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National Science Week – Caroline Williams

For National Science Week we interviewed a few of our board members, staff, partners and researchers. Today we are showcasing our Engagement Manager (First Nations), Caroline Williams

Tell us about yourself?

Viewing the world in my early years through a lens of intergenerational poverty and trauma, as a young woman I was self-motivated to take up any opportunity presented to change the cycle and improve my lifestyle. This opportunity was a tuition-paid new Social Science degree from Edith Cowan University targeting First Nations people. I worked part-time and raised my young family while completing the degree, finishing with top results and was acknowledged as an honour student for three years running. I became the first in my family to complete a university degree. After graduating, my career focused on economic development and later Indigenous health and wellbeing. My thirst for knowledge led me through the academic journey. Later, I completed a Master of Business Administration and a Diploma of Executive Coaching. I am an Associate Fellow at the University of Western Australia and am currently completing a PhD in traditional, complementary and alternative medicine.

My family is Yamatji, from the Midwest and Murchison region. I grew up in the Country and have strong beliefs in preserving the land and our spiritual connections to all that is living.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by truth-telling, critical thinking and questioning learnt knowledge, mentality and societal norms.

Tell us about your current position?

The Engagement Manager (First Nations) role supports CRC TiME as we strive to facilitate transformational change that enables communities to transition to a sustainable and prosperous post-mine future. The role provides guidance, advice and direction to our team as well as researchers and partners to support respectful, culturally appropriate and mutually beneficial engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, organisations and communities involved in mining.

What are your goals in this role?

Through my role, my driving aim is to assist in embedding a paradigm of Indigenous inclusion across the work we do, ensuring we have the appropriate tools to minimise risk while highlighting gaps in practice which can be addressed with solutions-based processes.

What makes you so passionate about your work?

The fact that there are endless possibilities and opportunities. Being able to work with experts in the field and learning from them.

What makes you so passionate about your work?

The work the CRC TiME team is involved in is rewarding and innovative, which is fantastic to be a part of. I really enjoy motivated teams with clear direction and vision where I can have input and see positive outcomes for now and in the future.