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Duncan James Angus - 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 - Chairman

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 - Independent Director

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 Curtis - Independent Director

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 Batchelor of Communication – Journalism, (Charles Sturt University) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

John Hart - Independent Director

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.

Executive Management

Peter Homan - Chief Financial Officer

Peter Homan is an experienced executive and leader with over 15 years of CFO and COO level experience in ASX listed, Not for Profit and private companies.  He has initiated and led multiple transformations, integrations, and system/process projects delivering substantial improvements in profit and cashflow. He is passionate about building high performing teams through leverage of his strong commercial skills and insights into professional, health and financial services, property development and operational aspects of aged care, retirement living, and retail property sectors. He has deep exposure to governance responsibilities, including acting as Company Secretary, Public Officer and Director to over 50 entities and liaising with Government regulators, ASX, ASIC, and share registries. Peter is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Institute of Company Directors, and has a B. Comm (UQ) and an MBA (Bond).

John McNamara - Real Futures CEO

Anthony Parsons - Jobfind CEO

John Liddicoat - LearnNow CEO

With over 20 years’ experience in Vocational Training and Employment John is a proven Senior Executive who provides strategic leadership, drives national and international expansion.

A “grass roots” VET sector professional with a passion for developing partnerships with industry and government he is known as an innovative thinker with refined skills in developing diverse programs including youth engagement, Indigenous employment, international education, as well as, environmental sustainability and community development.

John’s focus is on empowering people through skills such that they can be their “best self” and make lasting contributions to their family and their community. This underlies his unwavering enthusiasm for quality training and life-long learning.

Well known as an advocate of the Australian Apprenticeship model, during his time in the VET sector he has contributed much toward influencing and evolving policy frameworks that support improvements to the National Vocational Training system.

John commenced as CEO of the Angus Knight Learning Group in October 2019

Nunzia Confessore - Joblife CEO

Nunzia has had the privilege of 25 years’ leadership experience across Australia and internationally including positions such as CEO, COO and EGM in both profit and not for profit sector across various service-based industries including employment services, recruitment, training, disability and community services. Nunzia seeks to inspire people to achieve extraordinary things with a commitment and vision to changing the lives of people with disability through gaining meaningful employment.

Debbie Gardiner - Non-Exec Chair at Learn Plus Us

Debbie is incredibly proud and humbled to have been included on Her Majesty the Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours list; recognised with an MBE for Services to Apprenticeships and Charity.  Additionally, she won the East of England IoD Non-Executive Director (NED) of the Year Award 2018.


Debbie started her career in T&D at Sainsbury’s in 1990, moving to Qube Learning in 2000 where she held several operational/quality management roles. Debbie was appointed Managing Director in 2006, promoted to CEO in 2010 where she led the company through significant growth and change, retaining an Ofsted GOOD grade 2 since 2009, Matrix since 2010 and achieving consistently very high FE Choices employer and learner satisfaction levels. In 2017 she became Executive Chair, before leaving in June 2018 after eighteen years’ service, twelve of which at the helm. Debbie launched DSG L&M Consultancy Services on 1st July 2018.


Debbie has extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director, currently holding the following roles:

  • DSG L&M Consultancy Services, Director and Founder – 2018
  • DiVA Apprenticeships, Non-Executive Advisor – 2019
  • Impact Future and The Childcare Company, NED – 2019
  • TheLightBulb, NED Chair – 2019
  • Learn Plus Us, NED Cahir – 2018
  • Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), NED – 2013


Debbie also works with The TESS Group and Any Driver in the capacity of Governance Advisor and is an End-Point Assessor with the CMI for Operations / Departmental Management level 5 and Team Leader / Supervisor level 3.


Debbie established DSG L&M Consultancy Services in July 2018 to provide a range of leadership, governance, oversight, management and consultancy services, focussing on Apprenticeship Reform, FE/skills, health care, the service sector and people centric charities. Debbie is keen to share her knowledge, skills and experience to improve business performance, have a wider impact on social mobility and see young people maximise their potential. Debbie has a passion for people, business development and improvement with more than 18 years leadership, management and governance experience within a commercial and not for profit environment. Current voluntary work is with Cancer Research UK as a Campaigns Ambassador for South West Bedfordshire and the NHS as a Public Involvement (PPI) Volunteer in Oxford.

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