Board of Management

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Peter Cooley

Peter grew up in the southern Sydney suburb of La Perouse and is a founding member of First Hand Solutions. He spent 20 years as a Diesel Mechanic as well as 10 years volunteering his time in his community running programs. Peter started his award winning company Koori Communications & Training in 2005 running cultural programs for Aboriginal people and families throughout NSW and Queensland.

Peter has spoken at a number of international conferences and been the recipient of a number of significant awards for his work in Aboriginal communities. He received a Future Summit leadership award in 2007 and the inaugural Premiers Excellence award in 2009 for aboriginal education and graduated from a post-graduate course in Social Impact from the School for Social Impact from the University of NSW in 2015.

Most recently, First Hand  organised the National Indigenous Bushfood Symposium attended by 120 First Nations people from across Australia out of which formed  First Nations Bushfood and Botanical Alliance Australia of which he is the NSW Director and for which First Hand acts in the voluntary position of Secretariat.

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Timothy Croft

Tim Croft has worked in health across the public and the private sectors for the last 20 years, initially as a physiotherapist and more recently in the Public Health sphere.

 

My custodial ties are to the Gurindji, Malgnin and Mudpurra peoples (NT). I also have Anglo/Irish/ German and Chinese

heritage. My late Father, Joseph Croft, was a part of the Stolen Generations and was stolen as an infant from his Mum & community that were then living on the pastoral station Victoria River Downs (VRD).

 

It was at the insistence of my late Non-Aboriginal Mum that my Dad re-connect with his Mum, and family, after believing the

lie that he was ‘given away’ throughout his life until then. And so in the mid- 1970s our family made those steps to reuniting my Dad with our much loved Grannie Bessie. We connected back to our family and later to Gurindji Country and many other Gurindji family who were also taken away from

their custodial lands.

 

The profound damage through these child removal policies and other impacts of colonization must also be understood for their intergenerational and ongoing effect. Tim believes a key step to further

“Close the Gap” in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage and health and social and emotional wellbeing outcomes must be through proper engagement and being lead by local Aboriginal Communities and also should include empowerment through building capacity in Aboriginal individuals, communities and Aboriginal community controlled organizations.

 

Solutions must be developed from the ground up and grounded in local knowledge and be strengths-based. Others have said this before – Aboriginal people have the solutions to address our health and other

key issues in communities – Nothing about us without us.

 

He has been the Manager of the Aboriginal

Health Unit in South Eastern Sydney Local

Health District since 2016. Before this Tim

worked in Allied Health, as a Physio across both Public and private sectors as a clinician, then across the Public Health sector over the last 6 years following a Master of Public Health, specializing in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing

(UNSW).

 

Tim’s love of sport and connecting in community influenced many volunteer roles in Aboriginal community, sports, youth and young adult and empowerment programs and organizations through his career.

 

Most importantly he loves seeing his kids do well at school and sport and being grounded and connected back to our cultural identity through family, community and connection to Country (even though it’s a long way from where the family live in Sydney).

He goes for the Raiders, The Swans (AFL) and is a cricket tragic.

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John Evans

John Evans is currently Professor of Indigenous Health Education in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. John comes from Wiradjuri country but has spent the majority of his adult life in Sydney. John has established a significant research program in the area of Indigenous sport and the relationship between sport, health and education in Indigenous communities. John has a background in elite sport as an athlete and coach and continues to work with elite coaches in Australia and New Zealand. John has been appointed as a director to the newly formed Charles Perkins Soccer Academy. Having previously been part of the early development phase of the Lloyd McDermott rugby Development team and served as board member coach and mentor. John continues to mentor young Indigenous men and women in their ambitions to finish university studies. John is married and has a young daughter.

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Paul Duroux

Paul Duroux completed a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations) at the University of Western Sydney before entering the Corporate world in various Account & People Management roles over the last 17 years.

A proud Gumbaynggirr man and father to a strong 14-year-old young woman, he believes that connection to culture, developing an environment of self-discovery & self-confidence and opportunity will foster a culture of success for our youth.

He is an ardent supporter of diversity & inclusion and currently sits on an Industry Body Council with the task of providing support & training on the benefits of, and how to achieve, a more diverse & inclusive workplace. He also currently volunteers with the Raise Foundation, an organisation which provides mentoring programs for young people in high schools and in the community.

Paul’s is passionate about sports & health and well-being and is currently in training for his first ironman.

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