Ross Williams is a very proud Bindal/Juru leader of the Townsville and Bowen region and a proud Torres Strait Islander of Erub and Mer Islands in the Torres Straits. He has many years of experience working with traditional owner groups and government and non-government organisations throughout Queensland, Australia and internationally, on Indigenous and
environmental, social, cultural, economic and planning issues. He is presently a consultant providing specialist advice to Indigenous groups and other organisations on matters that affect them and their organisations across issues like native title, cultural heritage, governance, cross cultural training and job training. He also works as a volunteer guidance officer to a local high school. Presently, he is working on the review and evaluation of the Cape York Peninsular Aboriginal Land Joint Management program, evaluation of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Reconciliation Action Plan, and in the last 12 months he led the successful negotiations for the transfer of primary health care programs from the state government to Apunipima Cape York Health Service. He has a strong understanding of the cultural, social and economic relationships in the context of land and sea management. He has a highly attuned understanding and networks relating to political issues relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as it relates to socio-economic issue, constraints and opportunities. Ross also gives back to Indigenous groups and organisations, and the broader community, through volunteer work. At present his priorities include being a member of the Teralba Park Stolen Generations Support Group and the LGBTIQ Implementation Committee for the national trial to address issues around suicide.