Australia's supplier diversity leaders

Since 2009, Supply Nation has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses along with procurement teams from government and corporate Australia to help shape today’s emerging and rapidly evolving Indigenous business sector.

Supply Nation’s world-leading 5-step verification process provides peace of mind by ensuring that all businesses listed on Australia’s largest national directory of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, Indigenous Business Direct, are not only Indigenous owned but are also regularly audited for changes in company structure and ownership.

Supply Nation partners with its paid membership of government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations to develop procurement policies that modify and redirect spend to include the traditionally underutilised Indigenous business sector.

Our mission

Supply Nation has a vision of a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector, and we work towards that:

  • By driving understanding that the purchasing power of businesses can be used to deliver positive social outcomes

  • By facilitating connections between Indigenous businesses and our members’ procurement departments

  • Through our world-leading 5-step verification (registration, certification and audit) process

We do this to ensure that every Australian has an equal opportunity to achieve and succeed.

Our values

Our values guide the way we work with our members and suppliers,
within our communities and with each other.

We aim to create a culture where ideas flourish and a difference is made, as we work together to transform the Indigenous business sector.

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    Integrity

    We care deeply about what we do and how we do it. We stand up for what we believe in.

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    Accountability

    We take responsibility for our own actions. We stand by our commitments.

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    Collaboration

    We work together as a unified team to produce the best results for our customers.

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    Excellence

    We are committed to consistent professionalism as a positive, flexible, responsive, innovative and efficient team.

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    Empowerment

    We create and promote a culture where all may thrive.

Meet our team

    • Laura Berry

      Chief Executive Officer

      Laura Berry

      Chief Executive Officer

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      Laura was appointed CEO of Supply Nation in 2015, having been involved with the organisation since its inception through her work with two founding member companies. Laura joined Supply Nation following four years at Qantas where she led Qantas Group’s Corporate Community Investment Program.

      With over two decades of experience in stakeholder management, risk mitigation and reputation management, Laura’s career has spanned both private and public sectors. Since taking the reins at Supply Nation, Laura has led the organisation through a significant period of growth: doubling the membership base, growing the supplier base by over 300% and increasing the national footprint of the organisation, with new offices opened in Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.

      Laura is currently a member of Telstra’s Indigenous Advisory Committee, and both McKinsey & Company and NRMA’s RAP Steering Committees. Laura holds a Graduate Certificate in Management from the University of Technology, Sydney; is a graduate of the AICD Company Director’s Course, and holds memberships of the AICD and Women on Boards.

      Laura has previously held directorships of Engineering Aid Australia, Supply Nation and Indigenous Business Australia’s Cooee Traveller. Laura was also previously a director and the Chairperson of CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program.

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

      Natakka Alberts

      Marketing and Communications Coordinator

      Natakka Alberts

      Marketing and Communications Coordinator

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      Natakka Alberts is a proud Gangulu and Yiman woman from Central Queensland with strong family connections to Cherbourg. She joined the Supply Nation team in March 2018.

      In 2015, Natakka graduated from the Queensland of University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and International Business and accepted a graduate program with the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships in Queensland. A year later, she moved to Department of Energy and Water Supply, where she worked on increasing awareness about electricity rebates and concessions in Indigenous communities in Queensland; and created the Lockhart River Art Auction which raised over $50K for the Lockhart River community. With over three years of experience, Natakka has exceptional time management skills and is extremely organised to ensure projects are delivered on time. Natakka’s experience ranges from content and collateral creation, email marketing campaigns, to social media campaigns and organising events.

      She is passionate about all things Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander related and is determined to be an example to other young Indigenous females. Through her work at Supply Nation, she is able work with Indigenous business owners and communities.

       

      Petra Barratt

      Manager, Digital Programs

      Petra Barratt

      Manager, Digital Programs

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      Petra joined Supply Nation in January 2017 as Digital Program Manager. She has over nine years’ experience working in Digital in various roles across marketing, product, operations and IT.  Petra was previously at Foxtel where she spent over four years looking after their digital strategy and transformation.

      Petra plays a key role in managing the implementation and delivery of Supply Nation’s digital programs including Indigenous Business Direct – Supply Nation’s directory of over 1,400 registered Indigenous-owned businesses.

      Petra is passionate about all things digital and is always on the lookout for new technologies and solutions to better Supply Nation’s digital portfolio in order to make the life of our suppliers, members and staff easier.

      Ricky Bryan

      Head of Government Membership

      Ricky Bryan

      Head of Government Membership

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      Ricky Bryan has over twenty years of varied experience. He has worked predominantly in marketing and communications across the not-for-profit, IT, arts, government and semi-government, and university sectors. Additionally he has more than twenty years of experience in disability advocacy.

      While working in the arts Ricky established a long relationship with Indigenous companies such as Bangarra Dance Theatre, individual Indigenous artists and Big hART with their Indigenous themed works such as Namitjira.

      In the procurement area Ricky has been involved in many government and semi-government procurement processes such as for major new website development, software systems and design and creative services as a subject matter expert and client.

      Tarita Cameron

      Manager, Programs and Partnerships

      Tarita Cameron

      Manager, Programs and Partnerships

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      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.

      Stephanie Craze

      Head of Corporate Membership

      Stephanie Craze

      Head of Corporate Membership

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      Stephanie is a proven Manager and Senior Consultant with 20 years’ experience working with corporates and government departments across Australia and New Zealand. Her key strength is her ability to understand clients’ needs and to engage and influence across all levels of an organisation.

      For the past 8 years Stephanie has specialised in Indigenous Employment and Training and Refugee/Asylum Seeker program management at ANZ and the Brotherhood of St Laurence. She played a key role in the development of ANZ’s Indigenous employment strategy, the Reconciliation Action Plan and project managed the delivery of ANZ’s Indigenous Cultural Awareness online training program.

      Stephanie is passionate about inclusion and has a background in advocacy for diverse and disadvantaged communities. Her goal is to bring her expertise, knowledge and community relationships to the Indigenous business sector and to help organisations to increase their diversity profile and capacity to engage with Indigenous businesses.

      Costa Demos

      General Manager, Operations

      Costa Demos

      General Manager, Operations

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      Costa brings to Supply Nation over 25 years of experience working across a broad range of roles and industries from accounting and business consultancy to information systems management, corporate partnerships and stakeholder engagement, fundraising and business development, operational and executive office roles in the not for profit sector. Costa has worked for charities such as The Smith Family, YWCA NSW, the Children’s Medical Research Institute and the Daystar Foundation and has significant experience in fundraising and program development.

      Costa has an MBA from the Sydney Graduate School of Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

      Costa has a deep personal interest in contributing to social impact, and is highly motivated by initiatives that promote equity, strengthen communities and adopt inclusiveness and diversity in their approach.

      Ray Johnson

      Head of Certification and Audit

      Ray Johnson

      Head of Certification and Audit

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      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.

    • Colleen Kennedy

      Reception and Administration Coordinator

      Colleen Kennedy

      Reception and Administration Coordinator

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      It took Colleen all of two seconds to decide to take on her role as Reception and Administration Coordinator for Supply Nation. Colleen is committed to being as useful as possible and is toe-curlingly excited about the opportunity to support the Supply Nation enterprise to grow and flourish.

      Colleen has highly developed coaching and listening skills, and a wealth of experience in business, leadership and social justice, in Australia and Cambodia. Colleen likes to participate in thought – provoking conversations, that lead to innovation, fresh ideas and clarity and is here to make a difference.

      Elizabeth Macken

      Database and Audit Coordinator

      Elizabeth Macken

      Database and Audit Coordinator

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      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.

      Candace Maunder

      Relationship Manager VIC

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      Relationship Manager VIC

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      Candace is a community engaging, team playing, grab-the-bull-by-the-horns opportunity making, kayak racing, barra chasing, cowboy boot wearing, knit and crochet daring, straight shooting kind of girl.

      Candace has returned to Melbourne recently after four years living and working across the Kimberley region of WA and joins us from Swimming Australia, where she was instrumental in shaping a sustainable strategy for Indigenous Swimming Programs and development of the organisation’s inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan.

      Candace brings an eclectic mix of skills and experience including supply chain management, change management, Indigenous community development and delivery of Tertiary Business Education from her roles in the corporate, government, not-for-profit and educational sectors across urban, regional and remote communities. Candace is excited to be joining a talented team of thought leaders for Indigenous business growth and looks forward to the opportunity to drive best practice.

      Katie Orton

      Manager, Events

      Katie Orton

      Manager, Events

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      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, and has helped grow our national Connect events by more than 20% year on year.

      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.

       

      Ben Price

      Relationship Manager NSW

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      Relationship Manager NSW

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      Ben Price joined Supply Nation in April 2018 and brings over 10 years’ of experience in working with corporate and government customers across Australia and New Zealand. Ben has a background in relationship management and has a good understanding of procurement processes, having worked closely with procurement teams over the years.

      Most recently, Ben has worked in the office supplies industry where he was a Client Business Consultant for Winc. Ben managed a portfolio of large corporate and government clients, including the largest state contract in the organisation. In this role he worked with senior managers and procurement teams to reach their strategic CSR objectives, including diversity targets.

      He is passionate about diversity and inclusion and is excited to be working with organisations who aim to make a difference in the Indigenous space.

      Nimmi Pushparajan

      Relationship Manager QLD and NT

      Nimmi Pushparajan

      Relationship Manager QLD and NT

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      Nimmi has an Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree. She started her career as a lecturer teaching Electrical Machines and Signal Processing. She immigrated to Australia in 2004 and worked for ISS in Engineering department developing SCADA programming. Later she joined ICN, Queensland working with Major projects in helping them with procurement of goods and supplier verification.

      She has a proven record of forming collaborative relationships with both internal and external stakeholders involving private companies and government bodies with the ability to lead and influence to mitigate risk and provide long term value over the life of the project. Prior to joining Supply Nation, Nimmi worked with Boeing Defence Australia as Industry Engagement Specialist.

      Azara Regan

      Events Coordinator

      Azara Regan

      Events Coordinator

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      Azara Regan joined Supply Nation as Administrative Coordinator in January 2017. Most recently, Azara worked in a research and data analyst role at a superannuation research company. She has three years’ experience working in various administration and office management roles.

      Azara spent two years working in remote Indigenous communities including a previous role at a social enterprise in Arnhem Land which focused on the employment and training of Indigenous women.  Azara is currently studying a Masters of Accounting and has a Bachelor in Arts and Business. Azara manages Sydney Office reception and administration while supporting the team on a variety of projects.

      Ana Rey

      Finance Officer

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      Finance Officer

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      Ana joined Supply Nation in Februrary 2018 and brings more than 20 years’ of experience in various financial roles. Ana was born in Montevideo, Uruguay where she completed her accounting studies, and then migrated to Australia in 1991.

      Since then, Ana has worked mainly for non-for-profit community organisations in the all-rounder role of Finance Officer. She worked for the CRC Justice Support for 8 years until May 2000, for the Dusseldorp Skills Forum for a period of 9 years until October 2009, when she joined the National Association of Community Legal Centres until January 2018.

    • Lea Riley

      Graphic Designer

      Lea Riley

      Graphic Designer

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      With over 20 years’ experience in communications and design, Lea has been working with Supply Nation since 2016. With over a decade working in the arts in marketing and as an actress, Lea understands the power of great creative and is experienced in social media campaigns, collateral design, content creation and management, image curation, print collateral roll out and generally making sure campaigns are delivered effectively and on time.

      Willow Saige

      Executive Assistant

      Willow Saige

      Executive Assistant

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      Willow Saige joined Supply Nation in January 2018 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO & Deputy CEO. Willow’s deep interest in and contribution towards bringing community diversity and inclusion onto an even playing field, is the main reason for joining the Supply Nation.

      Willow has over 27 years experience in the support services space, in the not-for-profit, corporate and government sectors, at senior management level in the capacity of EA, research analyst in government energy and environmental policy in Australia and Asia, project manager and events manager.

      Willow has a Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy and a Diploma in Doula Services and previously a specialist doula in both the birth and end of life spaces. Willow is a poet and writer and is in the process of publishing books to assist with transitional experience.

      Eleni Skouloudis

      Relationship Manager NSW

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      Relationship Manager NSW

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      Eleni joined Supply Nation In May 2018 and brings with her corporate, government and not for profit experience from the Human Services and Employment Services sectors.

      Most recently Eleni has had the opportunity to manage specialized Aboriginal Employment programs, Social Enterprise that focused on employing Aboriginal youth and working closely with business to create employment opportunities and build a skilled and empowered Aboriginal workforce.  She has also managed programs overseen by the Department of Jobs and Small Business, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Human Services and Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (QLD).

      Eleni is passionate about creating positive change for all communities with a particular interest in creating genuine sustainable opportunities for the Aboriginal community through enterprise, employment and training.

      Lee Sweeney

      Relationship Manager WA and SA

      Lee Sweeney

      Relationship Manager WA and SA

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      Lee is a positive communicator and skilled stakeholder manager which has included working predominantly with Indigenous communities within the public and private sector for the majority of his working life. Successfully delivered economic and social capital through having extensive experience in challenging and dynamic positions managing stakeholder engagement, programs and partnerships. Experienced in case management; project, program and change management; and policy development and management within state and federal government; financial and business advisory services.

      Lee is experienced working in the resource and oil and gas sectors establishing, developing and implementing economic development strategies and project managing economic development programs and partnerships throughout Australia.

      Building strong economic and social outcomes through a passion of working with all people predominantly Indigenous and diverse cultures, and building sustainable capability.

      Sandra Waga

      Relationship Manager NSW

      Sandra Waga

      Relationship Manager NSW

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      Sandra is a proud first generation Australian with Assyrian and Iraqi heritage. She joined the Supply Nation team in April 2017. Sandra graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of International Studies and Bachelor of Business and Commerce majoring in International Relations and Global Business Strategy.

      In 2015, she went on to the business development team at CEB, a best practice and management consulting company working with corporate and government organisations. There, she engaged with Finance, Procurement, Risk and Audit Executives in strategic partnerships and now aims to transfer her skills and experience in the not for profit sector.

      She is passionate about all social and equality causes and strives to empower Indigenous people and communities through the work accomplished at Supply Nation.

      Jenny Wardrop

      Manager, Indigenous Business Engagement

      Jenny Wardrop

      Manager, Indigenous Business Engagement

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      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.

      Tim Werner

      Relationship Manager VIC

      Tim Werner

      Relationship Manager VIC

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      Timothy Werner is an experienced Indigenous Engagement Specialist with more than 16 years of experience in strategic planning, program development and project management specialising in working with government agencies, charities, community organisations and corporate organisations to improve their results with Indigenous clients and communities.

      Before establishing his own consultancy, Tim led a successful career in the not for profit sector having implemented a number of strategic development initiatives to be incorporated into the government’s portfolio’s across Health, Education, Immigration and Mines and Energy and held executive positions on the boards of management for various non-government bodies including the We Are All One Foundation, Spokesperson for the Ingurra Indigenous corporation, and a member of the Queensland Indigenous Network.

      Over the last 16 years, Tim has successfully delivered culturally sensitive services to a number of prominent major projects, corporate clients and community partners. Tim has also worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and communities across Australia. To this end, Tim has provided personal and professional development & training, cultural awareness, planning and programs to more than 200 organisations and businesses, more than 17,000 Indigenous people and similar numbers for non-Indigenous people across urban, regional and remote communities and has serviced more than 30 different industries.

      Sybil Williams

      Manager, Marketing

      Sybil Williams

      Manager, Marketing

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      Sybil has been working with Supply Nation managing marketing and communications since 2014. Her marketing career has encompassed working with start-ups, small and medium sized businesses and not for profits since 2008 – spanning the development of business units and taking products to market within large, established businesses; to working at the coal face with brand new businesses, helping them bring their ideas to fruition. Sybil is known as a creative and intuitive marketer who brings her strong communication skills to help create engaging, successful campaigns.

    • Andrew Wolfson

      Manager, Digital Programs

      Andrew Wolfson

      Manager, Digital Programs

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      Andrew is an experienced digital project manager focused on optimising customer experience to drive sustainable growth and solve complex problems.  A design and digital thinker, Andrew has experience across multiple industries including government (both state and federal), media, education and technology. Previously he has worked for the NSW State Government where he helped to redesign services with citizens and for citizens.

      Stephanie Young

      Manager, Corporate Services

      Stephanie Young

      Manager, Corporate Services

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      Stephanie is an experienced administrator and manager, with highly developed organisational skills.

      Stephanie has over ten years of experience in various roles across administration, human resources, office management, quality improvement and project management primarily in not-for-profit organisations. Most recently Stephanie was employed at Domestic Violence Services Australia where she led a team of up to 8 administrators supporting the organisation’s executive, governance, finance, HR, clinical, training, research and operational teams.

      Stephanie is passionate about social equity and social justice, and is proud to contribute to Supply Nation and the Indigenous business sector’s success.

    • Leah Armstrong

      Chairperson

      Leah Armstrong

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      Leah is the Director of Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle. 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.

      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.
      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 as Board member of The Smith Family, Board member of Foundation for Young Australians, Member of CSIRO Indigenous Advisory Council, Director of First Australians Capital and Director of Indigenous Business Australia Asset Management. She held previous Board positions as Chairperson of Aboriginal Housing Office NSW, member of Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, 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.

      Jenny Boddington

      Director

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      Director

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      Jenny Boddington has over 23 years’ experience in strategy, investment banking and private equity. She is currently Chairman of Latitude Insurance and a Director of NSW Treasury Corporation (TCorp), a non-executive director of Chief Executive Women and ANZ Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance, as well as an executive mentor with Merryck and Co.

      Until 2016, Jenny was Global Head, Bancassurance for QBE Group responsible for driving QBE’s insurance business with financial institutions. Prior to that, Jenny was CEO and a Director of QBE Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance Limited. She was also a Director 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, as well as marketing, organisational excellence, change and communications.

      Before joining QBE, Jenny was Director of Private Equity for Deutsche Asset Management and a Director of Deutsche Bank investment banking in both Sydney and London.
      Jenny has a Masters Honours degree in Metallurgy, Economics and Industrial Management from Oxford University.

      Patrick Chaney

      Director

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      Patrick Chaney is a seasoned construction management professional with 20 years’ experience in commercial construction in regional and metropolitan Western Australia. For the last five years Patrick has worked as a consultant and executive in the property development industry. For two years Patrick worked with NANA Australia a subsidiary of NANA Development Corporation (US Aboriginal Corporation). During this time with NANA, Patrick serviced 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 Operations with St Ives Retirement Living, a leading provider of retirement living accommodation in WA. He is also a member of the Property Council of Australia (WA) Retirement Living Committee.

      Michelle Deshong

      Director

      Michelle Deshong

      Director

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      Michelle Deshong is from Townsville, North Queensland and draws here connection to Kuku Yulanji nation. She has completed a BA with First Class Honours in Political Science and Indigenous studies and is working on her PhD (on the participation of Aboriginal women in public and political life) at James Cook University. Michelle is currently the CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute.

      Michelle has worked in both the Government and NGO sectors, and has held many senior leadership roles and she currently holds a number of directorship roles in the Not for Profit sector, including the Supply Nation Board, Thirrili and the OXFAM Indigenous Advisory Council. In 2013 Michelle was named in the Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.

      Michelle has extensive experience in areas of leadership, governance and politics. She has a strong commitment to human rights and has also been an NGO representative on many occasions at the United Nations forums on the Commission on the Status of Women and Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. She has a strong background in gender equality and works to ensures that the voices of Indigenous women are represented at all levels.

      In 2016 Michelle is undertook research in the USA and Canada as part of her Fulbright scholarship to develop strategies for Nation building, leadership and gender equality. She was also named as the 2015 National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year.

      Glenn Johnston

      Director

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      Glenn Johnston has over 25 years’ experience in procurement and logistics management across different industries, market leading companies and government. He is currently Director of Procurement at Transport for NSW, Group Rail.

      Glenn is a nationally recognised procurement expert and thought leader with a deep and proud passion for Indigenous business engagement. By helping Indigenous businesses grow and develop, Glenn firmly believes that this will lead to greater opportunities for Indigenous employment and a more inclusive economy.

      Glenn was the recipient of the 2016 Supply Nation Procurement Professional of the Year Award in recognition of his work developing and engaging Indigenous businesses. He is a Fellow (Chartered status) of CIPS and Chair of the NSW Chapter of CIPS, the globally recognised peak procurement and supply professional body with over 120,000 members. Glenn is also a Board Member of the AIATSIS Foundation.

      In August-September 2016, Glenn became a Jawun program secondee and spent 6 weeks living with the Aboriginal Community of Lockhart River (Far North Qld), considered to be the most remote Aboriginal Community in Australia. During this time he helped the Mayor, CEO, Councillors, Elders and motivated locals develop a framework to enable less reliance on welfare and employment by the Council, through building small businesses with a goal of achieving self-determination though economic opportunities. Living with the Aboriginal Community also highlighted the importance of preserving the Indigenous culture through language, songlines, music, dance and art.

      Glenn is a Dharug man from Western Sydney and still lives on traditional Dharug land in Glenhaven.

      Justin Mohamed

      Director

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      Director

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      Justin Mohamed is the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People and a proud Aboriginal man of the Gooreng Gooreng nation, near Bundaberg in Queensland. Justin has dedicated the past 28 years to working towards building a strong and healthier nation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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

      Prior to his role with the Victorian Government Justin was CEO of Equity Health Solutions, CEO of Reconciliation Australia, Justin chaired the, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, and was Co-Chair of the National Health Leadership Forum. He has also been the director of the Academy of Sport, Health and Education, based at the University of Melbourne’s Shepparton campus, and CEO of Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-Operative.

      Justin has also held positions on multiple community, state and national working groups, committees and boards. Justin continues to be a director of Kaiela Institute and Co Chair of Cricket Australia’s National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council.

      Aaron Pedersen

      Director

      Aaron Pedersen

      Director

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      Aaron Pedersen has over 20 years’ experience in digital product and marketing with a track record of delivering innovative products that drive customer and revenue growth. With a background in law, he has managed his own business from start up to sale and held senior roles in some of Australia’s largest companies, bringing a unique combination of hands on entrepreneurial drive and creativity, with enterprise level discipline in analysis, strategy and programme management.

      Scott Wharton

      Director

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      Scott Wharton is Head of Better Risk Outcomes at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA).

      Prior to joining the CBA in 2016, Scott was Managing Director and Global Head of Enterprise Supply Chain for Citigroup in New York. He led a global organisation with team members in over 50 countries, providing operations, technology and risk solutions to Citi businesses. Scott started his corporate career with PwC Consulting in Sydney.

      With broad experience across risk, operations, technology, finance and shared services, Scott has a reputation for successfully leading innovative and complex change programs and performance improvement initiatives.

      Scott has served on the Board of The W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity, and Competitiveness at Columbia Business School and the Business Council of the American Australian Association while in New York City.

      Scott is currently co-Chair of the CBA women’s network and Chair of the Business School Advisory Board at the University of Technology, Sydney.

      Scott holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney, an Executive MBA from INSEAD and an Executive MBA from Tsinghua University in Beijing. Scott also completed the Leading Innovative Change Executive Program at the University of California, Berkeley, and he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).

History of Supply Nation

Ochre Partnerships

As Australia’s first and leading advocate of Indigenous businesses in the supplier diversity space, Supply Nation believes that a collaborative and united approach is the key to achieving a truly sustainable, vibrant and prosperous Indigenous business sector.

This ethos underpins Supply Nation’s partnerships with influential organisations across the country that understand the significant and measurable business benefits and lasting positive social impacts that supplier diversity delivers.

Why Ochre?

Ochres – naturally occurring earth pigments – have always been highly valued amongst Australia’s First Peoples for painting and ceremonial purposes.

Even in areas where specific ochres don’t naturally occur for hundreds or thousands of kilometres, they were used and traded for millennia – making ochre a potent symbol for Supply Nation partnerships.

Different oxidised minerals give each ochre its colour, ranging from white, through yellow/gold, to reddish brown. The deeper the colour, the rarer and more valuable the ochre.


Supply Nation welcomes new partners

If you would like to partner with Supply Nation, or if you have a program that supports Indigenous businesses or supplier diversity programs:

  • Red Ochre partners provide outstanding support for Supply Nation special initiatives that have high level, direct impact on the Indigenous business sector; or that enhance Supply Nation’s capacity to deliver our vision. Red Ochre Partners provide high levels of support including research and data collaboration, digital innovation, pro-bono/low-bono products and services and financial support.

    Red Ochre Partners provide an outstanding commitment to the Indigenous business sector and to Supply Nation’s vision of a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

  • Yellow Ochre partners provide support for Supply Nation initiatives that impact the Indigenous business sector or that support Supply Nation’s capacity to deliver our vision. Yellow Ochre Partners provide backing including research and data collaboration, digital innovation, pro-bono / low-bono products and services and financial support. Yellow Ochre Partners are committed to the Indigenous business sector and to Supply Nation’s vision of a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

  • White Ochre partners provide in-kind assistance for Supply Nation to promote the Indigenous business sector directly or to support Supply Nation’s capacity to deliver our vision. White Ochre Partners are committed to the Indigenous business sector and to Supply Nation’s vision of a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

Going global

Supply Nation was patterned after the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC) in the United States and maintains strong ties with them and the other members of the Global Supplier Diversity Alliance (GSDA) around the world.

Supply Nation is the Australian member of the GSDA, a global organisation which brings together supplier diversity organisations from Canada, China, UK and South Africa. GSDA shares knowledge; creates opportunities for minority-owned businesses to grow and expand globally; provides corporations around the world with access to and support from networks that effectively champion minority businesses; and encourages other countries to establish similar initiatives.

Stories of Success

Since 2009, Supply Nation members have been working with Indigenous businesses and have created incredible stories of growth, opportunity and success.

We are always looking to share these compelling stories and look forward to hearing yours.

Be inspired by stories of Supply Nation members and Indigenous businesses!

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Supply Nation membership helps you to develop diverse supply chains which drive social good, and demonstrate significant business benefits – flexibility, innovation, sustainability and value.

As an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander business – registration with Supply Nation is a critical step towards connecting with the procurement teams of Australia’s leading organisations.