IRCA Staff

Daniel Featherstone

General Manager

Daniel previously worked as Policy and Project Officer and consulting to the remote media and communications sector before taking on the role of General Manager at IRCA in February, 2012.

Following a successful cinematography career, Daniel worked in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of WA from 2001-2010 as Manager of Ngaanyatjarra Media, developing media and communications programs in 15 remote Indigenous communities. He advocated for improved telecommunications access in the region, playing a key role in the establishment of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands Telecommunications Project and last-mile WiFi delivery. 

In 2015, Daniel completed a Research PhD on evaluation and development of remote Indigenous media and communications.

Jennifer Nixon

Assistant Manager

Jennifer is a local Indigenous women born in Alice Springs and belonging to the  Amnatyerr, Kaytetye and Alyawarr clans.  Both of her grandparents grew up around Ti Tree, Stirling Station and Barrow Creek area and her mother was born at Aningie.

In her most recent role with NT Government, Jennifer supported and helped Alcohol Reference Groups to develop, implement and monitor Alcohol Management Plans (AMP) in remote communities. An AMP includes strategies to address supply, harm and demand.

Her previous positions have been Manager of the Centralian Girls Academy encouraging Indigenous female students to engage and stay at school.  Administration Manager at CAAMA for the Yeperenye Festival working closely with Lex Marinos as Executive Director and then Clive Scollay. She is currently undertaking University studies into Indigenous Language and Linguistics.

Jalyay Jaja Thompson

Communications & Engagement Officer

Jalyay is a Wiradjuri woman and multidisciplinary manager with an aptitude for innovation. Before joining the IRCA team, Jalyay was the Label Operations Manager for the CAAMA Music Record Label. She managed the recording of artists and the national marketing campaigns for the album releases, engaging in strong industry relationships. Jalyay won the National Indigenous Music Award (NIMA) for designing the Album Cover Art of the Year for CAAMA’s premier artist Gawurra.

Jalyay’s extensive experience spans event, project and arts management, marketing, cultural consultation, digital promotion, art direction and graphic design within the music, festival, arts and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to her move to Alice Springs, Jalyay worked with the Papunya Tjupi art centre to develop their marketing strategy and public profile. Previous positions include Aboriginal Marketing & Events Coordinator for the Saltwater Freshwater Festival and Graphic Designer for Sydney’s renowned advertising agency M&C Saatchi.

Susan Locke

Research and Projects Officer (part-time)

Susan was General Manager of PAW Media and Communications at Yuendumu from 2008 to 2012, and IT Project Manager from 2006 to 2007. As General Manager, Susan was Executive Producer of award-winning productions in radio and video, as well as being the Executive Producer of the major documentary Coniston. Susan initiated the successful animation program of PAW Media. 

Prior to her move to Yuendumu, Susan developed and managed the NSW Community Technology Centre Program in NSW, a major community development program in rural NSW. This role built on her work on the Networked Communities Strategy of the NSW Government. Susan has also worked as TAFE NSW teacher and curriculum developer, as well as a librarian and freelance web developer.

Susan has been a member of the Screen Territory Advisory Panel as well as a member of the 2013 ATOMjudging panel for the Best Indigenous Resource. She is currently undertaking university studies in Indigenous history.

Maor Bar-Ziv

IT Projects & Events Coordinator

Maor was born in Israel and grew up in South Africa, Mauritius, Holland and Spain. She has an academic background in public administration (The Hague University, Holland) and has worked in the field of development (UnLtd, UK) specialising in facilitation and evaluation. Being a resident of Alice Springs for the past five years, Maor worked at Desert Knowledge Australia and then as a freelance contractor in project and event management capacities. Maor first joined IRCA in 2014 as Executive Officer for the Broadband for the Bush Alliance and then as Festival Producer / Program Manager.

Alex Burgess

inDigiMOB Project Coordinator

Alex has delivered and coordinated youth programs and projects in the Northern Territory and South Australia in Pitjantjatjara, Arrernte and Luritja communities. She has worked for MacDonnell Regional Council and NPY Women’s Council and her previous role coordinating the MacYouth program across nine communities included implementing youth governance structures, developing digital media projects and providing professional support and development to remote-based Indigenous staff. Before moving to the desert Alex studied journalism, supported people with disability to produce radio and produced independent theatre. Her master of communication focussed on remote Indigenous youth media. 

Sonja Peter

inDigiMOB Project Coordinator

Sonja is originally from Germany, where she gained her Bachelor of Design and later a Master of Arts in Design Development in the USA. She has lived and worked in Central Australia, Northern WA and North Queensland for over 30 years. During this time Sonja worked on a wide range of projects and has developed a strong background in community engagement and project coordination.

Sonja has worked as Senior Community Engagement and Built Environment Officer at the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT), as Freelance Design Principal of Sonja Peter & Associates, developed and managed projects such as the Uluru Cultural Centre Interpretive Display, co-authored the book ‘Yarrtji: Six women’s stories in the great sandy desert’ published by Aboriginal Studies Press Canberra. Sonja is also a nationally accredited mediator. 

Stephanie Stone

Administration Support

Stephanie is an Indigenous woman from Darwin and has resided in Alice Springs for the past 7 years. She is mother of 3 beautiful girls and partner to a local Arrernte man. 

Stephanie has experience in various roles within government and non-government organisations, worked as a Personal Fitness Instructor and obtained a Certificate III in Business. In her most recent role, she worked at Bradshaw Primary School as a tutor assisting both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. 

Stephanie’s current role as Administration Support at IRCA has enabled her the opportunity to expand her interest in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media industry.

Ben Pridmore

Technical Coordinator
Ben has been in Central Australia for 4 years and is originally from the UK. He has a Computer Science / Software Engineering BSc (Hons) degree and has previously managed servers and networks for several organisations over his 9 year career. Ben has primarily worked for ICTV (Indigenous Community Television) since arriving in Alice Springs, his work with other organisations include; PAW Media, Congress and Jesuit Social Services. He believes that IT plays a crucial part in today’s world and is passionate about implementing IT infrastructure and systems to improve people’s lives.

Liam Campbell

Digital Projects Coordinator

Liam has been working with Warlpiri communities on Youth, Arts and Media projects for the past 20 years. He has worked with Warlpiri Media (now PAW Media), Warlukurlangu Artists and the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (previously Mt Theo Program). Liam has a PhD in Australian Indigenous Studies and has also worked as a mobile app developer. He joined IRCA in 2012.