Indigenous Sports Network

About Us

“If it matters to you, it matters to us”.

ISN services provide Consultancy in Sport, Music, Education, Fitness/Health, Projects, Justice, Funding/Sponsorship, Clothing, Events, Film, Radio, Racism, Mentoring, Mental Health, Culture and Business.

We are dedicated to providing the best practice management service for our clients and ensuring educational opportunities of our clients are maximised. We foster an environment in which the financial well-being of our clients is constantly monitored with the best possible advice from a wide range of financial sector advisors selected by ISN.

ISN is a market leader in co-ordinating the careers of its clients to maximise each opportunity that presents itself. If you like working with smart, down-to-earth, truly great people, who are determined to achieve great results for you, ISN might be who you are looking for. The personal involvement of ISN team members in all engagements is an integral part of the way ISN work with clients.

The ISN Team

Nathan Lovett-Murray

From the Gunditjmara Nation on his mother Denise Lovett side and connections to the Wamba Wamba, Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung and Dhudhuroa Nations on his father Gary Murray side, Nathan grew up in Heywood South-West Victoria Gunditjmara Country where he played Basketball, Cricket and Football throughout his childhood and completing his VCE at Heywood Secondary College in 2000. Nathan is also the Great Grandson of Pastor Sir Doug Nicholls.

Moving to Melbourne to pursue his AFL dream, Nathan was drafted in 2000 to the Collingwood Magpies via the Rookie List and then played in the VFL for the Williamstown Seagulls and Bendigo Bombers before being drafted by the Essendon Bombers in 2003. He went on to play 145 games over ten years for Essendon, becoming a life member of the club.

In 2001 Nathan worked at the Fitzroy Stars Boxing Gym now called Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation and also worked at the Aboriginal Advancement League in Thornbury. Nathan then completed an AFL SportsReady Traineeship in 2002 with the Victorian Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation. His role was the coordinator of the Role Model Program which consisted of Indigenous Elite Athletes and Community Role Models travelling around Victoria facilitating a Life Skill programs for young people.

Nathan time at the Essendon Bombers also involved working and mentoring Indigenous youth through Fitness and Health programs at Parkville Juvenile Centre and Glenroy Kode School after completing a Level 3 and 4 in Fitness Training with Sports Health Check. He also set up a group called Bujils Bizness to support people with alcohol and drug issues which was based at MAYSAR in Fitzroy.

In 2008 Nathan funded and managed a Indigenous Hip Hop Label called Payback Records which was set up to give young Indigenous youth a voice through Hip Hop music. Nathan managed and promoted Indigenous Hip Hop groups Yung Warriors (Tjimba Possum-Burns and Danny Ramzan), Alter Egoz (Casey Atkinson and Matthew Beatie), Mr Morgz (Corinthian Morgan), Miss Hood (Meriki Hood) and Philly (Phillip Murray). Producing and managing albums, music videos, documentaries, publicity, festivals, radio, events, tours (International, National and State Wide) merchandise and distribution for Payback Records artists and groups. Payback Records was based at Songlines Aboriginal Corporation and also hosted a radio show called Deadly Urban Flava on 3KnD.

Since his retirement from the AFL Essendon Bombers, Nathan has devoted time to playing and coaching local football clubs with the Heywood Lions, winning a senior football premiership with Rumbalara Football Netball Club in Shepparton and assistant playing coach with Fitzroy Stars Football Club in the Northern Football League. Nathan has also worked with the AFL Indigenous Broadcasting commentating on AFL games on the National Indigenous Radio Service for the last 5 years.

Nathan was employed in 2014 by The Long Walk and assisted in the 10 year anniversary concert for the Michael Long walk to Canberra and was also the ambassador for the Walk The Talk schools program educating students about indigenous leadership. In partnership with Payback Records, Indigenous Hip Hop Projects and Mushroom Records Nathan developed a Indigenous Music Mentor Program for up and coming Indigenous musicians in Melbourne to learn about the Music Industry.

In 2015 Nathan was employed as a Local Aboriginal Justice Worker with the Winda Mara Co Op in Heywood and then a Residential Youth Worker for the Academy of Sport, Health and Education in Shepparton from 2016 – 2017. He has a certificate in Level 3 AFL Coaching while also working at St Kilda Football Club as the Indigenous Liaison Officer and as an Indigenous Mentor at Brighton Grammar from 2018 to 2022.

While working at St Kilda Football Club Nathan developed a mentor program called Dungudja Wowa (Yorta Yorta word for Big Brother) mentor program with the current Indigenous St Kilda Football Club Players and the U18 Next Generation Academy St Kilda Football Club Indigenous Players.
Nathan also produced the documentary The Ripple Effect and also developed the schools program Point + Be Proud. These projects were inspired by Nicky Winmar and other Indigenous and Multicultural Athletes experiences of racism. The documentary and schools program were developed to educate students on the impacts of racism on a person’s mental health and wellbeing. Over 200,000 people have viewed The Ripple Effect documentary and over 1000 students have been participating in the Point + Be Proud Program.

The projects were supported and funded by Vic Health, AFL, Department of Education, Dickson Films, St Kilda Football Club, Headspace, Department of Justice, Orygen, Dardi Munwurro, Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, Oxfam, Planetshakers, Dr Nathan Pinskier, Pepper Money, Danny Frawley Centre, Nicky Winmar First Nation Traffic Management and Brighton Grammar.

In 2022 Nathan started working with an Indigenous organisation Wanyara as a facilitator in teaching school students and community about Traditional Aboriginal Games and Aboriginal Art sessions. He also worked with another Indigenous organisation Wadamba visiting Prisons in Melbourne to share his story. This year Nathan has begun working on a few events and consultancy projects through his company Indigenous Sport Networks.

ISN services provide Consultancy in Sport, Music, Education, Fitness/Health, Projects, Justice, Funding/Sponsorship, Clothing, Events, Film, Radio, Racism, Mentoring, Mental Health, Culture and Business.

Peter Jess

Peter Jess is the principal of PJA Accountants and is a founding member and Director the lndigenous Sports Network. He has broad based exposure to an incredibly wide range of industries covering fields such as primary production, manufacturing, construction, retail, graphic design, sports related services and body corporate services to name but a few.

Peter has represented clients the world over and is a pioneer in the field of personal representation for sporting identities, actors, and professionals with a clientele of high profile coaches and athletes. Peter was a co-founder of the AFLPA’s Education and Training Board, and was instrumental in setting up the Agents Accreditation system in the AFL.

Peter’s personal values reflect the culture of ISN. As experts at what they do, they have invested in the best people and have robust tools and processes to support them so they can provide value to you. The core team values Peter and the team at ISN continue to uphold are valuable, accessible, supportive & trustworthy.

Dean Rioli

Dean Rioli is a former Australian rules football player who spent his whole professional career with the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League.

The nephew of Maurice Rioli, the Richmond Football Club champion of the 1980s, Rioli grew up on the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory, but was recruited from the South Fremantle Football Club in the 1998 Rookie Draft. He was a member of South Fremantle’s 1997 Premiership winning team. His father, Sebastian Rioli, played for South in the 1970s, and his younger brother Shannon Rioli joined South in 2010.
AFL career

He is renowned for his goal sense, silky skills and his ability to play well even when overweight and unfit. Rioli had ongoing injury problems (particularly back and knee-related) for many years, severely limiting his games played and the level of fitness he was able to attain.

During his final season in 2006, Rioli battled injury problems and only played four games. Dean Rioli played his last, and his 100th AFL game for the Essendon Football Club on 26 August 2006. He suffered a broken wrist during the game.
Post-AFL career

Following his retirement, Rioli returned to the Northern Territory to play in the Northern Territory Football League with the Tiwi Bombers, where he became a solid contributor and on-field leader.

In October 2008 Rioli was appointed senior coach for 2009 at the Aberfeldie Football Club, in the Essendon District Football League. Prior to this he was an assistant coach, a role he also performed in 2006 at the Keilor Park Football Club. Rioli continued as senior coach at Aberfeldie in 2010 but stepped down at the end of the home and away season. He joined Osborne Football Club in the Hume Football League in 2011.

In a work move very dear to his heart, Dean runs the company DRAES which stands for Dean Rioli Aboriginal Employment Services. Based in Essendon, a suburb of Melbourne, it specialises in finding the right type of job for indigenous people.

In 2012, Rioli was the unsuccessful Australian Labor Party candidate for the Northern Territory seat of Arafura, the same seat that his uncle Maurice Rioli had held between 1992 and 2001.

Rioli was selected on the half-forward flank in South Fremantle’s Indigenous Team of the Century in 2009, along with his father Sebastian and uncle Maurice.

In November 2022, Essendon appointed its first-ever Indigenous board member with Riolo. The selection aims to “enhance Essendon’s connections with Indigenous Australians across the country.” Rioli replaced Paul Brasher as the club president.

43 Fletcher Street

Essendon Victoria, 3040

PO Box 845

Moonee Ponds, VIC, 3039

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Connected to Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta, Wamba Wamba, Dja Dja Wurrung and Dhudhuroa Nations.