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.

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.

Sebastian De Brennan


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.

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


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


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.”