Supply Nation Team

Leah Armstrong,
Acting CEO & Chairperson

Leah, a Torres Strait Islander, has senior professional with over 20 year’s business and not for profit experience.  Leah has a strong demonstrated track record in achieving organisational results, creation and maintenance of strong networks and stakeholder relationships by working collaboratively with governments, community and the private sector.

As the CEO of Reconciliation Australia from 2010-2014, Leah led Reconciliation Australia into becoming a professional, trusted and innovative organisation.  Leah was a co-founder of Yarnteen Ltd (1992-2009) — a successful Indigenous enterprise operating several commercial ventures including bulk warehousing, a car wash, a building company and a property portfolio.   

In 2009, The Australian Financial Review Boss Magazine recognised Leah as a “True Leader” and in 2012 Leah was recognised in the inaugural 2012 Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Influential Women Awards.

Leah holds several Board positions including a member of the Prime Ministers Indigenous Advisory Council, member of Career Trackers, a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate and is Chair of The Smith Family Indigenous Advisory Group.  She also held previous Board positions with Indigenous Business Australia, Supply Nation and Chair of Indigenous Business Policy Advisory Group.

In 2010, Leah hiked the Kokoda Track as a mentor with the Jobs Australia Foundation Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.

Robin Burton, 
Research Officer & Innovation Officer

Robin joined Supply Nation in March 2014 as a Research Officer, bringing with him an impressive portfolio of experience. While studying Robin contributed to a major research paper produced by a leading Australian think tank, he assisted in the launch of an innovative e-learning website and developed an adult education program in a remote Indigenous community.

In his spare time he contributes to causes close to his heart, cycles, and skis. Robin is excited to contribute to ground breaking research at Supply Nation and to help grow the Indigenous business sector.

Tarita Cameron,
Relationship Specialist WA & SA

Tarita is a proud Noongar and Yamatji woman from Western Australia.Tarita brings with her seven years of experience in the oil and gas industry, working in various roles successfully developing, implementing and managing innovative corporate social investment and Indigenous Affairs programs. Tarita has extensive reporting experience which spans across corporate and government environmental reporting and Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) reporting and coordination.Tarita joined Supply Nation in May 2014 as the Relationship Specialist - WA/SA to build sustainable relationships with Supply Nation’s corporate Members and Indigenous Suppliers and assist them to engage in commercial activity for mutual business gains.  Tarita is excited to be a part of the Supply Nation team to assist in creating economic development opportunities for Indigenous businesses.

Clodagh Caplis,
Certification Coordinator

Clodagh has worked with Supply Nation for over 3 years, at first in the role of Business Support Specialist and then as the Certification Coordinator. She has been involved in the recruitment of more than 200 new Indigenous businesses and the renewal of 90% of the existing Indigenous Business database in order to maintain the integrity of a 300+ Supply Nation database.

Clodagh has been involved in streamlining internal processes to better support Indigenous businesses within Supply Nation and is a passionate advocate and speaker for the growth and engagement of the Indigenous SME within Australia.

Jarrod Hayden,
Indigenous Business Officer

Jarrod is a proud Njaki Njaki man and father, coming from Merredin, situated in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia. Jarrod brings over 14 years of working with his community on grass roots levels programs, such as employment and training, health research, aboriginal housing.

Jarrod sits on numerous aboriginal community controlled organisations. Jarrod is looking forward to working with Certified Suppliers and increasing the suppliers from Western Australia so they can maximise on the great opportunities available. 

Jenny Hayes,
Indigenous Business Officer

Jenny joined the Supply Nation team in October 2013. Jenny is a Wiradjuri woman who currently lives on Russell Island.

She brings with her extensive experience from working within Government Departments such as the Department of Education Employment and Work Place Relations (DEEWR). Most recently she worked with the Department of Human Services (DHS).

Jenny holds a BA in Adult Education and Community Management obtained from the University of Technology Sydney. She graduated in May 2013. 

Jenny is extremely passionate about creating genuine opportunities for Aboriginal people. She also sits on the current Board of Darkinjung Land Council, and is very excited about where this journey will lead with Supply Nation.

Kirra Homer,
Executive Assistant to the CEO

Kirra has recently returned to Australia after living in London for the past two years. While in the United Kingdom Kirra worked as a PA at the sector regulator for health services in England. While gaining valuable professional experience, Kirra also explored her passion for travel. Prior to her move overseas Kirra worked as EA to the CEO of the Aboriginal Employment Strategy. Kirra is excited to be working back within the Indigenous non-for-profit sector.

Ray Johnson,
Certification Team Manager

Ray joined Supply Nation in August 2012 as an Indigenous Business Specialist, responsible for engaging with Indigenous businesses to promote and process applications for Supply Nation’s certification program.

Ray brings with him over 15 years of experience in the security, risk management and the audit/compliance industries. He has assessed, developed and implemented internal enterprise risk management systems and frameworks, quality assurance and protective security risk for numerous national blue chip businesses across varying industries including retail, hospitality, logistics, manufacturing and construction.

Ray's experience in assessment and auditing and his keen eye for detail serves him well in ensuring that Supply Nation’s certification program maintains its high standard of integrity and authenticity.

Katea Mahe,
Business Support Specialist

Katea joined Supply Nation in September 2014 as Business Support Specialist.

Katea brings over three years of working and volunteer administrative experience that has been gained through being the first point of contact, supporting the team as well as analytical reporting in Member Associations and Not for Profit Organisations both in Sydney and also Nairobi, Kenya.

She hopes to continue growing her passion for helping others through her role at Supply Nation and is excited to learn more about the Indigenous Business Sector.

Kate Marsden, 
Marketing Manager

Kate joined Supply Nation in 2010 as Marketing Manager and is responsible for all marketing, communications, and events held by and in partnership with Supply Nation, including our premier event, Connect.

She has broad international experience in business, marketing management, brand marketing, art direction, project management and event management. Kate is a dynamic, driven and results-oriented marketing professional. Her core strengths lie in driving brand-awareness and constructing highly effective marketing campaigns.

Prior to her role with Supply Nation, Kate was a manager of marketing in the financial services sector. Her extensive professional experience is both in Australia and also the United Kingdom where she was employed as an Art Editor at various publishing companies.

Marcus Morley,
Procurement Advisor

Marcus joined Supply Nation in November 2014 as a procurement advisor, to develop new opportunities that connect Indigenous businesses with new and existing Supply Nation members.

He has previously worked in the Commonwealth Public Service in a number of project management and business analyst roles, most recently with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority where he played a key role in implementing large scale, national programs. Previously, he held positions in several small businesses in the management consulting and retail sectors, focussing on organisational change and business development.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the Australian National University and is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Economics.

Lorna Nolan, 
Communications and Media Officer

Lorna joined Supply Nation in August 2013 in the role of Communications and Media Officer.  A Journalism graduate, she has a wealth of experience working across print, radio and online platforms in Australia and her native Ireland.

Prior to joining the Supply Nation team she worked in the events industry as a Conference and Training Producer, utilising her communication, journalism and project management skills to produce a range of professional events targeting the development needs of senior leaders within large organisations across Australia and New Zealand.

Lorna has a passion for travel and in 2010 was awarded the title of Irish Travel Extra ‘Young Travel Journalist of the Year.’  

She is excited to help spread the word about the positive contribution Supply Nation is making to the development of a vibrant and sustainable Indigenous enterprise sector in Australia.

Richard Smith,
Relationship Specialist

Richard is a proud Dunghutti man from the Mid North Coast of NSW. He has joined Supply Nation in May 2014 as the Relationship Specialist - NSW/VIC to build sustaining relationships with Supply Nation’s corporate members and Indigenous suppliers and assist them to engage in commercial activity for mutual business gains.

Richard comes from an Education background working in various roles as a classroom teacher and Regional Project Officer. Successfully developed, implemented and managed innovative programs and delivering it to schools.

From Richard’s previous experience working as a Recruitment Consultant/Account Manager what he brings to this role is his skills in business development, building and sustaining relationships, marketing and client management – managing major accounts within the CBD.

Richard is excited to join the team and is very passionate about creating opportunities for a prosperous Indigenous economy.

Mangala Srinivasan,
Relationship Specialist

Mangala joined Supply Nation in August 2012 as its Relationship Specialist, to build sustaining relationships with Supply Nation Corporate and Government members and Indigenous suppliers and assist them to engage in commercial activity for mutual business gains.

Mangala has extensive experience in both policy and program delivery areas having worked in many NSW Government agencies previously.

Mangala has very successfully conceived, developed, implemented and managed some ground breaking policies, programs and projects in industrial relations, business development and economic development areas.

Marilyn Thorpe,
Head of Corporate Services

Marilyn comes to Supply Nation with over 25 years’ experience in corporate services within the not for profit and NGO areas. 

She has served on a Board of Directors in Hong Kong and spent over 20 years working within the early childhood sector. Marilyn also acted as Company Secretary in the banking sector in Hong Kong.

Since returning to Australia, Marilyn has continued to work for a number of years in the early childhood sector advocating for high quality community based services. She spent some time working in the project management area prior to commencing with Supply Nation.