THE ACADEMY TEAM

PETER BURGOYNE – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Peter is a proud Kokotha/Mirning (SA) – Warai (NT) man with a passion for supporting Aboriginal jobseekers into meaningful and sustainable employment.

Peter played 240 games for Port Power and was a vital member of Port Power’s 2004 premiership team.

Since his retirement from AFL in 2009, Peter has continued to act as a role model for Aboriginal youth and has held several high-profile roles in Indigenous Training, Recruitment and Mentorship Programs.

Peter has strong personal connections to the community and demonstrated ability to develop sustainable solutions to overcome the obstacles that many Aboriginal jobseekers face.

Peter will be supporting the development of the South Australian Aboriginal Building and Civil Construction Academy which will provide culturally inclusive trade training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal jobseekers in the Building and Civil Construction industry.

LUKE TREVORROW – ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Luke is a Ngarrindjeri leader with extensive experience in Aboriginal cultural heritage, natural resource management, economic development, training, and employment.

This career includes experience with a diverse range of discipline areas with interests in Indigenous culture, lands, and waters. These include: archaeology, anthropology environmental studies.

Through this broad ranging experience Luke has developed expertise in project development and management, negotiation, strategic planning, community development and business development. This experience has featured significant partnerships projects with Federal, State and Local Governments and Corporate Australia.

MIHAIL LOCHOWIAK – WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION COORDINATOR

Mihail is a proud Kaurna, Ramindjeri and Narungga man who is passionate about supporting Aboriginal Jobseekers.

 
Mihail will work closely with Aboriginal jobseekers, and our industry partners, to create sustainable and life changing employment opportunities.
 
Mihail’s aspiration is to connect indigenous communities to meaningful employment; thereby empowering economic independence. Mihali believes that stronger Mums and Dads provide a powerful example for the next generation to follow in their footsteps, and that is essential for generational change.

ALISON HARVEY – WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION COORDINATOR

Alison is a proud Kaurna/Kamilaroi woman who has been a valuable employee of the RAW Group since 2012, and has now joined the Academy team as Workforce Participation Coordinator.

Alison will be working closely with Aboriginal jobseekers, our industry partners and community to create life changing employment opportunities. Alison has seen her career go from strength-to-strength from Traffic Controller to supervising Tier 1 Projects including the Northern Connector + the Gawler Rail Electrification Project.
 
Alison is well respected across the industry and serves as an inspiring role model to young Aboriginals, especially females, in demonstrating the possibilities achieved through hard work and perseverance. 
 

“… all you need is the right attitude and if you are willing to learn, you can accomplish many great things…”

Alison’s aspiration is to continue to grow and provide opportunities for others, to work together, break stereotypes and bring economic stability to Aboriginal families across South Australia.

TRENT HILL – WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION OFFICER / CULTURAL INSTRUCTOR

Trent is a proud Noongar Wiilman Man (South West of Western Australia), raised on Kaurna country. For more than 20 years, Trent has been sharing his culture with students and groups of all ages, through a range of educational programs, demonstrations and guided tours.

This experience, combined with Trent’s passion for mentoring and supporting Indigenous youth, has seen him develop a strong connection and partnership with schools and educational organisations across the Adelaide region.  

Trent firmly believes that the key to success for Aboriginal students and jobseekers is ensuring they have opportunity, support, and a strong connection to culture.

JESS CRONIN – STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Jess has 15+ years of leadership experience in the education sector. She commenced as Stakeholder Engagement Manager for the South Australian Aboriginal Building & Civil Construction Academy in April 2023.

Jess has diverse experience across, stakeholder engagement, partnership management, strategic planning, operational delivery, diversity and inclusion initiatives and program development and delivery.

-Bachelor Media (major in Law)

-Graduate Certificate of Public Relations

-PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner

-Certificate in Digital Marketing

ASHLEIGH GOLDSMITH – PROJECT SUPPORT

Ashleigh brings a wealth of experience in HR and Recruitment to her project role at the Academy.

She has dedicated her career to sourcing and nurturing talent, particularly in blue collar. Ashleigh has specialised experience within the Aboriginal recruitment space, which has enhanced her skills in identifying and attracting top talent, whilst understanding the unique challenges prevalent across many industries.

Ashleigh has worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between employers and Indigenous talent, advocating for inclusivity and equity in the workforce.

Ashleigh is excited to leverage her expertise to support the Academy’s mission of empowering individuals through education and training. Ashleigh is dedicated to ensuring that all individuals have access to opportunities for growth and success.

TOM BLEWIT – SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION

Tom is a proud Wirangu/Kokatha Man who spent his early life in Port Lincoln until he moved to the city to pursue better career opportunities.

Tom specialises in the back-end systems and infrastructure that support the day-to-day Academy operations, including data capturing, reporting, scheduling, invoicing and database integrity.

Tom has successfully completed a Cert III in Business whilst working with the RAW Group.

He is passionate about enhancing Indigenous employment opportunities and is proud to be a key member of the Academy team.

MIAH JONES – PROJECT SUPPORT OFFICER

Miah is a proud Nurungga/Kaurna/Ngarrindjeri/Jingli woman who operates across the Academy in the role of Project Support Officer.

Miah is a young, fresh thinking, dedicated individual who successfully completed year 12 and has since found her passion in Business Management and Marketing.

Miah has a competitive spirit; playing Netball since the age of 4 and currently represents Oakdale in their league and reserve squad.

She is a prime example that hard work, training and dedicaiton pays off.