Meet our Aboriginal participation team
Providing better, more sustainable employment and business participation opportunities leading to positive outcomes.
Published: 20 July 2021, Updated: 20 July 2021
We strive to engage Indigenous communities and provide a pathway for Aboriginal businesses to help shape the future of transport in WA. Leading the way is our Aboriginal participation team who help facilitate increased Aboriginal participation in our projects and maintenance contracts.
The team is charged with developing effective strategies to provide opportunities for Aboriginal businesses, suppliers and peoples across the state.
Dennis Kickett - Principal Advisor Aboriginal Engagement
Dennis leads the team and brings with him extensive experience in Aboriginal engagement. He has traditional ties to the people from the Ballardong and Whadjuk language groups.
Stephen Grech - Senior Advisor Aboriginal Business Engagement
Responsible for supporting large scale contracts, Stephen engages with Aboriginal businesses to deliver contracted services throughout regional WA. Through a combination of his work history and education, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the team.
Michelle Forrest - Senior Advisor Aboriginal Employment Participation
Michelle provides specialist advice and support for indirect employment opportunities through our major projects. A proud Wangkatha woman, Michelle cares not only about Aboriginal opportunities, but employee retention for Aboriginal peoples.
Brenton Turner - Senior Advisor Aboriginal Business Engagement
Brenton is passionate about maximising and facilitating the growth of Aboriginal participation across METRONET projects. He provides strategic advice to contractors to improve training and employment opportunities.
Connie McDonagh - Aboriginal Engagement Advisor
Connie is the point of contact with Aboriginal businesses for delivery of works, and the supply of goods and services to Main Roads.
Jaime-Rose Smith - Business Support Officer Aboriginal Engagement
Jaime-Rose is the administrative backbone of the team providing budgeting and expenditure support and collating various KPI reports to keep us on track and ensure we meet our Aboriginal participation targets.
Back row left to right: Connie McDonagh, Brenton Turner, Stephen Grech. Front row left to right: Jaime-Rose Smith, Dennis Kickett and Michelle Forrest.
We are also lucky to have Marion Chalker as our Aboriginal Employment and Diversity Advisor. Marion has an infectious enthusiasm for progressing initiatives, plans and framework that benefit her Aboriginal community and our Reconciliation journey. She is dedicated and focused on direct employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with Main Roads.
We’re excited to have these teams steer our efforts to provide better, more sustainable employment and business participation opportunities leading to positive outcomes.
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