CCC commenced business in 1989 to fill a perceived gap across cross cultural training, stakeholder and community engagement. Evolving from a single person business, as our team expanded, so did our concepts, ideals and values, creating a diversified and dynamic Company.

We recognised the need for flexible, independent cross culturally focused training services to support effective engagement with Aboriginal people, communities, organisations and key stakeholders.

We also recognised the reluctance of many people to engage effectively with Aboriginal people, communities and organisations, based on apprehension and a lack of knowledge about how to connect with them in a culturally responsive and appropriate way.

Working alongside our clients and communities, we build on the foundations to build the capacity of individuals, communities and organisations to work effectively across cultures and deliver culturally appropriate and responsive outcomes.

Our team has more than 30 years of personal experiences living and working cross-culturally, including strong connections with extensive family and community networks.


Cross Cultural Consultants has a small core Team and diverse group of Partners & Consultants. Our talented team combines facilitation skills with technical, sector and culturally specific expertise, working across all sectors. This includes Government Departments, Not for Profit, Community and Aboriginal Organisations, Mining, Oil and Gas Companies, as well as Private and Corporate Enterprises.

In assigning teams for specific client training or engagement projects, we consider gender, culture, skills and experience to ensure the best people possible are on the job.

Underpinning all levels of our work are our core values, which prioritise cross cultural sensitivity, flexibility and adaptability; participation in learning and strengths-based capacity development.

Our team have

  • Extensive experience in remote consultation with culturally and linguistically diverse groups.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Northern Territory and the existing frameworks, policies and strategies relating to Aboriginal self-determination.
  • Connections with remote Aboriginal communities, key stakeholders and Government agencies.
  • Understanding and experience of program and policy development, strategies and engagement design for effective community participation.

We consider

  • Gender
  • Authority
  • Time
  • Language
  • Kinship System
  • Connection to Country
Jason Elsegood | Director

Jason Elsegood | Director

Jason is an Aboriginal man born and raised in Darwin with extensive professional and familial connections throughout remote and regional areas of the Northern Territory and Australia.
He has spent over 25 years’ working in remote and urban Aboriginal Communities, with and for Aboriginal people and organisations. Throughout his working life Jason has also lived and studied in Western Australia, New South Wales and ACT.

He has experience working across all industry sectors, Government and non-Government.

Jason holds formal qualifications including a Bachelor of Applied Science (Aboriginal Community Management and Development) with High Distinction Honours, and is passionate about increasing real opportunities and successful outcomes for Indigenous Australians, businesses and their communities.

Marissa Elsegood | Manager

Marissa Elsegood | Manager

Marissa was born and raised in Darwin, having also lived in Kununurra and Canberra. Marissa has excellent knowledge of the Northern Territory and remote service and program delivery. She has extensive practical experience in project management across a wide range of projects and programs that includes program evaluation and service delivery.

She has supported various project contracts across all sectors, including Training, Civil Construction, Community & Stakeholder Consultation, Employment, Health, Education, Industry Briefings, Indigenous Business Enterprise Development and Community Services.

Marissa holds formal qualifications in Project Management and Business Management and is committed to supporting the team and clients to deliver culturally responsive and positive programs and projects.

Bodhi Pastor-Elsegood

Bodhi Pastor-Elsegood

Analyst & Engagement Consultant

Bodhi is a soon-to-be law graduate with a strong interest in cross cultural environments. Having lived between Australia and Southeast Asia throughout his early life, Bodhi has gained broad experience engaging with people in different cultural contexts.

Bodhi undertakes project research and writing and cross cultural services, working with a wide variety of clients across multiple sectors. He also manages CCC’s engagement platforms, and assists in our community and stakeholder engagement activities.

Larissa Mills

Larissa Mills

Administration Manager

Larissa is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman born and raised in Darwin. Larissa’s ancestral roots are tied to the Arabana, Noogar and Argun Language groups; she and her family are strong advocates of Cultural protection for Indigenous Australians.
She has extensive experience working in education, health and cultural sectors and joined the CCC team in 2021, providing all administration management for the CCC team, including training and portal management, team project support and travel logistics.

Helen Byron

Helen Byron

Finance Manager

Helen has lived and worked in the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victoria. She has extensive experience in Finance and Human Resources, supporting various project contracts across all sectors, including Employment Services, Civil and Construction, Mining, Defence, Aboriginal communities and organisations.

She is the manager of finance and our project budget expert, Helen also supports the team with all current projects.

Our Values

We will respect & embrace diversity – there’s no other way

We will be culturally sensitive – it’s what we do

We will display integrity & trust – we are all partners together

We will strive for constant improvement and drive change

Our Mission & Vision

Cross Cultural Consultants will lead the business community by providing cutting edge, responsive and socially minded services that; Develop social, Economic and Cultural participation,

Whilst providing reinvestment activities which; Improves opportunities for our clients and the broader community.

We will be the preferred Consultants to improve our client’s business in Australia by; Ensuring that all opportunities for Social, Economic & Cultural Development, integrates best practice Community Engagement & Cultural Responsiveness to achieve the best outcomes.