development commission for 6 years and has extensive local Community engagement and brings that to the board of Gascoyne Assett Maintenance. Terry has a passion for overcoming disadvantage through creating real jobs and instilling real work ethics in people and has a great love and respect for Local and regional Aboriginal people.