Our Executive Management Team

Michael Hobday


Michael Hobday has 25 years’ experience in the Commonwealth and QLD state governments and 15 years as a CEO in the human services industry. Michael has been at the forefront of business performance and policy development at an international and national level and prides himself on the philosophy of “helping to build stronger communities”. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts and Post Graduate qualifications in Industrial Relations and Marketing.

Marty Chambers

Board Director

Marty is a proud Indigenous man with Torres Strait Island heritage. Marty builds strong connections with local people and helps communities develop business together. Marty is a great communicator and understands the issues Indigenous people face in remote areas of Australia.

Marty has held various roles within Jobfind and RISE over the time of his employment with Angus Knight before becoming Board Director.  He was the Community Development Officer in Lockhart River and managed projects and Indigenous relationships, before moving across to Coen. He was then offered Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama as the Business Manager for 3 years before taking on a position in WfD in Pormpuraaw.

Marty has a strong background in managing projects and also has more than 8 years’ experience with Indigenous communities and relationships. Marty’s passion is family and communities and he loves to help build capacity in people.

Wendy Yarnold


Wendy has spent over 25 years working in Aboriginal programs. Wendy’s professional experience includes managing Aboriginal programs and businesses that includes Real Futures Pty Limited, Real Honey, supporting Aboriginal advancement, including Strategic Training and Employment Programs, Aboriginal Leadership and Management Consultant, Executive for Building Australia’s Future Workforce and Deputy Director Booroongen Djugun College. Wendy is an experienced Cultural Competency Trainer and presenter who prepared a Close the Gap Report for the Labor Government to highlight issues in priority areas to determine community implementation planning.

Duncan James Angus

Founder, Director and CEO

Duncan entered the hospitality industry in 1985, serving in several managerial capacities and later focusing on recruitment services to the industry. In 1991, Duncan as one of the founders, setup Angus Knight as a training services company, which successfully expanded operations throughout Australia, delivering training programs in every State. In 1998, Duncan led Angus Knight in a successful bid for the Federal Government’s Employment Services Contract. Duncan continued to lead the Group up until early 2000 when a professional executive team was appointed to lead the company through the next phase of growth. Duncan’s vision has always been to assist people and organisations in developing their full potential using the concept of ‘lifelong learning.’

Leah Simmons

Area Manager – Kowanyama Pormpuraaw Region

Leah has over 5 years of administration, employment services and community development experience. She has worked for Rise since February 2012 in various roles. Leah commenced her career with Rise in CDEP Coen as the administrative officer responsible for Employment and Training Coordination. Leah has undertaken many roles within the company during her employment inclusive of Administration CDEP Coen, Employment and Training Coordination CDEP Coen, Service Coordination RJCP Pormpuraaw, Team Leader RJCP Pormpuraaw and then CDP Area Manager for Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw. During this time she has developed many valuable relationships in these Cape York communities. Leah is enthusiastic about building local capacity in clients and is very passionate about stakeholder engagement to increase linkages to CDP to further open up opportunities for clients and the community.

Gary Hall

Performance Support Manager, CDP

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.

Tara Granzien

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.

Karen Dunell

Karen Dunell

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.