I work with mob to build cultural capability into our teams, programs, and networks through authentic and meaningful engagement with First Nations peoples and communities.
I’m also a freshwater fulla, so love all things water! Surf, swim, snorkel, dive. When I’m not working I’m lucky to live on the coast where I have it all right on my doorstep! When I can I connect with the mountains and snow, snowboarding is my happy place. I also love to paint and travel.
Where does your passion for rural, regional and remote Australia come from?
As a proud Kooma man, freshwater murri from Bollon, I know the impact that leadership at a community level can have for rural and remote communities. Seeing the impact that some of my Elders have had in shaping the community landscape for our mob is a great example of on the ground tangible outcomes from leadership.
What’s your favourite memory or most memorable moment in rural, regional and remote Australia?
My favourite memory from rural, regional and remote Australia was a beautiful late winters afternoon on the clay flats about 15 minutes out of Bollon, on Kooma Country. I was with my Uncle Bill and his wife Judith. We watched sun set over Country, throwing boomerangs, playing didj, eating bush quandongs, shakin-a-leg. Was a deadly afternoon that’ll be forever etched in my memory.
What’s your professional background?
I am a trained high school teacher, science and PE. Spent the last two years teaching First Nations culture and engaging with mob all over the state at the National Trust of Australia Queensland.
Three things you love about working at the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation?
- Working authentically with Mob.
- The team around us.
- The vision and creating tangible outcomes for community.