Darren has spent most of his life in the corporate world both in Australia and Internationally. Having worked as a Senior Leader across a number of large Corporates, in the last 15 years his main focus has been on people development and helping create leaders of the future. Darren’s passion for working with our first people started around 10 years ago and has been his main focus for the past 3 years.
The opportunity to work in such a wonderful space and have the ability to create real change in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health area is a true passion of Darren’s. He enjoys working with so many of our young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids who can go back into community with real skills and a clear pathway into the health sector creating change in the communities across Australia.
Rick Phineasa is of Torres Strait Islander heritage. His mother is from Murray Island in the
eastern Torres Straits and my father is from Mabuiag (Jervis) Island in the western Torres
Straits. Rick was raised in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait community of Bamaga in the
Northern Peninsula Area in Cape York.
Rick has worked in the area of empowering Indigenous youths and families for the past 23
years. He is passionate about “closing the gap” of Cultural understanding in our society and
assisting individuals and families to get the best of what, they can out of life.
Rick has worked for the Federal Government, State Government - Schools, in various
capacities. He has also worked for training companies, non-for-profit organisation and
private businesses as a Program Coordinator, Trainer and Mentor.
Rick enjoys doing voluntary work in his community, especially with empowering and
motivating indigenous people and preserving language and culture.
Rick has joined the Seed team as a Stakeholder Engagement Manager to open
opportunities for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait ISlander students to pursue a career in
health and social services.
De’arne French (nee Lenoy) is of Aboriginal and South Sea Islander descent and a
Traditional Owner of ‘Birri’ Country around the Collinsville area. De’arne has worked within
education in North Queensland for over 20 years. De’arne is passionate about working with
Indigenous students and families in achieving a positive or educational outcome.
De’arne has joined the Seed team as an Engagement Manager to provide wrap around
support service to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students looking to pursue a
career in health or social services.
Rachel has a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Human Resources and Sports and Events
Management. She brings over seven years of experience in Human Resource Management,
Recruitment, Project Management and Executive Support to the team.
Rachel commenced with Seed Foundation Australia in April 2017 and is passionate about
health and working with youth to engage in further employment and training.