Team Members

Michael Combs

Michael Combs

Founder & CEO

michael.combs@ct.org.au

Michael is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado where he earned a degree in Business Administration with a major in finance, marketing and a minor in legal studies. As a participant in the INROADS internship program for ethnic minorities in the United States, Michael was awarded an internship with Hewlett-Packard for five consecutive summers. On graduation he was offered a full-time position with HP. During his 10 years with HP his career spanned the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. In 2000 Michael was named a Gates Millennium Scholar, in 2003 was awarded the United States Congressional Medal of Service for community outreach and development and in 2013 was recognised in the inaugural Westpac Community Leaders Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

Chris Tate

Chris Tate

Deputy CEO

chris.tate@ct.org.au

Chris was born in New Zealand where he graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance. Chris joins CareerTrackers having worked at Westpac, one of our 10x10 corporate partners, for the past 5 years. Chris is passionate about helping to further advance the next generation of Indigenous leaders.

Adam Davids

Adam Davids

Director, Learning

adam.davids@ct.org.au

Adam is a proud Aboriginal man and graduate from the University of New South Wales where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Business Law and Marketing. In 2011 Adam joined CareerTrackers to support Indigenous University students develop professional and leadership skills while undertaking tertiary education. He has since served as a director on the board of organisations focussed on supporting the community such as Clovelly Community Bank and Kool Purple Kookas.

Jessica Bulger

Jessica Bulger

Director, Engagement

jessica.bulger@ct.org.au

Jess is from Tumut in Wiradjuri country, NSW and moved to Sydney to undertake studies at UNSW. After completing an integrated degree in creative arts and education, Jess worked in education at both secondary and tertiary levels and has also worked in student support services. Jess is passionate about capacity building in individuals and has a strong interest in extending opportunities to regional students.

Raymond French

Raymond French

Alumni Relations Manager

raymond.french@ct.org.au

Raymond is a proud Dunghutti man from Kempsey on the mid north coast of NSW, with connections to the Gamilaroi and Worimi nations also. Ray has graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice majoring in Community Welfare and Human Services. He has had experience working with various Indigenous communities in the government and not-for- profit sectors in Canberra, Townsville, and the Redfern areas. As an alumnus of the program he is very passionate about his culture and empowering fellow Indigenous students and communities in education and employment through self-determination.

Strategy and Operations

Andrew Veasey

Andrew Veasey

Director, Finance & Operations

andrew.veasey@ct.org.au

Andrew is a proud Torres Strait Islander graduate of Griffith University where he studied a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Finance & Economics. He joined CareerTrackers in 2012 and has worked as a Student Advisor, Program Manager and now leads the National Team as the National Operations Manager.

Angela To

Angela To

Financial Controller

angela.to@ct.org.au

Angela graduated from QUT where she completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accountancy. She is a CPA qualified Accountant and has over several years of accounting experience working in the Not-for-Profit and International Development sector. Angela joined CareerTrackers in 2014 and is passionate about equality and working in organisations that make a positive impact. She is excited to be contributing towards the CareerTrackers vision empowering young Indigenous talent to thrive as leaders in the private sector and revolutionising the Indigenous landscape.

Michael Macahilig

Michael Macahilig

Information and Technology Coordinator

michael.macahilig@ct.org.au

Michael was born in the Philippines, raised in Western Sydney and has completed his Bachelor of Engineering (ICT) with a Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice majoring in computer systems at UTS. Michael has a passion for helping people and aims to extend this passion through CareerTrackers by supporting their staff members as they actively work with Indigenous students towards reaching their full potential.

Hana Hardo

Hana Hardo

Scholarships Coordinator

hana.hardo@ct.org.au

Hana was born in Syria where she graduated from the University of Aleppo with a Bachelor degree in Economics, majoring in Management and Accounting. Hana has 8 years experience in the banking and accounting sector, handling different roles and responsibilities such as Teller, Customer Service Representative, and Customer Service Operations. Hana moved to Australia in 2017 and joined the CareerTrackers Team in November 2017 as a mid-career intern from the CareerSeekers Program. Hana is thrilled to be in a team that works hard to deliver rewarding opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

Ross Morley

Ross Morley

Analyst

ross.morley@ct.org.au

Ross is a proud Darug man from the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Ross graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance and sub-majored in Mathematics. He is an alumnus of the program who has worked various roles in the corporate sector.

Mariana Andrade

Mariana Andrade

Assistant Accountant

mariana.andrade@ct.org.au

Mariana is from Brazil and holds a bachelors degree in Business, MBA in Project Management and Business with emphasis in Finance. She has worked in several multinational companies based in Brazil in project management and project analyst roles. Mariana is very excited to be part of the CareerTrackers team and being part of an organisation that makes a difference in people's lives.

NSW & ACT

Hannah Turnbull

Hannah Turnbull

Program Manager

hannah.turnbull@ct.org.au

Hannah is Adelaide-born, Melbourne-bred, has lived and worked in Canberra and the Top End, and now calls Sydney home. Coming to CareerTrackers with experience in the Federal Government and Higher Education sector, Hannah has a background in policy, strategy, governance and community engagement. Hannah is passionate about working with people from all backgrounds to find innovative solutions to address social and structural inequalities.

Jay Palese

Jay Palese

Senior Advisor

jay.palese@ct.org.au

Jay is a graduate from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Previous to CareerTrackers Jay spent five years mentoring disadvantaged Indigenous youths in Redfern and the surrounding areas through a company called ‘Tribal Warrior Association’. Jay understands the importance of having positive support networks and guidance during challenging times and is passionate to help students in CareerTrackers reach their full potential and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Heather Wortes

Heather Wortes

Senior Advisor

heather.wortes@ct.org.au

Heather recently graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies majoring in Journalism. She grew up in Tumut in the Snowy Mountains, moved to Wollongong to study and now lives in Sydney. Heather has experience working with university students in the careers department at UOW and with Indigenous high school students as an AIME mentor and is passionate about helping Indigenous students reach their full potential and realise their dreams.

Lily Brouwer-French

Lily Brouwer-French

Senior Advisor

lily.brouwer-french@ct.org.au

Lily was born in Sydney and graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Communications in 2015. Lily’s passion for education and Indigenous equality led her to begin working and volunteering at a non-profit organisation with a focus on health and food security in remote, rural and regional Australia for two years. She is now excited to be involved with CareerTrackers and assist students in achieving their goals.

Emily Vintour-Cesar

Emily Vintour-Cesar

Advisor

emily.vintour-cesar@ct.org.au

Emily was born and raised in Sydney, and graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Sociology. She has always loved travelling and being immersed in diverse cultures which led her to completing her Masters in International Public Health. Emily is passionate about empowering communities to create positive opportunities for change and development. She is proud to be a part of the CareerTrackers team, working alongside students so they can realise their full potential and be role models to their peers and colleagues.

Abbey Wright

Abbey Wright

Advisor

abbey.wright@ct.org.au

Abbey is a proud Kamilaroi woman raised in Orange NSW (Wiradjuri country), where she completed a bachelor of Communications & Public Relations at Charles Sturt University. Abbeys passion for Indigenous equality previously led her to work on the “Racism Stops With Me” campaign, where she worked intimately with Indigenous communities across the central west of NSW. Abbey is thrilled to be working alongside the CareerTrackers team creating opportunities for the next generation of Indigenous leaders.

Clancy Kees

Clancy Kees

Advisor

clancy.kees@ct.org.au

Clancy comes from the small town of Wingham on the Mid-North Coast of NSW, but has split his adult life between Sydney and Europe, predominantly Spain, where he has lived and worked as a teacher for the past four years. Clancy studied International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney, completing honours between Anthropology and Spanish and Latin American Studies. Clancy loves being around energetic students with a desire to learn and grow as individuals within their wider community. He is passionate about supporting strong, but underrepresented communities around the world in their quest to access tertiary education, leadership potential and political influence.

Caleb Morgan

Caleb Morgan

Advisor

caleb.morgan@ct.org.au

Caleb is a graduate from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of International Studies (Hons) majoring in Development Studies. He is passionate about policies and programs that work towards the social good and wants to see Indigenous university students develop into a new generation of leaders in their communities.

Georgia Kelso

Georgia Kelso

Advisor

georgia.kelso@ct.org.au

Georgia graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice majoring in Social Research and Policy in 2016. With experience within corporate recruitment and as a Case Manager in the employment services sector, Georgia knows the value of supportive networks, genuine mentors and meaningful internship opportunities. She is excited to use her skills to equip and empower Indigenous students to achieve their own career goals and be leaders within the community.

Xakkery Patterson

Xakkery Patterson

Advisor

xakkery.patterson@ct.org.au

A Taungurung man raised on Dharawal land has spent his early career surrounded in culture. He founded a sporting society through the University of Wollongong aimed at bringing together people of all cultures and nations. While completing his double degree of international business and Mandarin at UoW he was also employed as a Global Communicators Facilitator and Mentor where he spent his days supporting and facilitating the bonding experiences between international and domestic students. He was privileged enough to have the opportunity to travel to China on exchange through UoW, where he studied, worked and partied with the locals and other students on exchange. He joined Career Trackers in March to further his passion for assisting others.

QLD & NT

Carrie Sailor

Carrie Sailor

Program Manager

carrie.sailor@ct.org.au

Carrie is a proud Kamilaroi woman raised in the Brisbane area. After graduating from a Bachelor of Justice, Carrie spent four years working in the corrections field before moving into the Aviation industry working in a variety of HR, Recruitment and Indigenous Strategy roles. Carrie is passionate about working towards the self determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and believes providing employment opportunities for our community plays a big role in achieving this.

Emma Guest

Emma Guest

Senior Advisor

emma.guest@ct.org.au

Emma grew up in Narrabri, NSW and Toowoomba, QLD. She graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and Sociology). Emma has had the opportunity to work with a broad cross-section of people in both community and business sectors such as South Australian Native Title Services and the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Multicultural Affairs. As Emma is passionate about people and culture she is keen to assist Indigenous students strive for excellence.

Jacob-John Pale

Jacob-John Pale

Advisor

jacob-john.pale@ct.org.au

Jacob-John was born and raised in New Zealand, and moved to Australia in 2003. Hailing from the city of Auckland, Jacob-John was raised in an integrated multicultural society that helped develop his passion to learn about the many diverse cultures of the world. Having studied a Bachelor of Business, Jacob-John hopes to use his communication skills and interest in Indigenous culture to further the mission and goals of both CareerTrackers and the students involved with the program.

Olivia Wright

Olivia Wright

Advisor

olivia.wright@ct.org.au

Olivia was born in Cobar NSW, grew up in Toowoomba QLD and now lives in Brisbane. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies and Mandarin from the University of Queensland. She has experience in disability employment services and is passionate about working with people from all walks of life. Olivia is excited to use her passion alongside her experience to assist CareerTrackers' students to excel in their internships and become the future leaders of corporate Australia.

Jordanna Christensen

Jordanna Christensen

Advisor

jordanna.christensen@ct.org.au

Jordanna is a proud Darug woman, born in Brisbane and raised on the Sunshine Coast. In 2016 she graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Mass Communications and she herself is an alumna of the program. Having recently joined the CareerTrackers program as a Student Advisor, Jordanna is excited to enable the same opportunities she had for others, and is looking forward to assisting our Indigenous students carve out their own long-term career paths.

Sasha Hunt

Sasha Hunt

Advisor

sasha.hunt@ct.org.au

Sasha is an Environmental Sustainability graduate from the Australian National University. After working in the not-for-profit sector, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Queensland and has spent the last 3 years working as a secondary school social sciences teacher. Sasha is passionate about advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students both within the education system and beyond.

Jo-Maree Ceccato

Jo-Maree Ceccato

Advisor

jo-maree.ceccato@ct.org.au

Jo-Maree grew up on the Sunshine Coast, QLD. She graduated with a Bachelor of Psychological Science from The University of Queensland in 2013, and continued as a PhD candidate, and research assistant. Alongside her research, Jo-Maree had the opportunity to be a course tutor and discovered her passion for supporting undergraduates through the challenges of university life. Jo-Maree is excited to use this passion and experience to assist Indigenous students achieve excellence in their studies and careers.

SA & WA

Rosie Frecheville

Rosie Frecheville

Program Manager

rosie.frecheville@ct.org.au

Rosie grew up on a small island in the Gippsland Lakes in traditional lands of the Gurnaikurnai people. She moved to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts at Monash University. After finishing university she volunteered with a social enterprise in India which cemented her passion for working with people and helping create new opportunities. She is excited to work towards her aspirations in Australia through her role at CareerTrackers.

Joel Teague

Joel Teague

Senior Advisor

joel.teague@ct.org.au

Joel is from Melbourne and graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences and an Honours degree in Psychology. Joel is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and is enthusiastic about empowering students to fulfill their potential at University, within the workplace and across the wider community. Joel has had personal experience working as an intern whilst at University, and believes he can use this knowledge to strengthen the confidence of Indigenous students entering the workforce.

Kate Grant

Kate Grant

Advisor

kate.grant@ct.org.au

Kate grew up in Eastern Melbourne. After completing high school, she moved to the Northern Territory where she worked and travelled extensively from Alice Springs to Darwin. Through this, she developed an interest in Indigenous affairs. She then completed a Bachelor Degree of Humanitarian and Community Studies focusing on Indigenous studies at Charles Darwin University. She has recently returned home to Melbourne after working at NPY Women’s Council in Alice Springs in 2017. Kate is looking forward to bringing her experience to the advisor role and work closely with the South Australia students.

VIC & TAS

Fred Purcell

Fred Purcell

Program Manager

fred.purcell@ct.org.au

Fred is from Melbourne and is a graduate of Melbourne University with a degree in Engineering and Commerce. He has extensive experience working in the manufacturing industry, including 10 years with Sugar Australia. He is passionate about building capacity and empowering individuals to fulfil their potential. Fred is inspired to have a meaningful career and positively impact the lives of others, he has also commenced studying a Masters of International Development.

Talia Ritson

Talia Ritson

Senior Advisor

talia.ritson@ct.org.au

Talia is a proud Bundjalung woman and was born and raised on the Gold Coast. She graduated from Griffith University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business. She has worked in volunteer roles with youth and has also worked assisting students in a Registered Training Organisation. Talia is passionate about working with Indigenous students to help them realise their potential and expand their future career opportunities.

Georgia Farquer

Georgia Farquer

Advisor

georgia.farquer@ct.org.au

Georgia was born and raised in Melbourne and graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Psychology). Having a passion for social justice and Indigenous equality, Georgia worked in boarding schools as a youth worker with Indigenous girls and in employment services before joining the CareerTrackers team. Georgia is excited to build on her experience and help develop the next generation of Indigenous leaders.

Ashlea Henley

Ashlea Henley

Advisor

ashlea.henley@ct.org.au

Ashlea grew up in a small regional town in Melbourne, Victoria where she gained a strong sense of community while growing up. After high school, she developed an interest in the area of social justice and community. She completed a Bachelor of Criminology and Justice in 2017 at Navitas College of Public Safety. Ashlea has had experience working in the legal industry, as well as working within Disability Employment Services. Whilst in university, Ashlea undertook Indigenous studies in which she learned about the history of Indigenous Australia and gained an interest and passion for working in this space. She is excited to pursue this in her role at CareerTrackers and contribute to the success of the Indigenous community while supporting students to pursue their goals.

Emma Price

Emma Price

Advisor

emma.price@ct.org.au

Emma grew up in Brisbane and graduated with a Bachelor of Business at QUT in 2014. Since then she has worked in a range of finance positions in both non-for-profit and private industries while also volunteering her time in working with young people in both Australia and Cambodia. In 2016 she moved to Melbourne to begin her Masters of International Development at RMIT. She loves sharing experiences with a range of people and is excited to be a part of the CareerTrackers team.