AIG staff

We are Aboriginal Investment Group

Come and meet the team. AIG is staffed by professionals who share a passion for enabling positive change in the lives of Aboriginal people in Northern Australia.

As an Aboriginal Corporation, AIG is uniquely privately funded and proudly independent. It holds a diverse investment portfolio which is managed by a passionate and skilled team.

The vision of AIG is centred around investing in our people and the team remains focussed on achieving this.

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Steve Smith

Steve Smith started with AIG in 2013 and remains unwavering in his motivation for justice and integrity.

His training in law, government, project management and fraud detection places him an as ideal Chief Executive Officer for AIG. His lengthy experience working within all levels of government is an important asset when negotiating the strategic alignment of important AIG projects.

Steve is a strong leader who remains driven to realign the mandate of AIG by pursuing projects that ensure the vision of regional economic development to enhance the lives of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory is achieved.

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Alexa Gutenberger
Chief Operating Officer 

Alexa joined AIG as the Chief Operating Officer in September 2018 after working with AIG for nearly two years in a consultancy role.

Alexa has a strong passion for empowering Indigenous people by sharing her knowledge to give people the power to make the right decisions and create a future for their families, community and business.

Alexa is a Chartered Accountant and has a Master of Business Economics. She has over 12 years’ professional experience with Deloitte in the Northern Territory specialising in the Indigenous and Not-for-Profit sector providing a wide range of services particularly in audit, governance, accounting and business advisory.

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Jolene Peacock
Office Manager/Assistant Accountant

Jolene joined AIG in 2015 and has a Diploma in Business with over 10 years experience working in finance in the commercial sector. Her training and experience provides her with a strong background for managing the financial side of AIG.

Jolene is heavily involved in the business support side of the AIG products which translates as providing vital book keeping services and efficiencies support to Aboriginal organisations to aid in business growth.

Jolene grew up in rural Queensland and is passionate about giving a helping hand to the ‘little guy’ to achieve economic and social developments in rural and remote Australia.

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Anne Rayner
Assistant Projects Officer

Anne moved to Darwin in 2016 and started with AIG in March 2018. Anne has worked in family law, conveyancing, property development, foster care and other industries and is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice as well as studying to become a Registered Marriage Celebrant.

Anne assists with the development of new projects, including applying for appropriate grants, and ensuring AIG’s client companies meet their statutory obligations under both the Corporations Act and Corporations (Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander) Act

Anne spends her weekends with her children and loves to visit her granddaughter in QLD when time permits.

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Dominic Robbie
Store Coordinator 

Dominic started in August 2018 as Stores Coordinator and is involved in setting agreements with suppliers and supporting general stores in remote communities. Dominic is dedicated to creating good stores that better serve people in communities.

He has over 40 years of experience in retail across Australia and has been in the NT for the last 10 years working in remote community retail.

Dominic has worked in a variety of other careers across all states and territories including the wholesale food industry, restaurants and bus and truck transportation.

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Louise Hill

Louise started with AIG in June 2018 and brings a background in bookkeeping, administration, customer service and experience of living in Darwin for 22 years.

Louise believes the AIG finance team plays an important part in the positive contribution AIG gives to Aboriginal people in the NT. She believes she is working in a role that genuinely invests in people.

In her spare time Louise is a fitness instructor and spends time with her family and friends.

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Elouis Thaiday

Elouis started her Receptionist role at AIG in August 2018 after moving to Darwin from Cairns.

She has a passion for working with people and is keen to learn new and valuable skills from the team at AIG.

Elouis comes from St Pauls Community on Moa Island in the Torres Strait and has three beautiful children who take up all her time when she isn’t working.