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John Gummery

Chief Executive Officer 

“My passion is creating career opportunities through apprenticeships and traineeships that lead to sustainable employment outcomes. My objective is to position the company so that it remains sustainable and to ensure it’s longevity in the Kimberley. I want to make sure that we are still here in 20 years time.”

John holds a certificate of Trade Studies, has a Diploma in Business, a Diploma in Company Directorship, and is a qualified safety practitioner and holds a certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. John was a heavy plant lecturer at Central West College of TAFE and then worked for the ‘Apprentice and Traineeship Company - Mid West' as a Field Officer before moving on to be the General Manager at Kimberley Group Training. John looks after the operations of KGT, always looking for innovative ways to engage and keep engaged the trainees and apprentices. His future objective is to make sure that the trainees and apprentices remain in stable employment on completing their traineeship, “In order to do this we create a job readiness program around their training so as to get them ready for the workforce once they finish their traineeship.”

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Peter Lean

Site Coordinator

"It is rewarding to look at the potential of development for the KGT site in Broome and lead the team to work towards the big picture”.

Hailing from Queensland’s capital Brisbane, Peter Lean joined the team at Kimberley Group Training as a Site Coordinator and Field Officer in 2012. Peter possesses over 20 years of extensive experience in the vocational educational training field. Prior to re-joining KGT, where he had previously worked as a Field Officer in the Kununurra branch, Peter saw his career take a great turn when he accepted an offer to work overseas in the vibrant Middle East petrol industry. “I worked in places such as Qatar and Kuwait, where my main responsibilities included coordinating and organising training plans for over 2,000 people to suit individuals and industry needs”.

Back in Australia, Peter’s move and adaptation to Broome to work at KGT occurred naturally. Having previously lived in the Kimberley region, he appreciates various aspects of the life in Broome. "It is an exceptional place to live. I enjoy the nice beaches, the afternoon breeze, and all the good fishing".

Peter’s role as a Site Coordinator and Field Officer involves coordinating the Broome office and liaising with prospective and current host employers, trainees and apprentices whilst ensuring services delivered are of a high standard. He looks forward to the enormous potential for growth in the Broome branch.

Peter believes one of the main challenges of his role is to revitalise the KGT brand and engage employers to make a difference in the local community. In the near future, he sees himself leading strategic decisions for KGT and providing excellent customer service to all groups KGT represents, apprentices, trainees and host employers. 



Shelley Ratcliff


“What I love most about my job is the fact that I’m working for an organisation that actually cares about the people they are working with. It is a pleasure to be involved in the process of engaging people in work, assisting in improving their lives, gaining a career and seeing a brighter future”.

Shelley is the Administrator for the Broome office and is responsible for overseeing the general processes required for KGT operations. Shelley focuses on maintaining a positive and happy work environment and her personal belief is that staff should go out of their way to offer high quality service and ensure all clients have a positive enjoyable experience.

Shelley has a sales background and moved to Broome four years ago to find a new life for herself. Initially she secured a position with a job service agency, which developed her passion for working with Indigenous people. Since commencing with KGT in 2012, Shelley continues to work in the field she loves with a company just as passionate as she is. 


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Kevin Smith

Field Officer

“I very much enjoy the aspect of assisting people into career pathways that can set them up for life and find it the most rewarding part of my role”.

Long term resident of Broome, Kevin brings a wealth of experience and qualifications to his role of Field Officer. Kevin holds a Diploma in Nursing and an Advanced Diploma in Business.  For the past 5 years, he worked as Program Manager for a local organisation running reintegration programs based around education and employment. He also worked in the Kimberley in Halls Creek and Broome as a nurse. Having experience in such diverse roles not only gave Kevin a firsthand insight into the challenges faced by rural and remote areas, but also gave him an understanding of the cultural diversity the region. Kevin enjoys the aspect of assisting people into career pathways that can set them up for life.


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Mary Zbierski-West

Literacy Trainer

“It is wonderful to have the opportunity to develop tailored programs which value the individual stories and interests of the participants." 

Coming from the busy city of Melbourne to faraway Broome in mid-2013, it was the mighty impact of nature that struck Mary the most - the light, the pindan, the rocks, the sky, and the sea. Prior to joining KGT as a Literacy and Numeracy Trainer, Mary worked in the TAFE system in Victoria, teaching screen printing in a textiles program.

Mary possesses a number of qualifications which she utilises in her role. She is a trained teacher, holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and is completing a post graduate diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with the support of KGT. Mary's role is a challenging yet rewarding one, and gives her the opportunity to develop literacy and numeracy programs incorporating the individual goals of participants. Some of the challenges in her position are related to issues of access and equity, which are inherent in adult education. Others are more specific to the Kimberley region, the dislocation of people in the area, and the impact of complicated lives that many of the participants juggle.

Mary is delighted to work in an organisation with such a strong commitment to positive outcomes for young people - particularly indigenous youth - and looks forward to the opportunity to take training out of the classroom and into the community. 



Tillisa O'Connor

Business Trainee

“Starting my traineeship has boosted my confidence in my phone skills." 

Born and bred in Derby, Tillisa is a true Kimberley girl currently enjoying life in Broome. Prior to joining KGT as a Business trainee, she worked as a casual housekeeper at Kooljaman on the Dampier Peninsula and also completed a Certificate II in Business at One Arm Point.  Tillisa believes that working at KGT not only helps her develop skills and knowledge with the ‘business side of things’, but also adds value to her long term goals. She enjoys being a part of a company that helps people find the right career pathway and gain skills to enter the work force.  In the long term, Tillisa’s plans include running her own business and showcasing her country to the world. 


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