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About Erin Woolford

Managing Director, Ninti Kata Consultancy

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Ninti Kata Consultancy, Aboriginal Owned and Led Consultancy

My mission is to create positive and lasting change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Australia as a whole

I founded Ninti Kata in 2020, after a successful career as an executive leader in Aboriginal affairs across various sectors and regions.

With 25 years of experience and multiple awards, I have demonstrated my ability to deliver mutually beneficial and high-quality outcomes for Aboriginal communities, organisations, and stakeholders, using a 'two-world view' that respects and integrates cultural and human rights perspectives. 

I have also held various advisory roles, and am currently the Convener of Reconciliation Australia's Voice, Governance and Institutional Integrity RAP Leadership Community of Practice and former member of the National NAIDOC Committee, where I contribute to advancing the recognition and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

I am a former Honorary Aboriginal Fellow at the Centre of Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU, IndigiX Global Leader Alumni and Thought Leader on the Mineral Council of Australia’s Reconciliation Committee.


2019 Gladys Elphick Regional Award

The award acknowledges the achievements of Aboriginal women who work tirelessly to advance the status of Aboriginal people. The namesake of the prestigious award night, Gladys Ephlick was an Australian Aboriginal woman of Kaurna and Ngadjuri descent born in 1904, best known as the founding president fo the Council of Aboriginal Women of South Australiam which became the Aboriginal Council of South Australia in 1973

2019 Diversity and Inclusion Award SA

"Erin is the embodiment of our values that she role models with grac and dignity how to work together, how to make a difference, how to care simultaneously for both the change and the individual, how to act with integrity in every interaction and how to reimagine a better Australia for all of us"

2015 SACOME Exceptional Women in South Australian Resources

"Erin's ability to influence, coach and mentor at all levels has been fundamental to her outstanding achievements, particularly in empowering and creating opportunities for Aboriginal people"

2014 BHP Billiton Global Awards Highly Commended Contribution to Communities

Rewarding the outcomes of the Prisoner Reintegration Employment Opportunities Program implemented at Olympics Dam which was acknowledged by the State Government as significantly reducing recidivism and the breaking of incarceration

2013 Premier Award for Excellence in Social Inclusion

Acknowledging socio-economic strategies and programs implemented at Olympic Dam which significantly increased Aboriginal workforce participation, resulting in OD being one of the largest employers of Aboriginal people.

Women of Achievement for Advancing the status of Women

Recognition of programs developed and implemented on the APY Lands resulting in improved living and working conditions of Aboriginal women.

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