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Our Associates

Our team of Associates are experienced and highly regarded leaders in their fields. Depending on the needs of different clients our Associates join us as part our cross cultural teams or they provide specialist support. 


Cheryl Penrith

Photograph of Cheryl PenrithCheryl is a Wiradjuri woman who has worked in both the Government and Non Government sector to build the capacity of Aboriginal people and communities.

Cheryl is a mentor and coach and her background is in employment and training and project management. Her qualifications are Diploma of Business, Cert IV in Training Assessment and Delivery, Cert III in Mentoring and Cert II in Indigenous Leadership. Cheryl is an Alumni Member of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre.

Cheryl enjoys building networks and working on strategic planning, policy, organisational capacity projects. She is passionate about community wellbeing.


Jacqui Pearce

Photograph of Jacqui PearceJacqui is a creator of change and passionate about strengths and solution based approaches to support individual, organisational and systemic change.

Jacqui has a proven track record in leadership, management and community development roles in the not for profit and public sectors. Jacqui has worked with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for over 30 years. Jacqui’s strategic policy and program acumen combined with expertise in governance and organisational development are the tested ingredients of supporting strategic organisational change and direction.

Jacqui’s skills include team development, change management, workplace diversity, building cultural competency, leadership, communication and conflict resolution.

Jacqui has a Masters of Business Administration and has recently completed a Masters of International Development. In 2014 Jacqui convened the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames Human Rights Forum held in Darwin. Jacqui’s interests include spending time in the bush, family time, caring for her horses and dog, and playing music.



Jenny Hutt

Photograph of Jenny HuttJenny is a thoughtful designer and engaging facilitator of learning and organisational development. Clients appreciate her capacity to tune in to their concerns and learning needs, helping them respond creatively to real-life situations and organisational concerns; and shape a culture which sustains them and makes a difference. She has specialist expertise in organisational development, experiential learning, mentoring and coaching, leadership, team building, workplace diversity, intercultural learning and human relations.

Jenny has twenty years experience as an independant consultant with previous experience in public service management. Jenny works with organisations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific in government, professional, judicial, business and community settings.



Kristina McKinlay

Photograph of Kristina McKinlayKristina is a Kamilaroi and Ngarrabul woman who has a passion for graphic design.

To complement her natural talent Kristina studied graphic design while working at the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples where she designed, produced and distributed various marketing campaigns and corporate branded materials. These included; corporate style guides, stationery, advertisements (digital & print), merchandise and 80+ page reports, all with exceptional results and positive feedback.

After leaving Congress Kristina continued to stimulate her passion and quickly established her own small freelance business called McKinlay Graphic Design. Many of Kristina’s clients are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based and not-for-profit organisations.

Kristina is known for her simple clean design work, and eye for detail. She is able to use her unique experiences and skills to work with her clients to create print & graphic design products that inspire, inform and captivate.



Ruth Link

Photograph of Ruth Link Ruth Link is a Gooreng Gooreng woman based in Nambucca Heads, Gumbaynggirr Country. Since mid 2015 she has been involved with the Muurrbay Language and Culture Co-operative at Nambucca.

Ruth grew up in the inner suburbs of Brisbane City within a large family in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advocacy was of central importance. She is particularly passionate about working with members of the Stolen Generations and their families.

During her time working at Link-Up Qld, Ruth was part of the panel which addressed the removal of children from young pregnant mothers in Brisbane and the impact of this on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. She also reported to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Ruth’s work and life experience has shown that reconnections back to family, culture, land and language is critical in building social and emotional wellbeing.



Sandra Avuri Williams

Photograph of Sandra Avuri WilliamsSandra is a Murri from South-East Queensland. She has a family history and connection to Gumbainggirri Country on the mid north coast of NSW and has been living there since 1998.

Sandra has had an extensive career within the public sector primarily in working to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Her passion includes improving health access and service delivery to and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across NSW. She is committed to culturally appropriate service delivery and genuine local community consultation with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

Sandra currently works and volunteers with the Goori Learning Centre, helping children with their homework, the reading program and Gumbainggirri language education. She is studying her Cert III in Education Support. She enjoys walking along the beaches, swimming and photography.


 Dr Tikka Wilson

Photograph of Tikka WilsonDr Tikka Wilson has worked at the National Museum of Australia (2006-2014) and the National Archives of Australia (1999-2006). She has been a member of the editorial board of Aboriginal History since 2008. She worked with Link-Up NSW on their submission to the National Inquiry on the Removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families and wrote her PhD thesis on the political impact of Stolen Generations autobiographies.

Tikka migrated to Australia in 1989 and is of African-American descent.





Last updated 08 August 2017