Des Rogers is a respected Southern Arrernte Aboriginal man of the Pertame Clan from Central Australia, his sophisticated understanding of First Nations culture, emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills allow him to deliver high level corporate advice and recommendations to senior stakeholders on issues impacting cultural change, organisational transformation, policy development and program delivery.
He resided in his hometown of Alice Springs for many years. He now lives in Brisbane.
From founding an Aboriginal business incubator, mentoring youth in Alice Springs in response to culturally appropriate skills development and economic opportunities needs in the community for a period of 15 years he has continued to be mentor to many people.
Des is a highly skilled executive leader with extensive Board memberships in the not-for-profit and public sectors. He has provided strategic direction, demonstrated operations and facility management, community engagement, financial management and have a proven track record in driving organisational performance improvement and reform in line with corporate governance and Governmental requirements.
His natural leadership skills and proven performance nationally in driving change management make him an influential leader and team player, empowering members to deliver strategic initiatives on time, within budget and to a high standard, driving tangible organisational results.
The primary objective of the National First Nations Alliance Director is to build the First Nations Alliance to establish and maintain next practice strategy, structure and service delivery to facilitate re-empowerment of First Nations peoples and communities.
The First Nations Alliance Director will provide a national platform for Indigenous voices to speak into social and political issues that concern them, and to advocate on Indigenous rights. It will build relationships with Government, Churches, NGOs, and corporate industry to support the aspirations of Indigenous Australians, and to secure financial and other resources to support to the work of School of Indigenous Studies.