Chief Executive Officer
Gary Oliver is a proud Kuku Yalanji man from Far North Queensland. He has dedicated his life and professional career to community and developing pathways to a brighter future for First Nation peoples and all Australians alike. For over 30 years Gary has supported capacity building as both an advocate and consultant to Government and Non-Government bodies as well as strong relationships with corporate Australia.
Over the course of Gary’s working career he has held positions at senior management and executive levels in both the NSW and Queensland Departments of Premier and Cabinet, NSW Aboriginal Affairs, NSW Department of Family & Community Services, and Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works. Gary is the recipient of two Premiers Awards, one from each state he has worked in. Gary is a Board member for Western Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation, a Native Title Prescribed Body Corporate for his people. Since 2013 Gary has also been both a trustee and board member of Save the Children Australia.
Gary holds qualifications in business, management and leadership. He has worked at the national and international level working alongside communities in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. His network in Australia is across the country. Immediately prior to joining Pickwick 1A Gary was Chief Executive Officer of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.
Owner and Director
Syl (Dunadjar ra) Johns originates from the Larakia Nation of the Northern Territory with kin to Boroloola and Allawa people. He is one of 8 siblings and is married with 2 children and 5 grandchildren. His Totems are Dangalaba (Crocodile) and Dumidungala (Dugong).
Syl has lived and worked in the South-east Queensland Indigenous community for over 30 years. He has also spent considerable time in remote and regional Australia.
Syl has delivered quality outcomes in various positions including Indigenous Training Manager, Social Health Case Manager, Community Development Employment Programs Manager, Indigenous Advisor, Cultural Mentor, Aboriginal Narrative Counsellor, and Australian Amateur Team Boxing coach and manager.
Syl has helped build Indigenous community organisations including Kurbingui Youth Development, Kurbingui Sporting Association and developed cultural leadership programs such as the Australian Warrior Program and the Australian Indigenous Amateur Boxing Touring Team.
Being a member of the Stolen Generation, he firmly believes that reviving customs, lore and traditions can only strengthen Indigenous peoples position today. He is a strong advocate for quality housing and health.
Syl has a passion for supporting Indigenous people into employment. As an owner and director of Pickwick 1A he sees it as providing an opportunity for his people to achieve self-determination through economic and career advancement. Along with his leadership and management expertise he brings training and development skills to the role.
Owner and Director
Carol was born in Childers Queensland into a large extended family and one of 5 children. She has traditional family ties to the Gubbi people through the Blackman, Aldridge and Appo family descendants on her mother’s side. Carol’s grandmother May was the daughter of Alfred and Jessie Blackman who respected the traditions of their people.
Carol’s working life has been in administration in both the public service and private sectors. She left work after 15 years in the Queensland public service to raise her two daughters with her husband.
When she returned to the workforce, Carol worked at the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) for 5 years. She then went onto working in her husband’s business. Carol now works at Pickwick Group as a Payroll Officer.
Throughout the years Carol has volunteered with Cystic Fibrosis and the Kedron Samaritans Group. Several of her family members have been involved in mentoring and teaching the youth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Carol is excited and proud to be an owner and director of Pickwick 1A. She is committed to take a lead in the provision of employment and economic opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. Carol brings a depth of leadership and administration experience to Pickwick 1A underpinned by respectful family values and beliefs.
Ken is originally from Aotearoa (New Zealand) and moved to Australia in 2001. He is a graduate of the University of Auckland with Bachelor and Masters’ degrees in Geography and History. Ken has also completed an Executive Master of Business Administration degree, is a Justice of the Peace, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ken has over 30 years’ experience in the private sector, including facilities services, building, industrial and manufacturing products, and forestry. He has spent over 20 years in general management and senior marketing and business development roles with several international publicly listed companies based in NZ, Australia and Canada.
Since 2008 Ken has been the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Pickwick Group and its subsidiary companies. These integrated facilities services companies provide contract cleaning, security and associated services to a wide range of commercial and industrial businesses and government organisations throughout Australia and New Zealand. Ken is a current board member of QLeave, the Queensland Government’s Portable Long Service Leave Authority for the contract cleaning industry.
With Pickwick 1A he represents the minority shareholding Pickwick Group has in the Joint Venture and is excited to be working with the Indigenous directors, owners and managers of Pickwick 1A as it becomes a leading facilities services company.
National Business Development Manager
Tony has been involved in facilities services for over 35 years working with both ASX listed corporates and leading mid-tier companies, most recently Pickwick Group. He has attained a great depth of operations, sales and management experience in all facets of the industry including contract cleaning, security and other soft services.
Over Tony’s career he has managed large multi-state and nationwide facility services businesses, including those in remote and regional locations with a strong Indigenous workforce. These included the provision of facility services at Ayres Rock Resort in Central Australia, now Indigenous owned. He has also worked with communities in Cape York partnering in delivering a wide range of facilities services to mining clients.
Tony has served as a past executive member of the Building Service Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA) in Queensland. He has a strong network of industry contacts acquired over many years. Holding senior positions in both General Management and Business Development Tony understands the key requirements in providing quality competitively priced solutions to what is an increasingly demanding services sector.
With business development Tony has successfully participated in numerous national, multi-state and single state tender wins. As National Business Development Manager for Pickwick 1A Tony looks forward to helping lead the growth of the business and transferring his extensive knowledge and expertise to the Indigenous owners, shareholders and management.