Todd Phillips

Todd Phillips is traditionally from the Gumbaynggir and Bundjalung Aboriginal nations on the far north coast of northern New South Wales.

He has completed a Bachelor of Education degree at Queensland University of Technology, after successfully being awarded the Paperbark Education Scholarship at QUT. On completion Todd worked as a primary school teacher throughout south-east Queensland and has also completed a Masters of Education Research Degree in Education after being awarded an Australian Research Council Postgraduate scholarship. Todd wrote his thesis on cultural and systemic factors affecting tertiary education and employment for Indigenous young men living on the north coast of New South Wales. He is currently completing a PhD in Education part time.

Todd has various qualifications in education and community welfare and has spoken at several international conferences such as the World Indigenous Peoples Conference for Education in Melbourne and Peru. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards for his work with Indigenous communities throughout Australia. One such award was for Outstanding Achievement in Education and was presented to Todd at the Bill Clinton Global Initiatives University in the United States of America by former President Bill Clinton.

Todd has recently been appointed as the Indigenous Engagement Advisor for Thiess Australia Mining. Todd's focus will be on building sustainable relationships with Aboriginal communities where Thiess operate, engaging with government, employees, secondary and tertiary organisations and to support and drive the Indigenous employment programmes and initiatives within Thiess.