Australian Red Cross wants to see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples share a prosperous, safe and healthy future with all other Australians.
We are committed to dynamic and diverse partnerships with First Nations peoples to build their capacity for sustainable local solutions for positive change using the abundance of skills, knowledge and ability in these communities.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Team play a key role in turning Red Cross' commitment into real actions.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Team provides strategic thinking and leadership to Australian Red Cross work together as partners with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations to build successful, safe and healthy futures.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Team provides a platform for discussing and influencing organisational policy as it affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, volunteers and communities.
Andrea Lee (Co-Chair)
Andrea is a Karajari woman from the Kimberley, Western Australia with Chinese, Japanese and German heritage.
Andrea has more than 25 years experience in marketing, fundraising, communications and media, working with both corporate and community organisations.
Andrea has strong knowledge of the clothing and textile industry, having owned and operated the largest garment design and manufacturing company in the Northern Territory for more than 15 years, and was an industry adviser and mentor to Aboriginal clothing and textile artists.
Andrea joined Red Cross in 2003 and is the Voluntary Service Business Partner in the Northern Territory.
Shannon Bowe (Co-Chair)
Shannon is from the Butchulla (Fraser Island) and Daarba (Hopevale) peoples on his mother's side and Kilkenny, Ireland on his father's side.
Shannon joined Red Cross in 2014, and is currently the State Manager - Regional Operations, in Queensland.
Shannon has held leadership and management positions in the public, private and not for profit sectors, specialising in Indigenous education, training and employment. For three years he was a Board Member of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF) and is a current member of Oxfam Australia's National Indigenous Reference Group.
Alma is a Wangkayujura woman from Queensland with a passion for helping others ever since she was young.
Her passion has now become a career, as a Community Programs Case Worker for Red Cross' Street-to-Home program in Townsville.
Alma works with and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples who are homeless, to live safely and escape homelessness.
Alma began her work with Red Cross in a traineeship position in Rockhampton as a case manager.
Corey is a Kaurna Nurrunga man living on the Southern Fleurieu, south of Adelaide, South Australia.
Corey joined Red Cross in 2013 and is National Coordinator, Service Support in the Community Programs Directorate.
Corey looks at the issues of homelessness, justice, social connectedness and older persons and ways to increase access and participation for our mob.
Corey has held numerous roles working for local Aboriginal communities and across local, state and federal governments, from Native Title and heritage work to community development.
Donna is a Ballardong woman from north-east of Perth, Western Australia.
Donna joined Red Cross in 2006 and is currently Program Manager for the Kwinana Office in Western Australia.
Donna has held many different roles with Red Cross over the year including, FOODcents Facilitator; Save-a-Mate Youth and Wellbeing Officer; Feel Good Families Outreach worker; Financial Counselling / Financial Literacy Workshops and teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people how to use computers.
Donna has more then six years experience in the government sector working and has her Cert IV in Training and Assessment. She is passionate about being able to give back to her community, and making a difference in people's lives.
Lineesha Johnson (Youth Leadership)
Lineesha is a Gooreng Gooreng/ Batjala - Fraser Island (father's side) - Kalkadoon -Pita Pita / Mer Island (mother's side) and is from Gladstone, Queensland.
Lineesha started with Red Cross as a volunteer with Human Resource in Victoria and then took a role as Administration Officer for Recruitment and Training in Emergency Services in Victoria.
Lineesha recently accepted the position of HR Business Manager, Victoria.
Lineesha has more than nine years of working in government and non-government organisations in areas of health, in urban and remote areas. She's also had experiences with employment and training and helping her community secure employment.
Lineesha has completed a Certificate III in Business Administration and is currently studying Bachelor of Commerce with Deakin University.
Andrew is an Anungu man from the Great Victoria Desert, Western Australia and is a Short Stay worker in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
The Short Stay facility provides a temporary, safe place to stay for Aboriginal people visiting for personal business and Andrew's role is to welcome clients and look after them during their stay.
Andrew has a background in health, working with the West Australian Health Department, Utopia Health Clinic and researcher for the Western Desert Kidney Health Clinic. Andrew says he loves working with his people and especially loves cooking for them as well!
Jonathan is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man from the Wuthathi People in Shelbourne Bay, Far North Queensland.
Jonathan works in Canberra as a Team Leader in Youth Health and Wellbeing.
In this capacity Jonathan manages community development projects and consults with community members, organisations, including young people, for the delivery of culturally appropriate services and programs in the ACT and surrounding region.
Jonathan brings to Red Cross a strong background in child protection and the judicial system having worked as a Sheriff's Officer and Federal Police.
Jonathan is passionate about promoting the great work and positive stories about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Jenny Brown is a Wandandian woman of the Yuin Nation, from Southern New South Wales.
She has extensive experience working in Australian and state governments in community based research, strengthening sector capacity and in operational and strategic management roles. Jenny will build on this experience as National Lead, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement, Strategic Projects in Red Cross.
Jenny is a life long learner and is committed to enabling change so that our people can live safe and fulfilling lives. Her mantra on change is: How will we know if things can be different if we are not prepared to try other ways of doing things? Jenny holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Sydney and a Social Science degree.
Stanley Law was born in Brisbane, and currently lives and works in Katherine, NT.
Stanley has extensive experience in the community sector, both government and non-government, and worked in health promotion throughout the Kimberley for 12 years.
He is currently on the ABS Round Table on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics and was on Indigenous Male Advisory Council's (IMAC) which reports and gives recommendations to Men's Policy Unit Department of Local Government and Community Services.
He is an active member of his community, including through involvement in National Homeless and White Ribbon Day events. He runs the local Katherine Community Men's Group and has been involved in advocating on behalf of services and community members. He is also a member of the ABS Round Table on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics.
Stanley has worked at Red Cross for three years in the Personal Helpers and Mentor support program, including as Team Leader, and is the Senior Community Development Officer for the Katherine region.
Sue Damico (Co-Chair Wominjeka Leadership Group)
Sue Damico is a proud descendant of the Ngarrindjeri Nation from the lower Murray River Lakes and Coorong region in South Australia.
Sue is a very proud mother of 2 boys Ethan and Anton. Currently Sue is completing a Bachelor of Media and Communications at Swinburne University while working as an Administration Officer in the Emergency Services Team here at Australian Red Cross.
Sue has worked in the International NGO sector for the past 15 years, with 10 years being at Oxfam Australia. In her time at Oxfam Australia Sue worked in various management roles in the Fundraising and Marketing team and was a member of the Senior Fundraising Management Team. Prior to this she worked for the Northern Territory Government in Alice Springs, Sydney, Darwin and Auckland holding various roles in marketing and development.
She currently volunteers at HAGAR Australia and is a member of the Xavier College Social Justice Committee.