Rachel is a proud Koori woman from country NSW – both Kamilaroi and Dgungatti Mobs.

Rachel has more than 19 years experience in advancing Indigenous education through different programs, including her own alternative education journey:

Commenced studying Law / Psychology at ANU  Qualified as a Vocational Trainer   Taught indigenous students an alternative schools program   Worked for the Federal Department of Education, Science and Technology  completed the MURRA Master's program at Melbourne Business School   and now enrolled in a Master of Business at UQ.

Rachel has senior business, contract and staff management, and policy experience in the Indigenous and alternative education space and has extensive knowledge in sourcing government and corporate funding, including more than $20 million of government funding.

Her breadth of experience has seen her work across government, corporate and the not-for profit sectors, including as general manager of a not-for-profit Indigenous school-based traineeship program; consultant for the Benevolent Society’s social enterprise team; and then operating her own business, Sportstek Academies.

Rachel currently has two school partnerships with SWELL College, which is invested in student model that uses Sport, Welfare, Education, Leadership and Life Skills as a reoccurring cycle of success, Rachel understand that students need education but they also need support to achieve their educational outcomes. Rachel’s career pathway has always been heavily invested in the ongoing advancement of Indigenous youth through alternative learning models and her strength is ensuring effective operations of these businesses to strengthen their capacity to provide, grow and sustain.