Our Family

Mr Isaiah Dawe

CEO / Founder

Is a proud Butchulla and Gawara Salt Water man. His skin name is Yakamarri and his personal totems are the swamp wallaby, grey shark and his community totem is a dolphin. He grew up within the foster care system from when he was 2 months old until he was 18 years old, suffering all sorts of disadvantages and abuse. These struggles are what prompted Isaiah to create the ID. Know Yourself company and incorporate his experiences to form the core in enabling the success for those young people currently going through the system. Isaiah has studied IPROWD, as course enabling Aboriginal people enter the NSW Police Force and studied workforce essentials at Charles Sturt University and he also completed his High School Certificate.

To list just a handful of Isaiah’s accolades achieved, he was the 2017 winner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the year award TAFE NSW, and the first Indigenous person to win TAFE NSW Graduate of the year, 2017 National Indigenous Youth
Parliamentarian – future leaders (winner of the major award – positive influencer), the 2018 First Indigenous person to become the chair of the NSW Youth Advisory Committee, a part of the first Indigenous team to sail in the Sydney to Hobart and Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race and he is well known as a young leader within the Redfern community.

Ms Eunice Grimes

Program Director

Eunice is a proud Punthamurra and Murrawarri Aborginal woman. She will be focusing on the young women who will come into our program, Eunice grew up with an out of home care background and she has been independently fostering 3 Aboriginal children which she has received the 2017 NSW KARI carers award, for creating significant improvement in their lives. Eunice has become a well-respected woman and become an Aunty to many people of the Redfern community, she is very passionate about the future generation, making sure her own people believe in themselves and are proud of their culture and identity as an Aboriginal person.

Eunice previously worked as the head mentor and manager through a youth engagement boxing program called Tribal Warrior in Redfern. Eunice also has a background in teaching, as she has completed a bachelor of primary teaching at the University of New South Wales being the first person from her community in Enngonia to ever receive a degree.

Aunty Glendra

Elder in Residence/Prevention Mentor

Aunty Glendra Stubbs is an Aboriginal woman of the Wiradjuri people with a long experience in many of the issues in out of home care. Aunty will be bringing cultural awareness and support to the foster care families, which will also be important for prevention of removal, Aunty will be a culturally appropriate supporter for the young people for a yarn in healing and empowerment. She is a former CEO of Link-Up (NSW) Aboriginal Corporation, and is currently an Aboriginal Engagement Advisor with Knowmore, the non government legal organisation which supports people giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. She is concurrently Aunty in Residence for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence. Aunty Glendra also has very long experience as a foster carer of Aboriginal children.

In her personal and professional capacities, she has learned a great deal about the issues on which the Inquiry is focussing, which in turn led to her membership of a range of NGO Boards, as well as Departmental and Ministerial Committees. Aunty Glendra is extremely passionate around out of home care issues, in particular the younger Aboriginal generation in the system. Aunty has been an advocate for over 30 years and is a trained counsellor.

Anne Barker

Executive Assistant

Annie has recently joined the ID Know Yourself team as an Executive Assistant to Isaiah Dawe our CEO.

Annie was formerly the Executive Support Officer for knommore legal service, a program of the National Association of Community Legal Centres. In this role, Annie was primarily responsible for providing high-level support to the Executive Team and the knowmore subcommittee.  More broadly Annie’s responsibilities included coordinating the administrative requirements of internal communications across the service and also supported the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Engagement team.

Previously Annie had a long history working as a recruitment specialist for NGO Recruitment working with organizations committed to social justice. In that time Annie recruited for a broad range of non-government, not-for-profit and charitable organizations, recruiting hundreds of positions including executive and operational roles as well as teams of counselors and case managers in response to the demand created by Australia’s offshore refugee policy and royal commissions into institutional child sex abuse and the disability sector.

During her time with NGO Recruitment, Annie also held the position of National Quality Manager developing training and recruitment processes that delivered exceptional recruitment services to candidates and clients across Australia and the Asia Pacific.
Annie participates in causes to support indigenous rights and access to health, the release of asylum seekers in detention, and equality for the LGBTIQ community. Annie is a financial supporter of the Purple House and Amnesty International and she has recently participated in the May 50K, raising money for MS.

Sebastian De Brennan

Barrister

Sebastian De Brennan has been a lawyer since 2006, and a barrister since 2017. As a solicitor, he has held various roles including working for the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT). As a barrister, he continues to work with a number of First Nation organizations.
Sebastian practices out of Seven Garfield Barwick Chambers in Sydney however he regularly appears in court matters interstate (and in South Australia and the Northern Territory in particular).

Sebastian has served on the NSW Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee from 2018-2020 and between 2010-2016 was appointed to the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of NSW. He has a longstanding interest in youth affairs having held advisory roles to government and served on the Consultative Committee of the Australian Clearing House for Youth Studies.

Outside of legal practice, Sebastian has been a sessional lecturer and tutor at various universities. Most recently, he taught ‘Criminal Law’ as well as the unit ‘Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice’ at Western Sydney University and lectured in ‘Criminal Law and Procedure’ and ‘Business Law’ at the Thomas More Law School at the Australian Catholic University (North Sydney Campus).

As well as holding degrees in Commerce and Law (with First Class Honours), he is a graduate of the Sydney Leadership Program and a Graduate Fellow of the Asialink Program at the University of Melbourne. He has also completed a Masters in Law at the University of Cambridge where he was a David M Livingstone Scholar as well as a recipient of the Pegasus Award at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (UK).
He can be contacted at debrennan@7gbc.com.au

Ben Wilson

Public Relations and Communications Manager

Based in Sydney, Ben is jointly responsible for oversight of GRACosway’s corporate and financial communications practice.

Ben has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist and trusted communications adviser to both corporate and government leaders, providing communications counsel to a broad range of clients managing complex and sensitive projects. He also leads GRACosway’s media and presentation training sessions for senior executives in the corporate, investment banking and professional services sectors.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Ben was the Senior Media Adviser and spokesperson for a former NSW Premier. He was also Senior Media Adviser to a NSW Health Minister, and Energy and Utilities Minister.

Before his career in politics, Ben held a number of journalism roles with the ABC, including three years as NSW Parliamentary Reporter for ABC TV, and prior to that, Africa correspondent for ABC TV and radio. Ben has also worked in current affairs with ABC Radio.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from the University of South Australia.

Charmaine Grey

Art Therapist

Charmaine is a trainee art therapist completing a Masters in Art Therapy at Western Sydney University. She also holds a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Acting) and a Masters in Education (Teaching English as a Second Language). Her work experience includes performing, teaching and writing, both locally and overseas.

Charmaine enjoys being a part of IDKY, making friends and learning more about the cultures of First Peoples. For her, the creative arts provide a means to explore and deepen connections in many different ways.

Charmaine also believes that providing solid foundations for young people through meaningful relationships and through equal access to resources, is a community responsibility; and that art therapy can be a key component of such social action.

Angie Prendergast-Sceats

Chef (Program & Giving Back Kitchen)

Angie Prendergast-Sceats is a passionate cooking teacher, chef and runs her own small food business. Angie has been teaching cooking to disadvantaged groups since 2012. She’s passionate about the possibilities of food as a way to change people’s lives. Angie loves sharing her knowledge and passion for food, cooking and community with whoever she meets. As one of the founders of and former Culinary Director of Two Good Co, she has worked to bring food security to communities that need it most. Angie loves to transform kid’s minds around food and vegetables and tries to get as many vegetables into the meals as possible. She’s most passionate about helping the kids that are part of ID Know Yourself, learn not just more about food and cooking but to come together around the dinner table to build community. When not teaching cooking to her local Redfern community, you’ll find Angie building her small food business and making new fermented foods to add to her range. She loves pasta and can eat it everyday!

Donnalene Aitchison

Cultural Care Planner

I am a proud descendant of the Darug and Dharawal coastal peoples of Sydney.

I was born in Sydney, NSW. In my early childhood, I moved with my parents and brother to Gunai Kurnai Country in Gippsland Victoria. In my early 20s, I moved back to my country and now reside in the Lower Blue Mountains.

I have always had a passion for Investigation and finding missing people. I have worked for Link-Up as a specialist researcher. I have also completed Cert 3 Cert 4 in Investigation/ Government Investigations. I am currently studying and want to complete a Diploma of Government Investigation course. I have completed workshops on Locating Persons, Skip Tracing, and family History Training at Aiatsis. I will always be committed to assisting as many people as I can to find their families, their stories, and their truth.

Julian Rouch

Art Therapist

Julian Rouch is a trainee art therapist in his final year of the Master of Art Therapy at Western Sydney University. He is an artist and musician who believes that creative expression can help us explore and strengthen our identity and community.

Julian has worked as a primary school teacher’s aid, an educator in after school care, and was recently providing support as a trainee art therapist at Rough Edges Community Centre in Darlinghurst.

Julian is very excited to get creative and yarn with the young people at ID. Know Yourself.

Kath Stewart

Accountant

Kath has a Certificate in Accounting & Financial Services and over 10 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience.

Kath uses her extensive skill set and vast experience to work closely with ID Know Yourself, providing financial services ensuring smooth daily operations of the business.

Michael Pham

Insurance Broker

Michael has been in the insurance industry since completing college in 2006. He pursued his career in the insurance industry with his first job at NRMA. Now having over 14 years of experience.

In essence, Michael offers a unique strategic risk methodology that provides clarity and transparency for business owners & company directors on deploying effective Risk Management Practice in their business.

Michael through his continuing passion for the industry been award as a finalist in the NIBA NSW Young Professional Broker of the year 2018 and now also a finalist in the Insurance Business Award – Young gun of the year – international category 2020. Michael continues to actively engage in further insurance and risk development training to further his knowledge in the risk and insurance industry.

Nikoletta Nicolaou

Chef (Giving Back Kitchen) and Marketing Volunteer

Nikoletta joined iD early 2020 as our sous-chef in our Giving Back Kitchen.

She is a passionate home cook and food blogger and has a true love for bringing people around the table or into the kitchen.

Nikoletta has a professional background in marketing and has worked in London and Sydney on brands such as Nike, Samsung, Google, and Netflix.

Natalie Ducki

Accountant

Natalie is the Director of the Collective Works Accounting Firm with over 20 years of experience and a Bachelor’s in Economics, majoring in Accounting.

She is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) as well as a registered BAS agent with a passion for working with Not-for-Profit businesses like ID Know Yourself.”

Renee Borg

Program & Giving Back Kitchen

Renée has been with ID for nearly 12months now, mentoring the mentees, teaching them how to cook nutritious wholesome food from scratch, empowering the youth to become independent, and creating a safe and encouraging environment to learn life long necessary skills.

Working with several, not for profits for nearly 10years including Two Good Co. and Jamie Oliver’s ‘Jamie’s Ministry of Food’ where she was a Food Trainer and taught a variety of community groups and was the Community Engagement Officer, working with other NGO’s including Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Settlement Services International, and various school groups. She also works with a variety of adult education providers including TAFE NSW and Bondi Community College.

Renée is committed to helping others, supporting individuals to be the best versions of themselves, passionate about equality and mental health, and is currently training to become a Lifeline volunteer dealing with Crisis Support.