Richard (Rick) Callaghan is a Potaruwutj man whose Aboriginal family originate from the Padthaway region in SE South Australia, but was born in the Northern Territory. He has extensive experience within the Australian resource, community and business sector and is a specialist in business and heritage issues. He holds a Bachelor of Business Management from the University of South Australia and Graduate Diploma of Government (Fraud Investigation) Charles Sturt University.
Based in Adelaide, Rick is the founding Chairman and director of the Yaran Group of businesses including JLB-Yaran Pty Ltd a business working with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal defence force veterans, defence primes and Australian Government in defence related projects and TQCSI Yaran Pty Ltd an ISO accreditation business operating across Australia working alongside some of the largest defence primes operating in Australasia.
Rick is an executive director of Yaran Business Services established in 2000, having worked in a diverse range of business disciplines undertaking consulting projects, including; investigations, administrations, reviews and evaluations, heritage and native title management, health and aged care, business development, trust administration and other consulting projects.
He is a member of the SA State Aboriginal Advisory Committee and the SA Industry Advisory Committee to the Premier and is an independent non-executive director on several Aboriginal Corporations. He is also an independent non-executive director of Rural Remote Mental Health Pty Ltd a NFP body that promotes the “Deadly Thinking and Deadly Thinking Youth” Programmes, (Aboriginal Specific Mental Health programs) and the “Resource Minds” and “Rural Minds” programs.
Rick is a Fellow of the South Australian Governors Leadership Foundation (2010), a Certified Management Consultant with the Australian Institute of Management Consultants, and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.