Christine Ross is an Arrernte/Kaytetye desert woman who was born in Alice Springs and grew up in Darwin. She moved to Perth in 2002.
Christine’s career began as a teacher when she graduated from the University of South Australia in 1984 and then spent several years teaching in the NT where she was employed by the NT Department of Education for 14 Years. During that time she also held the position of Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educators Support Unit for 4 years. Christine went on to become the General Manager of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) in Alice Springs in 1999- 2001.
Christine worked at the WA Department of Education in 2005 – 2011 as the Senior Consultant Aboriginal Employment. During this period Christine was also seconded from 2009 – 2011 to Burswood Entertainment Complex (now Crown Perth) as the Aboriginal Program Coordinator. Christine was previously employed as the Indigenous Employment Superintendent in 2011 with Leighton Contractors Mining Division in WA.
Christine has worked in the Resource Sector of WA for a number of years and was the former Manager of Indigenous Relations for Laing O’Rourke. In that role she undertook a number of work trips to Darwin to meet regularly with their Indigenous employees on the Inpex Project. Christine is now the Managing Director of Christine Ross Consultancy, specialising in Indigenous Employment Programs, Training, Facilitation and Mentoring Programs. As part of her Consultancy work Christine is Chairing the Advancing Economic Development of Indigenous Land Conference 29 & 30 April 2015 and Co-Chairing the Indigenous Employment Conference 20 & 21 May 2015 both in Darwin.
Christine was the Founder and Convenor of the Inaugural Indigenous Women in Mining WA Conference’s held Nov 2012, 2013 and 2014 in Perth. She was also the convenor of the Inaugural Indigenous People in the Resource Sector Forum held in July 2014 in Perth and a co-presenter for 4 years on the Yorgas Yarning Aboriginal Women’s Radio Show on Noongar Radio every Tuesday night.
Key Speaking Points
SiSTARS: Owning and defining our space as strong, black business women (workshop)