Aboriginal Associates

ARTD Staff recognise the diversity of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge their unceded sovereignty and continued custodianship of the lands in which we conduct our business and the waterways that supports life. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present.

Our head office sits on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, in the heart of today’s Sydney CBD. We also have offices and staff located on the land of the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation in modern Melbourne and on Turrbal land in modern Brisbane.

We are committed to giving voice to Aboriginal people, families and communities in research and evaluation. By building external relationships with Aboriginal associates, ARTD is able to partner and utilise these knowledge holders and their abilities to communicate with communities to ensure the voices of Aboriginal people and communities are heard in our projects. These partnerships have also been an opportunity for ARTD to support Aboriginal owned small businesses and independent consultants.

Don Bemrose, Senior Aboriginal Associate

Don is a Gungarri Man committed to giving voice to Aboriginal people, families and communities that empowers leadership from grassroots individuals to create meaningful outcomes. He has worked as a Manager at ARTD leading Aboriginal Portfolio projects across many sectors. Don is a flexible project manager, a skilled and experienced facilitator and interviewer with phenomenal interpersonal skills. He excels at building trusting relationships to empower and champion local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices in all aspects of the evaluation process.

Don has worked on diverse projects for ARTD clients including on: Performance case studies of IAS Evaluation Framework; evaluation of APPRISE, a first nations research program on COVID-19; evaluation of regional implementation of The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision; Aboriginal Evidence Building Partnership with Winanga-li; evaluation of the Young Mob program for World Vision; evaluation of a teaching tool for kindergartens; interviews for evaluation of the National Presence Strategy for Questacon and; evaluation of the CSIRO Indigenous Girls’ STEM Academy and SSI’s Teachers of STEM initiative.

Don has previously worked as an Indigenous Educational Development Advisor and Trainer for the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, as a primary educator, and as a professional opera singer.

Qualifications: Diploma of Teaching and Learning, Primary, Charles Darwin University (2016); Bachelor of Music Performance, Classical Voice, University of Melbourne, (2010).

Dr Kevin Dolman, Senior Aboriginal Associate

Kevin is an Eastern Arrernte man and Principal of Indigenous Evaluation Services, a sole trading consultancy specialising in Indigenous policy, performance monitoring and evaluation. He has a special interest in assisting organisations to deliver transitionary and more sustainable economic, social and cultural impacts for Indigenous Australians. His PhD involved a case study of the COAG Trials Project 2002-07, which assessed the quality of implementation of the government-community partnerships and whole-of-government coordination.

Kevin’s work with ARTD has included developing evaluation plans for comprehensive Indigenous family support services and a national remote school attendance program, as well as an expert adviser on cultural and ethical evaluation design. For the past decade, he has been building a knowledge-base of how trauma-based approaches have emerged as an integral aspect of effective Indigenous affairs policy and practice. He is a member of the Australian Evaluation Society Indigenous Culture and Diversity Committee, an assessor for the annual AES Indigenous Evaluation Award, a lawyer for the WA Aboriginal Health Ethics Research Committee, and a director of Dream-a-Dream Foundation. His career reflects a lifelong commitment to improving the lives of Indigenous Australian families.

Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Darwin University (2018), Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce, UNSW (1999)

Cheryl Jackson, Senior Aboriginal Associate

Cheryl is an Aboriginal woman of the Murawarra tribe. She is an experienced manager and caseworker with over 25 years experience in the public service. Cheryl worked at Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Corporation as the Coordinator of Aboriginal Family Planning Circle (AFPC), which received a ZEST Award in 2017 for the outstanding project, working with Aboriginal communities in Greater Western Sydney and was a finalist in the 2017 NSW Public Sector Award.

Prior to working with Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Corporation, Cheryl was the Manager Casework at FACS, where she established the Waru Mudyin Intensive Family Based Services (IFBS) in the Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains Districts, covering 9 Community Service Centres from Auburn to Lithgow. During 11 years in this role, Cheryl engaged with families, community, service providers and other key stakeholders to best meet their needs through IFBS.

Cheryl is a skilled and experienced facilitator, communicator and listener, with certifications for Aboriginal specialist trauma counselling and Family Group Conference facilitation. In 2013 she won a FACS award for Excellence in Practice.  She also received a Premiers Department Public Service Award in 1999.

Carol Vale, Senior Aboriginal Associate

Carol Vale is a Dunghutti woman from NSW. She is a professional facilitator, social researcher and policy analyst with expertise in human services and Aboriginal issues.

She is Managing Director of Murawin Pty Ltd and the company’s Principal Consultant. Murawin is an Indigenous consultancy that specializes in evaluation and stakeholder engagement. Carol has been a senior manager with extensive experience in Aboriginal issues in government and not for profit sectors, which is supported by formal qualifications.

Qualifications: Murra Indigenous Business Program, Melbourne University, (2014), Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Leadership, Griffiths University (2007), Masters of Indigenous Studies, Southern Cross University (2005), Bachelor of Arts, University of New England (1999)

Samantha Joseph, Senior Aboriginal Associate

Samantha is a highly experienced Aboriginal professional with over 16 years’ experience specialising in the NSW human services system and Aboriginal affairs. She is a lawyer by profession and worked in legal, policy, advocacy and management roles in the not for profit, public and commercial sectors. She prides herself on her strong interpersonal skills and experience in building and managing relationships with key stakeholders at all levels, including government, business leaders and community, to foster positive outcomes.

Samantha has held management roles in NSW Government agencies where she oversaw the design and development of programs and managed reviews of programs and policies, which included analysing data and reporting to executive units and ministers’ offices. Agencies include the Aboriginal Housing Office, Family and Community Services, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, and Department of Customer Service (formerly Finance Services and Innovation).

Samantha has extensive experience in Aboriginal affairs enhanced by working as the Deputy CEO at the Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec) from 2009 to 2012 and (former) Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council (AJAC) from 2006 – 2009. At AbSec, Samantha managed the design and implementation of strategies and programs following large scale government reform to improve the NSW child protection system.

Samantha is a current member of Ngalaya Aboriginal Corporation and the Aboriginal Steering Committee for Tenants NSW. She has also sat on a number of boards, including former Chairperson of Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre and Aboriginal Director of Shine for Kids and former editorial panellist for the Australian Indigenous Law Reporter.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts, University of New South Wales (2001), Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, College of Law, NSW (2004)

Julie Moore, Senior Aboriginal Associate

Julie Moore brings in excess of 40 years’ experience in Aboriginal affairs in both NSW State and Commonwealth Public Sectors with an emphasis on education and employment. Julie is a proud member of the Wandandian people of the Yuin nation and is based in the Shoalhaven region on the NSW South Coast. It is Julie’s long professional experience coupled with her Aboriginal community roots that forms the cornerstone of Koorimunication’s services.

Julie has extensive experience in Aboriginal mentoring, cross-cultural communications, developing and evaluating Aboriginal employment strategies, community consultations, human services policy and program development and evaluation, training, strategic planning, and public relations.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts, University of Wollongong

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