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”
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, 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, 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.
Jhdara is a Kija & Tebrakunna Man who has spent the last 7 years living in Melbourne.
You may recognise Jhdara’s bright face from some of his previous appointments on major projects across Victoria and his work at ICN, the Industry Capability Network here in Victoria.
Jhdara will be combining his years of social procurement experience, with his passion for Indigenous economic success, to foster a safe space for our members to grow and get “contract fit”.
His role as Kinaway’s Membership Coordinator is ever so timely as Kinaway has recently surpassed 300 members.
Jhdara will be key in documenting the growth of our member database and reporting key data to our stakeholders.
As the Membership Coordinator, Jhdara will be auditing and monitoring our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses very closely to ensure they are Indigenous owned and operated.
Jhdara’s vision is to cultivate a confident and motivated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business sector.
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.
New to the Kinaway Team is James Brown our 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.
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.
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.
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-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!``.
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!
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”.
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.