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Ian Warrener

Chief Executive Officer

“I like delivering the outcomes and helping people get into the work force and become self sufficient. There are a lot of opportunities to build a local pool of skilled labour and no business should feel they’re in it alone because KGT is here to assist.”

Ian has worked with Aboriginal Communities and organisations for many years as a Book-keeper and Administrator. At KGT Ian makes sure that the company outcomes are being met. What he appreciates about the company is that the outcomes are sustainable and that there is a great culture amongst the team members, “Everyone has the same goal of wanting to assist people to get jobs.” His future goal is to improve the quality of the apprenticeships and traineeships on offer so that he can improve outcomes and engage better with other organisations and job networks.

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Natasha Cross

Senior Field Officer

“My favourite part of the job is seeing the positive change in the new Apprentices as they progress through their Apprenticeships and grow into mature adults. I especially get a buzz seeing them become leaders and role models in their community. ”

Natasha's commitment to her work paid off in 2007, when she received the "Prestigious State Industry Award" for Group Training WA Field Officer of the Year. Natasha works with Indigenous and Non Indigenous youth, placing them in apprenticeships at the Argyle Diamond Mine and other surrounding areas. In her job she witnesses the new apprentices mature into young adults and become roles models of their community and as a result of this other young youths will want to follow in their footsteps.

In the many years that Natasha has worked at KGT, she has helped over 50 young people get into jobs locally, some have even gone overseas and Australian wide with their trade certificates, even starting their own businesses.

Natasha feels that KGT has supported her by providing her with many skills that she implements in her job as well as building her confidence as she is now studying at University, completing her Diploma in Business.

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Rene' Harbers

Field Officer

“I believe that we should make our weaknesses, our strenghts and strenghts stronger. ”

Born in South East Queensland, Rene' has worked and lived in various areas from Derby, New Zealand, Tasmania to The Soloman Islands. He now calls Kununurra home.

Rene' had studied in varies industries which aloud him gain much knowledge and experience as he could. The growth he expects to gain by being with KGT will be almost unmeasurable. Rene' finds that the most rewarding part about being a Field Officer is helping people to make a positive change in their lives. Rene' thrives on challenges and believes that there are no problems, only solutions.

Thomas Farruggia

Boab Lounge Cafe Manager

“I am very excited to be working with KGT and assisting youth in their pathway to success.”

Those flying in and out of Kununurra Airport will recognise Toma's friendly face. Tomas is the Manager of the busy Boab Lounge Cafe, KGT's social enterprise, and has supported KGT's  trainees, apprentices and work experience participants obtain key skills in the Hospitality industry.

Originally from the land of tango, Argentina, Tomas has lived in Kununurra for over two years. "What I like most about Kununurra is how close it is to nature", he says.  Before moving to Australia, Tomas managed cafes and restaurants, mainly in Argentina, but also in Mexico. 

He has found his role with KGT to be a challenging but satisfying one. "The most rewarding aspect of my job is to teach and train people in Hospitality so they can start working somewhere else with confidence and a strong skillset". Tomas finds the delivery of training in a real workplace both stimulating and rewarding, mainly because he has to adapt to different learning curves.  "But it is a learning process that I’m happy to take on". 

"I find myself in an organization that supports and provides all the necessary tools for me to do my job properly, and if any other role or any other project comes up, I’ll be happy to tag along".

Bronwyn Read

Senior Finance Officer

“It is a a great organisation, I like its goals. I think it's definitely needed to help Indigenous people come off welfare and have long term sustainability".

Originally from Victoria, Bronwyn moved to Kununurra several years ago because she loved the weather, the countryside and the people. In the future she would like to keep on working at KGT to help Indigenous people build a healthy and sustainable future. "I am proud to be a part of a company that is able to help youth achieve their goals, especially at risk and disengaged kids."

Bronwyn supervises the day-to-day accounting functions of payroll, debtors, creditors and account reconciliations. Bronwyn has a Degree in Accounting from LaTrobe University. 

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Caroline Constant

Skills Centre Coordinator/Administration Manager

“At KGT I can keep learning and improving myself, I am learning something new every day and that makes me feel motivated. Everyone is friendly and helpful at KGT and it is personally rewarding to work for an organisation where I can be part of the process of helping people kick-start their career."

Caroline enjoys travelling and has travelled from accross the globe to live in Kununurra. Originally from Brazil, Caroline prefers the peaceful landscape of the Kimberley to the noisy streets of Brazil's capital city Rio de Janeiro. "I prefer it here because it's a higher quality of life, you don't waste time commuting, and the landscape is amazing."

Caroline's role has been diverse since her commencement with KGT. From activities related to Business Administration, Marketing and Finance, she is now supporting the running of pre-employment and work-readiness programs for the KGT Skills Centre. Caroline completed studies in Business whilst working at KGT and is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy. "I hope to contribute to KGT while going going forward and developing myself as a professional as an individual."

 
 

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