Wesley Kerinaiua is a Miyartuwi (Pandanus) elder from Wurrumiyanga. After finishing school at Wurrumiyanga, Wesley worked for community services, operating the ferry in between Bathurst and Melville Islands. He also worked as a welder and carpenter, mending things around the community, such as shelving at the Store or Club.
After his first daughter was born, Wesley’s dad chose him to take over his role as a leader of the family and as a leader of Wurrumiyanga community. He is grateful to his partner, Susanne, for helping him to stay on track.
Today, Wesley sits on a number of boards. He is the Chairman of the Mantiyupwi Family Trust with the traditional owners of Wurrumiyanga. He is also the Chairman of the NUA Club and Executive Manager of the Tiwi Land Council.
Wesley joined TITEB in early 2016. His dream is to be a strong board and good, strong voice for his people. He would like TITEB to expand more and give back to the community. He wants to see people taking up new jobs and having a good experience of training to make it better for everybody.