Our Patron

Our Patron, Emeritus Professor Simon Forrest

Prof Forrest is an Aboriginal Australian and a First Nations Elder.  Wadjuk and Barladong Noongar (maternal) and Badimia and Wongatha Yamaji Wongi (paternal).

He was born and raised in Wadjuk country (Perth).  He has connections to country at Goomalling (Balardong), Swan Valley (Wajuk), Mt Magnet (Badimaya) and Leonora (Wongutha).  He trained as a primary school teacher and has worked in schools in Aboriginal communities and rural towns.  He has also worked in the public sector in senior managerial positions in education and curriculum and Indigenous affairs policy and implementation.

Prof Forrest is WA’s longest serving Aboriginal academic having been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students since 1983 at Edith Cowan University, The University of Western Australia, Curtin University and Michigan State University.  He was the Inaugural Head of KurongKurl Katijin School of Indigenous Austrlian Studies at ECU.  In 2005 he was awarded National Scholar of the Year at the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee Awards, in 2018 he was Perth NAIDOC Elder of the Year and in 2020 he was made a Curtin University Fellow.