Christine Charles

Managing Director


About Christine

Christine is passionate about growing business and achieving results, and as Managing Director works with an experienced and committed team to deliver outstanding results. She has held a variety of positions in the private sector, public sector, community sector and academia. She provides strategic and practical advice, covering social/political risk management, social and community investment, regional economic development, leadership and business strategy.

Christine has broad knowledge across a number of sectors, having held a variety of positions in the private sector, public sector, community sector and academia   Her understanding of the mining and energy sectors is based on several years in an executive role with Newmont Mining and her work within the sector as a specialist.  She is chair of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland where she is an adjunct Professor, as well as chairing the Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance Board.  Christine is a member of the CSIRO Resources Sector Advisory Council, and has been Special Adviser on social and environmental policy to the CEO, Minerals Council of Australia.  Christine was CEO of the South Australian Human Services Department from 1997 to early 2002, after heading the South Australian Cabinet Office.    She worked for the World Health Organisation based in Kobe, Japan and for a number of NGOs within Australia. She sits on the Board of Save the Children Australia.

Positions Held

Alongside her role as Managing Director, Christine currently holds the following positions:

  • Chair of the South Australian Government’s Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance Board,
  • Member of the CSIRO Resources Sector Advisory Council.
  • Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland.
  • Chair of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, at the University Queensland
  • Board of Save the Children Australia, and chairs the Board Risk and Program Committee

Previously Christine has held positions, including:

  • Chair of the Northern Territory Mining Board.
  • Special Adviser on Social and Environmental policy to the CEO, Minerals Council of Australia.
  • Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Resources Technology Innovation Centre, for the Australian Government,
  • Member of the National Resources Sector Supplier Advisory Forum to the Australian Government,
  • Member of the Chief of the Defence Force Reference Group on Women, served on the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board
  • Newmont Mining – Group Executive role
  • CEO of the South Australian Human Services Department (1997 to 2002)
  • Head of the Cabinet Office in the South Australian Premier’s Department
  • Senior executive roles for the World Health Organization based in Kobe, Japan.

Kim Muhlen



About Kim

Kim Muhlen is a Principal in the D4G team and an integral part of the D4G team of practitioners.

Kims’ core expertise is in community and economic development, supporting individuals, business and co-operatives. Kim has consulted and collaborated with all tiers of government, chambers of commerce, industry representatives’ medium and small business owners.

Kim has a Bachelor of Applied Science and has over 25years of experience working with a variety of clients including indigenous communities, women, young people, the tobacco industry, regional communities and the resource sector throughout Australia.

Kim has developed innovative models of economic development which focus on the client, ensuring opportunities for business growth and development are sustainable and translated with a unified plan within governance frameworks, which are well developed and understood.

Positions Held

Kim has held positions, on the:

  • Regional Development Australia (Hume) Advisory Board
  • Bendigo Bank (Bright) Board of Management
  • Business Boroondara Network Advisory Board and Mentoring Program

Kim has been and continues to be an active volunteer and member of a number of community groups and agencies, including;

  • Alpine Club of Victoria
  • Sheridan Hall (Caulfield) Corporate Body – Aged Care
  • Mt Hotham Racing Squad Committee of Management

Parry Agius

Senior Associate


About Parry

Parry Agius is a Senior Associate and member of the D4G team. Parry is head of his own boutique practice (Linking Futures Pty Ltd) which specialises in supporting Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, groups and enterprises to do business together; this includes promoting Aboriginal entrepreneurship in commerce, reconciliation action plans, evaluating Aboriginal men’s groups, provider of cultural safety training, strategic and policy advisory, strong role in landcare and natural resource management.

Parry brings a visionary, transformative and principled approach throughout his professional career at the highest level in leadership along with an outstanding reputation and network of contacts across private industry, government and community organisations.

Parry is an inspiring and motivating leader and encourages people to enjoy what they do in the workplace, accept accountability for and ownership of their work, the environment they work in, and realise their central importance to relationships with all stakeholders.

Positions Held

Parry is a/an;

  • Inaugural President of the Aboriginal Business Industry Chamber of South Australia
  • Inaugural member of  the Ernest & Young Indigenous Sector Advisory Group (ISAG). ISAG purpose is to provide advisory support to the EY Indigenous Sector Practice  and ensure it delivers on its mission.
  • Native Title Commissioner
  • Dispute Resolution Practitioner
  • Member National Landcare Network Board

Parry is also an;

  • Accredited Partnership Broker with the UK’s Overseas Development Institute
  • Honorary Associate, Faculty of Science – Macquarie University

and has graduated from

  • Macquarie University – holding a Bachelor of Art in Aboriginal Affairs Administration and is a member of the
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors

Ben Garwood

Senior Associate


About Ben

Ben is a Senior Associate with the D4G team. He is an external relations professional with over 15 years experience working across government, non-government and industry.

Ben has highly developed skills in stakeholder engagement, cross cultural consultation and negotiation, land access agreement negotiation and implementation, cultural heritage management and approvals, Indigenous employment, training and business participation, corporate social investment and community development project management.

Positions Held

Ben has been engaged with and/or worked for;

  • Woodside Energy Ltd (Manager Indigenous Affairs). In this role, he delivered cultural heritage approvals for Woodside’s Pluto and Browse LNG Projects, designed and implemented Indigenous economic participation programs (training employment and business participation), corporate Indigenous affairs oversight and corporate social investment into Indigenous focussed community development projects.
  • Circle Advisory Consultancy services working on projects with(Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Project and Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, Atlas Iron, Worley Parsons, Roy Hill and RREDD (Risk Response Engage Develop Design).
  • BHP Billiton (Olympic Dam),Senior Community Relations Advisor.
  • Native Title Tribunal (Future Act) – Advisory position.
  • WA Department of Indigenous Affairs – Advisory position.
  • Fremantle Multicultural Centre – Board Member.
  • Nedlands Yacht Club – Committee Member.
  • Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia  – Tutor in Community Development and Australian Indigenous Studies respectively.

Rodger Barnes

Senior Associate


About Rodger

Rodger has 20+ years professional experience working to advance positive relations between responsible mining companies and communities affected by their operations. Rodger keeps a focus on engendering strategic collaborative relationships based on mutual respect and trust. He does this by seeking innovative ways to achieve shared value and mutually beneficial outcomes including the social licence to operate for the resource company and sustainable social development outcomes amongst local affected communities.

Rodger has extensive research and expertise in the areas of Indigenous community engagement, community relations, and local employment and procurement in the extractive industry.

He holds a BSc (Hons) Geology and Geography and a MPhil in Indigenous Development and Mining.

Positions Held

Rodger has been engaged with and/or worked for;

  • Social Performance Advisor – KEFI Minerals, Ethiopia
  • Policy Advisor in social responsibility in mining – Ethiopian Ministry of Mines
  • Project Manager ‘Benchmarking Best Practice in Aboriginal Business Procurement’ – Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM)
  • Consultant to JK Tech Pty Ltd project – Newmont Tamami’s Operations’ ‘Social Impact Assessment of The Granites Goldmine’
  • Consultant to Bowchung Pty Ltd project – ‘Monitoring and evaluation of rollout of low aromatic fuels in Indigenous communities on the Tiwi Islands’
  • Research Manager – Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), University of Queensland
  • Mining Manager – Central Land Council, Alice Springs 

Mark Elliott

Senior Associate


About Mark

Mark  has 25+ years professional experience working in the community as a Facilitator | Community Educator , Project Officer and Community Worker across a variety of sectors including Government (Federal and State) and community based organisations in South Australia including remote and regional communities. Mark is an experienced professional who is able to listen to and respond to the community at many levels.

Mark  is actively involved in a number of community organisations, as Chair and committee member. Mark has a high level of understanding of the cultural sensitivities and appropriate protocols used when negotiating and facilitating business between Aboriginal people, communities, government departments and the private sector.

Mark has formally trained in (Aboriginal) Community Administration and Management, Community Services Work and Training, Education and Assessment .

Positions Held

Mark has been engaged as and/or worked for;

  • Indigenous Engagment Officer – Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • RAMT Leader and Team Member -Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Team Leader – Tumake Yande Aboriginal Aged Care
  • A/Manager – Aboriginal Primary Health Care Unit (Murray Bridge)
  • Program Manager – Partnerships & Innovation – Adelaide Hills Community Health Service (Mt Barker)
  • Community Development & Team Leader – Adelaide Hills Community Health Service (Mt Barker)
  • Social Worker – Families SA (Port Augusta) (Murraylands) (Riverland)