CEO of Indigenous Advancement, Rise Ventures, Angus Knight Group
Gary Oliver is the CEO of Indigenous Advancement, Rise Ventures, Angus Knight Group.
Gary is a proud Kuku Yalanji man from Cape York Queensland, he served in the Australian Army and is a recipient of the Australian Defense Medal. Gary holds formal qualifications in Business, Leadership and Management.
Over the past two decades, he has held executive positions, working in NSW and QLD Governments.
In his career, he has worked within Peak Aboriginal Organisations at a National level including the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.
Gary is a powerful advocate for marginalized communities including with representations and the provision of evidence to Parliamentary Committees both Senate and House of Representatives at a Federal level.
He holds several Board positions including Save the Children and with his Native Title prescribed body corporate Western Yalangi Aboriginal Corporation and Growers Australia. Gary is working towards Closing the Gap on Economic Participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Angus Knight Group develops individuals, communities, and organisations through our group of companies that provide employment, training and workforce solutions. Servicing diverse markets within the government, corporate and community sectors, Angus Knight combines our customer-focused industry insights with productivity prowess and cutting edge technologies, to drive our clients to meet their full potential – be it personal, commercial or philanthropic. The Angus Knight Group delivers its products and services through several leading Australian brands including Rise Ventures, Nyirrunggulung Rise Central Arnhem NT, Rise Ngurratjuta South West Alice NT; Rise Ngurratjuta and Barkely shire NT; Real Futures Gascoyne WA; Rise Ventures Kowanyama Shire Council Qld; Rise Ventures Pormpuraaw Qld
National Indigenous Engagement Manager
Marty Chambers is a proud Indigenous man with Torres Strait Island heritage. Marty builds strong connections with local people and helps communities develop business together. He is a great communicator and understands the issues Indigenous people face in remote areas of Australia.
He has held various roles within Jobfind and RISE over the last 10 years of his employment with Angus Knight before becoming a Board Director. Marty has a strong background in managing projects and has considerable experience with Indigenous communities and relationships. Marty’s passion is family and communities and he is enthusiastic about Indigenous Advancement in the workplace. He Is invested in his role as a mentor for indigenous staff within our organisation.
General Manager for Performance and Operations
Gary has a wealth of experience in the Employment & Disability Employment services area. He has been with the organisation since 2005 and has held several positions including Team Leader, Compliance Manager, National Trainer of Employment Services, Performance Manager and General Manager of Employment Services NSW & QLD. He combines his government contractual work with extensive experience in the corporate world. Gary is also a very talented trainer able to clearly explain complex government requirements, but at the same time hold the attention of the room with his entertaining delivery style. Gary is a valued member of the organisation’s leadership team.
Performance Support Manager
Leah Simmons has worked for Jobfind and Rise Ventures in various roles since February 2012. Leah’s journey started as an administration officer in Coen Cape York and has progressed over the years to Regional Manager of Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw Community Development Programme and most recently Performance Support Manager Rise Ventures. Along the way she has made many valuable and long lasting community relationships. Leah’s passion is Indigenous staff development and building strong teams with a variety of skills.
Business Manager Katherine
Tara was born and raised in Katherine, the Northern Territory was her back yard growing up. Tara comes from a family that has lived in the Katherine Region since the 1940s, and has streets named after her family.
Tara brings to the company demonstrated administration experience in a professional Human Resources Department which allowed Tara to travel to a remote community in the Northern Territory, Tara has been able to build lasting relationships with all community members. She also has a qualification in the Community Services sector, Tara is passionate about providing high-level support to our current Job Seekers.
Tara has the integrity to act ethically, openly, honestly and with accountability, with a positive attitude and very solution-oriented.
Business Manager Kowanyama
Karen was a trade qualified hairdresser and salon owner for 44 years and decided on a career change. Karen then worked in Doomadgee as an In-Work Support Officer and Service Coordinator where she developed a love of remote work. She then commenced as the Business Manager for the Kowanyama Centre in Region 55 with a love for remote communities and client support. Karen is a positive and engaging leader of her local team and is passionate about building strong and long-lasting relationships with stakeholders and communities.
Business Manager Pormpuraaw
Melissa Douthat is a proud Kaandju Woman from the Coen area and a Yadhaykenu woman from Injinoo NPA area which is the Tip of cape York. Her career with Jobfind and Rise ventures has spanned on and off since 2006 where she first commenced as an Administration officer in Weipa. This took her to other communities such as Napranum, Mapoon, Aukukun, Lockhart River and Coen on the Cape York Team. She has held many roles within the organisation including Employment Consultant and Post placement Support consultant. In 2014 she returned to Pormpuraaw where she graduated from Employment consultant to Team Leader and finally her current role of Business Manager. Melissa has a wealth of knowledge and experience in employment services and remote communities and she is passionate about community development.