We provide culturally appropriate programs, led by the Indigenous, for the Indigenous
Gr8motive is led by a team of proud Indigenous Australians and those committed to the delivery of culturally appropriate supports to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.
Our Chairman, Chris Anderson, and Director, Chris O’Brien, identified the need for specialised indigenous support and development programs in high demand areas, and set about identifying a group of experienced, diverse and culturally connected individuals to form the founding Board and take their vision forward.
We strongly believe everyone deserves the opportunity to grow and develop a better quality of life. Our vision is:
“To provide quality personalised services to create and nurture opportunities to build rewarding lives for the Indigenous, their family, and community.”
We actively participate in a business ecosystem with other companies that share our values.
Experienced in the delivery of important government and non-government programs
Our team has existing community connections built through the work we do, but also through bloodlines and marriage networks. We bring experience working in both government and non-government roles and in delivering important government contracts On Country and in metropolitan areas. We bring numerous years’ experience working in youth, community service, disability and housing.
Chris Anderson – Chairperson
Chris is the Chairperson of Gr8motive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation. Chris is the youngest sibling of twelve children and his bloodlines stem from West Brisbane. He is identified as a Gunggari man from his Mother’s tribe. His Mother was part of the stolen generation and was taken and placed in a mission in Cherbourg, East Queensland.
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Chris grew up in the Brisbane area and relocated to Far North Queensland in his adult years, where he worked in labour and Government jobs.
Chris has more than twenty years’ experience working with children and youth and is proud to deliver services in hand with ITEC Group, where he also holds the position of Chief Business Development Officer.
Chris has been working for ITEC for the past 10 years in various roles and has been instrumental in establishing and operating services in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. He also sits on the company’s Reconciliation Action Plan Committee and has served on various community committees / panels and advisory groups.
Chris is proud of his cultural heritage and his extensive industry experience and cultural expertise combined make him an invaluable asset to Gr8motive and well-positioned to develop and oversee delivery of important indigenous programs.
Chris O’Brien – Director
Chris is a founder, director and member of Gr8motive Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation (Gr8motive).
His experience spans 25 years in the human and business service sectors, with a particular focus on very remote, regional and indigenous environments.
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As a key strategic driver in developing business models and programs to meet the needs of our clients, Chris maintains directorships in many of the participating companies in this ecosystem. His roles include: Chairman for Individual Empowerment Network Pty Ltd (IEN), an Australian-owned family business to which he has served on the Board for 20 years; Chairman for ITEC Housing, a separate building company; and Vice President of the Butchers Creek State School P&C (following 2 years as President). He has been a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors for nearly 2 decades.
As a founder and managing director for Community Enterprises Australia Ltd (CEA) he grew that not-for-profit entity to be the largest CDEP provider in Australia and later, through the 2007 NT Intervention, this organisation had 85% of its staff identifying as being from ATSI background, living in a remote community with English as a second or third spoken language. In 2001, Chris was awarded the NAIDOC Award for contributions to indigenous employment.
Chris’ passion for helping vulnerable people influences Gr8motive’s ethos, which aims to capture the values of humanity in the delivery of individual and business services. He is a family man first and with his partner of 17 years they have 4 children of Torres Strait Islander decent. They live together on a hobby farm on the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland.
Lynn Walker – Managing Director
Lynn Walker is currently the Managing Director for the ITEC Group Australia, and highly experienced in corporate compliance, risk management and strategy.
She has forty years’ experience working in the community and human services sector, including disability, statutory out of home care, youth programs, child safety and child protection, and mental health.
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In 2006, Lynn founded ITEC Health, initially operating out of her car, with a laptop. Since then, she has built the business through strong relationships and partnering with key stakeholders in various states and territories. Today the company has grown to service a national footprint.
Lynn is a caring individual who has made a commitment to making a difference to people’s lives, through offering services to guide and strengthen the support measures around vulnerable people.
A strong humble female leader who is at her best supporting her team understanding and guiding the operations. She is an ambassador for Workplace Gender Equality and a pay equity ambassador with WGEA (Workplace Gender Equality Agency), taking the pay equity pledge.
Diversity Inclusion and Gender Equality is at the forefront of Lynn’s business model, where she openly considers CALD, LGBTIQ, gender equality and individuals with differing abilities.
Martin Kernbach – Director
Martin Kernbach is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the individual and community services industry. Martin’s experience stems from a Training and Employment project work background predominantly delivery in remote indigenous communities, focussing on indigenous engagement and inclusion.
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Martin also has a strong financial background working within and in conjunction with finance departments during his working life. Martin’s current work role oversees policy, planning and strategy decisions as well as performance management, and company culture and governance.
A proud father to 4 children with indigenous heritage, he encourages them to learn about and immerse themselves in their cultural connections. As a professional and strategic executive manager, he remains focussed on supporting equality for all people within the organisation and in the communities in which we work.
Andrea Brown – Director and Company Secretary
Andrea is a Darnley Islander descendent woman appointed as Company Secretary of the Gr8motive Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation in 2016.
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In 2007, Andrea was part of the stakeholder group that established and introduced Murri Court in Cairns. This group then formulated a committee, later known as the Murri Court Committee, to work behind the scenes with the courts, local community justice groups, key government and non-governmental agencies, the Queensland Police and local Elders to establish effective strategies for defendant justice and rehabilitation.
Andrea has a Diploma in Justice Administration and worked for several years within the community as a Police Officer. Andrea’s philosophy in community services is to build strong relationships and skilled foundations and strive for positive results for children and their families.
Shane Motlap – Treasurer
Shane is a Director and Treasurer of Gr8motive Aboriginal Corporation and an Indigenous Australian professional with almost three decades of relevant industry and leadership experience.
He has a Bachelor of Education and postgraduate qualifications including a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies and a Master of Business. He is currently working towards completion of a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration.
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Shane has strong skills in leadership, management and strategic planning demonstrated by his tertiary education, industrial relations and sports administration experience, including at the local and state/territory level. His roles have included: Executive Policy Officer and Pro Vice Chancellor proxy, Charles Darwin University; Chair, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy Committee and Board Member National Executive Committee, NTEU; and President, Palmerston Raiders RLFC.
He is experienced in working collaboratively in establishing partnerships with a broad range of clients, including Michael Long Leadership and Learning Centre & AFL Northern Territory; Saami University College, Saamiland, Norway; Larrakia Aboriginal Nation, Darwin NT; Career Trackers, Sydney, NSW; Australian Science Innovations – Asian Science Camp, Canberra, ACT; and Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre, Canberra, ACT.
Shane is also a co-founding member and Director of not for profit Darwin Indigenous Men’s Service.
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As a not-for-profit, charitable organisation, Gr8motive relies on government funding and donations from the community to deliver our important programs.