Maurice is an Aboriginal man of Gubbi Gubbi, Jiman and UK Australian heritage. He completed his BA in philosophy and English literature at University of Queensland in 1979. Since 1980 he has worked in Aboriginal Affairs including in the office of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and a variety of positions in Aboriginal health, eduction and TAFE and human resources in both the public and community sectors. Maurice combines his roles of Co-Chair of RQI and Chair of Balaangala Community Group (The Gap) while managing a chronic kidney condition. Maurice participates in supporting the kidney health community.