CEO Aboriginal Employment Strategy
Kristy Masella is a proud Murri and South Sea Islander woman and is part of the inner Sydney and Central Queensland Aboriginal and South Sea Islander communities.
Kristy is the CEO of Aboriginal Employment Services (AES), the largest and most successful Indigenous recruitment and group training company in Australia, which empowers Indigenous people through employment and community development. She is an advisor to the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney, and is a former co-chair of the NSW Reconciliation Council. Kristy is also a dedicated mother of two daughters.
Kristy has dedicated her life to empowering Aboriginal communities. She has worked in Aboriginal affairs for more than 30 years across many portfolios in New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Before working for AES, Kristy was the Head of Social Justice for Aboriginal Affairs NSW.
Kristy has been named one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac and went on to be awarded one of the Top Ten Category winners as Diversity Winner. In 2021, she was a finalist for the NSW Woman of Excellence Award and finalist for NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.
Kristy studied Journalism at the University of Queensland and has been presented with numerous prestigious awards such as the Chief Executive Women and Roberta Sykes Harvard Scholarship, the National Trust Print Media Commendation Award and the Australian Society of Archivists Mander Jones Award for her work as Co-author of Connecting Kin. Kristy also holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights Law and Policy from the University of NSW, specialising in Indigenous rights and was a finalist for the NSW Law and Justice Foundation Aboriginal Justice Award.
Kristy spends her personal time supporting Aboriginal community and social justice boards including as Chairperson of Tranby National Indigenous Education and Training, as Treasurer of Wunanbiri Aboriginal Preschool, and as an Executive Member for NSW Just Reinvest, which works to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people in the criminal justice system. She is also a member of the NSW Corrective Services Commissioner’s Aboriginal Advisory Board.