Jim Ilievski

With a reputation for being an energetic and innovative professional leader and in response to an increasingly complex social landscape where many of our cultural norms are closely and careful scrutinised and have been found wanting, Jim and Desley founded Aberrant Learning in 2020. With a career spanning several decades and across several respected companies – including IBM, Coles, Energy Australia, Fosters Group, Goldman Sachs JBWere, CGU Insurance, SP Ausnet, Red Cross and Leonardo Australia – Jim has amassed a wealth of experience covering a myriad of industry sectors from FMCG, Finance, Technology, Retail, Utilities, Insurance and Defence. Having established two businesses by the age of 21, while simultaneously balancing a semi-professional football career, Jim has progressively developed skill sets that match technical ability with entrepreneurial acumen and tenacity. In 2008, Jim utilised this experience to both publishing a book (Inspirational Quotes, 2008) and founding the CKI Group. In the short time since he has showcased his penchant for creative and imaginative solutions, industriously growing CKI from two staff members and one client to today’s 250+ team of professionals. CKI now manages over 100 customer portfolios across National and International locations, with the Head Office in Melbourne Australia and international offices in Auckland and New York. Jim’s warm and genuine approach to doing business, coupled with his ability to communicate powerfully across all levels of an organisation, has earned him the reputation of being a leader who inspires confidence while building ownership, openness and a results-driven culture.

Ultimately, Jim’s extensive experience has given him a keen understanding of what makes a company thrive: strong communication within a constantly evolving and improving team in an ever-changing business landscape.