Rod Little, Chairperson
Karel Williams, Executive Director
Ken Craig, Mark Rose, Karel Williams and Rod Little - 100% First Nations ownership.
Moreton Consulting Pty Ltd was registered as a company under the Corporations Act 2001 on 9 July 2010.
We became First Nations majority owned on 5 September 2014.
We received Supply Nation Certification on 21 February 2018.
The company name changed to Burbangana Group on 2 July 2018.
We joined the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce in May 2020.
The Company became 100% First Nations owned on 28 July 2020.
Australian Company Number – 145 128 712
Australian Business Number – 13 145 128 712
Burbangana Group was first established in July 2010 as Moreton Consulting by Kerry Pearse and Margaret Girdwood, two white women with a vision, then living in Redfern. After 12 months it became clear that most of the company’s work was in the First Nations space. And so began a 5 year journey of governance transformation to reflect their deep commitment to self determination.
In 2011 Bronwyn Penrith joined the company as an Associate. Bronwyn is a Wiradjuri woman who has worked all her life for equality and the recognition of First Nations people and our rights.
In 2013 a Board of Directors was established and Bronwyn became the inaugural Chair. In 2014 Bronwyn became the majority shareholder and Cheryl Penrith, a Wiradjuri woman living in Wagga Wagga NSW, also joined the Board.
In December 2016 Russell Taylor AM, a Kamilaroi man with a distinguished career as a senior executive in the public sector became an owner and Director following his retirement from AIATSIS as the CEO. Ken Craig, a Gumbaynggirr man from Coffs Harbour with significant expertise in housing, also joined the company at this time as an owner and Director.
In February 2018 we were proud to be independently certified by Supply Nation as a First Nations controlled business and in July 2018 we changed the company’s name to Burbangana Group, to reflect its majority First Nations ownership.
Professor Mark Rose joined the board in May 2019. Mark is traditionally linked to the Gunditjmara Nation of western Victoria.
From January 2020 the company transitioned Kerry Pearse’s role as the founding Executive Director to Karel Williams, a First Nations woman based in Canberra whose family connections are to the palawa and Western Arrernte Nations. This was one of the final steps in a deliberate and rewarding journey to full First Nations control.
Burbangana joined the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce in May 2020.
Karel Williams officially stepped into the Executive Director role in June 2020, with Rod Little also joining the company as a Director. Rod is a Yamatji and Nyoongar man of the Wilunyu and Whadjuk Nations of Western Australia and he currently lives in Canberra.
At this time, Marg Girdwood resigned from the Board, staying on as a much-valued Associate until her retirement in 2022.
In July 2020 the company became 100% First Nations owned, as Karel Williams, Mark Rose and Rod Little joined existing shareholders Russell Taylor and Ken Craig as owners of the company. At this time, Bronwyn Penrith and Kerry Pearse departed as shareholders, whilst staying on as Directors. Kerry Pearse stepped down as a Director in June 2022, completing the transition to full First Nations ownership and management of the Company, and Bronwyn retired as a Director in August 2023.
In February 2023 Russell Taylor retired as an owner and Director but remained involved with the company as its Patron. Sadly, Russ passed away on 7 April, 2023.
Rod Little was subsequently elected the Company's Chairperson.
The artwork featured on our website was created by Kristina Taylor. Find out more about the Burbangana artwork.