Employment and Engagement Advisory Board

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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement Advisory Board (ATSIEEAB) was established to provide strategic advice and input into the University's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement initiatives in relation to the following matters:

  • The content, direction and development of the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and engagement initiatives;
  • Relationships between the University, Industry, Government and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community;
  • The process and course of consultation and communication with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, in particular throughout the Greater Western Sydney;
  • Miscellaneous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters referred to the Board.

Board and Consulting Members


Melissa Williams

Melissa WilliamsBoard role: Secretary

Melissa is the Director, Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement (OATSIEE).

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Business from UTS, Project Management qualifications from the Australian Institute of Project Management, an Innovation Patent (Medical Mechanical), a Graduate Certificate in Research from Western Sydney University and is currently enrolled in a PHD.

Melissa Williams worked in the IT and telecommunications industries for 20 years before taking on the role of Director Indigenous Employment and Engagement at Western Sydney University.   She joined the original Marketing Team at Optus in 1992 where she undertook research and development which underpinned Optus' entry to the Australian telecommunications market.  She was headhunted again – this time by Telstra - in 1995.  During 2005 to 2006, she was on the judging panel for the Australian Information Industry Association's iAwards, Australia's premier technology innovation awards program. By 2006, she became Telstra's Industry Director (Media, Entertainment and Hospitality).

Dr Sev Ozdowski

Sev OzdowskiSince 2006, Dr Sev Ozdowski has served as Director, Equity and Diversity at the University of Western Sydney and Adjunct Professor, Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney.

2000-2005 Australian Human Rights Commissioner and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC).

1996-2000 CEO, South Australian Office of Multicultural and International Affairs, Adelaide.

1987-1996 Senior Adviser and A/g Assistant Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Canberra.

1980-1986 Principal Project Officer/Director, Attorney Generals Department, Canberra.

1971-1973 Research Officer, Institute of Legal Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.

External Members

  • Aunty Sandra Lee, Aboriginal Elder on Campus; Traditional Owner, Founder, Burbaga Aboriginal Corporation
  • Uncle Harry Allie, Aboriginal Elder on Campus; Community Engagement
  • Aunty Fran Bodkin, Aboriginal Elder on Campus; Educator
  • Dr Tracy Bradford, Head of Manuscripts, State Library
  • Aunty Noeline Briggs-Smith OAM, Aboriginals Elder on Campus; Researcher, Author
  • Uncle Wes Marne, Aboriginal Elder on Campus; Community Engagement
  • Jack Pearson, Engagement Advisor
  • Aunty Edna Watson, Aboriginal Elder on Campus; Traditional Owner
  • Aunty Rasme Prior, Torres Strait Islander Elder on Campus, Education Consultant
  • Aunty Thelma Quartey, Torres Strait Islander Elder on Campus; Cultural Awareness Consultant
  • Aunty Mae Robinson, Aboriginal Elder on Campus; Educator
  • Aunty Norma Shelley OAM, Aboriginal Elder on Campus; Educator
  • Uncle Greg Simms, Aboriginal Elder on Campus; Community Engagement
  • Uncle Rex Sorby, Aboriginal Elder on Campus; Community Engagement
  • Mal Tulloch, Director, Entertainment, Crew and Support, Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance
  • Uncle Ivan Wellington, Aboriginal Elder on Campus; Community Engagement
  • Aunty Zona Wilkinson, Aboriginal Elder on Campus; Curator, Aboriginal Programs, Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest
  • Uncle Darryl Wright, Aboriginal Elder on Campus; Chief Executive Officer, Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation

External Consulting Members

Ms Tracy Bradford

Tracy BradfordBoard Role: Employment Opportunities for Libraries, Workplace Awareness

Tracy is the Head of Manuscripts at the State Library.

Tracy holds post-graduate qualifications in Archives and History and is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has held various Archivist and Project Officer roles in the public sector including State Records NSW, Parramatta City Council, TAFE NSW, DAA and the NSW Department of Lands.

She was a Councillor on the History Council of NSW Management Committee from 2000 – 2008, and has sat on various Committees including State Records NSW Public Sector Advisory Committee, Salvation Army Historical Society Committee, and the Australian Society of Archivists Sydney Branch Committee and Local Government Archives Special Interest Group.

Jack PearsonJack Pearson

Jack Pearson is an Industry Engagement Advisor, postgraduate student and tutor at the University of Adelaide.

Mr Pearson, a former adviser to Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Amanda Vanstone, possesses a vast knowledge of Aboriginal language and culture, and experience with government policies and process in Indigenous Affairs.

Mr Pearson's knowledge and experience has been instrumental in his work with the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee, where he drafted the Indigenous Legal Services Chapter in the Legal Aid and Access to Justice Report June 2004.

He has also provided Indigenous Affairs advice to senior Defence personnel for proposed Indigenous Land Use Agreements on Defence training areas.

Mal Tulloch

Mal TullochMal Tulloch is Director, Entertainment, Crew and Sport, at the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA).

Mal Tulloch was formally the Assistant Secretary of the CFMEU (Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union) NSW Branch.

Mr Tulloch began union activism when he was elected State Organiser for the Communication Workers Union in 1995. He joined the CFMEU in 2002. Between 2002 and 2004 Mr Tulloch served as Mayor of Holroyd City Council.

Mr Tulloch is Secretary of the Local Government Network established to promote and encourage Indigenous Australians as councillors, and is a member of the Labor Party's Indigenous Policy Committee.

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM

Chair of Indigenous Health, Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales