Brian Arnold, ADBT General ManagerBrian has maintained a broad level of experience in a number of portfolios including economic development, tourism, youth, community and business.
An innovative and creative lateral thinker Brian has very strong entrepreneurial skills including ideas creation, planning and research, development, engagement with stakeholders, marketing and business management.
Brian has 20 years’ experience in economic development with a very strong focus in Indigenous enterprise development.
Prior to his appointment with ADBT Brian was the CEO of the Australian Industry Engineering & Manufacturing Network (AIEMnet).
Previously to that Brian was the CEO of the North Queensland Small Business Development Centre which attained world class status.
I was born and raised in Central Queensland and have spent most of my working life in Townsville North Queensland. I am Aboriginal on my father side with my Aboriginal ancestry from the Darumbal people of Central Queensland mainly around the coastal town of Yeppoon. My late father was one of the few Aboriginal soldiers who served in World War 2, Korea, Vietnam and the Malaysian Conflict. My late Mother was Japanese who came from the village of Ondo near Hiroshima.
I have extensive experience in assisting Indigenous people into business as well as supporting Indigenous organisations to grow and expand. My previous work history is also extensive and includes Business, Finance, Training, Industry and Community Development.