Meet Our Team
Managing Director and CEO
John Jeffery is an Aboriginal man of the Wiradjuri Nation of central NSW. John has more than 25 years’ experience working in the public, private and community sectors. He has extensive and varied experience across a diverse Indigenous affairs portfolio including:
- Indigenous Employment and Engagement strategy development and implementation
- Indigenous Affairs Advisor to the resource sector
- Business/Economic Development Advisor to Indigenous Traditional Owner and Community Groups
- Identifying and developing joint venture partnerships between Indigenous groups and the corporate sector
John specialises in providing corporate and public sector groups with Indigenous employment, business development and training solutions, with a strong focus on local people for local jobs. This involves working nationally with Indigenous communities, companies, government agencies and industry groups to identify and develop joint venture partnerships, resulting in both new and enhanced business development, employment and training opportunities.
John’s particular strengths include expertise in developing and implementing Indigenous employment strategies and Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP’s) with major public and corporate sector groups, negotiating on behalf of Indigenous communities and shaping partnership arrangements (including industry-specific solutions).
Paul is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants who spent 10 years as an insolvency specialist with Deloitte and Ernst and Young in Australia and South East Asia. Following the completion of his MBA, Paul went on to start up a number of companies, including Imagine Education Australia focussing on childcare centres and English language schools and Vocational Institute of Australia, currently one of Australia’s leading training providers.
Paul has extensive experience in corporate restructuring, change management and strategic partnerships. He is a valued mentor to start up entrepreneurs providing advice and guidance on business growth and development.
Strategic Development Manager
Kaylene Ascough has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Business Ethics and Philosophy as well as an Honours Degree in Business Management. She has over 20 years of business and project management experience. Kaylene has spent the last 4 years assisting traditional owner groups in Central Queensland start and grow their own businesses. She has successfully negotiated Joint Ventures and Strategic Partnerships for Indigenous organisations.
Kaylene’s strengths are in community engagement, workforce development programs and strategic planning. She was the Managing Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior for 6 years and maintains an active involvement in academic research. She has been a member of a number management committees and boards of not-for-profit organisations and is currently the Convenor of the Immanuel Lutheran College’s 2015 Fruehlingsfest.