Scott is a Mithaka man from far western Queensland. He has lived most of his life in remote and rural communities, and regularly returns to country with his family to visit and care for significant cultural areas.
Scott’s approach is founded on the belief, that all groups of people bring a collective knowledge and strong value based ethics, which will always provide a solid foundation on which to build something powerful. He believes the challenge is to reconnect with self, others and environment.
David, or Spilly as he is known to friends and colleagues, is in his sixth decade of his amazing life's journey. Spilly lives on majestic Mununjali / Ugurapul land in south-east Queensland, with his deadly partner and children.
Spilly is a career educator having worked in mainstream, regional, rural and remote primary and secondary schools, including eight years in teaching and leadership positions on remote Indigenous communities in NT. In between these stints in schools, Spilly has trained and worked as a dietitian and exercise physiologist, completed a research masters degree, written and had published two award-winning children's books, played a heap of music and traveled to a significant number of remote parts of Australia and the Pacific.
For the last eight years, Spilly and his brother Scott Gorringe have been working together as consultants in intercultural and facilitative leadership, cultural capability, Indigenous governance and organisational complexity. This has included designing and facilitating the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program for the past six years. Spilly believes in the love and power of humanity - that any group of people already have everything they need to create strong, loving, caring cultures where any challenge can be met and successfully overcome. The facilitative challenge is to help people recognise this and reclaim their humanity and power. This includes but is not restricted to those historically oppressed or marginalised, as contemporary, modern living has its own oppressive power.
Spilly also believes in the power and spirit of mother earth to teach, nurture and heal. He is spending increasing amounts of time on country with Aboriginal elders from the Central Coast of NSW in this quest for healing, learning and humility. He is also currently undertaking a Doctorate in Cultural Research through the University of Western Sydney.