Richard is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Aurora Project and the Aurora Education Foundation.
He has recently received an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra for his tireless work to help transform the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians through education and 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 Program since June 2006. The Program benefits from her strong organisational skills, stakeholder relationships and ability to coordinate the various components of the Program.
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.
Katherine has recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Arts (English and History) at UNSW and has previous work experience in various marketing, client/stakeholder relationships and administration/project support roles. She is excited to have very recently connected to her Indigenous heritage (on her mother’s side, from Broken Bay), which she is looking forward to exploring more of in the near future.
Shayma joined the Internships team shortly after undertaking an internship with the Aurora Education Foundation in Winter 2016. She recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours I) in History and Archaeology at the University of Sydney, and has previous experience in research and community engagement, as well as managing an education outreach program.