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“An internship is a rocket ship to a very different future.”

Michael Combs, CareerTrackers Founder

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In an executive team meeting at the Sydney offices of his employer of the time – a large multinational tech company – Michael Combs looked around the room and asked ‘Where are the Indigenous people?’.

The rest of the team fumbled – they thought he was joking. He thought he needed to do something different.

On October 29, 2009, CareerTrackers was born – a national non-profit with the goal of creating pathways and support systems for Indigenous young adults to attend and graduate from university, with high marks, industry experience and bright professional futures.

Celebrating ten years, hundreds of our participants have graduated from university. Each and every member of our Alumni community is employed in a professional role, with a median salary in their first year of $62,000. By 2020, that Alumni community will be made up of 1073 highly educated Indigenous professionals.

The success of the program has been recognised by employers, governments and, most importantly, Indigenous communities throughout Australia. CareerTrackers students complete university at higher rates than their non-Indigenous peers, and 95% of Alumni are in full-time employment in their field within three months of graduation.

The underpinning philosophy at CareerTrackers is ‘Students at the Core’. This means every decision we make in the delivery of the program focuses on the benefit to our students. We are proud to have built a community of CareerTrackers interns and Alumni that span thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households across Australia.

We see prosperous futures for our students and Alumni, who are quickly becoming leaders in their careers and communities.

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The history of CareerTrackers

Our Board

Craig Laslett (Co-Chair)
CEO, Engineering & Services Lendlease

Michael McLeod (Co-Chair)
CEO, Message Stick Communications

Angus Dorney (Secretary)
Co CEO, Kablamo

Brian Cahill (Honorary Treasurer)
Managing Director, Moody’s

Anita Lee Hong
Director – Health Services, ATSICHS Brisbane

Sharon Ridgway
Executive General Manager, People & Culture, Origin Energy

Our Team

Michael Combs

Founder

Rodney Williams

CEO
rodney.williams@ct.org.au

Milca Villarrubia

Executive Assistant
milca@ct.org.au

Adam Davids

Director, Learning
adam.davids@ct.org.au

Andrew Veasey

Director, Finance & Ops
andrew.veasey@ct.org.au

Jessica Bulger

Director, Engagement
jessica.bulger@ct.org.au

Hannah Turnbull

Director, Program
hannah.turnbull@ct.org.au

Angela To

Financial Controller
angela.to@ct.org.au

James Kennedy

Communications Manager
james.kennedy@ct.org.au

Carrie Sailor

Talent Acquisition Manager
carrie.sailor@ct.org.au

 

Hana Hardo

Scholarships Coordinator
hana.hardo@ct.org.au

Michael Macahilig

Developer
michael.macahilig@ct.org.au

Raymond French

Alumni Relations Manager
raymond.french@ct.org.au

Robert Dihne

Accountant
robert.dihne@ct.org.au

Ali Hameed

IT Coordinator
ali.hameed@ct.org.au

Jacob Jaksa

Intern
jacob.jaksa@ct.org.au

Murtaza Karimi

Intern
murtaza.karimi@ct.org.au

NSW & ACT

Heather Wortes

Acting Program Manager
heather.wortes@ct.org.au

Jay Palese

Senior Advisor
jay.palese@ct.org.au

Lily Brouwer-French

Senior Advisor
lily.brouwer-french@ct.org.au

Elise Lane

Senior Advisor
elise.lane@ct.org.au

Clancy Kees

Senior Advisor
clancy.kees@ct.org.au

Caleb Morgan

Senior Advisor
caleb.morgan@ct.org.au

Aileen Hookins

Advisor
aileen.hookins@ct.org.au

Brijahn Grigor

Advisor
brijahn.grigor@ct.org.au

Maddy Towler Lovell

Advisor
madeleine.tl@ct.org.au

Sundara Jerome

Advisor
sundara.jerome@ct.org.au

QLD & NT

Sharon Hiserman

Program Manager
sharon.hiserman@ct.org.au

Emma Guest

Senior Advisor
emma.guest@ct.org.au

Olivia Wright

Senior Advisor
olivia.wright@ct.org.au

Sasha Hunt

Senior Advisor
sasha.hunt@ct.org.au

Nikki Smith

Senior Advisor
nikki.smith@ct.org.au

Ann-Maree Long

Advisor
ann-maree.long@ct.org.au

Erin Gear

Advisor
erin.gear@ct.org.au

Jordanna Christensen

Advisor
jordanna.christensen@ct.org.au

SA, VIC & TAS

Joel Teague

Program Manager
joel.teague@ct.org.au

Talia Elliott

Senior Advisor
talia.ritson@ct.org.au

Ashlea Henley

Advisor
ashlea.henley@ct.org.au

Elsha O’Reilly

Advisor
elsha.oreilly@ct.org.au

Emma Price

Advisor
emma.price@ct.org.au

Taryn Littlejohn

Advisor
taryn.littlejohn@ct.org.au

WA

Phil Collins

Program Manager
phil.collins@ct.org.au

Alex Collins

Advisor
Parental Leave

Melissa Madden

Advisor
melissa.madden@ct.org.au

Larissa Andrews

Advisor
larissa.andrews@ct.org.au