Our Team

Our CIR team includes eight permanent staff members and a panel of experienced associate consultants and specialists that we engage regularly across a broad spectrum of project work. Approximately two thirds of our team identify as First Nations peoples. Our team members have diverse community connections and expertise, including in health, communications, law, education, youth affairs, reconciliation, tourism, employment, the arts, transport, planning, and environmental management.


 
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Yatu Widders Hunt
General Manager

Yatu is a member of the Dunghutti and Anaiwan peoples of the Northern Tablelands of NSW.

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Aden Ridgeway
Strategic Advisor

Aden Ridgeway was born in Macksville in northern NSW in 1962. He is a proud member of the Gumbaynggirr people. His life has seen him rise from the treadmill of poverty and growing up on an Aboriginal reserve. His early experiences have resulted in strong family traditions and he is the very proud father of two adult sons and a younger daughter.


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Shannay Holmes
Senior Consultant

Shannay is an Aboriginal woman born and raised on Dharawal country and is a descendant of the Dharug peoples from the Hawkesbury River. Shannay has worked in corporate, non-government organisations and community sectors across Sydney.


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Catherine Wood
Senior Consultant

Catherine has a background in planning and implementing community engagement, health promotion and evaluation programs with Aboriginal communities in NSW and nationally.

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Harpreet Kalsi
Director

Harpreet comes from an extensive background of working with marginalised communities implementing successful and innovative health promotion and research programs. Harpreet is highly experienced in initiating systems change and knowledge management. She has worked with marginalised and vulnerable communities for over 17 years.

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Grace Harding
Consultant

Grace born and raised on Gadigal Country and has experience supporting research and evaluation projects and report writing, in addition to general administration skills. She is passionate about connecting and collaborating with First Nations people and has strong engagement experience with Traditional Owners, community members and stakeholders.

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Aizhan Zhuvanysheva
Team Administrator

Aizhan is Cox Inall Ridgeway’s Team Administrator and has a strong background in economics, international business, and project management.

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Marlee Silva
Associate Consultant
Marlee Silva is a proud descendant of the Kamilaroi and Dunghutti peoples of NSW.

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Nicholas Doyle
Senior Consultant

Nick is an Anaiwan person from the Northern Tablelands of NSW and has trained as a corporate lawyer with both private practice and in-house experience. At Cox Inall Ridgeway, Nick manages and leads complex and culturally sensitive projects for a range of government, corporate, and third sector clients.


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Tiernan Campbell O’Brien

Senior Consultant

Tiernan was raised on Dharug country and is a descendant of the Yulluna peoples from North West QLD.s.

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Vanessa Edwige
Clinical Advisor, Aboriginal Psychologist
Vanessa holds a Masters of Psychology (UWS), Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Charles Sturt University) and a Bachelor of Education (UNE).