Who we are
Murrimatters Consulting co-ordinates a small experienced team: Scott Gorringe, David Spillman and Angela Walsh
Director, Murrimatters Consulting
Tel: 0427 022 139
Australian Corporate Educators
Scott Gorringe has worked in Indigenous Education since 1998, first with Education Queensland and then as Director, Murrimatters Consulting. Realising that deficit discourse about Aboriginal people was active in schools, he co-developed Engoori with David Spillman in 2007 to change the way in which school communities perceive, talk and think about teaching and learning in the context of Indigenous Education. Scott and David have delivered this process to numerous organisations and schools across Australia, in particular within the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program. Engoori now forms the basis of all processes used by Murrimatters Consulting in its programs delivered for its clients (schools and beyond).
Scott is a Mithaka man with obligations to take the lead on Native Title processes and secure the permanent protection of traditional waters and country through negotiations with government, pastoralists, mining, and other key stakeholders. He has addressed academic and public forums on issues such as Indigenous Education, community development and water protection. Presentations include to the World Indigenous People's Conference on Education (2005, 2008); The National Indigenous Studies Conference (2011); the National Native Title Conference (2010,2011), the National Indigenous Education Conference (2013); and, as keynote speaker, at the Provision of Education in Rural Australia conference. Recent media engagements include: ABC News 24 (22.8.2013); ABC Qld (1.8.2013); Landline (10.8.13); The National Indigenous Times (7.8.13; 13.8.14; 9.7.14); ABC Message Stick (5.8.14) and The Australian (6.4.13; 1.8.13).
Scott holds a Masters Degree in Rural Systems Management from the University of Queensland. In 2008 he was awarded a place on the Australian Rural Leadership Program and in 2013 he was appointed Visiting Fellow at Queensland University of Technology and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at UQ. He is involved in a research group on deficit discourse with researchers at The Australian National University, the University of Canberra, Deakin University, and AIATSIS.
David Spillman or Spilly as he is known to friends and colleagues, is in his sixth decade of his amazing life's journey. Spilly lives on majestic Mununjali / Ugurapul land in south-east Queensland, with his deadly partner and children.
Spilly is a career educator having worked in mainstream, regional, rural and remote primary and secondary schools, including eight years in teaching and leadership positions on remote Indigenous communities in NT. In between these stints in schools, Spilly has trained and worked as a dietitian and exercise physiologist, completed a research masters degree, written and had published two award-winning children's books, played a heap of music and traveled to a significant number of remote parts of Australia and the Pacific.
For the last eight years, Spilly and his brother Scott Gorringe have been working together as consultants in intercultural and facilitative leadership, cultural capability, Indigenous governance and organisational complexity. This has included designing and facilitating the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program since 2008. Spilly believes in the love and power of humanity - that any group of people already have everything they need to create strong, loving, caring cultures where any challenge can be met and successfully overcome. The facilitative challenge is to help people recognise this and reclaim their humanity and power. This includes, but is not restricted to, those historically oppressed or marginalised, as contemporary, modern living has its own oppressive power.
Spilly also believes in the power and spirit of mother earth to teach, nurture and heal. He is spending increasing amounts of time on country with Aboriginal elders from the Central Coast of NSW in this quest for healing, learning and humility. He is also currently undertaking a Doctorate in Cultural Research through the University of Western Sydney.
Angela Walsh lives with her wonderful partner and daughters on Birpai Lands, Port Macquarie, NSW. She has been driving community and organisation-led approaches to complex challenges for the last 19 years across urban, rural and remote communities. The focus of Angela's work has predominantly been on co-creating new cultures, curriculum and programming around enhancing social and emotional wellbeing, and managing change.
Angela has managed highly-regarded projects across Australia and more recently in Bangkok, Thailand and now Timor Leste. Angela's work has included developing educational resources, designing and facilitating training workshops on the LOVE BiTES, ALL CHILDREN BEING SAFE and Growing Respect programs. Angela has enabled and mentored collaborative partnerships with public and private schools, preschools, non-government organisations, government departments, and Indigenous organisations. These partnerships have led to the upscaling, local adaptation and embedding of social and emotional wellbeing curriculum and respectful relationships programs across Australia.
Angela has written and contributed to organisational strategic frameworks, Australian national standards and plans, submissions and reports on respectful relationships and social and emotional wellbeing programming for children and young people. Angela has an Honours degree in Politics and Social Policy, a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare and is currently completing a Science Masters in Epidemiology. For more information about Angela's work, recognitions and awards, visit LinkedIn.