Australasian Supply Chain Institute announces  2019 Excellence Awards 

18 September 2019:Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) has announced Linda Venables as the award recipient of the Individual Award for Excellence as well as a host of other organisations for their outstanding contribution in the field of supply chain management.

Linda Venables joins an elite group of award recipients including Lindsay Fox, Nola Bransgrove OAM, Don Telford, Roger Corbett and Dr John Gattorna, among many others in the 28 years it has been running under the Smart Awards brand.

“I am humbled to receive such a prestigious award and recognition in the supply chain community.  I am grateful for the support and many and varied opportunities I have had in my 20+ year supply chain career.  I look forward to continuing to support ASCI and the ‘formalisation’ of supply chain professional qualifications, to assist career progression and encourage individuals to enter in to careers in supply chain, said Linda.

Award for Excellence in Manufacturing Supply Chains

Winner: Schneider Electric Australia for the SMART Factory in Adelaide

Highly Commended: AstraZeneca Australia for AstraZeneca Australia Manufacturing

Award for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion

Winner: Western Sydney Airport

Award for Excellence in Event, Humanitarian or Military Logistics

Winner: Australian Electoral Commission for the Federal Election of 2019

The Award for Excellence in Supply Chain Management and Distribution

Winner: Roy Hill for the Intelligent Supply Chains

Highly Commended: Schneider Electric Australia forthe SMART Distribution Centre in Sydney

Highly Commended: Toll for the Retail and eCommerce Order Fulfilment Centre

The Award for Excellence in Transport & Logistics

Winner: Schneider Electric Australia for the Pacific Control Tower

The Award for Excellence in Procurement

Winner: Thales Australia for “Supporting the SME Ecosystem in International Supply Chain Expansion”

Individual Award for Excellence

Winner: Linda Venables


  • Kyle Rogers, Divisional President (VIC/TAS) The Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA)
  • Dr Ferry Jie,Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Centre for innovative Practice, School of Business and Law,Edith Cowan University, WA 
  • Marcus Guzowski,Business Transformation Manager, Asahi Beverages
  • Ishan Galapathy, Founding Director, Capability Unlimited; former Continuous Improvement Manager-Asia Pacific, Kellogg Company


Ivan Imparato, CEO, ASCI, said “On behalf of the ASCI Board of Directors and staff, I’d like to congratulate Linda Venables and the award winning organisations for their contribution to our supply chain community. Thank you to the judges who have volunteered their time under a tight schedule despite their professional and family commitments.” 

The judges include: 

  • Dr Renu Agarwal
  • Dr Md Maruf Hossan Chowdhury
  • Mark Skrzypiec
  • Sandra Indramohan
  • Daniel Majman
  • Alex Arvanitis
  • Michel Jungo
  • Inderjeet Virdi – Overall Coordination and Program Management


About Australasian Supply Chain Institute

Established in Australia in 1963 as a not for profit organisation, Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI), is the Professional Accreditation Body for Supply Chain Management in Australia. Within the Professional Accreditation Scheme, ASCI provides Professional and Practitioner Registration and pathways to Registration through education, training and continued professional development. 

In addition to the Professional Accreditation Scheme, ASCI has a dual role to provide formal education professional development programs, networking events, site visits, research, industry presentations and peer learning to its members with a range of opportunities to enrich and grow professional supply chain performance and competence. ASCI is a Premier Channel Partner of APICS and offers APICS certification programs in Australia, as well as other international supply chain management certifications provided by the Institute for Supply Management; and Demand Driven Institute. 


About the Industry Risk Management Program

Together with the Ethics Management Program and Body of Knowledge, the ASCI Risk Management Program is a core component of the ASCI Professional Accreditation Scheme. Under this scheme, individuals register as professionals and practitioners. It is the only program of its kind in the supply chain domain in Australia.


The ASCI Industry Risk Committee commenced in February 2019 as one of ASCI’s professionalisation committees, focussed on developing a Supply Chain Industry Risk Management Framework to support ASCI members in understanding potential decision risks and mitigation guidelines.

ASCI membership is available to individuals and provides access to professional development programs, a network of industry professionals, real-world learning opportunities, resources and social media networks.


Please visit for more information about our registrations, memberships and programs. For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Monique Fenech on 0439 320 152.