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.
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.
Caitlin was born and raised on Dharawal country and is a descendent of the Bundjalung people from the Clarence River near Grafton.
Catherine has a background in planning and implementing community engagement, health promotion and evaluation programs with Aboriginal communities in NSW and nationally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tiernan Campbell O’Brien
Tiernan was raised on Dharug country and is a descendant of the Yulluna peoples from North West QLD.s.
Yatu is a member of the Dunghutti and Anaiwan peoples of the Northern Tablelands of NSW.
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.