Same Way Nation is an Indigenous owned and managed boutique consultancy based in Melbourne, founded in 2020 by Kerry Kennell, Mathew Hooler and Kiwat Kennell. Same Way Nation founders draw on our culture, professional experience, industry experience and expansive skillset to provide practical solutions for your organisation and its clients/members.

Kerry Same Way Nation

Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Dip in Legal Practice, Cert IV in Business

Kerry is a respected and experienced business mentor, artist manager, facilitator and lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in business management, change management and contract management across various industries. Kerry holds a Bachelor of Law and is an accredited TTI Success Insights facilitator in DISC, Driving Forces and Emotional Quotient. Kerry is an island women from Ugar and Erub islands in the eastern Torres Strait, who was born in Brisbane and grew up in various cities throughout Queensland. Kerry is passionate about empowering her people and has experience with working in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Melbourne, Mackay and Brisbane. 

Specialises in business mentoring, facilitation, artist manager, business management, strategic planning and change management.

Mathew Same Way Nation


Bachelor of Contemporary Music

Mathew is an experienced and professionally trained musician who holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Music from Southern Cross University and has lived and worked in Melbourne since 2011. Mathew has an extensive network and experience in the hospitality industry and specializes in venue management and playing live gigs as a solo artist and a band member of Key Hoo. As an Aboriginal man from the Gumbayngirr tribe in Northern New South Wales, Mathew is passionate about music and live events and is excited to share his knowledge and skills with his clients.

Specialises in venue management, mentoring musicians, live music, performance, composing and songwriting.

Kiwat Same Way Nation


Bachelor of Audio Production

Kiwat is a proud eastern Torres Strait Island man of the Ugar and Erub Islands and has worked in the entertainment industry for over 10 years. Kiwat has experience in sound production and audio at events and venues including The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Crown Casino Melbourne and various live music venues across Melbourne. Holding a Bachelor of Audio Production from The SAE Institute, Kiwat brings knowledge in this field and as a singer and guitarist for the band Key Hoo. Kiwat uses his vast knowledge of experience in events and live music to build a rapport with clients and looks forward to creating a unique experience with each individual.

Specialises in audio engineering, production, mentoring musicians, live music, performance and songwriting.