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Maud Kearns


"I enjoy working for communities and I have a natural interest in what KGT is trying to achieve because building communities is a lot about developing people and KGT is focused on developing disadvantaged individuals, and if you want to develop a region you have to develop the people at the same time."

Maud has over a decade of experience in the Employment services sector. Her expertise lies in identifying barriers to gaining employment that jobseekers may have such as homelessness, financial, domestic violence, housing, drug and alcohol. She specialises in referrals to the appropriate services required to address these barriers.

Maud possesses qualifications in Indigenous Community Services, Career Development and Training and Assessment and is a strong advocate for Indigenous rights in the local Kununurra Community. 


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Markus Beuke


"I am passionate about training in the hospitality and tourism industry and raising the standard of service in WA".

Markus Beuke has more than 25 years of global experience in the hospitality and tourism industry and spent over 10 years in the Vocation education and training sector. He managed sizeable hospitality and tourism operations throughout Australia and currently works for leading training institute North Regional TAFE in WA. 

Markus learnt his craft from leading training organisations in Germany, the United States and Australia. Markus has worked in various five-star hotels, restaurants, cruise liners, tourism operations and training institutes around the world. His experience includes operating small boutique operations, overseeing large business with up to 300-400 staff, spending some years managing a private hospitality and tourism college, consulting for an Asian Hotel Management Group and leading the hospitality and tourism section of a WA public training organisation to state and national recognition and awards. 

He is currently an executive member of award winning North Regional TAFE managing a region of over 424,000km. 

He is a member of a number of professional organisations and has judged competitions for the Tourism Council WA, the Catering Institute of Australia, Clubs WA, Restaurant and Caterers Association WA and LA Chaines des Rotisseurs.


Maggie MacFie


"Empowering youth is key to achieving sustainable employment outcomes"

Maggie has occupied executive leadership positions over a number of years in organisations specialising in programs that support the transition of young people from school to the world of work.

She has been CEO of a company that operated an RTO, GTO and a NSW Board of Studies approved school for Year 9-12 and has developed and implemented a number of social enterprises to create youth employment and training for those unsuccessful in entering the open labor market.

Maggie's employment history has spanned a number of government departments and agencies. She has owned and managed businesses in hospitality, accommodation, retail and outbound tourism for a period totalling 12 years. She has chaired and been a committee member of a number of local NGO Boards including Building Australia's Future Workforce, Better Futures Local Solutions, Broome Youth and Family Hub and Theatre Kimberley.

Maggie was awarded Central Coast Business Woman in Community of the Year 2009. She received the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council Medal for a Non Indigenous Person in 2012 and became a Soical Leadership Australia alumnus in 2012.

Maggie relocated to Broome in 2014 and calls the Kimberley home.


Karen Andrew


"I enjoy working in this small community where services are limited. I also find networking vital to ensure the community peoples are getting wrap-around services that will hopefully empower them to develop the skills necessary to move forward and prosper."

Karen Andrew joined the KGT Committee in 2017. Originally from Queensland, she is a Yuwibarra Land Custodian Elder. Karen holds a number of qualifications such as Bachelor of Social Work, Diploma of Applied Science, Diploma of Human and Community Services, Justice of the Peace, and Level 2 Reiki Practitioner, in addition to many years of experience working in the Education system in Queensland, Mental Health, Dialysis and Youth area in Victoria, and the Kununurra education system.  

Karen is employed by Wunan and works in the School to Work Program, an initiative that involves engaging youth from school to part-time or full-time work. She enjoys the challenge of engaging non- attending students and finds it rewarding to see results.

Karen would like to see herself growing by way of building better networking relationships between Kununurra District High School (KDHS) and KGT, with the ultimate goal of securing traineeships or apprenticeships for local eligible youngsters in the community.



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