Director/Chief Executive Officer
Tristram is a descendent of the Ngemba, Barkindji nations, from western NSW. Tristram has extensive working experience in the health sector in health promotion, chronic disease, Aboriginal health, and Human Resources (HR), housing, education, and disability services working in both operational and management roles. Tristram has a Certificated IV in Disability, Certificate IV in Mental Health, and a Certificate IV in Business. He has vast experience and skills in project management financial management, reporting, staff management, program delivery, cultural knowledge, delivery of cultural workshops, grant management, mentoring and community & stakeholder engagement.
Tristram is very passionate about working with Aboriginal people and helping people to strengthen their Aboriginal identity through cultural activities and knowledge sharing, he believes this is foundational to the well-being of Aboriginal people.
Jess is a proud descendant of the Wiradjuri & Wailwan Nations from Western NSW, and lives in Port Macquarie. Jess has over 15 years’ experience working across the health sector with tertiary qualifications that include: Bachelor Health Science and Master of Public Health. Jess also has a Certificate IV in Project Management and Certificate III in Fitness.
Jess has worked in health promotion, public Health, mental health, Aboriginal health, management, primary healthcare, commissioning & delivered extensive workplace training. She has extensive experience in project management, grant writing, reporting, financial management, grant management, health management, service and program development, commissioning, project evaluation, community development, staff training, self-care, stakeholder engagement and community development.
In 2006, Jess was awarded with a Deans Award for Academic Excellence and in 2021 Jess received federal parliamentary recognition for her contribution to the local Aboriginal community.
Jess is passionate about reducing inequalities, improving the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people & supporting other Aboriginal businesses and start-up’s, particularly Aboriginal women as there are currently far less Indigenous women in business when compared to Indigenous men.
Ron is a Kurnu Barkindji & Ngemba Elder that grew up in Brewarrina and Bourke in far west NSW. Ron has lived on Kamilaroi Country in Tamworth for over 40 years and is a well respected Elder in his community.
Ron has extensive experience working in Education with Aboriginal youth, providing mentoring and cultural guidance to support our young people to be supported and thrive.
Ron is actively involved in traditional owner land and cultural preservation with the Kurnu family group.
Ron brings a wealth of lived experience and knowledge to Strong Spirit.
Strong Spirit acknowledges that we are working and living on Aboriginal land, Birpai land of the Birpai peoples on which Strong Spirit is located and where we conduct our business.
We pay our respects to our ancestors and our Elders, past and present. Strong Spirit recognises and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, heritage, beliefs and relationships with the land and sea. We acknowledge and recognise the strength, resilience and importance of maintaining cultural knowledge and connection.