Board of Management

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 signicant awards for his work in Aboriginal communities. He recieved 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.


He continues to follow his passion of working with Aboriginal people and families by running cultural programs including camps.

Jocelyn Parker

Jocelyn is currently Principal Analyst, Data Analytics at APRA, after many years work at the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Timothy Croft

Tmothy Croft's people are Gurindji, Mudpurra and Malgnin peoples

(Wave Hill, NT), Anglo-Australian Heritage.


His objective is to be involved in research and to engage with Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health organizations, to further “Close the Gap” in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage and to facilitate capacity building in local communities. My Allied Health professional background, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and now with an MPH, has provided insight into health contexts and the multiple determinants that contribute to disparity. I will also aim to develop programs to facilitate access to better education, connection to Culture, Country and Community and through this empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially youth, to achieve improved outcomes in health, SEWB and life outcomes.



MPH (Specialization stream - Aboriginal health and wellbeing). sphcm, unsw

Coursework completed 2015, fulfilling final project requirement- current as at Nov /Dec 2015

  • Undertaking work as FIELD RESEARCHER (Qualitative evaluation) into the REACCH Project ( joint project between NACCHO and Kirby Institute) : To build research capacity into Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services’s from 2010-2015.

  • Distinction average



Bssiness owner and growth director, alexandria physio + pilates, 2005-2015

  • Established and ran Physiotherapy and multidisciplinary health clinic (including Clinical Pilates and Massage Therapy).  Sold in May 2015.

  • Employed (approx.) 10 Physiotherapists, 5 Massage Therapists and 10 Office Managers through lifespan of clinic.

  • Treated over 2000 clients personally in this period and provided supervision for treatment for another 2000 clients.

  • Liased with local medical clinics, including AMS Redfern, to build rapport, trust and presence in local community (Green Square)

  • Ran Clinical Pilates classes regularly.


director, LLoyd mcdermot rugby development program, 2007-2014

Adrian Williams

Adrian lives in the St George area of Southern Sydney and is married with 3 children aged from 8 to 15. For many years he has been actively involved across a range of volunteering and social initiatives in business, sport, the arts and community.


Professionally, Adrian Williams has 25 years of experience in Finance and Accounting with the last 15 years in senior Finance positions within large Australian and Global organisations. He is currently Head of Finance for Property at AMP Capital and responsible for providing financial and analytical decision support across the business.


Throughout his career, Adrian has led large Finance teams through periods of significant cultural, system and organisational change. Adrian has always delivered results with a focus on the development of people. An emphasis on continuous improvement and awareness of trends in the external market place have also been cornerstones of his approach. In 2009, Adrian founded ‘Indigenous Accountants Rock’, a social initiative aimed at addressing the critical shortage of Indigenous Australians who have embarked on careers in Finance and Accounting. Initially, this initiative was focussed on raising awareness and connecting Indigenous Accountants and other interested parties across the country. In 2012, the Accounting Profession formally mobilised on this issue and formed the Indigenous Accounting Initiative of which Adrian is a member of the Advisory Committee.


With an interest in the arts and the impact it can have on the everyday lives of people, Adrian is a Board Member and Treasurer for the Centre of Temporary Asian Art, (otherwise known as Gallery 4A) in Sydney. ‘Gallery 4A’ fosters excellence and innovation in contemporary Asian and Australian culture through research, documentation, development, discussion and presentation of contemporary visual art.


Adrian’s first involvement with First Hands was attending the Spear Making course with his son Tom and he is looking forward to increased involvement in the future.

Luke Carroll

Luke is a proud Aboriginal man & member of the Wiradjuri Nation with family links to the Riverina district of NSW.


Whilst growing up in the inner city suburbs of Sydney, although an avid sportsman, he was gifted an exciting opportunity to enter the entertainment industry at an early age.


For the last two & a half decades he has performed across stage, screen & television, working with all major Television Networks & with some of Australia's premier Theatre companies.

His most notable performances have been in:


Australian Rules, The Tenderhook, Stone Bros, Subdivision, Needle and Strangerland (Film); 


The Flying Doctors, Lift Off, Heartland, Ocean Girl, The Man From Snowy River, Heartbreak High, All Saints, Water Rats, Stingers, The Alice, Remote Area Nurse (RAN), Going Bush, Home & Away, Redfern Now, The Gods of Wheat Street (Television); 


No Sugar, The Cherry Pickers, My Girragundji, Purple Dreams, The Dreamers, Conversations with the Dead, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Capricornia, Mother Courage & Her Children, The Cakeman, Black Diggers, The Wind in the Willows (Stage).


Luke's career has seen him travel to some amazing places around the world and within Australia & portray many diverse & challenging characters which have seen him garner multiple individual Acting award nominations.


They include:

- a Film Critics Circle award

- 2 AFI Awards

- an AACTA Award 

- a Helpmann Award 

- multiple DEADLY Awards, winning in 2007 for Most Outstanding Program for "Going Bush" and in 2009 & 2013 for Male Actor of the year.


He has also hosted The Deadly Awards from 2007 -2013.

An annual event held at the Opera House,

it celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement in music, sport, entertainment and community.


The National NAIDOC Awards is another event he has had the privilege of hosting both in 2014 & 2015. 


He is also a presenter on one of Australia's most iconic & loveable children's programs 'Playschool'.


He enjoys being an MC for various festivals and events around the country which in the past have included the Vibe National 3on3 Basketball/Hip-Hop challenge and the Vibe Alive Festivals, NRL Indigenous Round & All-Stars game as well as several community and company events.


He was nominated in 2013 for an AACTA award for his role in the groundbreaking series "Redfern Now" and for a Helpmann award in 2014 for his role in the theatre production, 'The Cakeman'.


He is a proud Ambassador for multiple organisations, some of which include Reconciliation Australia, The Cathy Freeman Foundation & The Malpa Project.


He is a board member of both the Belvoir Street Theatre Company & the Early Start Learning Centre at the University of Wollongong.

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