Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation

Tiffany McComsey

Tiffany holds a PhD and MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester, UK and a BA from New York University, USA. Her doctoral dissertation examined Aboriginal community development practices in Redfern during a time of significant government policy change and community disquiet (2005- 2007).

It was during this time that she first met and worked with some of the Kinchela Men and other members of the Stolen Generations and their families. In 2011 she was engaged by the Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation to assist with the implementation of the KBHAC Strategic Plan and in 2015 was appointed Chief Executive Officer by the KBHAC board.

After leaving her country of birth in 1995, Tiffany’s academic career has seen her furthering her professional skills whilst living, studying and working in Europe and the United Kingdom.

Since 2004, Tiffany has embraced life in Australia. She lives in the Redfern / Waterloo area and involves herself with the local community through various organisations and community group activities.

Tiffany has been published by Ashgate and is a member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. She is currently Chairperson of the Board of Management at the University of Sydney Settlement Neighbourhood Centre, Secretary of the Executive Committee of Just Reinvest NSW and a member of REDWatch, a resident action group which monitors the re-development of Redfern and Waterloo.

Though practical at-the-coal-face experience, Tiffany believes on-going commitment, openness to differing points-of-view and passionate compassion are vital qualities required in working with Aboriginal people to facilitate better outcomes within their communities. Since 2005 she has involved with National, State and local Aboriginal focused organisations and campaigns on a number of levels. Organisations have included the NSW Sorry Day Committee, National Sorry Day Committee, and the NSW-based Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal Young People Campaign.

Tiffany has presented papers at conferences held in universities in Cairns, Canberra, and Perth, Australia; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Auckland, New Zealand; London, UK; and Washington DC, USA. Topics have included “Examining Re-Development Practices in Redfern and Waterloo”, “Articulating Indigenous Child Welfare: Child Removals & Making of Aboriginal Communities”, and “In the Best Interests of The Child”.

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