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Tully Young

With more than 20 years’ experience in professional services in recruitment, on-hire, group training and workforce development, Tully has spent his entire career working with businesses that have long term trade skills shortages or productivity issues based around skills.

Tully graduated from La Trobe University in Melbourne (BA in Economics and Politics) in 1995.

After working in recruitment services and the on-hire sector for a number of years, Tully’s passion to provide skills solutions for industry led him to start Blue Tongue in 2001. The business went from a start-up in 2001 to $48M in sales in 2023.

Tully started the Blue Tongue international hiring program in 2005. Since then, under his active management the business has hired, employed and managed more than 800 specialist technicians from Africa to work in the Australian mining sector.

In 2010 Tully, as Managing Director of Blue Tongue, pioneered a new skills development and supply model and the term ‘Up-Skilling’ for mobile plant maintenance in mining. As a result the team at Blue Tongue has since hired and up-skilled more than 1000 Light Vehicle mechanics to work as Heavy Mobile Plant mechanics in the Australian mining sector. Blue Tongue has grown to become Australia’s largest employer of mature-age apprentices and a leading workforce development consultancy that is also recognised for its training innovation programs.

Kathy Karasavidis

Chief Financial Officer

Paul Whittle

General Manager - Training

Ben Warner

General Manager - Blue Tongue Skills

Kat Agnes

Program Manager VR

Stuart Brown

Rail Training Manager

Marinda Saunders

Senior Consultant

Maximilian Browne-Cooper

Senior Consultant

Makere Te Maiharoa

Senior Consultant

Gail Monteith

Senior Consultant

Eliza Egan

Client Services / Recruitment

Tylah Morgan

Recruitment Consultant

Christian Asare

Training Consultant - Mobile Plant

Lina Filimaua

HR Support Consultant

Mackenzie Brewer

HR Support Consultant

Louise Cabral

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Amelia Corry

Payroll Manager

Karina Schultz

RTO Quality and Compliance Controller

Joan Mae Espardinez


Kylie Gilchrist

Payroll Advisor