“Aboriginal people are too often (or systematically) excluded from developing solutions to the issues they face. It is empowering to be part of an organisation which acknowledges this and values their voices, and ensures they have autonomy over their issues and solutions.“
Desmond Campbell is the First Nations Practice Lead at Social Ventures Australia. Since joining in August 2019 Desmond has worked on a range of projects influencing better service delivery practices in sectors such as health, social justice, family welfare and strategy development in community-led social ventures. One of Desmond’s strengths and passions is working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations to achieve control and self-determination for the communities as a whole. Originally from the Northern Territory, Desmond is of the Gurindji (Southern-Western Desert) and the Ngalakan (South-East Arnhem Land) people.
Desmond’s most recent professional working experience prior to SVA has been with the Northern Territory Government in a number of roles including Operations Manager for the community based Family Violence Program with NT Correctional Services, which also included public policy and framework development and implementation around family and domestic violence prevention; a Project Officer developing a gender equity strategy with the Anti-Discrimination Commission; and, more recently, Senior Executive Officer for the Attorney General and Justice Department for the Northern Territory. Desmond worked with the Executive Team and the Attorney General on priority projects for the NT Government.
Desmond has extensive experience in family and domestic violence prevention and is a current Board Director at Our WATCh.