Media Release - Supply Nation welcomes Adam Goodes to its Board of Directors

Supply Nation is pleased to confirm the appointment of Indigenous AFL player Adam Goodes to its Board of Directors.

Mr Goodes is a prominent Indigenous Australian of Adnyamathanha and Narungga descent on his mother's side, as well as English, Irish and Scottish ancestry through his father.

The talented sportsman is widely recognised for his involvement and association with various Indigenous sport and community programs. 

Mr Goodes is a vocal 'anti-racism' campaigner and has worked hard to promote a culture where all individuals are treated equally in Australia. In January 2014, he was awarded the title of 'Australian of the Year.'

The addition of Mr Goodes to the Supply Nation Board brings its total number of Directors to nine.

Supply Nation Board Chairman and CEO at Citibank, Stephen Roberts paid tribute to the sportsman, commending him for the contributions he has made to Australian society both on and off the pitch.

“It gives me great pleasure to confirm the appointment of Adam Goodes to the Supply Nation Board of Directors," Mr Roberts said.

"Adam is a vocal advocate of Indigenous advancement and equality, both on and off the sporting field. His goals align clearly with those of the Supply Nation Board.

"I am confident his passion, knowledge and belief in supplier diversity will result in a fruitful partnership. The Board Members and I look forward to welcoming him aboard,” he concluded.

Mr Goodes joins existing Board Directors: Gavin Bell, CEO, Freehills; Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission; George Mifsud, Executive Director - Human Resources Pacific, Compass Group; Laura Berry, Head of Community, Qantas Airways; Roger Allen, AM; Michael McLeod, CEO Message Stick; Shane Jacobs, Director Pacific Services Group Holdings.

The AFL player believes the work that Supply Nation does in the Australian supplier diversity space is 'invaluable.'

According to Mr Goodes: “I am honoured to join the Supply Nation Board and work towards our mutual goal of achieving ‘an equal opportunities Australia.’

"I think the work Supply Nation does is invaluable in helping to break down stereotypes and prevent racial discrimination in Australia by giving Indigenous businesses a fair go.

"I look forward to working with fellow Board Members to create an Australia we can proud of, where our citizens see each other as equals and treat each other as equals, regardless of the colour of skin.”

Supply Nation CEO Charles Prouse echoed this sentiment, explaining that Supply Nation's 136 corporate and government Members and 265 Certified Indigenous businesses stand to benefit from his input.

"I believe Adam will prove a fantastic addition to the Supply Nation Board. His leadership skills were recognised this year when he was awarded the title of ‘Australian of the Year’ for his tireless campaign against racism in Australia," Mr Prouse said.

"I have no doubt that Supply Nation, as well as our Members and Certified Suppliers, will benefit enormously from his input into the future strategic direction of the organisation.”

Mr Goodes is expected to make his first public appearance as a Supply Nation Board Director at the upcoming Connect 2014 event, taking place in Sydney on May 26th and 27th.

He is due to attend the Gala Dinner Awards Night at Sydney Town Hall on May 27th.

For more information on Connect 2014 visit: http://www.supplynation.org.au/connect