Team

Each member of our Statim Yaga team has a wealth of knowledge and experience. They come from diverse backgrounds and understand the challenges and barriers faced by Indigenous Australians.

The team supports everyone who participates in the program to be the best they can be. We set our candidates to be successful from pre-employment training through to job placement, apprenticeships and beyond.

Mark Kucks, National Indigenous Manager

Mark Kucks,
National Indigenous Manager

Mark is a descendant of the Yuggerah and Kullilli people of southeast and southwest Queensland and has spent close to two decades learning his trade in the employment and training sector.

His successes include developing several successful programs and strategies that continue to open up career opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people nationally. Mark has worked with Hutchinson Builders since 2012, helping to build the company’s capacity to work with Indigenous communities. His work has driven a significant increase in Indigenous participation on our projects. Mark’s focus is to ensure Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders receive the opportunity to gain careers and carve out their own futures, for themselves and their families.

Carmen Lasserre, Business Support

Carmen Lasserre,
Business Support

As a proud Kamilaroi woman, Carmen is excited to be part of a team that is helping her mob every day.

After completing a Certificate III in Business Administration through a school-based traineeship, Carmen approached Hutchies’ Statim Yaga team about opportunities to work here. She was thrilled when she was able to jag a role with the Statim Yaga crew early in 2019. Since coming on board, she has been able to apply many of the things she learned in her traineeship, and has continued to build on her knowledge. Carmen continues to learn about what it’s like to work in the construction industry, the ways that her team can help other Indigenous Australians, and also more about her own culture. She plans to continue her professional development and aspires to one day run her own Indigenous training and employment team.

Joel Anderson, Senior Indigenous Coordinator

Joel Anderson,
Senior Indigenous Coordinator

Joel is a descendant of the Awabakal People from the Central Coast of New South Wales. He has approximately 10 years' experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in and around southeast Queensland. His work includes teaching, career development, tertiary pathway programs and community engagement.

With a background in education and human services Joel has spent many years working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in numerous settings including school, university, state and local government, and more recently with apprentices and trainees. Joel’s role is to coordinate the mentoring strategy for all participants of Hutchinson Builder’s Statim-Yaga program. He works with his own portfolio of apprentices, trainees and employees and also coordinates external mentoring organisations located across Hutchies’ sites.

Glen Duncan, Indigenous Coordinator - New South Wales

Glen Duncan,
Indigenous Coordinator - New South Wales

Glen is a descendant of the Kamilaroi and Wiradjuri tribes of northern central New South Wales and Southeast Queensland and southern slopes of New South Wales.

With over 25 years’ experience working within the employment and training, and community services sector, Glen has extensive experience in the development and implementation of employment and training programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia. He has worked with remote, rural, and metropolitan communities and has a good understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, cultures and societies, and the issues which impact Indigenous Australians. Glen is working closely with our Sydney project teams, subbies and suppliers to maximise employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Naomi Prior, Indigenous Coordinator - Victoria

Naomi Prior,
Indigenous Coordinator - Victoria

Naomi is a Birri-Gubba woman descending from North Queensland, with strong family connections to Palm Island.

Being raised in Melbourne, Naomi has gained extensive experience working with the Victorian Koorie community in various community development and coordination roles. She has worked in numerous settings including state government, community health, and the private sector. Most recently she coordinated the implementation of an Aboriginal health plan across a multiple services. Naomi’s work has focussed on engaging and working with local Aboriginal people to plan and deliver community led-programs and build and maintain lasting relationships with key stakeholders. Naomi joined Hutchies in 2019 and is working on broadening the Statim Yaga program in Victoria.