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Our Board and Executive Team

Our board and executive team oversee all aspects of the business and ensure we work to our purpose and values while delivering operational excellence.

Our Board

Our board is fully empowered to make decisions that assist us with our journey of transformation. Harnessing their broad spectrum of expertise, they are committed to living our values and transforming the lives of job seekers and communities.

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Our Executive Team

With a broad range of expertise in a range of industries, specialising in employment services, our Executive Team brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to take AKG into the future.

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AKG Board of Directors

Joseph Carrozzi , AM

Joseph Carrozzi, AM

Chair of the Board

Joseph Carrozzi, AM, BComm/LLB Barrister, MAICD is an experienced board chair and business leader. He was the Managing Partner for the Sydney Practice of PwC until March 2021, an office with over 3,500 professionals. He has practised in the areas of taxation, infrastructure/precincts and public policy.

Joseph has a long-standing commitment to serving not-for-profit boards for organisations which are focused on making an impact in the community. Mr Carrozzi was awarded an Order of Australia for his ‘significant service to business, and to the community through multicultural and not-for-profit organisations.’ His current boards include:

  • Chair of the Centenary Institute for Medical Research
  • Chair of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
  • Deputy Chair of the NSW Institute of Sport
  • Board member of Western Sydney University
  • Board member of Football Australia

Joseph is also the Chair of HealthCo (ASX:HCW), a listed healthcare and wellness Real Estate Investment Trust as well as an advisor to a number of businesses and entrepreneurs in the infrastructure and services sectors.

Nic Fairbank

Nic Fairbank

Group CEO and Managing Director

Nicolas (Nic) Fairbank joined AKG (Angus Knight Group) in July 2022. Previously he was Chief Executive Officer of Programmed Skilled Workforce, Australia’s largest staffing business, leading more than 25,000 people across Australia and New Zealand. He was appointed an APAC Executive Member in 2022 impacting thirteen countries across the region.

Nic has a history of developing strong business relationships and effective market engagement strategies. He has led multiple acquisitions and successful systems, process and cultural integrations.

Nic has contributed to the design and led the implementation of technology that has driven operating improvements. He has championed the evolution of employment models and approach to skills building in Australia through industry collaboration and innovative apprentice and trainee programs.

He is a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion and gender equality, significantly improving indigenous engagement and female representation in leadership roles as well as participation in traditionally male dominated fields of employment.

Nic has been a proud Board Member of CEOs for Gender Equality (CGE) since 2019.

Peter Shergold

Peter Shergold, AC

Independent Director

Prof. Peter Shergold, AC  was an academic historian at UNSW for 16 years. He then became a senior executive in the Australian Public Service for 20 years, including stints as Secretary of the Employment and Education Departments. For five years he was Australia’s most senior public servant as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

After 12 years as Chancellor of Western Sydney University, he now serves as Chair of a number of private, public and not-for-profit organisations. 

Rachel Grimes

Rachel Grimes, AM

Independent Director

Rachel has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector holding senior executive roles at Westpac and Challenger.

Rachel’s non-executive Director roles include HUB24, Australian Payments Plus, Digital Finance CRC, Loreto Ministries Limited and she is a Member of the Financial Reporting Council.

Rachel is passionate about the Accounting profession and was a former President of Chartered Accountants (2011) and the International Federation of Accountants (2016-2018). Rachel is also a Director on the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board.

Rachel was made a Member in the Order of Australia for her services to business in the accountancy profession, and to professional associations.

John Hart

John Hart, OAM

Independent Director

John Hart is Executive Director of Restaurant & Catering Australia, Executive Director of Business Group Australia, Executive Chair of Australian Chamber – Tourism, Chair of Tourism Training Australia and on the Board of Tourism Australia, the Australian Business Register and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.

John was Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant & Catering Australia between 1999 and 2017. In 2021 John was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia for service to the tourism industry.

John has spent over 30 years working in the hospitality industry in operational, HR and IR roles, trained in food and beverage management at the Ecole Hotelliere Lausanne, in Switzerland, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Business Law.

Zara Curtis

Zara Curtis

Independent Director

Zara has spent more than twenty years building successful media brands and leading large teams in publishing, digital, TV production and brand marketing.

A passionate champion of using technology and storytelling to change the way brands and businesses interact with customers both now and in the future, Zara describes herself as ‘A leader of innovation, creativity, and people for commercial business success’.

Zara is currently employed as Director of Content and Customer Engagement at IAG.

She has a Bachelor of Communication – Journalism, (Charles Sturt University) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Duncan Angus

Duncan Angus

Founder and Executive Director

Duncan entered the hospitality industry in 1985, serving in a number of managerial capacities and later focusing on recruitment services to the industry.

In 1991, Peter Knight and Duncan founded Angus Knight as a training services company that successfully expanded operations throughout Australia, delivering training programs in every State. In 1998, Duncan led Angus Knight in a successful bid for the Federal Government’s Employment Services Contract and most recently successful in the UK CAEHRS tenders and the acquisition of training companies, Learning Sphere and VFA.

As Executive Director, Duncan focuses his efforts on the AKG’s broader growth agenda. Duncan’s vision has always been to assist people and organisations in developing their full potential through ‘lifelong learning’.

Help us build solutions that work

Our team is always exploring new ideas and opportunities to build meaningful solutions with real impact. We work best co-designing with employers, local stakeholders and people with lived experience. Connect with us to explore how we can work together for change.

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