Andrea Harms has a strong background in Indigenous education and business development. She has held a number of roles over the past twenty years within the Indigenous education, community projects, business development and participation and employment space. Andrea has worked collaboratively with both the Government and corporate sectors to improve opportunities for Indigenous youth.
In 2009, Andrea was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study methods for accelerating the educational outcomes of Indigenous Australian students - Canada, New Zealand and United Arab Emirates.
In mid 2010, Andrea joined David Liddiard as business partner at Corporate Connect.AB Pty Ltd. She brought to CCAB exceptional project management experience, understanding of Indigenous education and employment, and the knowledge of the national agenda to assist with logistics, strategy development and reporting of community activities to achieve employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and adults.
Since 2012, and working across the David Liddiard Group she has been engaged in working with over a hundred corporate partners, facilitating and advising their leadership with effective, authentic and practical actions to increase Indigenous participation. Andrea has facilitated over forty Reconciliation Action Plans with organisational RAP groups nationally. Her work has included developing and delivering pre-employment strategies for Indigenous youth and mutually beneficial commercial initiatives in collaboration with many high profile corporate partners across finance, construction, hospitality, media, security, administration and other industry areas.
Andrea has recently taken up a role as the Managing Director of Bamara, a Joint Venture between the David Liddiard Group and People Plus Enterprises Pty Ltd. The organisation is majority Indigenous owned with David Liddiard being the majority shareholder. Bamara was created for the purpose of delivering social impact programs and quality related services to Indigenous and non Indigenous clients and communities. Bamara provides decades of experience combined with a fresh perspective to working with Indigenous and non Indigenous participants and communities. Our focus is on individual and community capacity building through the design and delivery of projects, programs and initiatives underpinned by Australian government (state and federal) funding.
CEO and Director
David Liddiard Group (2012-Present)
Leading initiatives, business development and managing business operations, resources, communications across the David Liddiard Group of companies.
World Indigenous Business Forum Sydney (2012)
Building on the success of previous forums held in New York City, Indigenous business leaders gathered to share experiences and insights to raise the level of success for Indigenous communities globally.
Business Partner & Director
Corporate Connect.AB (2010-Present)
Working with corporations, businesses and government agencies to establish best practice approaches to Indigenous Participation and economic independence through Indigenous business entrepreneurship.
Principals Australia (2000-2010)
Andrea led the Dare To Lead 'lighthouse project' for the Australian Government. The project, which encompassed 5200 schools aimed to improve education, employment and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and to promote Reconciliation.
Manager ESL and Indigenous Literacy Advisor
Australian Independent Schools Association SA. (1992 to 2000)
English, ESL and Indigenous Teacher and Dept. Head
Immanuel College (1986 to 1992)