Scott McCartney

Chief Executive Officer, Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria

Scott has had extensive experience in start-up and small to medium enterprise development. His goal at Kinaway is to not only maintain the momentum of the Chamber but deliver on current and future projects as well as strategic objectives. His skills involving establishment and growth of strong partnerships, problem solving, and development of team culture makes him the ideal selection to leading the team at Kinaway!

Scott is a proud Aboriginal man, a descendant from the Wotjobaluk people in the Western Region of Victoria. He and his family have relocated back home to Victoria after spending the last 10 years in Western Australia.

Scott is driven by the need to develop the Aboriginal business sector in Victoria. Scott says “The path to true self-determination is ensuring that as Aboriginal people we participate at all levels in the economy”

Jessie Motlik

Operations Manager

A Kaurna/Ngarrindjeri woman, Jessie joins Kinaway the Victorian Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce with a wealth of knowledge.

Working closely with the CEO Scott McCartney, Jessie will be assisting Scott in developing processes and structure as we experience unprecedented growth.

Proven in project management Jessie will be vital in documenting the growth and planning for future projects and collaborations.

A natural flair for research and data in action Jessie will be spending her day to day overseeing our special projects that will be exclusive to Kinaway, the Victorian Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce.

Liz Liddle

Women’s Business Development Manager

Liz, an Arrernte women living in Regional Victoria who brings with her a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise in Aboriginal business sector and the arts to the Kinaway Chamber of Commerce. Day to day expect to see Liz out and about meeting our entrepreneurs for coffee catch ups, private trade shows, events, business yarns and engaging community to hear their business aspirations.

Kayla Cartledge

Partnership Manager

Kayla Cartledge, a Gurindji woman, founder of Our Songlines and Our Dilly Bag joins the ever growing Kinaway team. Kayla moved from Country in the Northern Territory at a young age and grew up in Bunurong Country in the Mornington Peninsula area. With a passion for business, youth and guiding young people to better themselves, Kayla completed a Commerce (Analytics) Degree at Deakin University. A values driven person Kayla excels at connecting the dots. Inspired by socially minded principles Kayla puts people and ethics first.

This Gurindji woman will be leading the charge when it comes to putting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses forward for consideration across major Victorian infrastructure projects. Kayla will also be ensuring that our Kinaway Chamber of Commerce members are being introduced to big players within the Victorian private sector.

Damien Foley

Business Development Manager

Working with Scott is Damien Foley our Business Development Manager. Damien has worked extensively with small and medium businesses throughout his career. Damien began his career as an accountant and has owned various businesses himself. He has been invited to sit on numerous boards, committees and roundtables based on his experience working with and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business. Equally, Damien has had experience dealing with buyers and their procurement processes. It is through this experience that Damien truly understands what it is to be the owner and operator of an Aboriginal business as our Kinaway members do. Damien’s role is to improve and develop businesses for growth to enable procurement from buyers.

Damien is a Gumbaynggirr man raised on Dungahatti country in Kempsey, NSW. He is currently undertaking a part-time MBA at Melbourne Business School, where he previously completed the Murra Program.

Damien wants his legacy to be ‘to create a better world for our children’s children’. Where the development of the Victorian Aboriginal business sector is an investment in business with purpose.

K'Tahni Pridham-Mulholland

Marketing and Communications Manager

K'Tahni Pridham-Mulholland is a Marra and Yanyuwa woman who grew up in Darwin, N.T. She joins the Kinaway team as an Office and Marketing Assistant. With a demonstrated history in working administration, K'Tahni also brings video production knowledge. She will use these strengths to assist KinawayTV in producing webinars every week.

James Brown

Economic Broker

James grew up on the Tweed Heads (Bundjalung country) and is a proud Aboriginal man, a descendant of the Gamilaraay people. He joins Kinaway from a professional sporting background having played football (soccer) professionally for domestic A-League teams and teams internationally along with representing Australia at all youth levels.

Currently, James is completing his Bachelor of Business (Sport Management and Economics) at La Trobe University and is determined to apply the skills learned from his previous career with his tertiary education to procure economic opportunities for Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. James has experience in Indigenous community engagement, strategic planning, problem-solving and economic innovation.

James is an Economic Broker with Kinaway and is tasked with building procurement opportunities and facilitating support for Victorian Indigenous businesses through providing support, advocacy, networking opportunities, and working partnerships to Indigenous businesses. James looks forward to contributing to meaningful, sustainable, and systemic economic progress within the Indigenous community.

Alex Martins

Corporate Relationships Manager

Fresh from the skies of Victoria, Alex spent his time during Covid-19 achieving his Commercial Pilots License. Prior to flying the skies, he was the National Partnership Manager at The Institute of Managers and Leaders, and the Membership and Business Development Manager at the Cairns Chamber of Commerce.

Alex is looking forward to making a positive impact with our Corporate Partners and connecting some amazing opportunities with our Kinaway members.

Gary James

Corporate Partner Relationships Manager

Gary is a family man who resides in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He brings a wealth of experience to Kinaway in regard to relationship management and key stakeholder engagement. A real company man, he does the best he can to achieve the necessary results.

Gary is looking forward to providing major opportunities to our Kinaway members via our corporate partners.

Naomi Prior

Women's Business Sector Development Manager

Naomi is a descendant of the Birri - Gubba people in North Queensland, and is currently living in the southern suburbs of Melbourne. She has worked in the private, community and government sectors (state and federal) and comes to Kinaway with a broad range of experience. She has developed an array of plans and programs that have assisted in the health and wellbeing of local communities.

Deborah O’Reilly

Senior Projects Officer

Deborah O’Reilly-Nugent is a proud New Zealand Maori woman, now living in Australia. She is a business and community development professional with a passion for connected communities and supporting people to be the best version of themselves.

Deborah's experience and skills have been developed in multinational companies both here and abroad. As Senior Projects Officer, she is looking forward to working alongside the Kinaway team to assist members and First Nations businesses achieve their commercial objectives.

“I am really interested in people and culture and am so excited to be here!”.

Illana Atkinson

CEO Executive Assistant

Illana Atkinson is a singer-songwriter who performs around Australia. Previously she has collaborated with Kutcha Edwards, Yothu Yindi, Killing Heidi, Tiddas, Paul Kelly, Frank Yamma and Rita Mills. A strong, proud yet humble Victorian woman from the Gunditjmara (Framlingham), Muthi Muthi (Deniliquin/Balranald), Wemba Wemba (SwanHill) and Yorta Yorta (Wolithica Tribe of Shepparton/Echuca/Moama areas) tribes respectfully recognising all four points of her cultural lineage.

Illana has a well-established project management/policy writing and strong customer service background. She has worked across the board in various mainstream customer service roles, some of which include Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency as Group Home House Supervisor/Support Worker, Interact Employment as Indigenous Employment Consultant, various government based traineeships for Department for Victorian Communities, The Department of Health and Aging, and VACCHO with a strong focus to better recognising the attributes required to ensure all are endeavouring to reduce the impact of health related deaths of Aboriginal people.

Illana is passionate about her Aboriginal community and Aboriginal self-determination being realised for all our people, locally and nationally. Illana is a qualified Guitar Music Teacher, has attained Business Administration Cert III, yet to complete Social Work degree with Deakin University (on-hold) and a qualified Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Facilitator. Illana is a leader and asset to the Victorian Aboriginal community.

George Nasif

Aboriginal Employment Broker

George was born in Egypt and migrated to Sydney with his family at the age of 6. He has extensive experiences in community engagement and in the employment services fields and has a great passion in assisting organisations and companies in achieving successful outcomes and support needs.

George has 20 years of experience in retail management and operations, as well as 7 years of experience in the Jobactive and Employment services space both in NSW and in Victoria. He has been involved with small, medium and large size organisations assisting and supplying companies with great quality staffing for long term and sustainable employment. Also assisting businesses with their recruitment processes and helping them with onboarding and training of new staff.

Amin Saleem

Research Officer

Amin specialises in IT and has extensive experience in every aspect of Software and Data. This includes Data and Reporting Analysis, Business Analysis, Report Writing, Testing, and documentation.

Amin enjoys working with diversified cross-functional teams and loves problem-solving. Numbers and figures are exciting for him as it amplifies the credibility of the information being presented.

Keagan Mallia

Marketing and Communications Officer

Keagan is a proud Wamba Wamba man from Swan Hill. He grew up in Bendigo and after completing year 12 in 2015, he decided to pursue his passion for design and applied to the Diploma of Graphic Design course at RMIT University in Melbourne.

Now he has completed his Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design as well as his Diploma of Digital Media Technologies. Keagan is currently working with K’tahni here at Kinaway in Marketing and Communications and is super excited to be a part of such a wonderful team!

Claire Waddell-Wood

Partner Relationship Support Officer

Claire is a non-Indigenous ally currently working and studying in Naarm/Melbourne on Wurundjeri Country. She works with the Corporate Partner team, providing assistance to the Corporate Relationship Managers. Claire has a background in music and the humanities, teaching drums at primary schools, playing drums in a few bands around Melbourne and pursuing a passion in writing environmental history.

She is looking forward to assisting our Corporate Partners in creating social impact through supporting the Indigenous economy.

David Fidel

Membership & Projects Officer

Dave has a background in member services consulting, and experience in a broad range of commercial and community projects. Dave has had formal training in Entrepreneurship, Supply-chain Management, Law and Media Design.

Before getting onboard with Kinaway Dave worked as a traffic administrator for Civil construction on and around freeways. Working alongside likeminded people and developing worthwhile projects is where he shines most. Dave feels and thinks Kinaway is the best place in the world to work!

Tia Lush

Corporate Services Officer

Tia is a Kamilaroi woman joining the Kinaway team, following the completion of her Cert IV in Business.

As Kinaway’s Corporate Services Officer, Tia will also assist the General Manager of Operations, Jessie Motlik. Coming from a background in administration, Tia brings a valuable process driven work-style with her.

She is excited to work alongside the Corporate Services team, ensuring the smooth operations of the company.

Cheryl Drayton

Business Broker Gippsland

Cheryl Drayton is a Kurnai woman from Gippsland and a keen sports person and inspirational Elder. A descendant from the Baw Baw Shire West of Gippsland with deep ancestral roots from Country. Ms. Drayton's Grandfather, Mr. Stewart Hood settled in this region in 1940 after being at the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Mission. With a profound knowledge of culture, customary laws and practices, Ms. Drayton brings out her invaluable contribution to enhance VACL's ethical practices and protocols.

Ms. Drayton has contributed her entire life to the improvement of Aboriginal people through numerous roles across the community and the State Government. Some of her inputs include but are not restricted to; appointed Director and carry on the Treasurer Portfolio at VACL since 2020, Program Administration to establish with the State Electricity Commission (SEC), Victoria Training in the industry for Aboriginal people with permanent job outcome, contributed to the development of the Education Unit for the Aboriginal Associate Diploma, Aboriginal Studies at the Monash Campus Churchill.

Julie Sanders

Business Broker Western Victoria

Julie has over 25 years’ experience in small business ownership, management and mentoring/coaching support across many industries. This expertise includes the building and construction industry, hairdressing, hospitality, and franchising.

Julie also has extensive experience in the employment sector which includes training jobseekers, workforce development in the education sector and is a qualified Careers Counsellor/Career Development Practitioner.

As an Aboriginal Business Broker, Julie will thrive on building authentic and long-standing professional relationships with the businesses she works with and is known for her innovative approach to business and her ability to look outside the square.

Tiarny McKenzie


Tiarny is a proud Ngarrindjeri woman from Murray Bridge, South Australia. She is our lovely receptionist. Tiarny became a part of our company not only to be our receptionist but to start her journey learning about Indigenous culture and Indigenous Businesses. She is also completing her Cert III in Business Administration.

“I am excited to be a part of Kinaway and to expand my knowledge of my culture”.

Brenden Hede

Wellbeing Manager

Cannot stop thinking about the business? Up all night worried about the cashflow, laying off staff or that project deadline? Need someone to talk to? Announcing Brendan Hede, Kinaway Chamber of Commerce’s Mental Health Clinician.

Brendan has a wealth of experience as a small business owner and a Mental Health Clinician. Chosen by the Kinaway team, Brendan’s services are completely confidential and available via phone, video call or in person.

One thing that stood out to us here at Kinaway was Brendan’s laid back and approachable nature. Brendan, we fell also felt understands the challenges that our businesses face and believes that our small business owners are the very last to receive the emotional support they need. The Kinaway dedicated hotline will be available for your wellbeing support, financial counselling and business advice. If you are feeling overwhelmed or experiencing distress, please do not hesitate to reach out for a yarn.