NSW Board Member

As a Kairi and Gubbi Gubbi women, Cathy is passionate about promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, having worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advocacy both within the community sector and government for more than 25 years.

Through her international advocacy Cathy effectively proposed the ‘Study on the extent of violence against indigenous women and girls in terms of article 22 (2) of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ and was selected as one of five international guest speakers at the Commission on the Status of Women’s Issues Preparatory Meeting, in December 2012. Cathy has provided oral and written input to the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and was selected to attend civil society’s SDG preparatory meeting in Johannesburg in April 2014.

In addition, to substantial on the ground experience Cathy has developed a solid academic background completing a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and achieving a Distinction Average in my Masters in Human Rights. In June 2015 she was accepted as a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney.