Staff & Volunteers

Our People

ANTaR values all its staff and volunteers. We have a team of talented and passionate staff and volunteers who work to achieve social change in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

National Director - Paul Wright

Paul Wright has nearly 2 decades of experience working in both Government and non-government sectors – covering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, health, immigration and social services.

Paul studied politics and international relations at the University of Canberra and has a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Australian National University.

Most recently, Paul was the Executive Officer for the Close the Gap Campaign Secretariat and the National Health Leadership Forum at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

National Development Manager - Michael Andersen 

Michael Andersen has 19 years experience in fundraising, communications and senior managment for a range of not for profits in Australia and the UK

ANTaR Advisor & Project Officer - Ashlee Kearney 

A proud Ngiyampaa, Wiradjuri and Ngemba woman from far west New South Wales, Ashlee was born and spent most of her life on Dharug country in Auburn, NSW. She studied a Bachelor of Educational Studies and an Associate Degree in Indigenous Education at the Australian Catholic University, Strathfield, NSW. Ashlee has also completed postgraduate studies in Public Policy at the Australian National University, Acton, ACT. Her professional background spans across the education, social and community work sectors and in the political and policy fields.

She is committed to making a difference for all Australians, especially the First Nations peoples and women through education. Ashlee is extremely passionate in policy and politics and was until recently a Policy advisor for both Senator Patrick Dodson and the Honourable Linda Burney MP.

Ashlee aims to demonstrate her skills and lived experiences to improve the lives and well-being, especially to empower and support women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

Coordinator, Fundraising & Supporter Care - Phaedra Engel-Harrison

Phaedra is a fundraising and communications professional with more than 10 years experience in the not-for-profit sector in Australia, the U.S.A, and India. She holds a Bachelors degree in Media and Communications and a Masters of Human Rights from the University of Sydney. 

Finance Officer - Wayne Willis

Wayne is an experienced Finance Officer with a background working with diverse non-profit organisations with a focus on First Nations affairs and social justice. 

Regular Volunteers

We rely on a core group of volunteers who help us on a regular basis including:

Wendy Rayner, Sue Downes and Cathy Nobel.