Our Team

KGI STAFF

Aaron Clark

Director

Raised in south west Victoria on Framlingham Mission, Aaron is a proud descendant from the Tjap Whurrung people of the Gunditjmara nation.

Angela Burt

Head of Programs

A proud Palawa woman whose Country is truwana (Cape Barren Island) part of the Furneaux Islands in Bass Strait. An experienced educator and researcher

Luke Murray

Indigenous Community Engagement Manager

Luke is a proud Wamba Wamba and Yorta Yorta man from the Murray River. He has worked extensively in the Aboriginal community

Michelle Kerrin

REAL Program Lead

Michelle Kerrin is a proud Arrernte and Luritja woman from the Northern Territory. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne

Brady Cooper

REAL Healthy Program Lead

Brady is a proud Yorta Yorta man born and raised in Kyabram but moved to Melbourne six years ago. Brady has been working in the Education system his whole life is passionate about working 

Jessica Bennett

REAL Program Coordinator

Jessica Bennett is a proud Ngunnawal woman who grew up on Wiradjuri country in Albury, NSW. She is a fifth year Arts/Law student at Monash University

Aaron Clark

Director

Raised in south west Victoria on Framlingham Mission, Aaron is a proud descendant from the Tjap Whurrung people of the Gunditjmara nation. Aaron has extensive experience in cultural expression across many platforms and a passion working with young people in leadership and mentoring programs.

He has played a key role in the development of the Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap, and the Kirreet Barreet Art and Culture Centre in Ballarat. Aaron has been a member of various Reconciliation Action Plan steering committees, including Carlton Football Club and Hostplus. Aaron has played a significant role in strengthening football pathways for Victorian Aboriginal Youth in his previous role as Indigenous Programs Manager for AFLVic. 

This has included extensive education for non-Indigenous people involved in the industry, and supporting off field development for the participants. (he/him)

Angela Burt

Head of Programs

A proud Palawa woman whose Country is truwana (Cape Barren Island) part of the Furneaux Islands in Bass Strait. An experienced educator and researcher, Angela has held various leadership roles at Swinburne University and Hawthorn Football Club.

Angela now works with the Korin Gamadji Institute at Richmond Football Club as the Head of Programs. In addition, Angela is completing a PhD in Indigenous Education at Swinburne University. (she/her)

Luke Murray

Indigenous Community Engagement Manager

Luke is a proud Wamba Wamba and Yorta Yorta man from the Murray River. He has worked extensively in the Aboriginal community since 14 years of age where he did his first work experience at Lake Condah Co-op now known as Windamara.

Luke has primarily worked in Indigenous Education particularly in Higher Education with 12 year’s experience at the University of Melbourne and another 3 years at La Trobe University. Currently Luke is the Indigenous Community Engagement Manager for the KGI Institute.

Luke’s main role is to engage the local community in KGI program, events, activities and general use of the facility. Luke has two boys 6 and 9 and resides in Bendigo on Dja Dja Wurrung country the land of his Great Grandfather Sir Doug Nicholls. Luke believes that quality education is the key for Aboriginal self-determination and better quality of life. (he/him)

Michelle Kerrin

REAL Program Lead

Michelle Kerrin is a proud Arrernte and Luritja woman from the Northern Territory. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, with a major in Australian Indigenous Studies, Michelle was awarded the Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship, giving her the opportunity to mentor Year 7 students at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. 

Michelle also worked as a Boarding and Pathways Coordinator at MITS, supporting young people’s identities and Cultures across Melbourne schools. Following this, Michelle continued this line of work with the Wirrpanda Foundation as the Deadly Sista Girlz Coordinator in Melbourne.

Michelle has also supported the work of Reconciliation Actions Plans and committees across various Melbourne Health Related Institutes, has been a strong advocate for young First Nation’s peoples Mental Health and continues to create pathways and leadership opportunities for young Aboriginal women.

Michelle is currently working as the REAL Program Lead in the Korin Gamadji Institute at the Richmond Football Club, continuing to develop Culturally safe programs, leadership opportunities and initiatives for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. (she/her)

Brady Cooper

REAL Healthy Program Lead

Brady is a proud Yorta Yorta man born and raised in Kyabram but moved to Melbourne six years ago. Brady has been working in the Education system his whole life is passionate about working with Indigenous youth.

For the past four years Brady has taught right next door at Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. He has also been a great mentor on REAL and the Next Generation Academy Programs.

Brady is the REAL Healthy Program Lead delivering health-based initiatives across Melbourne, Mildura and Albury/Wodonga. “I admire the work KGI does in the community. Outside of work I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, I enjoy going to the gym and being as active as I can.” (he/him)

Jessica Bennett

REAL Program Coordinator

Jessica Bennett is a proud Ngunnawal woman who grew up on Wiradjuri country in Albury, NSW. She is a fifth year Arts/Law student at Monash University majoring in Human Rights and Indigenous Cultures and Histories.

Jess is the Programs Coordinator at the Korin Gamadji Institute where she is passionate about empowering young Indigenous people. She is passionate about social justice, education, sport and young people and is determined to have a career where she can make the quality of life better for other people. (she/her)