Staff & Volunteers

Our People

ANTaR values all its staff, volunteers and interns. We have a team of talented and passionate staff and volunteers who work to achieve social change in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

National Director – Paul Wright

Paul Wright has nearly 2 decades of experience working in both Government and non-government sectors – covering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, health, immigration and social services.

Paul studied politics and international relations at the University of Canberra and has a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Australian National University.

Most recently, Paul was the Executive Officer for the Close the Gap Campaign Secretariat and the National Health Leadership Forum at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

National Development Manager – Michael Andersen 

Michael Andersen has 19 years experience in fundraising, communications and senior managment for a range of not for profits in Australia and the UK

Coordinator, Fundraising & Communications – Phaedra Engel-Harrison

Phaedra is a fundraising and communications professional with more than 10 years experience in the not-for-profit sector in Australia, the U.S.A, and India. She holds a BA in Media and Communications and a Masters of Human Rights from the University of Sydney. 

Programs & Research Officer – Chelsie Collard

Chelsie is currently completing her Bachelor of Social Science with a major in Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University. She began as a volunteer with ANTaR at the beginning of 2021 before taking on the role of Programs and Research Officer. She primarily works with the Sea of Hands program and assists in research that advocates for treaties between the Australian Government and First Nations people.

Finance Administration Assistant – Sue Downes

Sue has significant experience in finance and accounting. She previously volunteered her time with ANTaR National in the head office over many years.  

Regular Volunteers

We rely on a core group of amazing volunteers who help us on a regular basis including:

Wendy Rayner, Sheilagh Kelly, Cathy Noble and John McNeil.


ANTaR has strong ties with leading national universities and runs rolling internship programs primarily for postgraduate students to assist with our campaigns and events such as National Close the Gap Day.