Our board are fully empowered to make decisions that assist us with our journey of transformation. Harnessing their broad spectrum of expertise, our leaders are committed to living our values and transforming the lives of job seekers and communities alike.
Founder, Director and Group CEO
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 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.
Andrew Smith is a proud Wiradjuri man of the Tubba-Gah people. He holds a Bachelor of Arts/LLB and was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in August 2005. Andrew was called to the NSW Bar in 2009. Since being called to the Bar, Andrew has appeared in superior and inferior courts of record in multiple jurisdictions as well as various federal and state Tribunals. Andrew primarily practices in the areas of building and construction, corporate insolvency, commercial, equity and mortgage and securities law. Andrew is currently undertaking part-time higher degree research at the University of New England in which he is writing a thesis in respect of potential wholesale reforms to Australia’s insolvent trading laws.
Zara has spent more than twenty years building successful media brands and led large teams in publishing, digital, TV production and brand marketing. A passionate champion of using technology and storytelling to change the way brands and businesses interact with customers both now and in the future, Zara describes herself as “A leader of innovation, creativity, and people for commercial business success”. Zara is currently employed as Director of Content and Customer Engagement, IAG. She has a Bachelor of Communication – Journalism, (Charles Sturt University) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
John Hart is Executive Director of Restaurant & Catering Australia, Executive Director of Business Group Australia, Executive Chair of Australian Chamber – Tourism, Chair of Tourism Training Australia and on the Board of Tourism Australia, the Australian Business Register and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand. John was Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant & Catering Australia between 1999 and 2017. John has spent over 30 years working in the hospitality industry in operational, HR and IR roles, trained in food and beverage management at the Ecole Hotelliere Lausanne, in Switzerland, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Business Law.