Jason Smith

Mob: Proud descendant of both the Kamilaroi (mother’s side) and Widjuri (father’s side) people.

Diploma in Management

Position: Executive Director and Senior Manager, Centre of Excellence

Jason has 15 years of experience in the employment and education sector, including extensive experience in working in partnership with Aboriginal communities.

Jason has previously been a board member of the Walhallow Aboriginal Corporation which has responsibilities in the areas of health, CDEP and housing projects. Jason also sits on and has involvement in a number of committees including Headspace – Tamworth, Northern Region Aboriginal Alliance, Greater Northern Skills Development Group, Tamworth Opportunity Hub, New England Region Training Awards and Northern Region Aboriginal Economic Development Committee.

Jason is currently the Senior Manager of AES’ Centre of Excellence and has led a major change strategy across the company in enhancing quality service provision and promoting excellence in management and administration.

Jason is a proud family man being married to wife Anna (also a proud Aboriginal woman) and father to son Steven. Jason has grown up in and around the Caroona and Werris Creek area in the North Western region of NSW.

“I am passionate about improving the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through employment and education opportunities”.


Loretta Roberts

Mob: Descendant of the Wayilwan people of Ngiyampaa country located at Coonamble / Gulargambone / Quambone region of NSW.

Position: Quality Assurance and Systems Manager

Loretta is an experienced manager having worked for more than 10 years in senior management, business administration and in finance/accounts.
She was born in Dubbo NSW, moved to Sydney with her family at the age of 3 and currently lives in Sydney her husband and daughter.

Loretta has been an invaluable member of the AES Senior Leadership Team for a number of years, and started her professional journey at the AES as the Regional Manager for both the Redfern and Campbelltown Regional Offices.

She brings a highly sought-after set of skills in systems development and review, and a talent in project management.


Corey Kirk

Mob: Corey is a proud Mununjali man from the Beaudesert Region in South-east Qld.

Position: Senior Manager, Regional Operations

During his professional career, Corey has had the privilege of working and gaining invaluable experiences across various industries, such as: Education, Law Enforcement, Health and Employment. The common ground for Corey across all of these industries has been his passion of working with his people, and for his people.

“Working for the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES), where our mission is to generate a career opportunity for every Indigenous Australian, has been an excellent change and by far the most rewarding industry I’ve worked in to date. I have the honour of working with some highly skilled and motivated individuals, whilst also managing some of the most successful recruitment teams in this space,” says Corey.


Greg D’Arcy CPA

Position: Manager, Corporate Services

Bachelor of Business, Charles Sturt University

Sydney born and raised, Greg has extensive experience in both Financial and Management Accounting within a variety of industries, ranging from a Residential Housing Company, an Overseas Construction Company to an International Marketing Company.

Greg has been an integral part of the AES senior leadership team for more than 8 years as the Manager of Corporate Services and AES staff financial mentor.

“My greatest professional achievement, is working for this sensational organization, working closely with community, finding careers for all Indigenous Australians.

My contribution, even though small and humble, still makes a difference to improving the quality of many lives.”

Greg is the father of one son.