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.
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.
He 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.
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.
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.
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.