KWT Former Board Member
Gavin Somers is a proud Murri man having lived in Victoria for over 30 years with a strong Aboriginal arts and governance background, supporting both Aboriginal community organisations and communities themselves.
Gavin is formally trained in Business Governance and Management with extensive experience working with Aboriginal community organisations for over 20 years across various government departments, including portfolios such as Aboriginal health, housing and employment. Gavin has also managed numerous programs supporting Aboriginal governance and community development across the state. As current manager of the Aboriginal Employment Team within the Department of Justice and Community Safety, he drives the Department's Aboriginal cultural inclusion, Aboriginal employment and career development programs.
A proactive and energetic leader, Gavin has been a director on the board of Vappera Childrens' Services Cooperative, and is currently Secretary of llbijerri Aboriginal Theatre Company. An established Aboriginal songer/songwriter in his own right, Gavin is also a long- standing member of Songlines Aboriginal Corporation.
Gavin is passionate about Aboriginal philanthropy and empowering Aboriginal communities.