‘At SVA we work in a unique space at the intersection of the public, private and non-profit sectors. I get excited by the opportunity to improve collaboration between those sectors and achieve better outcomes, particularly in partnership with First Nations communities.’
Brendan is a Director in the Consulting team, based in Darwin and is the primary contact for our work across the NT and SA.
Brendan has led SVA clients through strategic planning, outcomes management, organisational review and evaluation processes, supporting Government and social purpose organisations to improve their impact and sustainability.
Since joining SVA in 2013, Brendan has developed specific knowledge in relation to the drivers of better outcomes in First Nations communities. He has delivered over 100 engagements, working closely with Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and peak bodies, government agencies and private corporations. He enjoys the challenge of coordinating those stakeholders to develop tailored solutions that will achieve better outcomes, particularly in a regional and remote setting.
Brendan has shared some of this experience through SVA Quarterly articles and case studies, including:
- his engagement with Martu in relation to the value of their on-country programs
- work with Anindilyakwa on Groote Eylandt, preparing for mine closure and establishing a Community Justice Group
- work as Interim CEO of a Yolŋu organisation, ARDS Aboriginal Corporation
- development of the Gunyaŋara Master Plan with Ŋarrariyal Aboriginal Corporation
- a comparative analysis of Indigenous Protected Areas
- support for development of the Indigenous Investment Principles with IBA.
Brendan began his career as a commercial lawyer at Allens and worked in Jerusalem for the Office of the Quartet Representative, Tony Blair, in pursuit of Palestinian economic development. Brendan holds Bachelors of Laws (Hons) and Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics (LSE).