Mark Champley was born on Wongal Country and has lived on Darkinjung land for over 20 years. His descendants are Kamilaroi and Wiradjuri. Mark is married to Suzanne and has nine children. Mark has had a long commitment to Aboriginal equality, reconciliation and cultural engagement. Having held board positions with Mingaletta ATSIC and is currently a member of Darkinjung LALC, and Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group. Mark was appointed Uncle at the prestigious St Joseph College Hunters Hill 2014 – 2017 to support Indigenous students.
Mark is a leader with extensive experience driving customer service excellence in the transport, retail and hospitality industries both in Australia and internationally. He has worked in Transport for over 30 years and is currently the Associate Learning & Development People & Culture. Mark represents TfNSW on the Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG), Reconciliation Advisory Committee (RAC) and the NSW Public Sector Commission Aboriginal Employment Advisory Committee. Mark is a current member of the UNSW Adjunct Faculty and in 2019 his first short story was published in the inaugural Blak Unsweetened Journal.
In his current role mark is working on a number of projects including;
- Managing the Aboriginal Career Development & Mentoring Program (ACDMP) In 2020 Cohort IV 50% of the participating mentees have moved into more senior roles.
- The review and evaluation of the current suite of D&I offerings (ACDMP, Staying Connected Forum and Connecting Women’s Forum)
- Co-leading the implementation of the Stolen Gen Memorials from the Unfinished Business Report recommendations 11, 12 &13
- Supporting the repatriation of 7 Aboriginal skeletal remains to Awabakal Country where they were taken in 1837 (Aligns with RAP)
- Supporting the transfer of a retired ferry asset (Lady Northcott) being transferred to Aboriginal charity Tribal Warrior
- Supporting the development of the Aboriginal Cultural Learning Framework
- A mentor in the PSC Mentoring Program