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Our consulting team has deep experience with Indigenous Australians in business
Red Ochre is a niche business that delivers wrap around support and mentoring to build successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander commercial and social businesses.
There are many consultancy companies, but can they match what Red Ochre offers?
Few others are able to offer the necessary combination of pragmatic business expertise, robust research, and embedded connections that we do. Red Ochre personnel have extensive practical experience working with the indigenous business and social sector, and the cultural competence to value community diversity.
Red Ochre gives clients access to the knowledge and expertise of over 200 years of cumulative team experience and expertise working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people right across Australia.
We are positioned to build strong and enduring community-private-public partnerships because we are networked with the corporate, government, not-for-profit and academic sectors. Our clients include major mining companies, all sectors of government and rural and remote Indigenous communities. We understand that solid relationships and effective coordination are critical to outcomes.
The best part is your first consultation is absolutely free, so call 0897912768 and discover where you and Red Ochre can travel together.
Red Ochre – business support that changes lives!
About our people
Adrian Azzari-Colley | Director
Adrian Azzari-Colley, has strong connections with Indigenous Elders from whom he regularly seeks advice. Through this advice he is able to ensure that his team is sensitive to Indigenous ways of working and their cultural pathways.
Adrian has a sound reputation built over 28 years experience in education and training, business facilitation, mediation and community consultation with Indigenous people. An important dimension that Adrian brings to projects is that although he has worked at a senior level he has actually worked alongside clients as they build their enterprises and brings a special sensitivity to project development only found in highly experienced business facilitators.
Since 2011 Adrian has worked with a major mining company and traditional Indigenous owners to facilitate the take up of business opportunities associated with the construction of a new mine in very remote Western Australia.
Greg Allard | Senior Consultant
Greg Allard is a highly regarded consultant with extensive experience providing consultation to all tiers of government, the private sector and Indigenous organisations and communities. Greg has conducted a wide range of feasibility studies, strategic and business planning projects, risk strategies and stakeholder consultation throughout Australia, including the Torres Strait. Many consultancies have included working with urban, regional and remote Indigenous people.
Greg has engaged with senior State and Commonwealth Government personnel throughout Australia including CEO’s, Ministers and senior Indigenous leaders. Greg possesses excellent interpersonal, verbal and report writing skills that are synonymous with the successful completion of client consultancies.
Greg recently has worked closely with two Indigenous companies, both involved in mining projects in the Northern Goldfields of Western Australia. The results from the work have been excellent ensuring that both companies are able to clinch multi-million dollar contracts with major mining companies in the area.
Joan Burns | Senior Consultant
Joan comes to Red Ochre as a highly qualified and respected manager, administrator and education. With qualifications in science, education and management, Joan has superb research, analysis, problem-solving, measurement and evaluation skills that she applies to a diverse range of fields.
With over 30 years experience in the health and education sectors, Joan has an extensive global network of contacts whom she can call on to share ideas, experience and cutting edge developments. Joan has held a conjoint appointment with the University of New South Wales and is the author of a number of peer-reviewed publications.
Her extensive experience in management, policy, strategic planning, research, risk management, accreditation, administration, evaluation and medical education means that Joan has much sought after capabilities in turning loosely formed ideas into well-structured, conceptually sound, well-presented and practical proposals, solutions and plans that have that elusive quality – they are easy to understand and implement.
Joan’s is also a skilled communicator, listener and facilitator with a strong focus on outcomes.
Since joining Red Ochre, Joan has done work for a range of clients. They all comment that Joan’s work can cut through, is innovative and has that ‘wow’ factor. She has been successful in working with a diverse range of clients including all levels of government, private sector companies and Indigenous clients.
Brad Eggmolesse | Consultant
Brad Eggmolesse has over 34 years experience in the mining industry having been employed in numerous roles throughout his career. With a work history that includes a mechanical trades background with civil construction and mine infrastructure, operational mining and training management, and business development and management expertise – Brad has a diverse knowledge of the mining sector.
As an Aboriginal elder, he has a key focus within the mining sector in Indigenous employment and commercial business development. Brad is dedicated to playing a key role in influencing generational shift promoting commercial engagement amongst Indigenous ‘Gen Y’ with mining and other industry sectors.
Recently Brad has worked with Evolution Mining developing mentor training and site engagement processes for apprentices and trainees as well as a Cultural Heritage Officer training course and its implementation onsite. His experience and drive have also seen him facilitating and reviewing training programs in managerial roles for companies such as Byrnecut Mining Australia, Glencore Copper, and Global Mine Training. He has also operated in advisory roles for Morris Corporation and Cape York Institute (CYI).
John Scougall | Consultant
John Scougall (B. Econ, MA Public Policy) has worked with Aboriginal people for over three decades in the private, public, not-for-profit and community sectors. He has lived and worked in the Kimberley region, Perth, Canberra and Queensland.
John brings high-level knowledge and skills to our team in areas of policy and program formulation, evaluation, strategic planning, report and submission writing. He has extensive experience designing comprehensive evaluation frameworks. John has specialised expertise in the area of drafting evidence-based findings, recommendations and performance indicators. He has written numerous evaluation and review reports, and authored numerous evaluation publications. John is also a clear and effective oral communicator in a range of settings including meetings, conferences and workshops.
His work history encompasses the implementation of practical strategies that contribute to community strength, economic participation, driver training, school engagement, cultural heritage protection, safety, health, and social and emotional well-being. John also has been extensively involved in the development of operational policies, procedures and plans to guide the work of native title holding Prescribed Body Corporates.
John is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society and bound by its code of ethics. In 2007 he was a recipient of the Australiasian Evaluation Society’s ‘Evaluation Study Award’ in recognition of his professional contribution to the Evaluation of the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy. This award is made to a team of policy evaluators that has conducted an evaluation study that has made, or has the potential to make, a significant contribution to the practice or use of evaluation in either the public or private sector in Australasia.
Alan Stewart | Consultant
Alan Stewart has been a private consultant in Aboriginal affairs for 20 years, building on the previous twenty years of public sector experience with the Australian and Western Australian governments in Aboriginal employment, training and education programs and enterprise development. He has had extensive experience as a contractor with the WA government Departments of Premier and Cabinet, Attorney General, Corrective Services, Commerce and Housing in various aspects pertaining to Aboriginal people.
He is an experienced project manager, facilitator and trainer with a recognized ability to effectively liaise and negotiate with the Aboriginal community, industry (with particular experience in the resource industry), government and non-government agencies, employers and training providers.
Since establishing Alan Stewart Consulting Services WA in 1996, Alan has successfully completed many projects, with a primary focus on:
- strategic and operational planning
- employment and training strategies
- facilitating conferences, workshops and personal development training, and
- outdoor experiential training.
He has planned and managed large statewide conferences for Australian and WA government agencies. Conference and meeting planning and facilitation is a particular strength.
Alan has some international experience, working for Save the Children in the Solomon Islands preparing a strategic and operational plan for the Solomon’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services Social Welfare Division.
Dr. Dulana Herath PhD, Bsc (Hons) Environmental Biology | Consultant
Dr. Dulana Herath is a diversified entrepreneur with specialist and general experience in a variety of biological disciplines including Restoration Ecology, Plant Ecology, Revegetation, Seed Picking/Trading, Bioremediation of waterways, Aquaculture, Aquaponics , Aqua scaping and Fish Pathology.
He has a track record of academic publications while working for nearly 7 years as a research associate at Curtin University of Technology which included a PhD in successful rehabilitation of shrub lands following mining for heavy minerals. He also has several years consulting experience in NSW and WA, after which he decided to start his own business in WA, naming Perth Aquatic, Seed and Ecological Services Pty Ltd. Although at the early stages of this diverse business, the aquatic sector is already developing into the largest design, implementation and maintenance team in W.A which services commercial and residential lakes (i.e. bioremediation), aquaculture and aquaponics systems, ponds, swimming ponds and aquariums.
Dulana is also a joint director of Blue Yabby Australia culturing and supplying freshwater crayfish to the ornamental and food trade (yabbies, koonacs, marron) to first class restaurants across W.A and worldwide.
He is also currently synthesizing his own bacterial products for bioremediation of lakes, and designing and manufacturing filtration and aeration equipment for commercial lakes and ponds.
As you can tell, Dulana is highly enthusiastic and passionate about anything slightly related to nature, and desires to restore, maintain, and preserve it for future generations.
Karen is a professional, well-credentialed, resourceful and successful individual with a friendly and energetic disposition. She has managed various successful business owner opportunities throughout her career. Her can-do positive attitude is essential in delivering a high level of service to our customers.
Karen is accomplished in Business Administration, Governance, Regulation, Finance and Operations across various industries. Karen has special interests in Aboriginal Culture, Lore & Country, Aboriginal Economic and Social Development, Land & Sea Country Management, Training, Tourism & Arts and Event Management.
Karen is proficient in Micro Business Development and Operation, Coordination, Project Management, Natural Resource Management, Training and Education, Community Engagement, Leadership, Mentoring and Business Coaching skills.
Her connections with Aboriginal Elders throughout the Kimberly and Pilbara regions have enabled her to develop strong and trusted relationships within these local communities.
A lover of the red dust and natural environment, and calling the Kimberley home, Karen worked as Operations Manager with APT Touring at the five ‘Eco-Tourism’ lodges throughout the West Kimberley.
With her skills in Training and Education and Event Management Karen worked for Goolarri Media Enterprises assisting with ‘At Risk’ youth training, Kimberley Girl and various Cultural events. As a lecturer with Kimberley Training Institute, Karen is successful in learning and knowledge sharing and education in Community.
Prior to joining Red Ochre Consulting Karen worked as a consultant to Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and the Woodside funded Murujuga Ranger Program, learning from and assisting the Coordinator, the ‘Circle of Elders’ of the five language groups of Murujuga, the male and female Murujuga Ranger Teams and various program affiliates.
Willhemina Farmer | Indigenous Consultant
Willhemina Farmer is a well-respected Noongar Indigenous Australian from the Great Southern Region, and a member of a large extended family, with cultural and personal networks from Broome, in the north, to Esperance, in the south of Western Australia.
Willhemina has extensive knowledge and experience in implementing community development programs in Mental Health and General Health related areas. She is sensitive to the needs of Aboriginal people, has worked in partnerships with the Government and community initiatives implementing programs and carrying out service delivery for 25 years.
Willhemina has completed Commercial Studies at Curtin University, Marr- Mooditj College in Perth WA and TAFE at the Dulwich Centre based in Adelaide. She has also studied in Narrative Therapy, Aboriginal Community Management and Development and has an Advanced Certificate in Aboriginal Health Work and a Diploma in Aboriginal Health.
She is currently involved in advising, coordinating and delivering a range of Mental Health Recovery Counselling Services as well as the supervision of staff for a number of programs in the lower half of WA, including the Great Southern / South West areas of WA. She is a Nationally Accredited Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
Willhemina has demonstrated that she has the ability to coordinate services, develop policy, and maintain effective liaison between a variety of groups at a local, regional, state and national level. She is also a former executive member and state delegate for the National Stolen Generation Alliance, and is currently networking at a National level with the Government for the Stolen Generation.
Additionally, she has proven ability as a contributing member of a multi-disciplinary team. Her experience includes working at an advisory level on national, state and regional projects. This has involved active discretionary listening and negotiating skills. Her experience as a Counsellor has given her a thorough insight of the issues affecting the wellbeing of all Australians sensitive to the needs of Aboriginal people in the holistic Health field.
Willhemina has extensive research experience, which stems from her involvement in designing, developing, implementing and evaluating a number of Regional and State Programs for various Departments such as:
- WA Redress Psychological Services and the working party on the Bringing Them Home Program and Stolen Generation Alliance National programs.
- Regional Aboriginal Health Plan
- Regional Aboriginal Employment Strategy
- Aboriginal Men’s Health Program
- Aboriginal Mental Health Program
- KEEDAC Personal Helpers and Mentor Service which is a service developed for the recovery of individuals living with the challenges of a diagnosed Mental Illness in the Central and Upper Great Southern.
Willhemina has a strong commitment and passion for Justice and Equal Rights of all Australians, including “Stolen Generation” issues and issues related to Recovery from Alcohol/Drug Addiction and Substance Use.
Tony Calgaret | Associate
Tony Calgaret is a 59 year old “Stolen Generation” Aboriginal man and has extensive experience working in the Aboriginal community in Western Australia the Northern Territory and the ACT. Tony’s public service career in the Commonwealth and State Government departments spans 25 years is varied and Aboriginal specific. He has been in the Aboriginal services field for many years and this includes:
- Establishing, chairing and managing Aboriginal organisations in the South West and Great Southern (Noongar) country).
- State Manager of the Aboriginal Services Unit in Centrelink Perth Head office, and
- Policy Unit Manager in the Centrelink National Administration Canberra ACT.
In 1981 he was elected president of the Bunbury Aboriginal Progress Association (BAPA) now known as Goomberup. He took this organisation from a dysfunctional debtor to a highly efficient, effective and well funded advocate for the Bunbury Aboriginal community. Tony was also instrumental as the inaugural chair in establishing the Noongar Language and Culture Centre which recorded and documented Noongar language throughout the Noongar regions of Western Australia.
In 1982 Tony was instrumental in establishing the Southern Aboriginal Corporation which is a multi-million dollar organisation. He was elected the inaugural chair and vice chair and remained for a period of 3 years with the organisation before moving to Perth Western Australia with the Australian Public Service.
Tony’s public service career in Commonwealth and State Government departments spans 20 years. This has included “on the ground” work in communities though to management but always in the field of improving services to Aboriginal people. Tony had an 8 year career in the Department for Child Protection’s (DCP) Head Office. He produced numerous Aboriginal policy documents for Department for Child Protection (DCP). Out-posted to the Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS), Tony developed and delivered a comprehensive training package on how to work with Aboriginal people “on the ground” in a culturally sensitive and effective way.
Bridget Shine Rose | Administration Support
Bridget Shine Rose is joining the Red Ochre Consulting team to provide Administration Support and Personal Assistance. Bridget brings a range of skills and knowledge to Red Ochre Consulting, all of which have their foundations in her passion for working with and connecting with people, and the desire to help make a difference. Bridget worked at Centrecare South West, as an Administration Manager and Client Liaison Officer for 12 years. Bridget has also worked as an Employment Consultant at Salvation Army Employment Plus, specialising in assisting clients with ongoing support once placed in employment. Working as a tutor at Bunbury Regional Prison Education Centre, Bridget has also spent time working one on one with Aboriginal students to assist with building strong education foundations – with the aim of strengthening their sense of self and capability, and increasing their employability upon release.
Currently (in addition to her work for ROC), Bridget is providing Admin and PA services to two other South West based companies. This is in addition to being Assistant Manager and book keeper of her family’s Beef and Citrus farming business, and mother to 3 daughters.
Bridget has also studied Psychology, Literature, Media, and for her Private Pilot’s License throughout her journey so far, all of which have contributed to her skill set and knowledge base, and are indicative of her broad interests and wholehearted approach to life generally.
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