MEET JOSHUA GILBERT, AMBASSADOR AND BOARD MEMBER
Joshua Gilbert’s association with Bridging the Gap Foundation began in 2018 as an Ambassador and has now evolved into joining the board.
A Worimi man from Gloucester on the NSW Mid North Coast, Josh is a tireless advocate, creating change in the Indigenous, agricultural and environmental fields. For his advocacy, he has previously been recognised as the Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s Young Sustainability Champion and the Foundation for Young Australians’ Local Legend Award.
Professionally, Josh has channelled his skills and experience into a management role with PwC’s Indigenous Consulting, and he believes that the area of Indigenous employment is where Bridging the Gap can make an impact:
“As the organisation continues to grow, there will be an empowered network of Indigenous youth working across the country to realise and determine their own futures. Bridging the Gap will be a catalyst for change - particularly in the health sector given the Menzies connection – by enabling future generations of Indigenous people to achieve professional success.”
As further proof of his dedication to this cause, Joshua has recently started Higher Degree Research at Charles Sturt University focusing on Indigenous agriculture and the contributions of Indigenous workers in the past and for the future. He is also working on the Gari Yala project with Jumbunna and the Diversity Council of Australia, whereby over 1000 mob from across the country have shared, firsthand, their employment experiences.
In his down time, Joshua is never too far from the land, working his family cattle and sheep farms, all the while gaining an historical understanding of agriculture and how it grew into what it is today.