Team Members

Michael Combs

Michael Combs

Founder & CEO

michael.combs@careertrackers.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@careertrackers.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

Learning and Development Director

adam.davids@careertrackers.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

National Program Director

jessica.bulger@careertrackers.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 Coordinator

raymond.french@careertrackers.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

National Operations Manager

andrew.veasey@careertrackers.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

Accountant

angela.to@careertrackers.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.

Danielle Golding

Danielle Golding

Accountant

danielle.golding@careertrackers.org.au

Danielle has accounting experience in Business Services and Taxation, as well as Insolvency, Restructure and Turnaround. She is a University of Queensland Journalism graduate, has completed the CPA Foundation program and is currently part-way through her professional CPA accreditation. Danielle is thrilled to utilise her skills gained in public practice to support CareerTrackers create meaningful social impact and empower the next generation of Indigenous leaders.

Michael Macahilig

Michael Macahilig

Information and Technology Coordinator

michael.macahilig@careertrackers.org.au

Michael was born in the Philippines, raised in Western Sydney and is in 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.

Corey Smith

Corey Smith

Business Analyst

corey.smith@careertrackers.org.au

Corey recently graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science. As an Alumnus of CareerTrackers, Corey is passionate about self-improvement and creating equal opportunities in all walks of life. He was drawn to Law in the first place because of its potential to create a more just society: he sees his role at CareerTrackers as a testament to that vision.

NSW & ACT

Hannah Turnbull

Hannah Turnbull

Program Manager

hannah.turnbull@careertrackers.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 Student Advisor

jay.palese@careertrackers.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.

Peta-Lee Moran

Peta-Lee Moran

Senior Student Advisor

peta-lee.moran@careertrackers.org.au

Peta-Lee is a proud Kamilaroi woman from Regional NSW, having moved to the Central Coast to study at The University of Newcastle. Peta-Lee has qualifications in Psychological Science and Human Resource Management and joined the CareerTrackers team in 2014. As a CareerTrackers Alumnus herself, Peta-Lee is passionate about improving employment opportunities for young Indigenous people and is committed to mentoring interns within the CareerTrackers program.

Heather Wortes

Heather Wortes

Student Advisor

heather.wortes@careertrackers.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.

Jane Glover

Jane Glover

Student Advisor

jane.glover@careertrackers.org.au

Jane graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Linguistics.She has also completed postgraduate studies in Human Resources Management and in counselling. Jane enjoys working with University students and she is passionate about the value of education and continuous career development. She shares the vision and values of CareerTrackers and is keen to contribute her previous work experience in graduate recruitment, HR management roles and careers advising to support indigenous students to achieve success.

Lily Brouwer-French

Lily Brouwer-French

Student Advisor

lily.brouwer-french@careertrackers.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.

Rebekah Hatfield

Rebekah Hatfield

Student Advisor

rebekah.hatfield@careertrackers.org.au

Rebekah is a proud Bundjalung woman from Northern NSW, with connections to Dharumbal and Wiradjuri mobs. Rebekah graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2016 with a Bachelor of Media majoring in Journalism and Communications and is a proud alumnus of the CareerTrackers program. She joined the Team in mid-2016 as a Student Advisor and is excited about creating long-term career pathways for Indigenous university students and developing their leadership potential.

QLD & NT

Carrie Sailor

Carrie Sailor

Program Manager

carrie.sailor@careertrackers.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.

Matthew Faulkner

Matthew Faulkner

Senior Student Advisor

matthew.faulkner@careertrackers.org.au

Matthew is a proud Waanyi man from the Kalkadoon nation in North-west Queensland. Matthew graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) in 2011. Matt has gained experience in a wide range of industries and joined the CareerTrackers team in 2015. Matthew hopes to use his experiences to mentor & develop the next generation of Indigenous professionals in Australia.

Jacob-John Pale

Jacob-John Pale

Student Advisor

jacob-john.pale@careertrackers.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.

Emma Guest

Emma Guest

Student Advisor

emma.guest@careertrackers.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

Olivia Wright

Olivia Wright

Student Advisor

olivia.wright@careertrackers.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

Student Advisor

jordanna.christensen@careertrackers.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.

SA & WA

Rosie Frecheville

Rosie Frecheville

Program Manager

rosie.frecheville@careertrackers.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

Student Advisor

joel.teague@careertrackers.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.

VIC & TAS

Fred Purcell

Fred Purcell

Program Manager

fred.purcell@careertrackers.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 reach their 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 Student Advisor

talia.ritson@careertrackers.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.

Aydon Edwards

Aydon Edwards

Student Advisor

aydon.edwards@careertrackers.org.au

Aydon was born in Canberra and lived in Sydney and Ottawa, Canada before returning to Australia to settle in Brisbane. At the Queensland University of Technology, he completed a Bachelor of Business and went onto work at a multinational software company. He has since returned to university where he completed a Master of International Studies at the University of Queensland. His passion for equality led him to CareerTrackers after working in research roles at a peacekeeping training centre in Ghana, not-for-profit NGOs in Australia and in New York with the United Nations promoting women’s rights. He hopes to leverage his diverse experiences to inspire students to achieve their potential.

Georgia Farquer

Georgia Farquer

Student Advisor

georgia.farquer@careertrackers.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.