Luke is a proud Ngarrindjeri man who was born and raised in Adelaide SA. Luke’s engagement in Defence commenced through the Indigenous Apprenticeship Program (IAP) and since then has been involved in Defence as an Army Reservist and an Australia Public Service (APS) employee with the Department of Defence.

Luke’s previous employment saw him take up a position at the Naval Construction Branch (NCB) for the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) where he worked alongside JY Australia Consultants as the Information Manager. Impressed with his performance and ability at the NCB, JY Australia approached Luke for the Operations Manager position at Head Office. Since then, Luke has transitioned into consultancy work as a Project Support Officer supporting Wide Area and Space Surveillance Systems Program Office (WASSSPO) in Adelaide.

Being interested in helping to solve social and economic issues that Indigenous people may face, Luke is particularly passionate about increasing participation and providing opportunities in employment, training and education for his community and he does this through his mentoring responsibilities in JY Australia’s Indigenous Development Employment Program (IDEP). Luke shares his knowledge, experience, expertise, and advice with his Mentees, focusing on Professional Development and advancement within their chosen careers.

Luke brings valuable insight to the IDEP which has benefited all participants and he has recently completed a Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership from the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre as well as Certificates in Business, Government and Military Skills.

Luke is married to Vanessa and has 2 children – Isaac and Iliana. As well as being a proud father, Luke enjoys playing sports, travelling and spending time with his family and friends.