Sean Gordon

Empowered Communities Leadership Group

Sean Gordon is the Managing Director of Gidgee Group (appointed 2018) a 100% Indigenous owned business. Sean applies his considerable leadership skills to drive Indigenous economic development to reduce government dependency through creating real opportunities and benefits for individuals and communities.

A Wangkumarra/Barkindji man, Sean is a strong advocate of self-determination for Indigenous communities, and for social, cultural and economic empowerment. Sean recently completed employment with Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council where he served as the Chief Executive Officer for the past nine years, a leading NSW Land Council focused on improving the health and wellbeing of the NSW Central Coast community.

Under Sean’s leadership Darkinjung has built combined assets in excess of $55 million, and is currently developing innovative land use initiatives and affordable housing and home ownership models that allow potential homeowners to build equity and save a deposit while renting community housing.

As an educator, Sean has developed and implemented vocational education and employment programs with the TAFE NSW Hunter Institute, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Aboriginal Employment Strategy and advised the NSW Government on the development of culturally responsible strategies for Aboriginal adult education.

The most recent employment success was the establishment of an MOU in 2015 between Lendlease and Darkinjung which delivered 135 Indigenous jobs with 35 of these being apprentices and trainees. The Gosford Hospital project achieved an Indigenous employment target of 35% making it the most successful Indigenous employment project on a NSW Government project to date.

Sean is deeply connected to community, and has served on numerous boards and advisory groups. He was inaugural Chair of the Barang Regional Alliance on the NSW Central Coast, and has served as Chair of the Empowered Communities: Empowered People Leadership Group for the past 5 years, facilitating sustainable reform through strategic partnerships between Indigenous leaders, governments and industry.

Sean is also passionate about preserving and developing Indigenous culture as Director and Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Academy.

Sean delivers transformational impact within the communities he works with, and drives policy change at a national level. Sean is the Chair of Uphold and Recognise which is an Indigenous-led Think-Tank organisation which promotes discussion of how Australia can recognise Indigenous Australians without disturbing the way that the Constitution operates.

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