Amanda Healy is the founder of Kirrikin.
Amanda is from the Wonnarua nation – traditional owners of the Hunter Valley. The Wonnarua were amongst the earliest people to have close contact with the English settlers, and currently working on revitalisation of the language.
Amanda has more than 25 years’ experience in the mining industry, both in Australia and Canada. In 2004 she founded her own Engineering business in the Pilbara – Maxx Engineering was sold to a large international company in 2015.
In 2014 Amanda founded ‘Kirrikin’ a social enterprise printing gorgeous Indigenous artwork onto luxurious silks and cashmeres – making scarves and ties – www.kirrikin.com – the Artists take a share of the profit, and therefore creating sustainable income for remote artists. The business also uses ‘at risk’ aboriginal youth, and trains them in commercial skills.
Kirrikin is currently working with Aboriginal women in prison – the fastest growing prison population in Australia – to reduce recidivism rates through participation in culturally appropriate activities, and developing real work skills. .
In 2014 she was awarded the prestigious ‘Indigenous in Business’ Award at the Ethnic Business Awards at the C20 in Brisbane, a finalist in Telstra Businesswoman of the year, and a number of small business awards in regional WA. Kirrikin has recently won an Ecommerce award through the Export Council of Australia, and is a finalist in the national awards in 2016.
Amanda is active in working to help Indigenous Australians develop their own business, and working with children wanting to find a strong education pathway – with great schools and great scholarships. Amanda is currently studying her MBA at Curtin University and participating on three boards.