Team

Our Executive Management Team

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

Chairman

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 and 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, presenter, who prepared a Close the Gap Report for the Labour Government to highlight issues in a priority areas to determine community implementation planning.

Duncan James Angus

Founder and Director

Duncan entered the hospitality industry in 1985, serving in a number of 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.’

Michael Hobday

Chief Executive Officer

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.

Robert Howard

Activity Manager NT & QLD

Robert is an employment and training specialist who supports Community Development Programs within the Indigenous Communities of Queensland and the Northern Territory, and working closely with Stakeholders in Developing their Business and infrastructure through funding, to ensure local jobs can be secured.As an Activity Manager for Angus Knight, in Queensland and the Northern Territory, Robert helps a wide range of clients with welfare reform; job placement; training; licensing and Social Security mutual obligations. Within this role Robert oversees five CDP regions throughout both States, ensuring Work Place Health and Safety; Activity Management within Work for the Dole, Education and Training and Business Development.By drawing on strengths and expertise at the Angus Knight Group, and the experience gained from operating in government, corporate and community markets, he works to inspire success for our customers and partners.

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 administration 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 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 a number of 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 an 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 organisations leadership team.

Tamara Giles

Territory Manager/ TWES Manager

Tamara has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for over 20 years and is a proud Yuin/Wonnarua women from NSW.

Tamara has spent the past 15 years living and working in remote communities in the Northern Territory and is passionate about improving the lives of Indigenous Australian’s through building the capacity of people living in remote communities.

Tamara specialises in Community Development, Communications and Training, she is well known for her work in the communications industry as one of the previous owners and journalist for the National Indigenous Times newspaper and a Media Advisor to a number of high-profile Aboriginal women.

She is an advocate for all women but particularly those from CALD and Indigenous backgrounds.

Tamara is a Director, Sydwest Multicultural services since 2016, a member of NAWIC NT and currently on the Australian’s Sharing a New Story committee. Tamara currently mentors to three Aboriginal women outside of her work and enjoys a round of golf in her spare time.

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 Katherine Region since the 1949s and has street names in Katherine after her family.

Tara brings to the company demonstrated administration experience in a professional Human Resources Department which aloud Tara to travel to remote community in the Northern Territory, Tara has been able to build lasting relationships with all community members also, Tara also has qualification in the Community Services sector, Tara is passional about providing high level support to our current Job Seekers.

Tara has integrity to act ethically, openly, honestly and with accountability, with a positive attitude and very solution oriented,