Rod is from the Amangu and Wajuk peoples of Geraldton and Perth areas of WA, and lives in Canberra. Was a Director of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples from 2011. Has been an elected member of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body since 2008 and Chairperson from 2011 to November 2015 and resigned to take up Congress Co-chair role.
He is currently an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; as well as a champion for the ACT Human Rights Office ‘Diversity in the Territory’ campaign, promoting respect and tolerance for multiculturalism and elimination of racism in the ACT.
Up to 2015 has been a participating member with the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory group and CRC Ninti One – Remote Education Systems research advisory group.
Was a board director of the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Services in Canberra for several years and Vice president of the ACT Council of Social Services a number years; plus a National Education Ambassador; a national coordinator for Principals Australia Inc. ‘Dare to Lead’ School Principals Leadership Development program.
Rod has a long employment history in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs in education and senior leadership positions in social policy areas. He passionate and committed to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly in education, through consulting, encouraging and collaborating with our leaders, professionals and institutions.