The Yawuru native title holders under the Native Title Act have set up the Yawuru Native Title Holders PBC (Prescribed Body Corporate) to manage and protect our native title. The PBC Board has 12 Directors – six directors with responsibility for customary laws and six directors chosen by members.

Yawuru Native Title Holders Aboriginal Corporation (PBC)

After the Court determination of our native title rights we formed the Yawuru Registered Native Title Holders Body Corporate (RNTBC), often referred to as the Yawuru PBC.  The PBC’s job is to hold and manage native title for the Yawuru people.  ORIC Register: Key documents for the Yawuru PBC

PBC Directors

Francis Djiagween (Lulga) –  Chairperson

Thomas Edgar (Unda)  – Director

Debra Pigram – Director

Neil McKenzie – Director

Helen Lawrence – Director

Dean Mathews – Director

Stephen (Bart) Pigram – Director

Johani Mamid – Director

Phillip Matsumoto  – Director


Murra Mala Yawuru Ltd

Murra Mala Yawuru is a holding company that allows the PBC to create a separate business arm of the Corporate Group.

Maxine Charlie – Chairperson

Darren Puertollano – Director

Dianne Appleby – Director

Leah Dolby – Director



Nyamba Buru Yawuru

As part of the 2010 Yawuru Agreements the native title holders chose to set up Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd (NBY), to make sure that the obligations and opportunities emerging from the Global Agreement are managed and advanced.

Nyamba Buru Yawuru is the Yawuru operational arm. It manages Yawuru’s commercial assets, employs staff, gets land ready for development and does business to generate sustainable income. Nyamba Buru Yawuru is established under the Corporations Act, and the Board  is comprised of up to five Yawuru directors and two independent directors who have commercial and legal expertise.

NBY Directors

Debra Pigram – Chairperson

Cara Peek – Deputy Chair

Sherena bin Hitam – Director

Jill Rudeforth – Director

David Puertollano – Director

Roseanne Healy – Director (Independent)

John Hoon – Director  (Independent)

Yawuru Corporate Group Structure

Yawuru Corporate Group Governance Development Program

Yawuru are investing in a governance development program to build the capacity of both the Yawuru PBC and NBY Boards.

In this way Yawuru native title holders benefit from the highest standards of decision making.  A training manual and video are being developed.  Once approved by both boards, it is proposed that the training package could be the basis of a template applicable to other native title entities in northern Australia.