Our Board

The Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) Board is made up of eminent Indigenous and non-Indigenous members with expertise in business. The majority of the Board including the Chair are Indigenous.

Mr Edward Fry

Mr Anthony Ashby

Ms Patricia Angus

Mr Peter Thomas

Ms Claire Woodley

Ms Nareen Young

Ms Shirley McPherson

Mr Glen Brennan

Mr Richard Allert AO

Mr Edward (Eddie) Fry, Chair of the Board

Mr Edward FryAppointed Chair of the Board 29 November 2014.

Eddie Fry is a Dagoman/Wardaman from Katherine region Northern Territory. Eddie has extensive experience within the Australian resource sector and is a specialist in Indigenous and Native Title issues. He holds a Diploma in Business Management from the University of South Australia and is a graduate of the International Lead & Zinc Study Group conducted out of Belgium on international base metal global supply and demand trade.

Based in Adelaide, Eddie is a former director and a retained consultant to TNG Limited, an Australian resource company focused on the exploration, evaluation and development of a multi-commodity resource portfolio in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. He is an Executive Director of Gimbulki Ltd., a Native Title Land access company he established in 2002 which has provided consulting services to a range of Australian exploration and mining companies including Rio Tinto, Barrick Gold, and Transfield Services.

During his career he also held senior Executive roles with Normandy Mining Ltd., where he established the company’s Traditional Owner policy, and later was manager of international logistics and marketing of Normandy’s base-metal portfolio and Investor Relations Analyst. His early employment included involvement with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and also the Aboriginal Development Commission & the Department of Aviation.

Eddie is the Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Board at Transfield Services Australia (since 2010) and Deputy Chair of Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia Incorporated (since 2007) and he is a member of the development team for the TNG Ltd world class FerroVanadium Mount Peake project in the Northern Territory.

Mr Anthony Ashby, Deputy Chair of the Board

Mr Anthony Ashby, Board DirectorAppointed as Board Director 22 October 2012.

Appointed as Deputy Chair of the Board 1 December 2013.

Anthony Ashby is a Gamilaraay-Yuwaalaraay man from North-Western NSW. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW), and has gone on to complete post-graduate qualifications as a Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor. He holds a Public Practicing Certificate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and provides professional services to his client base.

Anthony’s professional career started as a graduate accountant with Ernst & Young, where he attained Manager level before seeking new experiences. His international accounting experience consisted of time spent with the Moore Stephens Group in their New York/New Jersey offices. Subsequent to these public accounting experiences Anthony moved into the commercial arena as the Financial Manager for the Darrell Lea Group of companies. In 2004, Anthony and his wife Vanessa established their own boutique accounting business.

Anthony is currently a member of the Audit & Risk Committee for Supply Nation.

Ms Patricia (Trish) Angus, Board Director

Trish Angus Profile Close Up.jpg resizeAppointed 1 December 2013.

Trish brings to the Board experience and specialist knowledge in strategic policy, legislation, reporting, program and project development along with operational and customer support in housing.

Recently retired Trish has held senior executive public sector positions in the human services areas of health, housing, local government and community services for  more than twenty years. Trish also has experience working in the Australian Defence Force and community controlled organisations. Trish has extensive governance experience following board and committee memberships across a range of sectors.

Trish holds a Masters of Tropical/Public health, has completed a public sector Executive Development Program and the Executive Fellows Program from the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.

She is a current member of the Top End Health Services Governing Council, Director of CareFlight, member of the Charles Darwin University Vice Chancellors Indigenous Advisory Council and a member of the NT Medical Local Community Health Committee.

Trish Angus is a member of the Finance, Investment and Performance Committee.

Mr Peter Thomas, Board Director

Mr Peter Thomas, Director of IBAFirst appointed 24 September 2007.

Reappointed 5 October 2013.

Peter Thomas brings years of commercial experience to the Board, together with a commitment to advancing Indigenous business and economic self-sufficiency.

Based in Sydney, Peter is a director of TFG International, a consulting and advisory firm offering high-level strategic advice to the public and private sectors. Peter has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He was a partner at one of Australia’s four largest accounting firms for almost 25 years.

Peter is a board member of Innovation Australia and a director of The Australian Solar Institute (both Australian Government entities). He is also a director of the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation; a number of private sector companies; and, on a pro-bono basis, three not-for-profit organisations.

Peter Thomas is also the Chair of the Finance, Investment and Performance Committee.

Ms Claire Woodley, Board Director

Ms Claire Woodley, Board DirectorAppointed 22 October 2012.

Claire Woodley has a diverse background incorporating the banking sector, as well as clinical and managerial experience in the delivery of public mental health services. She has a passion for driving equal access to opportunity across the community with specific interest in providing opportunities for enablement for Indigenous people.

Claire brings to the Board her corporate experience in governance, risk management, strategic planning, policy development, business reengineering and project/program management. She also has experience in project portfolio governance including risk and quality oversight of the delivery of global programs of change.

Claire has formal qualifications in Occupational Therapy, Psychology, and Project Management.

Claire Woodley is also a member of the Audit Committee.

Ms Nareen Young, Board Director

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Appointed 21 June 2013.

Nareen Young has worked in leadership positions within employment diversity for nearly 15 years. She is widely credited with identifying many new concepts in the area of workplace and business diversity thought and practice in Australia.

Since 2007, she has been the Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Council Australia Limited (DCA), the independent, not-for-profit workplace diversity advisor to business in Australia.

In 2012, Nareen was named by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence and the most influential Australian woman in the diversity category. She was also named one of the ‘Twenty Most Influential Female Voices of 2012’ by Daily Life.

Nareen is Chairperson of Groundswell Arts NSW and a non-executive director of the Institute of Cultural Diversity.

Nareen has presented and published widely on employment diversity matters and has qualifications in education and employment law.

Ms Shirley McPherson, Board Director

20150219_Image_ShirleyMcPhersonAppointed 29 November 2014.

Shirley McPherson is a Yamatji and Nyoongar woman from the Perth and Murchison regions of Western Australia. She has experience at the regional, national and international levels of government in program delivery and business development. Shirley is a chartered accountant and has held senior positions in the private, government and university sectors.

Shirley has been a consultant to the mining industry in negotiating land-use agreements in Western Australia and held previous roles as Group Manager of Indigenous Strategy and Business with Leighton Contractors and a member of the Australian Government Delegation to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Her previous board appointments included Chair of Ngarda Civil and Mining (2011-2013), Chair of Indigenous Land Corporation (2001-2011), and Board Member of McArthur River Mining Community Benefits Trust (2009-2014). Shirley is currently Western Australia State Manager of AFL SportsReady.

Shirley is a member of the Audit Committee.

Mr Glen Brennan, Board Director

20150219_Image_GlenBrennanAppointed 29 November 2014.

Glen Brennan is a Gomeroi man from Narrabri in North-Western NSW and has a diverse background incorporating the banking and government sectors, as well as private enterprise. Glen holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Melbourne Business School and has a passion for supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Glen brings to the Board his corporate experience in Indigenous engagement, finance and governance as well as his practical experience as an Indigenous business owner.

Glen has won many accolades throughout his varied career including a Queen’s Birthday Public Service Medal, National Australia Day Council Medal and was named in the top 100 Smartest and Most Innovative Australians in The Bulletin Magazine 2003.

Based in Melbourne, Glen is currently Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Employment Strategy and a Director of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of 4 Mile Ventures, a privately owned and operated Indigenous agricultural company.

Glen Brennan is also a member of the Audit Committee.

Mr Richard (Rick) Allert AO, Board Director

20150219_Image_RickAllertAppointed 29 November 2014.

Rick, who is a Chartered Accountant, is also a Director of Genesee and Wyoming Inc and its Australian subsidiary, Genesee and Wyoming Australia Pty Ltd and Kakadu Tourism and has many years’ experience in the corporate sector.

Some of Rick’s former appointments include Chairman of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited, Chairman of Tourism Australia, Chairman of Coles Myer Ltd and Coles Group Limited, Chairman of Southcorp Limited, Chairman of the AustralAsia Railway Corporation, Chairman of Voyages Hotels and Resorts Pty Ltd, and Chairman of The Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia Inc.

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