Our People

Supply Nation Board


Leah Armstrong, 
Board Chair

Leah Armstrong, Chairperson Supply Nation, Chairperson Aboriginal Housing Office NSW

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 and social ventures including bulk warehousing, a car wash, a building company, a registered training organisation, cultural resource/education centres.   

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 Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, Chairperson of Supply Nation, Chairperson Aboriginal Housing Office (NSW), and is Chair of The Smith Family Indigenous Advisory Group.  She held previous Board positions with Career Trackers, Indigenous Business Australia 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.

Adam Goodes, Director

Adam is an AFL champion, Indigenous role model and community focused leader. Adam is a proud ambassador for the Racism it Stops with Me campaign, a White Ribbon ambassador for over 10 years, and also advocate for the RECOGNISE campaign to see Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples acknowledged in Australia’s Constitution

In 2004, Adam was invited to join the National Indigenous Council (NIC), an advisory body to the Federal Government on Indigenous affairs. The NIC meets 4-5 times each year in Canberra to discuss Indigenous issues and provide expert advice to the Government on improving outcomes for Indigenous Australians. Adam found his 4 years on the NIC very educational, learning how the Government approaches Indigenous issues.

Adam believes education is the best tool we can have. He and his long-time team mate and family member Michael O’Loughlin started their own foundation - Goodes O’Loughlin (GO) Foundation. The Foundation grants scholarships to Sydney based Indigenous boys and girls to go to the best schools in Sydney. They currently have 17 children on GO scholarships.

George Mifsud, Director 

Over the last 25 years George Mifsud has held senior national and international Executive roles. Having spent 15 years at Compass Group, the world’s largest catering, hospitality and support services organisation, George was responsible for HR/IR; Risk Management; Health, Safety, Environment and Quality; and Media Relations.

Under his leadership, Compass Group achieved a number of milestones in its pursuit to promote Indigenous economic development including: The Inaugural recipient of the Prime Minister’s Corporate Leaders for Indigenous Employment Award; judged one of the “Top Ten Best Employers in Australia”; winner of the “Prime Minister’s Employer of the Year” award; the IFAP Safe Way Gold Award, the Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) “Industry Innovation” Award in recognition of the pioneering role in implementing Indigenous joint venture and employment strategies, the Restaurant and Catering George Muir Professional Development award for Indigenous Development programs and in 2014 The Supply Nation of the year Corporate member.

George currently sits on a number of Boards including Restaurant & Catering Australia, Supply Nation, Sydney Montessori School and is a member of the industry advisory committee to the KIDS Foundation and the Australian School of Business (UNSW) HR Advisory Committee.

 

Jenny Boddington, Director

Jenny Boddington is Global Head, Bancassurance for QBE Group.  In this role she is responsible for driving QBE's insurance business with financial institutions.

Until August 2015, Jenny Boddington was CEO and a Director of QBE Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance Limited. She was also aDirector of QBE Mortgage Insurance (Asia) Limited based in Hong Kong  and Executive General Manager of Financial Institutions at QBE, responsible for bancassurance in the region, and also responsible for marketing, organisational excellence, change and communications.

Prior to her appointment as CEO, Jenny oversaw the Risk and Operations function of the business bringing together Underwriting and Customer Services, Claims and Loss Mitigation, Business Solutions and Technology and Credit Risk Management Business units. Before Jenny’s appointment to this role in March 2008, she was head of new business ventures for QBE LMI. 

Jenny has more than 23 years’ experience in strategy, investment banking and private equity. 

Prior to joining QBE LMI, Jenny was Director of Private Equity for Deutsche Asset Management and before that she was aDirector of Deutsche Bank investment banking in Sydney and in London. 

Jenny has a Masters Honours degree in Metallurgy, Economics and Industrial Management from Oxford University. 

 

 

Justin Mohamed, Director

Justin Mohamed is the Chief Executive Officer of Reconciliation Australia and a proud Aboriginal man of the Gooreng Gooreng nation near Bundaberg in Queensland. Justin has dedicated the past 25 years to working towards building a stronger and healthier nation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Justin believes that better health is linked to the positive outcomes of reconciliation, and that achieving better health for his people will lead to improved education and employment outcomes, financial security, social participation and respect.

At Reconciliation Australia, Justin leads the organisation in its vision to create a more just, equitable and reconciled Australia through key programs and initiatives, including Reconciliation Action Plans, Narragunnawali Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning, and National Reconciliation Week.

 

Patrick Chaney, Director

Patrick Chaney is a seasoned construction management professional with 20 years’ experience in commercial projects in regional and metropolitan Western Australia. For the last three years, Patrick has worked as a consultant and manager in property development

For just under two years, Patrick worked with NANA Australia a subsidiary of NANA Development Corporation (US Aboriginal Corporation). During his tenure with NANA Australia, Patrick developed a number of indigenous and non-indigenous clients, including indigenous corporations, government agencies, private and not for profit developers.

Patrick has extensive experience in local, state and federal government procurement and contracting and the development and execution of strategies in securing government contracts.

Patrick is currently General Manager Projects with the St Ives Group, the leading provider of retirement living accommodation in WA. Patrick’s role with St Ives sees him in charge of all new developments and the redevelopment of the existing property assets of the company.

 


Supply Nation Team

Laura Berry, Chief Executive Officer

Laura was appointed CEO of Supply Nation in May 2015, having been involved with the organisation since its inception through her work with two founding member companies, Leighton Holdings and Qantas Airways.

Laura has two decades of experience in stakeholder management, risk mitigation and reputation management with a career that has spanned the private and public sectors, including Federal and State Politics, Public Affairs and roles with top ASX Listed companies.

Laura joined Supply Nation following four years at Qantas where she led Qantas Group’s Corporate Community Investment Program encompassing the Qantas Reconciliation Program, Qantas Foundation, Indigenous and Community Partnerships, Workplace Giving, National Arts Sponsorships and the Qantas Brand Ambassadors Program.

Laura is currently a Director of Indigenous Business Australia's Cooee Traveller and a member of Telstra’s Indigenous Advisory Committee.  Laura’s previous directorships include Engineering Aid Australia and Chair of CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program.  Laura holds a Graduate Certificate in Management from the University of Technology, Sydney and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Laura proudly identifies with her Aboriginal and Italian heritage and was born and raised in Canberra. 

  

Tarita Cameron, Head of Relationship Team

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.

 

< Jarrod Hayden, Relationship Manager

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. 

 



Tammy Hunter, Relationship Manager

Tammy Hunter is a proud Wurrunderi woman from Melbourne. Tammy brings 15 years experience in community development and engagement within Aboriginal Affairs across Federal, State and local Government and NGO organisations. Tammy has run her own consultancy business as a trainer and assessor. In 2007 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, she travelled to Indigenous communities in New Zealand, Canada and America.

Tammy is looking forward to working with Members and Certified Suppliers and increasing suppliers throughout Victoria and Australia to help maximise on the great opportunities available. 

 

 

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.


Elizabeth Macken, Database Co-ordinator

1st Indigenous Bank Teller (ASB) NZ, 1st Funds Management / Interior Design (Lend Lease),1st Indigenous Body builder, 1stNSW Admin Supervisor, 1st NSW Customer Retention Manager - (NAB), 1st NSW Consumer Business Banking Manager (WBC), Studied Opera (NSW)– vocally (Soprano – Dramatic coloratura), 1 of Top 300 MLC Life (MLC) Financial Advisers to gain Dealers Licence (1987) today referred to as (ASIC Tier 1), 1st MetLife Australia (USA), RaboBank (Australia), volunteer, environmental and sustainability activist – however last but not least, her loved ones, and family and friends will say to you is that she’s never forgotten where she came from or who she’s been fighting for…  just a better life for all…

 

Katie Orton, Events Manager

With a background in event management, logistics, cross-cultural education and performing arts programs, Katie brings broad experience to the Supply Nation team. She came on board in September 2015 to assist with the Connect conference and tradeshow in Perth, followed by our biggest ever Connect in Sydney 2016.

With a BA in Organisational Communication, Katie has worked in not-for-profit, government and private sectors over two decades in more than 10 countries.  A career highlight includes two years working on the Sydney 2000 Olympic Torch relay, managing the event in 6 countries in the South Pacific followed by 100 days straight travelling the nation ensuring 11,000 super excited Torchbearers were in place and on time!

Katie is passionate about making a difference, and contributing to increased understanding between people of all backgrounds.

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.


Jason Timor, Deputy CEO

Jason is a proud Badu Island man from the Torres Strait Islands  and an accomplished professional who has provided consultancy services for some of the largest firms in the Australia contributing to brands including Arnotts, Westfield, KPMG, Sydney Water and AMP.

Most recently Jason headed up Qantas Indigenous Engagement Strategy authoring their fourth edition of their Reconciliation Action Plan at the Elevate level, the highest endorsement from Reconciliation Australia. As part of this work, he introduced an Indigenous internship program, a school based traineeship initiative, the first corporate in-house online cultural competency training and managed a strong Indigenous partnership portfolio which included increasing spend with Indigenous business.

During his time with the organisation, Qantas attracted several awards for their commitment to the Indigenous community including Maxima Indigenous Employer of the Year, Career Trackers Corporate of the Year and Learn X Best e-Learning Initiative. Jason is now the lead for partnerships at Supply Nation - a not-for-profit organisation focused on building the Indigenous business sector.

Jenny Wardop, Relationship Manager

Jenny is a Wiradjuri woman from Central West NSW.  Jenny joined the Supply Nation team in October 2013. 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).

Prior to working within Government she worked for the Darkinjung Aboriginal Land Council for approximately 12 years. Jenny has also sat on the Board of Darkinjung Land Council and was also elected as Chairperson of this organisation. Jenny holds a BA in Adult Education and Community Management, obtained from the University of Technology Sydney, she graduated in May 2013 and was the first member of her family to attend University.

Jenny is extremely passionate about creating genuine opportunities for Aboriginal people, and is aware of the barriers Aboriginal people face on a day to day basis , she is very excited about where this journey will lead with Supply Nation.