Aboriginal Advisory Committee

Professor Paul Chandler, Bidjigal Man

Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong BSc (Hons) MEd M(Psych) PhD MAICD

An internationally renowned cognitive psychologist and Cultural Ambassador to World Vision, Professor Chandler is a Distinguished Fellow and Honorary Professor at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and creator and Foundation Director (Early Start) at University of Wollongong (UOW).   He was the first Aboriginal person to attain a PhD at UNSW and first and only Aboriginal Faculty Dean at any Australian University, currently also an Uncle in Residence, Woolyungah Indigenous Centre (WIC), UOW.

Paul enjoys International Affiliations with the Erasmus University, The Netherlands and University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA.

Amara Barnes, Wiradjuri Woman

MBA candidate University of Sydney, Executive Leadership Development INSEAD Singapore, BCMS UOW, and, Indigenous Engagement and Partnerships Manager, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Australia.

Amara has worked across community, media, education, non-profit and corporate sectors to contribute to creating meaningful outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

Amara’s experience includes membership on ABC’s Advisory Council; working with Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation on business development; consulting with the University of Wollongong on their inaugural RAP; advising the St George Illawarra Dragons RAP Advisory Group; and, managing Westpac Group’s Indigenous Careers portfolio.

Amara is the inaugural recipient of the Indigenous Leaders MBA Scholarship for the University of Sydney, a participant of Jawun’s Emerging Leaders Program, and a recipient of a Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Bursary.

Andrew Craig, Gamilaroi Man

Dip. Management ACCM, Cert IV Business SportsReady and Workforce Development and Training Manager, Fulton Hogan.

Andrew Craig (Ondi) has enjoyed a 15 year corporate, community and academic career and is currently working on training development and upskilling programs that boost Aboriginal employment opportunities, targeting young people, long term unemployed people and people from a refugee background.

Ondi is a Fulton Hogan REAL Values annual award runner up and has been a key Aboriginal development lead of organisations such as AFL SportsReady and Summit Employment and Training.

Ondi is also Co-Chair of the Fulton Hogan RAP Working Group, Chair of the GWS Giants RAP Working Group and a member of their Community and Inclusion Committee. He has been a Create NSW Assessment Panel Member for Aboriginal Request for Proposals, member of an Action Plan Advisory Group for UOW Reconciliation and Museum of Applied Arts and Science, and member of the AFL SportsReady RAP Advisory Group.

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