Media Release: Supply Nation Board Chair Announcement

Supply Nation Board Chairman Stephen Roberts steps down

Supply Nation has announced the resignation of Stephen Roberts from the position of Chairman of the Board. Mr Roberts has made the decision to step down from the role of Chairman on the 25th March, in order to dedicate additional time to other projects.

Mr Roberts, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Country Officer at Citi Australia, has led the Board as Chairman since Supply Nation’s foundation in 2008. The Australian National University graduate is a passionate advocate for supplier diversity in Australia and is a current member of the Business Council of Australia’s Indigenous Engagement Task Force. Mr Roberts has used his profile to help identify, promote and share strategies for supporting economic development in Indigenous communities.

Under his guidance, Supply Nation successfully made the transition from AIMSC; its former name and brand, introduced Membership fees for corporate and government Members, certified more than 325 Certified Suppliers, confirmed 161 corporate and government Members and recorded an impressive $144,362m in transactions and $115,145m in contracts between Members and Certified Suppliers.

The Supply Nation Board paid tribute to Mr Roberts, commending the businessman for his passionate leadership throughout his time with Supply Nation. The Board today confirmed the appointment of former Reconciliation Australia CEO Leah Armstrong as Mr Roberts’ successor in the role of Supply Nation Board Chair.

Ms Armstrong is a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council and boasts an impressive CV, which includes a term as a Board Director with Supply Nation from December 2008-13.  Leah thanked Mr Roberts for his significant contribution to the growth of Australia’s Indigenous business sector, acknowledging the successes Supply Nation has achieved.

“It is an honour to be appointed the new Chairperson for Supply Nation and to be leading a prominent Board,” Ms Armstrong said. It will be a huge task to follow the outstanding chairmanship of Stephen and I personally thank him for his stewardship of Supply Nation.

“Creating wealth and economic opportunities for Indigenous Australians is a lifelong passion and I am very excited to be joining an organisation which I believe has the potential to change the face of Indigenous Australia,” she concluded.

Outgoing Supply Nation CEO Charles Prouse will finish on March 13th. To ensure continuity and leadership, Ms Armstrong will assume the duties of the CEO until a successor is appointed.

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For further information please contact Supply Nation Board Director: George Mifsud, george.mifsud@supplynation.org.au