Russell Taylor, Chair
Bronwyn Penrith, Deputy Chair
Karel Williams, Executive Director
Karel Williams, Ken Craig, Mark Rose, Rodney Little and Russell Taylor - 100% Aboriginal ownership.
Moreton Consulting Pty Ltd was registered as a company under the Corporations Act 2001 on 9 July 2010.
We became Aboriginal 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% Aboriginal owned on 28 July 2020.
Australian Company Number – 145 128 712
Australian Business Number – 13 145 128 712
Moreton Consulting Pty Ltd was established in July 2010 by Kerry Pearse and Margaret Girdwood, two white women living in Redfern with a vision. After 12 months it became clear that most of the company’s work was largely in the Indigenous space. And so began a 5 year journey of governance transformation to reflect our deep commitment to self determination.
In 2011 Bronwyn Penrith, a close friend, joined the company as an Associate. Bronwyn is a Wiradjuri woman who has worked all her life for equality and the recognition of Aboriginal people and their rights.
Kerry and Bronwyn started to develop the two ways approach to planning and facilitation. In 2013 a Board of Directors was established and Bronwyn Penrith 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 the company transitioned again. Russell Taylor AM, a Kamilaroi man with a distinguished career as a senior executive largely 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 Aboriginal housing, also joined the company as an owner and Director at this time.
In February 2018 we were proud to be independently certified by Supply Nation as a fully Aboriginal controlled business and in July 2018 we changed the company’s name to the Burbangana Group, to reflect our Aboriginal ownership and commitment to working in partnership.
Professor Mark Rose joined the board in May 2019. Mark is traditionally linked to the Gunditjmara Nation of western Victoria.
Since January 2020 the company has been transitioning Kerry Pearse’s role as the founding CEO to Karel Williams, a woman based in Canberra who has family connections to the Palawa and Western Arrernte Nations. This has been one of the final steps in a deliberate and rewarding journey to full Aboriginal 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 proud Wilunyu and Wajuk man of the Yamatji and Nyoongar peoples of Western Australia and currently lives in Canberra.
At this time, Marg Girdwood resigned from the Board, remaining on as a much-valued Associate.
In July 2020 the company became 100% Aboriginal owned, with 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.
The artwork featured on our website was created by Kristina McKinlay. Find out more about the Burbangana artwork.