Mr Edward Fry, an Indigenous Australian with extensive experience working in the resource sector, has been appointed Chair of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) for a three-year period, effective from Monday 1 December 2014.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said Mr Fry’s commercial experience make him well qualified to head up the IBA.
“Further to his extensive experience working in the Australian resource sector, Mr Fry also has extensive experience in financial and human relations management as well as Indigenous training and employment,” Minister Scullion said.
“Mr Fry is also a specialist in Indigenous and Native Title issues.”
Minister Scullion also announced the appointments of Ms Shirley McPherson, Mr Glen Brennan and Mr Richard Allert as Directors of IBA for three-year terms, effective from Monday, 1 December 2014.
“Ms McPherson is a former Chair of the Indigenous Land Corporation and has extensive small business development expertise. Mr Allert, a former Chairman of the Coles Group Limited has extensive board experience across a broad range of businesses, including commerce and finance. Mr Brennan has extensive banking experience specialising in microfinance loans for Indigenous communities,” Minister Scullion said.
The IBA is an Australian Government commercially-focused organisation that promotes and encourages self-management, self-sufficiency and economic independence for Indigenous people.
Minister Scullion thanked IBA Deputy Chair, Mr Anthony Ashby, for his work acting as Chair since June 2014.
Minister Scullion also thanked departing Directors, Mrs Judy Hardy and Ms Gail Reynolds-Adamson for their work with IBA.
Employment biographies for the four new IBA appointees are attached.
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