CASSE-CAACAC Partnership Steering Committee


CASSE has been working in partnership with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC) since December 2011.

CAAC Board of Directors:

  • William Tilmouth – President
  • Dawn Ross – Treasurer
  • Joseph Hayes – General
  • Donna McMaster – General
  • Chippy Miller – General
  • Chansey Peach – Youth

CASSE-CAAC Partnership Steering Committee:

  • Donna Ah Chee – Chair, CEO CAAC
  • William Tilmouth – President
  • Dr John Boffa – CAAC
  • Robert Springall – Chair of CASSE
  • Anne Kantor – Deputy Chair of CASSE
  • Pamela Nathan – Director of CASSE Aboriginal Australian Relations Program

Donna Ah Chee  (CASSE/CAAC Steering Committee Chair, CEO CAAC) has lived in Alice Springs for the last 25 years and is married to a local Yankuntjarra/Arrernte man, Paul Ah Chee (Ngala) and together they have 3 children who are now young adults, all of whom are now living in Adelaide undertaking tertiary studies. She is a Bundgalung woman from the far north coast of New South Wales. She has been actively involved in Aboriginal affairs for many years, especially in the area of Aboriginal adult education and Aboriginal health, having spent 11 years at Congress. In June 2011 Donna moved to Canberra to take up the position of CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (NACCHO) before returning to Congress in July 2012.
Donna has convened the Workforce Working Party under the Northern Territory Aboriginal Health Forum, was Chairperson of the Central Australian Regional Indigenous Health Planning Committee (CARIHPC), a member of the NT Child Protection External Monitoring Committee and jointly headed up the Northern Territory Government’s Alcohol Framework Project Team. She currently sits on the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD), the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) and at a local level represents Congress on the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition (PAAC).

William Tilmouth (President) was born in Alice Springs and is of Arrernte descent. A member of the stolen generations, William was taken to Croker Island where he lived and attended school with many other children sent there as a result of Government policy of that era. In 1967 he was moved off the mission to Darwin, and in 1969 returned to Alice Springs. He attended the Aboriginal Community College in Adelaide in 1974 and worked in many jobs in South Australia. He returned to Alice Springs in 1980. William has worked in various Government and Aboriginal organisations and was elected the Central Australian ATSIC Regional Chair in the 1980s. From 1988 to 2010 he was the Executive Director of Tangentyere Council.
William is the current president of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation since November 2012 . He is national chair for Children’s ground and is also a board member of centrecorp.
William believes that Aboriginal children and family and communities should have every opportunity to be empowered, and to own and control the decisions that affect them. He is now semi retired.

Dr John Boffa qualified as a medical practitioner in the mid-1980s. He has worked in central Australia since 1988, at the Anyinginyi Congress Aboriginal Health service in the Tennant Creek – Barkly region and since 1994 at CAAC in Alice Springs. He is deeply committed to evidence-based alcohol reforms, especially through supply reduction. He is a strong advocate for improving the lives of Aboriginal children through early learning and maternal health programs.