Our Staff

Jennifer Beale

Jennifer Beale is a Gamillaroi woman who has worked extensively in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in NSW and interstate, bringing a community development focus to her work. She has extensive experience in Aboriginal health and community adult education in both remote and urban communities. For the past 20 years Jennifer has lived and worked in the Darug Aboriginal community in Western Sydney. She played the primary role in establishing Butucarbin Aboriginal Corporation, which delivers innovative and successful skill development programs to the Mt Druitt community, and is currently its Executive Officer.

Jennifer is a skilled interviewer, facilitator and adult educator, with experience in community consultation and development of guidelines and service directories. She is experienced in social research, co‐ordinating recruitment and set‐ups for qualitative research, moderating focus groups and conducting interviews. Jennifer worked with Kate Sullivan on an extensive focus group project funded by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR), on the experiences of unemployed and recently employed Aboriginal people with the Job Network, and was part of the research team for the National Indigenous Palliative Care Needs Study and the evaluation of the Indigenous Youth Employment Consultants program for DEWR.

Jennifer was a State Finalist Australia’s Local Hero 2014 and the recipient of the Coral McClean Award 2021 for her inspiring work and outstanding contributions to the Chifley community.

Jack Gibson

Jack is a Nyampa/Ngunnawal man who has worked in a professional capacity in the non‐profit, public and private sectors for approximately 20 years. His strengths lie in organisational analysis and design, project management, training and development, community development and group facilitation. Jack’s educational background includes tertiary qualifications in teaching and adult education and a Master’s degree in community management.

Jack has held high level management positions in government organisations and community‐based organisations, has been a community worker in community adult education, and has served on boards of a number of community‐based organisation. In addition, he held Ministerial positions on the Sydney Regional Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) Council, the statutory body that represented Aboriginal people between 1989‐2004, and on the Sydney West Area Health Service (SWAHS) Area Health Advisory Council (AHAC). Jack also holds a voluntary position on the Metro West Regional Aboriginal Capacity Building Advisory Group (ACBAG), which advises the NSW Department of Family and Community Services on issues impacting on Aboriginal organisations’ capacity to provide services to Aboriginal people.