Richard holds a BCom LLB from UNSW and a BCL from Oxford, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. In 2017, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra in recognition of his work in Indigenous education. Richard is the founder and CEO of the Aurora Project and the Aurora Education Foundation, and the executive director of both the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust and the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation, all of which work to assist in transforming the lives of Indigenous Australians.
Prior to his involvement in Indigenous affairs, Richard was a lawyer based in London with Potok & Co. As part of his law reform work, he made presentations in 35 countries in relation to indirectly held securities. Richard is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney and a Visiting Fellow at UNSW Law School.
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.
Melanie is responsible for all day-to-day program activities and is a key point of contact for our interns and host organisations. Working previously in Event Management, Melanie has experience in developing, planning and delivering fundraising and corporate events for a wide range of stakeholders. Melanie completed a Bachelor of Business (Economics) and a Bachelor of Media and Communications at Queensland University of Technology.
Taylor is a Wiradjuri/Darug woman from Cowra, NSW who has recently joined the Internships team as our Internships Support Officer. Taylor's previous role with Aurora was as a High School Program mentor over the past year. Taylor is currently studying her Bachelor of Education and although her degree focuses on primary education, she is keen to further her knowledge and embrace the work of Aurora more broadly. Outside of work, Taylor recently launched her own performing arts company in the Western Sydney area.