Linking Futures

Our Team

Photo Title: Breakaway Landscape, Coober Pedy SA | Photo By: Parry Agius

Our People Are Connectors

The team at Linking Futures are professionals who have bought a wealth of experience to their roles, as facilitators and trainers. Linking Futures principals and Senior Associates have success brokering joint ventures and commercial partnerships between business, the community and interest groups.

Parry Agius - Managing Director

Parry is extraordinarily successful in drawing together ordinary community people and experienced professionals to build futures through enabling conversations and collaborating, leading to creation of unique models of economic development and social engagement.

Parry and Linking Futures are a great team with 7 years into their partnership. Between them, their history, and networks they reach far into different industry sectors and at times into unchartered waters. Together with the Linking Futures team we are making a difference for those who seek our genius thinking and agility to influence and offer enabling advice and tools. Our experiences to understand the commercial mapping and adapt itself accordingly to our current position, a Indigenous Specialist Service Provider and our belief is “working in two worlds”.  My mother says I work in three worlds, the Aboriginal community, the general community, and the world of your family.

Parry has three decades of effective leadership and service delivery expertise and in the last 10 years as a sole trader and majority shareholder in Linking Futures Pty and currently is the Managing Director.

Parry is Board member of the Aboriginal Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (DGR) in Western Australia and its Trust (ABCF). The chairperson of the Aboriginal Carbon Environmental Services (ACES), Director on the Forest Stewardship Council of the Australian and New Zealand and member of FSCANZ Indigenous Working Group (IWG). Parry has a long history of boards, roundtables, and working groups at local and state and national levels.

As an inspiring and motivating leader, Parry encourages people to enjoy what they do in the workplace; be accountable for and take ownership of their work, become familiar with the environment they work in.  He is well known in the South Australian Aboriginal community and has a strong history across Australia and focus on the importance of stakeholder holders’ relationships. This is the essence of what Parry brings to all projects he works on.

Parry has vast experience in cross cultural settings and across sectors, working for and with all tiers of government, small and medium business, larger corporations and not for profit Indigenous groups, Cooperative Research Centers, (CRC) and businesses in remote and regional communities throughout Australia. Parry has a strong background in community engagement and development, human services, health, education, government sectors, native title, natural resource management, industry sectors and more recently infra-structure and building and construction.

Parry is extraordinarily successful in drawing together ordinary community people and experienced professionals to build futures through enabling conversations and collaborating, leading to creation of unique models of economic development and social engagement.

He has an Associate Diploma in Aboriginal Affairs, a Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Affairs Administration) and completed 2 subjects of his Adelaide University MBA and deferred studying to build Linking Futures Pty.

In 2000, Parry was awarded the first Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal for his work with Aboriginal people, Churchill Fellow 2004 and in 2013 was recognised by Macquarie University as an Honorary Associate. He is a strong advocate for socio-economic benefits for Aboriginal people and his career spans nearly 30 years cementing partnerships between Indigenous groups, government and industry and communities. 

Parry was the Presiding Member of the SA Government Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board to Landscape Board for 10 years and 5 years board member a total of 15 years spanning from 2008-2023.

Simon Jackson

Simon Jackson - Executive Director

Simon is a highly skilled Site Manager with over 25 years experience on a number of large scale, ECI and adaptive reuse projects including Lot 14, Adelaide Oval Redevelopment Project, Hardened and Networked Army and the GHD House refurbishment.

Simon has a passion for improving the lives of others and as such is an active member of Operation Flinders as a Team leader. He is also actively involved in supporting industry partners to match First Nation applicants with suitable construction partners for apprenticeship opportunities. Simon is proud of his role in establishing and maintaining a site initiative that looks to develop cultural safety on site through a series of weekly yarns titled Toolbox Yarns that have become a huge success and are well attended at Lot 14.

Osker Linde- Executive Advisor

Linde & Associates is a consultancy firm owned and operated by Osker Linde as a sole trader. His consultancy offers expert services to people and organisations in the areas of Native Title, Aboriginal Heritage, Mining and Energy, and Fisheries and Aquaculture. Linde & Associates also provides expert strategic services on all matters related to the management and governance of Aboriginal Corporations.

Osker holds a Batchelor of Laws and Legal Practice and graduated from Flinders University in 1998 . He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia in January 2000, and in 2002 his name was entered onto the roll of High Court legal practitioners. He has been a practising Barrister & Solicitor for a continuous period of 24 years throughout Australia, in various roles, for private, not-for-profit, government and sole trader employers.

Osker’s expert services are based on over 20 years’ experience as an advocate and legal representative for Registered Native Title Claimants, Prescribed Bodies Corporate, Traditional Owners, Pastoralists, and other Aboriginal organisations and landholding authorities.  Osker regularly appears in State and Federal Courts at all levels, and has appeared as an instructing solicitor in several High Court matters.

Some of Osker’s unique achievements include:  

Doyles Guide 2016 & 2017 – Listed both years in Australia’s top 10 Traditional Owner and Government lawyers in Native Title;

Representing the Applicant in some of the largest determinations of native title in South Australia, including the Far West Coast, Narungga, and Kokatha native title determinations and associated Settlement Agreements.

Obtaining evidence for the first and prosecuting the second (consent) determination of Native Title Compensation in Australia.

Advising and settling negotiations between the Kokatha People, BHP Billiton and the State of South Australia.

Negotiating the Iluka Resources Agreement that led to working mine Jacinth-Ambrosia and the creation of the first Far West Coast Community Charitable Trust, which was founded by Osker himself.

Linde & Associates offers a range of consultancy services, including to:

  • Aboriginal Corporation PBCs/RNTBCs; Registered Native Title Applicants.
  • Proponents for Major Projects including from the Mining, Energy and Resources, Carbon Sequestration, Civil Construction, Private Construction and State Government sectors.
  • Aboriginal businesses seeking to create wealth generating opportunities in partnership with their local Native Title (Prescribed Body Corporate) and Aboriginal Community owned/controlled organisations such as community councils and statutory landholding authorities.
  • Parties involved in litigation or negotiation concerning issues of access to, and use of, land and waters, either as an expert advisor to one party to the dispute or as an independent mediator / facilitator for parties to a dispute.
  • Legal teams defending Indigenous Australians against prosecution under State Fisheries Management and other resource regulating legislation.

Keisha Weetra
Project Manager

Keisha Weetra is an Adnyamathanha and Narungga woman who was born and raised in South Australia. Keisha is an ex public servant, an artist and has community ties to the Yorke Peninsula and Flinders rangers in South Australia.

After completing her high school education Keisha started her career as a public servant with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (now known as Department of Environment and Water). Throughout her time there, she found a love for community, nature and construction. After her time in DEWNR, she started her new role with DIT, there she worked in Aboriginal engagement and Transport Project Delivery, assisting with First Nations projects. She assisted with projects such as the Aboriginal Signage programme, Granite Island Causeway, Etc.She also assisted with implementing Aboriginal Heritage checklists.

After leaving the Public Service, Keisha found her love for Art. Her love for art has allowed her form ties with community. through Art she has been allowed to express herself and show the rest of the community stories through pictures. Keisha has worked closely with Nharla Photography creating beautiful pieces by using humans as a canvas and expressing her culture.

Keisha has now taken on a new role within Linking Futures as our Project Manager, where she will be managing and coordinating our major projects, maintaining and building on existing partnerships and networks to assist in expanding our business.

Brye Marshall
Principal Heritage Consultant/Archaeologist

Brian is one of only a handful of First Nations Archaeologists in Australia, and comes to Linking Futures with over 15 years’ multi-state experience, six of which have been in Aboriginal cultural heritage and non-Aboriginal urban environments.

Brian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology (Hons) from Flinders University. He is a member of the Australian Archaeological Association, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology, South Pacific First Nations Heritage Association, Kinchela Boys Home Group (Descendants), the National Sorry Day Committee, and Link-Up Queensland Aboriginal Corporation.

Brian has a wealth of experience undertaking:

  • field surveys (DD and ASRs),
  • stone tool analysis and classification,
  • rock art documentation and reporting,
  • excavation supervision,
  • ArcGIS, and
  • ethno-archaeological surveying. 

Brian is experienced in formal and informal report writing. Having undertaken numerous Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Archaeological Reports, Due Diligence Site Inspection Reports, and Archaeological Surface Survey Inspection Reports; Test Excavations Methodologies; Heritage Interpretation Assessment; and Stone Tool Analysis and cataloguing.

Rhanee Lester
Office Manager & Educational Facilitator

Rhanee Lester is an Adnyamathanha woman with close family and community ties to Port Augusta and the Northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Rhanee was born in Adelaide on Kaurna yarta but later grew up and spent her childhood in Port Augusta, with frequent family camping trips back on Adnyamathanha yarta. This meant she had access to both Adnyamathanha and western history and education.

Rhanee joins Linking Futures part-time as our Administration Officer and is one of our highly skilled facilitators. She loves to learn and values the importance of having access to a high-level education both from Adnyamathanha and Western perspectives. She believes it is as vitally and equally as important for her health and wellbeing to know her Adnyamathanha heritage, language and culture as well as good knowledge of western systems.

Rhanee brings a wealth of knowledge to her role using her lived experience as a storytelling tool to engage authentically with people in her roles. She is a published children’s author with her first co-authored and co-illustrated book ‘Walking to Corroboree’ being published in 2018, which has become an important tool for her as an Indigenous Storyteller, Cultural Educator, Writer, and Artist working with many schools and community groups. She has a passion for learning her Adnyamathanha culture and language and enjoys sharing her knowledge through storytelling, yarning circles, and creativity.

Charlotte Coulthard-Dare
Administration Officer/Educational Facilitator

Charlotte is an Adnyamathanha Barngarla and Yankunytjatjara Transgender Yurartu and her yura mityi is Unakanha – which means 3rd born daughter. She is a country girl at heart, who grew up in and around Quorn in the Northern Flinders Ranges.

Radio has always been a part of Charlotte’s life and she often speaks up about First Nations and LGBTIQA+ issues on the airwaves both locally and nationally here in Adelaide. She has been a committed and valuable Nunga Wangga Board member since 2016.

Back in 2016 Charlotte came out as a proud First Nations Trans Woman during the filming of her short documentary called “Just Harry”. This was a pivotal moment in Charlottes journey of self-discovery as a First Nations Trans Woman as she discovered the power within herself to be seen, heard, and celebrated.

Charlotte received the Inaugural recipient of the NAIDOCSA LGBTIQ Person of the Year 2019, was the Ambassador for FEAST Festival 2021, is currently a Feast Festival board member since 2023.

Charlotte joins our team at Linking Futures as one of our highly skilled facilitators bringing with her her own unique lived experience and cultural wisdom.

Mel Agius

Mel has an enviable background of working with a wide array of Aboriginal organisations, communities, families, and individual community members, achieving meaningful outcomes in challenging circumstances for her clients. With formal qualifications in: Aquaculture, Project Management, Youth Work, Mandatory Notification, and Business Administration, Mel brings to the Linking Futures team, a wealth of first-hand knowledge and experience.

Added to this, Mel is well credentialed, with both qualifications and field experience in ‘Partnering, Harassment & Bullying Prevention,’ ‘Cultural Awareness & Diversity’, the ‘Aboriginal Women’s Civic Leadership Program’, ‘Report Writing’, ‘Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma’, and ‘Framework for Understanding Poverty’.

Mel is highly sought after and experienced Project Officer, having overseen strategic projects for the Indigenous Land & Sea Corporation (ILSC), and MAXIMA Group, shepherding client-critical relationships. Experienced in conducting due diligence, Mel has overseen ILSC assessments of investment decisions for the multi-year, multi-million dollar projects of Adina Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, and Ayers Rock Resort.  These represented significant Indigenous employment and training opportunities.  Mel also oversaw the business development of the Naiyu Daly River Northern Territory Remote Women’s Training & Development Program.

Mel’s exceptionally well-developed communication skills, allow her to effectively facilitate, negotiate, and achieve significant outcomes across a diverse range of project-critical stakeholders. Combined with her exceptionally well-developed communication skills, Mel’s Research roles have seen her successfully analyse and provide a wide variety of concise and probing reports from diverse data sources, for a wide range of audiences.

Mel also has enviable Family Support and Youth Work background and experience, built up over an extended period with several unique, diverse, and challenging projects for Point Pearce Aboriginal Community, the Port Lincoln Children’s Centre, and Wiltja. This has seen Mel responsible for leading the supervision and provision of a safe and secure environment for Anangu secondary (Wiltja Residential Program), along with supporting health management, social, and educational development.

Mel is also a very proud grandmother, successful artist, and a passionate volunteer with a variety of Aboriginal community led projects.