Manager – Craig Hill Training Services – VET and TESOL Consultancy Services
Editor – China Daily Mail – News, Features and Opinions from China
A brief biography of Craig Hill
Craig was born in Goulburn, Australia, and attended North Goulburn and Bradfordville Public Schools. Later, his family moved to Sydney, where he attended Heathcote High School.
Over the next 30 years, he attended several universities and colleges, completing a Graduate Certificate (PGCE) in Education (TESOL), Degree in Training and Development (Educational Management), Associate Degree in Adult Education, Diploma in Accounting, and Trade Certificates (Certificate 4) in Training and Assessment, Media and Communication, and Information Technology.
He became a volunteer with the Bush Fire Brigade, State Emergency Services (SES) and St John Ambulance. Later, he was employed by the SES to train Controllers and Training Officers from 16 towns in southern NSW, based in Goulburn.
Craig first worked in the National Bank of Australasia Limited (now National Australia Bank), before embarking on a three year journey around Australia. It was during this time that his love of travel and writing took hold, which is still evidenced in his work today.
Returning to Goulburn, he accepted an offer to work as a prison guard at Australia’s toughest maximum security jail in that city. It was during this time that he became aware of the injustices inflicted on Australia’s Indigenous population, which influenced much of his later work.
After four years working there, he again travelled Australia, then returned to Goulburn where he became Chairman and Coordinator of the local Red Cross. He also organised the formation of a local branch of Australians For Reconciliation, of which he became Chairman, and the city’s representative at the Canberra Reconciliation Council. He had a weekly column in the Goulburn Post about the Reconciliation matters in the district.
Craig moved to the Aboriginal Community of Woorabinda, in Central Queensland, where he worked as Deputy Headmaster and TAFE Program Coordinator at Wadja Wadja Aboriginal High School. During this time, he developed a literacy and numeracy program, incorporating vocational education and arts skills. This program was later accepted by the Queensland government as an alternative to community service for minor offenders.
After a year in Rockhampton which included working with Aboriginal street kids, he was appointed manager of the Mrangalli Aboriginal Corporation. Here, he helped develop new training programs and restructured the corporation’s industries to allow more control by the employees.
In 2003, Craig made the first of his many trips to China, to lecture on Aboriginal Education at 30 universities in nine cities. Developing a fondness for the country, he took a permanent post teaching in Jiangdu, Jiangsu Province, a small city that had a friendship agreement with his home town of Goulburn.
In 2005, Craig was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), caused by his work as a prison of officer, which had caused several personal traumas for both himself and others during the period 1989-2005. He used this trauma to help others address their own issues.
In 2005, inspired by his work with the homeless in Rockhampton, Craig joined the staff of Big Issue Australia Magazine, as a journalist and social worker. He was also invited by Australian Democrats Deputy Leader, Senator Andrew Bartlett, to work on a casual basis as a writer and researcher, particularly into homelessness issues.
In 2006, he was recognised for his success in providing housing for the homeless by being invited to participate in the Vodafone World of Difference Program, a national social responsibility program. He was one of four people invited, from almost 500 nominations around Australia. However, due to a work related injury, he was unable to complete the work for the program.
In 2009, Craig returned to China. During that time, he wrote professionally for eChinacities online magazine, China Trade Mag and is currently Editor of China Daily Mail. He also worked as a University Lecturer in Sichuan Province, and Corporate Trainer and Program Designer for Fortune 500 companies and Private Educational organisations.
In 2011, Craig wrote and directed the play “Alice In Wonderland: The Rehearsal” which was later selected as a finalist in the NAFLE National Drama Festival acting competition in China (one of twelve plays from 2500 entries, involving 1.5 million students).
Craig returned to Australia in 2012, and is currently studying his Masters degree in Education (TESOL), while working as an English Teacher and VET Trainer. He also does educational consultancy between Chinese and Australian schools, and coordinates more than 60 contributors to his website writing about political and social events in China.