Peter Riley is a Wiradjuri Weilwan man who grew up in Bathurst and Dubbo, in Central Western NSW. The eldest of six, with 19 nieces and nephews and 20 great nieces and nephews, family has always been a big part of Peter’s life. Heading to Sydney after high school, Peter had a long corporate career in Australia and overseas, before coming to Central Australia in 2014.

Originally as a Jawun secondee from Westpac, Peter came to Central Australia to work on the initial design report for the national Aboriginal-led Empowered Communities initiative. Working closely with local Aboriginal leader, Andrea Mason, CEO of Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, Peter returned after his 3 month secondment to become the first Executive Manager of the Empowered Communities Secretariat for the NPY region.

In the Empowered Communities role Peter and his team, on behalf of the NPYEC partners (NPY Women’s Council, Purple House, RASAC, Mai Wiru and Ngaanyatjarra Council) team worked closely with Anangu and Yarnangu communities across the NPY regions. Together they designed and supported a regional agenda that focussed on leadership, education, employment and a stronger voice for Anangu and Yarnangu in the funding of services in their region.

After 7 years with Empowered Communities, Peter took the role of Executive Director for the Central Australia Academic Health Science Network (CAAHSN), a research partnership between Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations including Congress, Anyinginyi Health, NPYWC, Ng Health and Purple House, with universities, national research organisations and the NT Department of Health.

In late 2023 Peter accepted the in augural role of Deputy CEO for Purple House, having worked with and admired the work of the organisation for many years in his other roles.

Peter is passionate about the empowerment of Aboriginal People and believes that the voice, the ideas and the drive of outcomes for Aboriginal people by Aboriginal people and organisations is the way to a better future.

“Having worked with Purple House for many years I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity to now be part of the team directly supporting the important work of such an amazing grass roots Aboriginal organisation” (Peter Riley)

We are so excited to officially welcome Peter to the Purple House family and can’t wait to see what he can help us achieve. 

Listen to Peter interviewed on ABC Alice Springs Drive (1:01:05 – 1:13:20)