Vickie Parry

Vickie Parry

Executive Director

Vickie Parry is a proud Gomeroi woman from Moree NSW, who moved to the Central Coast when she was just a little girl.

Vickie is the current Executive Director of Barang Regional Alliance.
Vickie is the current Co-Chair of the New South Wales Coalition of Regional Alliances.

She is the current Chairperson of Yerin Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Services – a position she has held for over 8 years.

Vickie has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), as well as multiple tertiary qualifications in Community Services. Vickie’s primary focus is to empower Aboriginal people through access, education, training, employment and participation.

Vickie is a powerful advocate for Aboriginal people through her work, participation and involvement in our local community

Gary Field

Gary Field

Manager

Gary Field is a proud Wiradjuri man who has grown up on Darkinjung country on the Central Coast his entire life.

Gary went to school at Gorokan Public School and then onto Gorokan High School, before he graduated and went on to the University Of Newcastle where he completed a Bachelor of Social Science in 2016.

Since then Gary has completed vocational certificates in Disability, Mental Health and Training and Assessment, as well as being a New South Wales Justice of the Peace (JP).

Gary has recently completed postgraduate studies in Indigenous Trauma Recovery and Practice at the University of Wollongong.

He is currently the Operations Manager at Barang Regional Alliance where he has been involved in supporting the objectives of the alliance and it’s opt-in members.

Corinne Hodson

Corinne Hodson

Community Engagement Manager

Corinne Hodson is a proud Wiradjuri/Ngunnawal woman with family links ties to the Riverina of NSW, who has been living on the Central Coast for the past 8 years.

Corinne has worked in the Community Services sector, mostly with youth, domestic and family violence and women’s services, as well as in child protection and across disability services for 19 years before starting work with Barang Regional Alliance in 2017. Her current role is Community Engagement Manager. Corinne has qualifications in Youth Work, Counselling, Narrative Practice and Project Management and has vocational qualifications in Case Management, Community Services, Leadership and Management and Business Governance.  She has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and currently teaches part-time within the NSW TAFE system.

Corinne is a current board member of Yerin Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Services and is also a board member of the Central Coast Community Council.

Corinne is a passionate advocate for social justice and for the development of Aboriginal leadership, particularly for our young people. She is also a huge fan of Dolly Parton, and of country music in general, and loves playing her guitar and singing.

Glenda Simpson

Administration/Project Officer

Glenda Simpson is proud Gamilaraay/Yuwaalaraay woman from north western NSW, who has been living on the Central Coast coming up to five years.

Glenda has a Bachelor of Education and has previously worked in TAFE NSW across a number of Aboriginal Communities in the capacity of Facilitator, Course Coordinator and Regional Aboriginal Coordinator on the Central Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains and the Northwest region of NSW. Glenda also has qualifications in Administration and in Accounting/Finance.

Glenda has experience working across : Ygal Yalla Forum (youth forum), ASSPA Committees, Local AECG Committee, Homework Centre Management Committee, Community Working Parties, Aboriginal Cell Support, Community College Education Board, Executive Committee Aboriginal Support Network including of course Barang’s Youth Summits here on the Central Coast.

Glenda is the longest serving team member with Barang Regional Alliance and started working with us here in April 2017. She is currently employed as our Administration/Project Officer.

Jacob Smeaton

Jacob Smeaton

Project Support Officer

Jacob Smeaton is a Kerrupjmara man who was born and lived his entire life on Darkinjung Country on the Central Coast.

Jacob recently finished school at Wyong High School as the 2020 school captain, prior to gaining early entry into a Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies at the University of Newcastle.

Jacob is an avid member of the Central Coast Community, attending local Aboriginal events, participating in the Barudir Project and the Barang Youth Summits, among other youth programs, as well as completing a School-Based Traineeship in Business Services at Novaskill.

During his time at school, Jacob won the 2020 Novaskill Central Coast Aboriginal Student of the year, displaying his positive attitude towards learning and improving himself.

He is now the Project Support Officer at Barang Regional Alliance, striving for the equal opportunity and representation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and especially youth on the Central Coast, encouraging participation in every possible way.

Allirra Moore Barang Regional Alliance

Allirra Moore

Trainee Project Officer

Allirra Moore is a proud Wodi Wodi woman of Yuin Nation who comes from Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community on the South Coast. She was born and raised on Darkinjung Country.

Allirra finished year 12 at Kincumber High School in 2019. Since then she has completed her Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management as well as a Certificate III in Guiding. Allirra has been painting since the age of 10 and is an emerging artist here on The Central Coast. In 2018 she started selling her art at The Blak Markets in Sydney.

Most of her Inspiration comes from landscapes, people and connection to country. Over the last couple of years Allirra has had experience working with organisations such as YMCA and has been part of The Saltwater Freshwater Exhibition and BLM Exhibition.

Allirra was nominated for the 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards in 2021 – where she was a finalist in the Aboriginal Education Category. In the future Allirra aims to work and care for country in National Parks and Wildlife as well as guiding, sharing knowledge on bush tucker and culture. Allirra enjoys being surrounded by the Aboriginal community on the Central Coast and attending local events.

Allirra is now a Trainee Project Officer at Barang Regional Alliance where she undertaking a Diploma in Leadership and Management. She hopes to work closely and shed light to the local Aboriginal Community on the Central Coast.

Julia Curtis

Julia Curtis

Julia is based in Tasmania and is supporting Barang on all things evaluation and data. She has worked at regional, state and national scales facilitating outcomes with project teams with a strong focus on supporting people to have impact and has spent the last seven years working as a sole trader contractor, intensively building strategic capacity with organisations and individuals and facilitating conversations about evaluation, data and building evidence for change.

Most recently Julia supported ten Empowered Communities regions building data and evaluation stories and capacity in the role of National Data Director. Julia has a Masters in International Development from the University of New Hampshire and Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from University of Tasmania.

And yes she has a dog called Sunshine.