Meet the Directors

Ian Lacey


Ian is a proud Mandandanji & Wakka Wakka man and has extensive experience in purchasing through suppliers. This provides Ian with a thorough understanding of what the client’s needs are and the barriers associated with the supply chain when manufacturing clothing and merchandise products.

Industry knowledge & experience include:

  • Managing the tender process for the production  of merchandise, orders exceeding $1 million dollars per annum
  • Managing the design process for approved artwork for catalogues
  • Managing the process for compiling orders, more than 30 partners within the network across Australia
  • Quality checking and signing off on merchandise orders and submitting to the supplier to begin production
  • Managing the relationship with the suppliers of merchandise

Ian has a strong management background, working multiple Senior Executive roles during his 10 years at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health where he created and oversaw the implementation and evolution of the Deadly Choices brand/program.

Ian brings a working knowledge of the Indigenous Charity and Non-For-Profit industry and has many key contacts within the Rugby League industry, being a former professional Rugby League player to go with his strong people skills. Ian is also currently studying his MBA at the University of Queensland.

Selwyn Apanui


Selwyn is a proud Bundjalung man and has extensive experience in the sports administration industry, the non-for profit and volunteering sectors. Selwyn has been a selector and administrator for many representative sports, coached state teams and organised many community initiatives in various states of Australia. Selwyn has experience in various roles in the non-for profit and volunteering sectors, through these roles he has maintained strong working relationships that will give AKL exposure and publicity. Selwyn adds tremendous value to the team as he is intrinsically connected to many communities and sporting bodies throughout Australia, which will allow AKL to leverage off these already established relationships to form working partnerships for the company.

Joel Kennan


Joel has over ten years’ experience in the Building Trade, culminating in being a joint managing director of H&A Home Building Services for five years.

After leaving the Building Industry in 2013 Joel began his new journey in the Import, Export and online sales sector. This work experience in the sourcing, manufacturing, and importing of merchandise and apparel from China, has led to a strong understanding of the processes and requirements of getting a product from the research and development stage through to online sales to consumer and customer follow up.

This Industry knowledge, experience and contacts include:

  • Finding competent, capable and experienced Chinese Factories that can conform to our product specifications and ensure compliance with applicable Australian product safety standards.
  • Have access to existing Sourcing Agents on the ground in China that are proven, reliable and ready to go to facilitate throughout the manufacturing process.
  • The extensive process of dealing with and having multiple factories producing samples and achieving the product you desire
  • Ensuring Chinese factories and their workers meet quality control measures
  • Enlisting and working with freight forwarders to import goods, whether by air or sea freight
  • An intermediate understanding of Facebook ads
  • Selling and promoting products on the Amazon platform

Joel has been a researcher and sales executive through many of these Amazon businesses that he has built from scratch, and has lived abroad for many years building relationships through the Amazon network. Joel brings the experience of the online industry, opening opportunities through the sales platform in Australia and abroad. His knowledge of this industry, the Amazon Platform, and China manufacturing and importing process that will hold AKL in great stead for the future.