Uphold and Recognise
Chair of The Board of Directors
Uphold and Recognise
Sean Gordon is applying his considerable leadership skills to drive Aboriginal economic development and reduce government dependency through creating real opportunities and benefits for communities.
A Wangkumarra/Barkindji man, Sean is a strong advocate of self-determination for Aboriginal communities, and for social, cultural and economic empowerment. Sean recently finished employment with Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council where he served as the Cheif Executive Officer for the past nine years, a leading Land Council focused on improving the health and wellbeing of the NSW Central Coast community.
Under Sean’s leadership Darkinjung has built combined assets in excess of $55 million, and is currently developing innovative affordable housing and home ownership models that allow potential homeowners to build equity and save a cash deposit while renting community housing.
“My goal is to close the gap on the social and economic disadvantage of Indigenous Australians, and enable cultural recognition and determination to preserve, maintain, renew and adapt our cultural and linguistic heritage for future generations.”
As an educator, Sean has developed and implemented vocational education and employment programs with the TAFE NSW Hunter Institute, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Aboriginal Employment Strategy and advised the NSW Government on the development of culturally responsible strategies for Aboriginal adult education.
The most recent employment success was the establishment of an MOU in 2015 between Lendlease and Darkinjung which delivered 135 Aboriginal jobs with 35 of these being apprentices and trainees. The Gosford Hospital project achieved an Aboriginal employment target of 35% making it the most successful Aboriginal employment project on a NSW Government project to date.
Sean is deeply connected to community, and has served on numerous boards and advisory groups. He was inaugural Chair of the Barang Regional Alliance, and serves as Co-Chair of the Empowered Communities: Empowered People Leadership Group, facilitating sustainable reform through strategic partnerships between Indigenous leaders, governments and industry.
He is also passionate about preserving and developing Aboriginal culture as Director of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Academy.
Sean delivers transformational impact within the communities he works with, and drives policy change at a national level. Sean is the Chair of Uphold and Recognise which is an Indigenous-led organisation which promotes discussion of how Australia can recognise Indigenous Australians without disturbing the way that the Constitution operates.