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. 

Finance Officer – Wayne Willis

Wayne is an experienced Finance Officer with a background working with diverse non-profit organisations with a focus on First Nations affairs and social justice. 

Regular Volunteers

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

Wendy Rayner, Sue Downes, Sheilagh Kelly and Cathy Nobel.


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.