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.
Dale is a senior community support officer with Red Cross on the Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory.
Dale has previously worked in labouring jobs before joining Red Cross in 2011 as a volunteer, helping a friend at the Tiwi Shire Council with camping activities.
Dale recently completed his PFA (Psychological First Aid) training and train the trainer in Darwin so he is now able to facilitate the course to train other Red Cross staff and other organisations on the island.
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 as the State Manager - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategies and Engagement, in Queensland.
He 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.
Donna is a Ballardong woman from north-east of Perth, Western Australia.
Donna is the Community Development Officer for the Kwinana Office in Western Australia and joined Red Cross in 2006.
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.
Lajia is from the Adnyamathanha people of the Flinders Rangers South Australia and Torres Strait Islander people.
Lajia has been with Red Cross since 2011 and although the youngest member of the team at aged 20, brings a lot to the table through her work in human resources and experiences as a young person.
Lajia says working at Red Cross and being involved in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership team has made her passionate about working in the human rights field.
Earlier this year, Lajia completed a human rights course and wants to continue to work as an advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Kim belongs to a number of language groups including the Ngarrinman, Tiwi, Jingili and Arabuna peoples in the Top End.
Kim is an accomplished executive communicator who has held senior management and representative positions in local communities, at the state and territory level, nationally and internationally. He has expertise in developing and building the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to work with all tiers of government and business.
Prior to joining Red Cross in 2013, Kim has held numerous leadership positions, including:
- CEO of the Northern Land Council (2008-2012)
- Ministerial Advisor to the Northern Territory Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister (2006-2008)
- Director Indigenous Housing, Northern Territory Government (2005-2006)
- ATSIC Commissioner 2000-2005
- Consultant to Family Court of Australia, the Chief Justice and Family Court judges providing advice about the issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the family court system (1995-1999).
Nicole is a Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi woman from Moree, New South Wales.
Nicole is Manager of Red Cross Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Engagement and joined us in 2011.
Nicole has a Bachelor of Business Human Resources; Diploma of Education and Masters in International Sports Management and is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in International Development. She has a diverse background in education, business, human resources and tourism working at:
- Department of Employment, Education and Training - Employment
- Department of Education - Teacher
- Intrepid Travel - Tour Leader
- Tourism Victoria - Business Development Manager, Aboriginal Tourism
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 her journey with Red Cross as a volunteer with Human Resource in Victoria and is now an Administration Officer for Recruitment and Training in Emergency Services in Victoria.
Lineesha is co-chair of the Wominjeka Leadership Team in Victoria, where she's fostered closer ties with the Senior Leadership Team and grown additional Indigenous representation inside and outside of Red Cross.
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.
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.
In particular, 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 has held several positions from Marketing, Fundraising, Communications Manager NT to National Communications Advisor and currently the Voluntary Service Business Partner in the Northern Territory.
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.
"Working for this amazing organisation, I've really found what I love doing as a job."
Alma began her work with Red Cross in a traineeship position in Rockhampton as a case manager.
Nathan is descended from the Wiradjuri Nation, Dubbo, in Western New South Wales, and raised in Darug Nation in Western Sydney. Nathan is the Outreach Support Worker for Red Cross' Young Parents Program in NSW.
Nathan started off volunteering with Red Cross in 2013 as a Driver Mentor, with the Young Parents Program. In 2015 he started working as an Outreach Support Worker in the Young Parents Program; working across the eastern and western suburbs of Sydney.
Additionally he is the Co-Chair of the NSW Volunteer Services (VS) Strategy Reference Group, which is implementing ways of improving volunteering opportunities with Red Cross across NSW, and improving accessibility to the communities in which we work.
Nathan has previously worked with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), the YMCA, and the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE), developing and implementing youth and community programs. Nathan also enjoys volunteering, and currently volunteers with the Cancer Council NSW, and SOUL implementing social justice workshops to university students.
Corey is a Kaurna Nurrunga man living on the Southern Fluerieu, south of Adelaide, South Australia.
Corey joined Red Cross in 2013 and is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander National Coordinator Social Inclusion.
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.
Corey loves hanging out volunteering with his mob. He's been working hard to establish a Southern Aboriginal junior netball group.
Annie is from the Ngarrindjeri mimini - Meningie, South Australia and moiety- Bundjalung nation in Grafton, New South Wales.
Annie is a first class Honours graduate from Newcastle University with more than 20 years experience in grass roots community development working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Annie has developed a strong instinct for using existing infrastructure resources and individuas' skills to empower personal and collective community growth from business development to health and wellbeing initiatives.
Annie is the Aboriginal Programs Implementation Manager in New South Wales and has been with Red Cross since 2010.