ERNIE GRANT (Hon DLitt)
Dr Ernie Grant is an Elder of the Jirrbal people from the Tully area in North Queensland. He spent his first nine years living in the rainforest obtaining grounding in the traditional life of his people and credits his mother Chloe Grant, for instilling in him a great desire to learn all he could about his Aboriginal heritage.
Ernie has experience in western society including many years in research. He is now widely recognised in both cultures for his deep understanding of the unique characteristics of indigenous languages and culture.
Sonya is the youngest daughter of Ernie & Enid Grant of Tully, Far North Queensland. Sonya identifies as a Jirrbal woman and has had the privilege of learning her language and culture by her Elder and father Dr Ernie Grant. As Managing Director Sonya leads the company and develops the corporate culture for the organisation. It is Sonya’s responsibility to manage everything.
This includes staff, the customers, the budget, the company’s assets and all other company resources to make the best use of them and increase the company’s profitability.
Sonya also plays the part of Marketing Manager which links well and complements her official position as Managing Director. As Marketing Manager she is required to develop and enhance upon the current marketing strategy, measure success and budgets, approve images and most importantly ensure a strong marketing brand both domestically and internationally in the tourism industry.
Operations Manager & Senior Tour Guide
Caroline a descendant of the Jirrbal people of Far North Queensland, acknowledges and credits her parents ‘Andrew and Desley Henry’, for teaching her the importance of her cultural heritage and values.
Caroline is a Director in the company but also holds the position of Operations Manager and Senior Tour Guide. Caroline’s main aspect of the job is to ensure the daily functions and operations of all tours, activities and programs and that each activity operates smoothly and efficiently as per each itinerary.
Tour Guide/Aboriginal Artist & Weaver
Tonya is a descendant of the Jirrbal people in Far Northern Queensland. Tonya is an expert weaver of the Jawun (dilly bag) a traditional bicornual basket woven with a particular species of lawyer cane. The Jawun (dilly bag) is very unique to the culture of Rainforest Aboriginal People. There are now only a handful of people in the Jirrbal, Girramay and Gulngay tribal groups who can still master this rare art form and we are very honoured that Tonya is one of these talented people.
The Ingan Team
Left to Right: Donna Henry, Tonya Grant, Sonya Jeffrey & Caroline Grant