Robert Brittain is a Ballardong Noongar/Kija man whose heritage originates from his mother’s side of the family (Yarrans) from the Kellerberrin/Doodlakine area and his Grandmother who was from Ngarrawarnji country (Juwurriya or Moola Bulla Station) in the East Kimberley region. Robert was born and raised in the Perth metro area but has had the opportunity to live in numerous places including the Pilbara (Exmouth and Roebourne) the Midwest (Dongara) regions as well as Melbourne Victoria.
Robert is a recipient of an Indigenous Scholarship with Curtin’s Graduate School of Business and has gained a Graduate Business Qualification; Robert is currently working towards attaining his Master’s in Business Administration.
Robert’s career history initiated in the banking industry with Westpac Banking Corporation, he undertook several roles which ended as their Quality and Services Manager, Loans Processing. He then gained a role in the WA State Government within the Office of Aboriginal Economic Development. Since then he has worked in a number of roles including Manager Indigenous Participation (BIS Industries), Indigenous Affairs Coordinator (Civmec Construction and Engineering), Aboriginal Affairs Coordinator (BHP Billiton Nickel West) and was fortunate enough to work as the Manager Communities for BHP Billiton’s corporate office in Melbourne. Through these roles Robert has worked at a more strategic team level developing corporate strategies including Reconciliation Action Plans for both Civmec and BHP Billiton. Robert currently works for Many Rivers as one of their Community Economic Development Managers.
Over his working career Robert has also represented Aboriginal people through a few Committee/Board roles including: Governing Council Member (Polytechnic West) Chairperson Aboriginal Education, Employment and Training Committee (Polytechnic West) and a Management Committee member (Langford Aboriginal Association Inc)
Robert has a passion for enabling Aboriginal people to have an ongoing opportunity of choice to ensuring they can achieve their own social, cultural and economic success.