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.
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 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.
Chairperson & Director
Leanne is a proud Bundjalung woman with great passion for the welfare of her community and culture. Living in Brisbane, she is dedicated to facilitating cultural support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the workplace through supervision, mentoring, mediation and life coaching. She is a proven business manager with working knowledge of Aboriginal engagement – interface between government departments and the Aboriginal community along with experience in residential management and placement.
Leanne owns and operates Healing to Employment which provides culturally appropriate pre employment and employment support services such as mentoring, coaching and counselling to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (refer https://www.healingtoemployment.com/)
Leanne is a skilled assessor, trainer, facilitator, mentor and life coach with skills in financial management, debtor control and administration support. She’s trained and assessed at the Indigenous Specific Finance and Budgeting workshop, assessed trainees for Recognition of Prior Learning in Cert IV Small Business Management and Diploma of Business, Liquid Learning’s Indigenous Leadership Summit and the National Aboriginal Wellness Conference.
Leanne has many contacts in the Indigenous business sector. Mentoring the learning and development of Aboriginal apprentices, staff, supervisors and managers in early childhood learning, horticulture, wastewater, construction, administration, metal fabrication, pharmacy, hair dressing and libraries are to name a few.
Leanne volunteers as the Aboriginal support worker at the Numinbah Correctional Centre, facilitating workshops specifically for Aboriginal women transitioning into community.
Aunty Christine Barney is a Woppaburrra Elder from the Great Keppel Islands. She has lived in Brisbane for 50 years and is recognised as a Brisbane Elder. Aunty Christine has 5 children who follow in her footsteps working with and supporting Indigenous communities in their specialist fields of construction, finance, horticulture, and communications.
She was the first President of Wandarrah Pre-School and Community Centre in Inala, the first autonomous Aboriginal Kindergarten in Queensland. It’s a role she has recently taken on again and the centre will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023. Aunty Christine embeds a high-level expertise, knowledge and experience in governance, employment, human resources, and communication strategies enhanced with historical cultural knowledge and community connections.
Aunty Christine worked in the Department of Communities as a Review & Evaluation Officer reviewing systems in the social justice arena. She has worked as a Principal Policy Officer, Primary Teacher, Secondary Guidance Counsellor and Community Education Counsellor for Education Queensland. Her latest employment role was in Murri Watch as a Senior Counsellor in the Healing Centre for Aboriginal Health Services and she continues to work as a consultant on Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander areas of need.
All her employment roles throughout Queensland in local and remote areas as an educator, assessor, counsellor, and employment strategist have focussed on Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander community members.
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 owners, directors 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 shareholder, directors and management.