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Management

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.’

Rod Walker - Chairman

Rod Walker has had over thirty years’ experience in a variety of businesses working in Australia, the USA and Canada.

Having had extensive success as a CEO, Director and Chairman, he currently sits on several boards as both a Chairman and Non-Executive Director. Prior to 2005 he was Managing Director of the Freedom Group. At that time Freedom had over 240 stores in the Group with six brands in three countries. Rod led the Group to record results and subsequently privatized the company.

In November 2005 Rod formed a private consulting company, and since then has coached and mentored CEO’s and other senior executives whilst also consulting to a range of businesses. Additionally, he has presented to a variety of groups and forums on a range of business related topics.

Previous roles include serving on the boards as a Non-Executive Director of Rebel Sport and as Chairman of Endless Rewards, Bras N Things, The PAS Group, Immune System Therapeutics, Witchery, REDGroup Retail, Micador and Amber Group.

He is currently Chairman of Carpet Court, Godfreys and The PAS Group.

Simon Balderstone AM – Non-Executive Director

Simon Balderstone AM has held a comprehensive set of senior positions and advisory roles in the government and corporate sectors, NGOs, and event organisations. He has had a long involvement in Indigenous, sustainability and sports policies, programs and issues, and in the media.

He is a former journalist; author; Senior Advisor to Prime Ministers Hawke and Keating on Indigenous Affairs and environment/sustainability issues– including advising Prime Minister Keating on the Mabo high court decision and legislation ; General Manager, SOCOG (for the Sydney Olympic Games Executive Office, International relations, Government relations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and Environment programs) ; and, as a consultant, Strategic Adviser to the Yothu Yindi Foundation and the Garma Festival (2002-2010) .

Simon is currently Founding Director/Owner of the Ways and Means Consultancy; a Board member of the IT Newcom Foundation – Supporting Indigenous higher education; and (honorary) Founding Chair of the Australian Himalayan Foundation, providing vital education, health and conservation services to the people of the Himalaya.

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.

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