I am a proud Noongar woman born and raised in Mt Baker and am connected to the South Coast around Albany and up through the Great Southern Region. I know how important our families, our culture, our languages, and our connection to country are to making our people strong. I believe I inherited my strength, compassion and hardworking nature from my late parents who taught me the importance of using an education to make a difference for our people.
I am a Noongar man from Wagyl Kaip, the South West region of Western Australia. I am the Principal of Extent Legal a boutique legal practice based in Perth, advising on energy, resources and regulatory matters. My experience in indigenous affairs and engagement has given me a comprehensive understanding of native title and Aboriginal heritage matters.
After graduating from Teachers College, I taught for three years at Lake Grace and later at Wangkatjungka Remote Community School, south of Fitzroy Crossing. Thus began a life-long love of the Kimberley region. The successful achievement by Indigenous students that I have witnessed throughout my 35 year teaching career, has invariably occurred due to strong support from family, teachers and mentors.
I started my career as a professional footballer and then went on to study law. As a lawyer I took on the role of Executive Director of the Yamatji Land and Sea Council native title body and later became Chairperson of the Western Australian Aboriginal Lands Trust. I am now a full time business executive who works for and advises Aboriginal groups and mining companies.
I am a strong supporter of ‘Closing the Gap’ initiatives, and am focused on achieving positive results in this area. I worked briefly as a manager with Telstra before becoming the Indigenous Engagement Manager at Brierty Limited. I helped developed trusting relationships with indigenous communities in WA and the NT and formed partnerships with like-minded organisations seeking to assist indigenous people back into the workforce.