Shane PhillipsCEO of Tribal Warrior & Local Australian of the Year 2013
“We have to create our own destiny and develop our own tools to do it.” Advocate for Aboriginal rights, Shane Phillips is a respected member of the Redfern Aboriginal community and is regarded as their voice on a range of youth issues, juvenile justice and Aboriginal deaths in custody. He was named 2013 Local Hero in the 2013 Australia Day awards. He’s sailed as a part of the first Indigenous team in the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht race and is a member of the Airforce. An indigenous entrepreneur, Shane is the fulltime CEO of the Tribal Warrior Association, a non-profit organisation directed by Aboriginal people and Elders that offers training for employment and helps at the grassroots level with emergency relief for struggling families. He also operates a mentoring program to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to achieve their full potential. The concept is uncomplicated: it’s about forming good habits, guiding by example, including everyone and acknowledging achievements.