Staff Group: Our Staff

Tahu Stanley

Tahu is a Māori man from Aotearoa New Zealand, descending from the Ngāi Tahu, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Mutunga, and Ngāti Toa Rangatira iwi (tribes).

Tahu lives and works on Wangal Country in Western Sydney and is dedicated to supporting the advancement of Indigenous peoples as cultural, social, and environmental knowledge holders vital to sustainable development.

Ella Syme

Ella was born and raised on Arrernte country and currently resides in Mparntwe (Alice Springs).

Ella has a background in social science and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, where she completed a double major in Anthropology and History (honours).

Before joining AIGI, Ella worked as a writer and content creator.

Abbey Wright

Abbey is a proud Gomeroi woman from Orange (Wiradjuri Country) in NSW. Abbey is working and living in Awabakal country and is passionate about supporting Indigenous empowerment through governance and strength-based approaches to social issues.

Elise Lane

Elise is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Central NSW and was born and has spent most of her life in Awabakal country. She is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advancement and working to create programs and opportunities that address real world challenges and promote social change.

Jessica Ling

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Jess is a qualified legal professional experienced in prosecuting native title claims in the Federal Court of Australia on behalf of traditional owners.

Collette Brown

Collette’s people are Barada Barna from Central Queensland. Collette comes to AIGI with more than 20 years experience in government and 7 years experience in the mining industry.

Jessica Bulger

Jess Bulger is Wiradjuri from Tumut and Brungle in country New South Wales.

Jess grew up in a big proud Aboriginal family, connected to culture, on country, involved in her community and fortunate enough to witness strong community governance and leadership through effective Elders.

Jess has based her career on the belief that as Aboriginal people we have always known the solutions for our communities and possess the ability to lead them. Jess began her career as a high school teacher and then worked in the higher education and not-for-profit sectors over the past 15 years. She is passionate about Indigenous governance and leadership and seeing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities thrive.

Jess also serves as Co-Chair of Outward Bound Australia and External Co-Chair of the GHD RAP Advisory Committee.