Meet the Board

Real Futures Board is driven by the mission to provide opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to not only participate but thrive in economic participation. The Indigenous controlled board are leaders in real change and real growth for our first peoples of Australia through strength in governance, influence and entrepreneurship.

WENDY YARNOLD

Wendy has spent more than 30 years developing successful programs for Aboriginal communities. Wendy holds a Dip Business and her professional experience includes the inception and management of Aboriginal programs and businesses such as Real Futures, Pathways to the Pilbara and Real Honey. Wendy supports Aboriginal advancement, including Strategic Training and Employment Programs, Aboriginal Leadership and Management Consultancy, Executive for Building Australia’s Future Workforce and Deputy Director of Booroongen Djugun College. Wendy is an experienced Cultural Competency Trainer and presenter, who prepared a Close the Gap Report for the Federal Government to highlight issues in priority areas to determine community implementation planning at a grass roots level. Wendy also contributed to Andrew Forrest’s reform Package in an effort to provide more realistic economic opportunities for Aboriginal workers, their employers and fledgling business.

DUNCAN ANGUS

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.

NYUNGGAI WARREN MUNDINE AO

Nyunggai Warren Mundine is a highly respected businessman, political strategist and advocate for empowering Indigenous Australia to build a sustained economy. His life and career have been shaped by a personal commitment to community, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and he has more than 30 years’ experience working in the public, private and community sectors. Nynggai is the Managing Director of NyunggaBlack which is a commercial business that delivers solutions for clients who want to invest and do business in Australia. In doing so, it aims to foster new commercial and economic opportunities for Australians, including Indigenous Australians. In June 2016, Nyunggai was named an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia as part of the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

MICHAEL HOBDAY

Michael joined the Angus Knight Group in 2016 as the CEO and leads the business’s Disability Employment Services, Community Development Programs and Learning and Training suite of companies. These include Jobfind Employment Centres, RISE Ventures, Real Futures, SumTotal and LearnNow. The Angus Knight Group is located in 40 sites within Australia and employs more than 160 people.

With more than 25 years in the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments and as the former CEO of two international human services companies his background in leading complex, multi-disciplined businesses has been pivotal to the growth of Angus Knight as a financially stable, innovative and progressive organisation.  His experience in change management, mergers and acquisitions has led to improved performance in services, products and investment and the development of stronger communities, particularly in regional and remote Australia.