Cormach is a 32-year-old Yorta Yorta man and father of two. He is the managing director and founder of both Ngarrimili and Strong Brother Strong Sister (SBSS). SBSS is a youth organisation that supports First Nations children and young people to achieve positive social and emotional wellbeing, whilst ensuring connections to culture and community. This is done through cultural mentoring, youth groups and advocacy across all sectors and suicide prevention programs.
Cormach started Ngarrimili in late 2019, drawing from his own journey in business, with the view to creating the best opportunities for the First Nations business community. Ngarrimili is a national charity that supports First Nations businesses with personally tailored supports and engages First Nations business leaders to deliver their expertise services to newly and growing First Nations businesses. This sees Ngarrimili inject over 83% of their turnover back into community. Today Ngarrimili has supported over 1000 businesses with personally tailored supports and are now building co-working hubs, retail stores, cafes and art galleries. Both SBSS and Ngarrimili are First Nations-owned, ran and operated.
Rona is a proud Kaytetye woman from Central Australia who works with high impact organisations to create systems that centre First Nations people, knowledge and solutions.
Rona is the founder of Common Ground and brings 7 years of professional experience working across First Nations organisations and not for profits. Rona was previously the Director of First Nations at YLab, a social enterprise that puts young people with diverse lived experiences at the centre of designing and developing innovative and impactful solutions to complex social issues. Over her career, Rona has worked in policy at the Central Land Council, the Research Unit for Indigenous Languages at the University of Melbourne, Reconciliation Victoria, and the Foundation for Young Australians.In 2020, Rona was a finalist for the Victorian Young Achiever awards, was awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship. In 2019 Rona won a Diana Award and was named a 'Woman of the Future' by Women's Weekly.Through her work with First Nations communities across Australia, Rona aims to create future systems that centre First Nations people, knowledge and cultures.Rona currently resides in Mpartnwe on Arrernte Country.