Ken Riddiford

Kelly Coelho

Ken Riddiford is a Wiradjuri man from the Wiradjuri Nation. Who grew up in Far Western Queensland, raised by his Grandmother, a Kamilaroi woman. At the age of 13 he witnessed the historic 1967 Referendum, before this time Ken like other Aboriginal people had not been counted in the federal census. Later in life saw Ken attending University and going … Read More

Cassie Ryan


Cassie Ryan is a Kamilaroi woman, a descendant of the Weatherall family.  She was born in Dirrandbandi Queensland and grew up in Oakey, Queensland.  Cassie has over 10 years experience working for the NSW Department of Education.  Prior to joining the Stronger Smarter Institute, she was employed as the Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer in the Lismore area.    Cassie has … Read More

Jesse King


Jesse is a Waanyi man with a passion for education and the opportunities it provides for everyone. He is keenly interested in the opportunities 21st-century pedagogy offers for learners of all abilities and backgrounds. Jesse has experience in classroom teaching and coaching, school leadership, curriculum development and Indigenous Knowledges in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Jesse currently leads the … Read More

Michal Purcell


Michal Purcell is an original staff member of the Stronger Smarter Institute who is now our Chief Operations Officer.  Her role oversees the operations and the delivery of Stronger Smarter Leadership Programs.   Michal is a descendant of the Butchulla people from Kgari – Fraser Island and the first people of Ambrym Island in Vanuatu.  She grew up in Childers in nearby South … Read More