Our Team

We are a passionate group of Indigenous leaders creating an inclusive economy.

We believe in a self-determined future for First Nations people. Together we are removing the barriers holding back Indigenous entrepreneurs, and creating a sustainable and inclusive economy for all Australians.

Leah Armstrong

Managing Director

Board Member

Leah, a Torres Strait Islander, has over 20 years’ business and not-for-profit experience working collaboratively with governments, community and the private sector. Leah is currently on the Board of Foundations for Young Australians; CSIRO Indigenous Strategic Advisory Council; and BCA Indigenous Taskforce. LinkedIn

Jocelyn King

Executive Director, Business Development

Board Member

A proud Bundjalung woman by descent, Jocelyn was born and raised on Gadigal lands and now lives with her family at Djanaba Farm on Wonnarua Country in the Hunter Valley. Jocelyn has worked with many Indigenous organisations to facilitate economic development opportunities across Australia. LinkedIn

Jane Pound

Executive Director, Impact Capital

Board Member

Passionate about supporting Indigenous-led change, Jane has 25 years’ experience providing strategic and legal advice across both the private and not-for-profit sectors. After working as a corporate lawyer for a decade, Jane has dedicated the past 15 years to supporting a number of significant Indigenous initiatives for social change. LinkedIn

Wayne Reid

Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Wayne has over 16 years of Finance experience in the not-for-profit/government sector. He has also worked in local government, balancing financial management with strong, sustainable stakeholder relationships. Wayne completed a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Newcastle, and went on to hold several accounting positions there. LinkedIn

Tara O’Connell

Head of Business Development

Tara was born and raised on Awabakal lands and lives in Newcastle NSW. Tara brings over 25 years of diverse experience including 6 years as CEO of Hunter Wetlands; Chairman and Director on regional tourism boards; Head of Digital Transformation for a national NFP; and as a consultant to Government Departments and NGOs. LinkedIn

Garry King

Business Relationship Manager

A proud Bundjalung man by descent, Garry was born and raised on Gadigal lands and now lives on Wiradjuri Country in Temora, NSW. He has managed diverse small and medium enterprises, with over 30 years involvement in the building industry from hands on tool work to senior management.

Sugandha Chapman

Business Relationship Manager

Sugandha (Sig) is a multi-passionate entrepreneur, digital strategist and women’s leadership/wellness coach. She brings over a decade experience in both the corporate and NFP world helping launch startups as well as running her own online business. She has grown up and lives on Wurundjeri land and believes in women’s empowerment, diversity and inclusion, financial independence through good business and environmental sustainability.
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Erin Levey

Impact Research Officer

Erin leads the development and implementation of the FAC Impact Management Framework. Erin has over 10 years experience in sustainable business management and worked in the UK and Australia as a Responsible Investment Analyst. Erin was born and raised on Awabakal lands and lives in Newcastle NSW.
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Paul Cobbo

Investment Analyst

Paul is a proud Wakka Wakka and Kamilaroi man and a passionate business builder, avid learner and pragmatic thinker. He is an accounting and finance degree-qualified corporate professional with deep knowledge and passion for the success of businesses and business owners, working with a wide range of businesses from Small to Medium Enterprises to ASX listed companies, operating in diverse sectors and industries. LinkedIn

Jonathan Nguyen, Investment Analyst

Jonathan Nguyen

Investment Analyst

Jonathon was born and raised on Cabrogal lands and is passionate about paving the way for the next generation of For-Purpose investors. He brings with him more than 5 years’ experience from the funds management, banking and financial markets sectors. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and is currently undertaking the CFA Program. LinkedIn

Peter Gow

Investment Analyst

Peter has specialised in the finance, marketing and investment areas and has developed an extensive knowledge of funding companies and investment vehicles. Well known for his lateral approach and his ability to deliver strong commercial outcomes, Peter has worked with a range of small and medium sized companies, including fast growth hi-tech companies.

Carly Mohamed

Board Member

Carly is a proud Goreng Goreng woman who grew up on Yorta Yorta country. She has recently completed a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Politics) at Monash University. Carly’s interest areas are in Indigenous Affairs, Social Justice and Education. LinkedIn

Shane Hamilton

Board Member

Shane is a Wakka Wakka and Bundjalung man from Queensland. Currently the CEO of Evolve FM, Shane is a respected leader with executive experience across corrective services, housing and professional services sectors in government and corporate enterprises. LinkedIn

Clive Ringler

Board Member

Clive Ringler is a Portfolio Manager and Financial Adviser with Morgan Stanley. He has over 25 years’ experience in the financial markets and covers both global and Australian investments across all asset classes including fixed interest and currencies. LinkedIn

Our Indigenous Service Partners

Craig North

Indigenous Impact

Craig North is in the business of Indigenous investments with long-term positive impact. A senior Indigenous executive for over 15 years, Craig operates across government and commercial sectors nationally. Craig is passionate about the possibilities of Indigenous economic development and impact investment outcomes.

Cara Peek

The Cultural Intelligence Project

Cara Peek is a Yawuru/Bunuba woman and founder of The Cultural Intelligence Project and Saltwater Country Inc. A lawyer by profession, having worked primarily in Native Title Law, Cara now focuses her skills as a community relations practitioner specialising in stakeholder liaison and engagement, relationship management, corporate social responsibility and project management.