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The Board meets quarterly. In addition, four of our Directors sit on our Executive Committee that meets monthly. Each Director brings with them an array of expertise, knowledge and skill to assist us in delivering culturally-safe, empowering programs to our community and undertake ethical and moral research within a respectful Aboriginal methodology.
Elder Allan Kickett
Allan is a Ballardong man who was born in Beverley, Western Australia, and raised at Badjaling Mission, Moora and then at Roelands Mission near Collie, Western Australia. He is a survivor of the Stolen Generation and is a well-respected Elder. Allan has played many roles in his life including an actor with the nationally acclaimed Jack Davis plays The Dreamers and No Sugar. He held the position of Manager at Allawah Grove Aboriginal Hostel in South Guildford, Western Australia, for seven years.
Allan has been a champion for the Roelands Mission children and other Stolen Generations as the Chairperson of Woolkabunning Kiaka for over 20 years. He has also been the Chair of Noongar Language Group and the Stolen Generation Committee. Allan is the Chair of Koya Aboriginal Corporation, a keen golfer and participates regularly in the Noongar Golf Association tournaments.
Associate Professor Simon Forrest
BEd, MEd, MAIATSIS
Simon was born and raised in Wadjuk country (Perth). He has connections to country at Goomalling (Balardong), Swan Valley (Wadjuk), Mt Magnet (Badimaya) and Leonora (Wongutha). He trained as a primary school teacher and worked in schools in Aboriginal communities and rural towns. He has worked in the public sector in senior managerial positions in education and curriculum and Indigenous Affairs policy and implementation.
Simon is Western Australia’s longest serving Aboriginal academic having taught undergraduate and postgraduate students since 1983 at Edith Cowan University (ECU), University of Western Australia, Curtin University and Michigan State University. He was the Inaugural Head of KurongKurl Katijin School of Indigenous Australian Studies at ECU. His services are widely sought after particularly as a presenter in the areas of Aboriginal Education, History and Politics, Cultural Awareness and Competency and Cultural Consultancy. In 2005 he was awarded National Scholar of the Year at the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee Awards.
Ms Robyn Hughes
Dip Bus, Bachelor of Nursing
Robyn is a dedicated wife and mother of two daughters and has lived in Perth for most of her life. She is consistently involved in many community projects and events and often volunteers her time and resources. Ms Hughes is a Registered Nurse and an entrepreneur of a small business which has been in operation for twelve years. Robyn completed her nursing degree at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.
Dr Bryn Roberts
BEd (Hons), MA, PhD
Bryn is a Wadjela man - born and raised in North Wales with strong connections to Arthog (Meirionedd) and Llansannan (Denbigh). His interest in Aboriginal issues began in the 1970s during his time as a teacher at an Aboriginal Mission in Far North Queensland.
Over the past 40 years Bryn has undertaken a substantial amount of work with and for Aboriginal people including reviewing Australia’s Aboriginal languages, writing a book "Aborigines in Business", directing an Aboriginal fashion house, developing corporate, strategic and business plans, facilitating workshops on corporate governance, needs assessment, community development, health and wellbeing. Bryn is currently the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Koya Aboriginal Corporation, a Director of First People International and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia.
Associate Professor Juli Coffin
BEd, MPH, PhD
Juli is an Aboriginal woman from the Pilbara region in Western Australia with a background in education, health and preservation of Aboriginal languages. She is an Associate Professor in Aboriginal Health and completed her PhD in the area of intra-racial racism and bullying. Juli has worked at the Combined University Centre for Rural Health (CUCRH), in Geraldton, Western Australia, for twelve years, running many research projects and building research capacity among her own people and others around her. Juli has published in the areas of childhood nutrition, sexual health, cultural security, tobacco, bullying and racism. Her work over the last four years has concentrated on what bullying looks and feels like for Aboriginal children, youth, parents and community. Recognition of the importance around this issue and community engagement has been the key outcomes from this work, along with practical based resources for schools and communities.
Juli was integral to the formulation of the National Indigenous Staff Network and was Chair of this group for over six years. She was also Chairperson of the Catholic Education Aboriginal Committee. She sits on numerous State and National boards (including the Geraldton Diocese’s Yamaji News) and has recently moved to take up the position of Regional Tobacco Coordinator with the Geraldton Aboriginal Medical Service.
Associate Professor Cheryl Kickett–Tucker
Ass Dip App Sc, B App Sc, MSc, PhD
Cheryl is a Noongar woman with traditional ties to the Wadjuk, Ballardong and Yued peoples. Cheryl was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and has lived most of her life in Perth. She is a dedicated wife and mother. Cheryl was educated in Australia and the United States and is currently Associate Professor, and NHMRC Research Fellow, Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Arts and Education, Murdoch University, Western Australia; Honorary Research Fellow, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research; and Chief Investigator Centre for Research Excellence, Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
Cheryl completed her PhD in 2000. The research explored the sense of self, identity and self-esteem of urban Aboriginal children in the school sport setting. She has continued this research to further explore how urban Aboriginal children think and feel about themselves in the world they live in and how this affects their lives. As well as her PhD, Cheryl also has a Master of Science, a Bachelor of Applied Science and an Associate Diploma of Applied Science. She has written three books and contributed to a number of book chapters. Additionally she has had journal papers, reports and reviews published. Cheryl has also received numerous awards including National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year of 2001 and the Queens Trust Award for Young Australians, WA in 1992 and 1995.
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PO Box 181
Guildford, Western Australia, 6935