Ellery Blackman


I have experienced first-hand the impact that a good education can have on an Indigenous family and community, how it contributes to greater social and economic outcomes, and how it supports the development of role models within families.

Ellery has been on the board of the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation since early 2018 and was elected as Treasurer in July the same year.

His mobs are Gangalidda and Wannyi (North West/Gulf QLD), and Butchulla and Goreng Goreng (Fraser Island/Bundaberg QLD).

Ellery has over 10 years' professional experience providing core governance, operations and advisory services to Aboriginal organisations in both Queensland and Western Australia, including the Pilbara. This includes budgeting, bookkeeping, compliance, business development, commercial advice, preparing financial accounts and reports for audit, and other services to Aboriginal organisations in the cultural heritage, community development, medical and native title fields.

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In his current position at Rio Tinto, Ellery specialises in stakeholder engagement, Native Title, and Indigenous business development.  

Ellery volunteers as a Director for various community organisations, including the role of Treasurer for Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, which is an Aboriginal theatre company that specialises in telling Noongar stories, and the role of Co-Chair of Indigenous Accountants Australia, an initiative to address the dramatic under-representation of Indigenous Australians within the accounting profession.