About Us

Warnakati as the
nexus between
community and business

Our Approach
Headed up by Leonie Barnes, a daughter of the Northern Territory, Warnakati Solutions is a place where solutions are needs driven and community led, where duty bearers are not prioritized over rights holders; and voices are equally heard, yet the right decisions are made at the right times.
Our Philosophy
Warnakati in Tiwi language means “something that is strong”. Here at Warnakati we believe that one of the big gaps in the not for profit sector is the ability to speak the language of big business in a way that adds value to the work of a not for profit organisation without compromising their values.

About Director Leonie Barnes

Leonie Barnes the Director of Warnakati is a daughter of the Northern Territory, a martial artist and musician and one of the first ever female graduates of Australia’s Royal Military College, Duntroon. At the age of 22 Leonie entered the workforce as an officer in the Australian Army leading men twice her age. She began a lifelong specialisation as an Ammunition Technical Officer in the Army Bomb Squad and after leaving the Army to work internationally within the Humanitarian Mine Action international arena, clearing landmines and destroying unexploded ordnance, she is now recognised as a leading expert within the landmine clearance world – working with national authorities, mine affected communities and deminers across three continents.
She has worked with communities post Tsunami; with community leaders in Afghanistan dealing with Polio, and with survivors of sexual violence and exploitation in South Sudan, Darfur and Uganda and community groups here in remote parts of Northern Australia. Now settled back in Australia Leonie is enjoying a new career providing risk management advisory services to private and not for profit sector. Many people who have worked in the not for profit sector internationally either come home and work in the same space nationally, or leave the sector completely and focus on earning money in the business world. Leonie has worked hard to be the nexus between the two, recognising the not for profit sector needs business management skills and that the business sector needs a heart. There is room for both in the world, and in fact if we are to make positive impacts on people and within communities the two must work together
Leonie has worked hard to be the nexus between the two, recognising the not for profit sector needs business management skills and that the business sector needs a heart. There is room for both in the world, and in fact if we are to make positive impacts on people and within communities the two must work together.

“Everything is simple until you put people into the problem, yet unless they are recognised and valued as a part of the problem they are never going to be part of the solution. If people of the community are not part of the solution, there will not be a solution”  

 

Leonie Barnes, Director Warnakati Solutions