Narelle Thorne

Board Member 

"It is truly uplifting seeing a young Aboriginal person go through their journey of participating in Follow the Dream, moving into a positive post-school pathway such as university, and then working in a professional role. They are our future leaders and I am glad I can be part of their journeys, if only in a small way, by being a board member of the Foundation.”

Narelle first joined the board of the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation in 1993 and, after a break due to work commitments in the media, she re-joined the board in 2004.

Narelle is an Indigenous Employment Adviser at Rio Tinto where she provides end-to-end recruitment support for Indigenous candidates and encourages stakeholders to develop their understanding of Aboriginal culture and its impacts on individuals in the recruitment process.

She first joined Rio Tinto in 2010 as a Mobile Plant Operator and has since held a range of roles, including Aboriginal Mentor & Liaison Officer and Sourcing & Community Relationship Advisor.

After studying at the University of Western Australia, Narelle spent eight years as a journalist with the ABC and eight years with the WA Department of Indigenous Affairs working in media relations and policy development portfolios.  Narelle has completed an Associate Degree in Applied Science – Indigenous Community Management and Development at Curtin University.