Ken’s people are Mununjhali from the Beaudesert region in southeast Queensland. He also has cultural responsibilities for neighbouring Wangerriburra country.
Ken is passionate about creating and driving positive outcomes for his people. He has been working in Aboriginal affairs for almost 30 years in government, community, corporate, and business roles. Consequently, Ken has developed rich national networks across Australia including regional and remote areas.
Ken led the establishment of the now highly successful Working on Country program across Australia which provides real jobs for Indigenous rangers and communities, particularly in remote areas, to manage Australia’s natural and cultural values.
For the last 15 years Ken has focussed on economic development and commercial sectors as he has become increasingly convinced the solutions to many of the wicked challenges facing his people is through Indigenous led economic empowerment and independence. This included roles with Ernst and Young, Indigenous Business Australia, and running his own successful professional services consulting business – Markwell and Associates.
For the past three years Ken has been with Australian Unity as the Executive General Manager Indigenous Services which includes Aboriginal Home Care – one of the largest employers of Aboriginal people in Australia. The opportunity to be part of an organisation and team that delivers profound impacts on the lives of Elders and vulnerable Aboriginal people is what attracted Ken to the role.