Richard is Chief Executive Officer of the Aurora Project and the Aurora Education Foundation.
He is also a Visiting Fellow at UNSW Law School and an Honorary Research Fellow at Monash University Law Faculty. During 2004, together with the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Richard undertook research into the challenges facing lawyers working at NTRBs. This led to a series of recommendations relating to the recruitment, retention and professional development needs of NTRB lawyers outlined in an April 2005 Report. The Aurora Project was established to implement, among other things, a number of programs which follow on from the recommendations in the Report.
￼Prior to his involvement in native title, Richard was based in London with Potok & Co. As part of his law reform work, he made presentations in 35 countries to governments, financial market participants and students on the need for legal reform in relation to indirectly held securities. He was Legal Advisor to the Hague Conference on Private International Law for the Hague Securities Convention that was finalised in December 2002. He has published in the area of conflict of laws, including as editor of a book comparing the law in 25 jurisdictions.
Since late 2009, Richard has been a Trustee and Executive Director of both the Charlie Perkins Trust for Children & Students and the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation. Richard has also recently been appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney. Richard has commerce and law degrees from UNSW and a BCL from Oxford University.
Kim has managed the Aurora Internship and NTRB Scholarship programs since June 2006. Both programs benefit from her strong organisational skills and ability to coordinate the various components of the programs.
Kim’s experience as a senior administrator and project manager has seen her successfully undertake roles in a range of organisations in both New York and Sydney, as well as establish and operate her own educational business.
Mahi joined the placements team in mid 2010. Having left a career working as a Project Officer for her Indigenous Maori people in NZ, she moved to Australia to undertake an opportunity to work as the Placements and Scholarships Officer and learn more about Australian Indigenous culture.
Mahi brings a keen interest and a wealth of experience to the team, ranging from administration skills, project coordination, and an eagerness to learn and share experiences in her role.
Siobhan joined the Placements team at Aurora in 2015, bringing her experience as a project manager and event coordinator to the organisation. Her experience in the private sector has provided her with a broad skill set that benefits the team in a part-time capacity.
Siobhan has completed a Bachelor Arts in Business and Communication (ACU) and is currently undertaking a Master of Political Economy (University of Sydney).