Our Team

Our CIR team includes six permanent staff members, twelve associate consultants and specialists that we engage regularly across a spectrum of project work. Two thirds of our team are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff. Our team members have diverse community connections and expertise, including in health, economic development, communications, law, cultural heritage, education, youth affairs, reconciliation, tourism, employment, the arts, transport, land rights and native title, planning and environmental management.


 
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Aden Ridgeway
Managing Partner

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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Ben Gertz
Associate Consultant
Ben is a descendent of the Gugu-Badhun and Ndgjan-ji people, both of North Queensland. He is a public policy professional, with experience working in public sector/government organisations and non-government organisations.

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Caitlin Liddle
Consultant

Caitlin was born and raised on Dharawal country and is a descendent of the Bundjalung people from the Clarence River near Grafton.


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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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Kaylie Harrison
Associate Consultant

Kaylie is a proud decedent of the Wiradjuri people of NSW and has extensive experience and a passion for working alongside Aboriginal Communities in Aboriginal health and research related fields.

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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
Associate Consultant and Researcher
Nick is an Anaiwan man from the Northern Tablelands of NSW and has trained as a commercial lawyer with experience in both private practice and in-house roles. He has extensive experience in business and client development having worked on engagement strategies for major clients and stakeholders.

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Summer Finlay
Associate Consultant

Summer is a Yorta Yorta Woman who grew up in Lake Macquarie near Newcastle. She has worked in health at the National level and has strong professional connections across the country in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service sector.


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Sylvie Ellsmore
Senior Consultant

Sylvie has worked in Aboriginal Affairs for more than 15 years, with senior expertise in policy, research, project management and program evaluation. Sylvie has extensive networks and relationships across government, politics, the university sector and the community sector in NSW and Nationally.

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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).

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Yatu Widders Hunt
Director

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

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Shannay Holmes | Consultant

I am a proud Aboriginal-Fijian woman from Southwest Sydney. I was born and raised on Dharawal country in Campbelltown and am a descendant of the Dharug peoples from the Hawkesbury River. I also share strong connections to the Fiji Islands, where my father comes from and where I like to call my second home.