(Rod) is from the Yamatji and Noongah first nations of Western Australia, moved to Canberra in 1996, lived in Ottawa, Canada for a short while (enjoyed time as a stay at home Dad); moved back to Canberra, to Perth and then back to Canberra.
Is a former Co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples from 2015-2019; and served as a Director on the National Congress from its establishment in 2011-2015. Completed the AICD Course in 2012 and remains a member today.
Was the first elected member of the Australian Capital Territory’s [ACT] legislated body, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body in 2008 and was Chairperson of that body from 2011 to 2015.
He has served as the Vice president of the ACT Council of Social Services for two terms around 2007-2009; and a Board member of a local Aboriginal Medical Service in Canberra and a number of other community organisations.
He has presented on behalf Australia’s First People’s at the United Nations in New York and Geneva; at the 2018 Commonwealth Peoples Forum in London; and at a few other international forums including; a Building Sustainable Indigenous Communities International Conference in Vancouver in 2017; the 2016 International Conference of the Settlement Council of Australia & the 24th IAVE World Volunteers conference on the Gold Coast in 2014.
In 2016 collaborated with the US Embassy in Canberra to execute a US-Australia a ‘Governance and Leadership’ youth exchange program.
Has a long employment history in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs in senior leadership positions in social policy and education areas.
The most recent roles have been more advocacy and political.
He is passionate and highly committed to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a modern and civil society through respectful consultation and collaboration with a broad spectrum of community leaders, professionals and institutions.