Board & executive team


Daniel Tucker

Managing Director

As one of twelve appointees to the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Daniel is a highly respected and successful Aboriginal leader and businessman.

Daniel Tucker is the founding Managing Director of Carey, founded in 1995, and has been its Director since inception. Daniel has over 28 years’ experience in the mining industry having held executive roles in both ASX listed public companies and other private companies.

Daniel has won numerous Industry and Government awards including:

  • Commonwealth Department of Employment and Workplace Relations Outstanding Manager Award in the 2003 Corporate Leaders for Indigenous Employment Awards;
  • Ethnic Business Awards 2010, Winner Indigenous in Business Category;
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Service Category, Western Region; and
  • Ethnic Business Awards 2013, Champion of Champions, Indigenous in Business.

Other positions Daniel currently holds include:

  • Inaugural Member of Prime Ministers Indigenous Advisory Council under the Abbott Federal Government; and
  • Founder and Chairman of the Wongatha Education Trust.

He has previously served on the Council of Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia and on the boards of a number of private and publicly Australian Stock Exchange listed companies. Daniel has also been an active member of numerous Community based organisations.


Gavin Woodley Smith

General Manager

Since joining Carey in 2008, Gavin has worked in both financial and management roles throughout the business. He is a qualified Certified Practicing Accountant with strong interpersonal and team management skills. Gavin assumed the role of General Manager in August 2014. Gavin leads the Executive Leadership Team and is focused on developing Carey’s business strategy and ensuring the company has the right people with the right skills. This will enable the delivery of a safe, client focused service which builds long-term capacity for Indigenous Australians. Prior to Carey, Gavin worked in both management and financial roles within the manufacturing and service sectors.


Allan James

Business Relationships Manager

Allan is a Wongi/Yamatji man born and raised in the Northern Goldfields region of WA. He has a strong commercial background, is an accountant by qualification, and has undertaken several consulting roles with Indigenous organisations and communities, providing business development, financial, insurance and risk management advice through his business consultancy. He has an extensive history in the mining industry having worked with Rio Tinto at Argyle Diamonds, BHP Billiton Nickel West, Newmont Boddington Gold and more recently with Carey.

Allan has successfully undertaken a number of management roles throughout his profession in the mining sector, accountable for the delivery of Social Responsibility and Community Relations strategies as they relate to Heritage and Land Access approvals, Indigenous Affairs, Community Investment, Media Communications, Government and Stakeholder relations.


Chris O'connor

Corporate Services Manager

Chris has a strong commercial background gained from various roles ranging from Cost Accountant to Financial Director across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

After a decade working in senior roles with blue chip corporates such as Fonterra Ltd, Carter Holt Harvey and Allen International, Chris and his family moved back to Australia to work in the rewarding environment of Indigenous business with Carey.


Paul Jacobsz

Operations Manager

Paul has over 27 years’ experience in the mining sector having worked across various departments including Operations, Project Management and Business Development both domestically and internationally. He has worked with Tier 1 mining companies as well as contract mining service providers. His extensive work history provides Carey with a highly experienced individual, able to deliver on the day to day management of operations and to achieve and exceed safety and production targets.