Australasian Supply Chain Institute appoints Chapter Presidents in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia

Sydney: 13 August 2019The Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) is continuing its strategy to bring professionalisation to the supply chain domain and, as such, has appointed new Chapter Presidents in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

ASCI Chapter Presidents are volunteer-based roles. New appointments include:

Matthew Jackson, Victorian President

Matthew is a leader within the Supply Chain and Operations practice of Deloitte focusing on Manufacturing & Industry 4.0. He has over 18 years as an operations lean practitioner across Australia, North America & Europe. His particular skills are in the design and implementation of large scale transformations through coaching and mentoring teams in both service and manufacturing environments. Adept at engaging both front line and C-level whilst motivating them to embrace and generate operational improvement. Able to tackle change management issues effectively and in real time. Expertise and pragmatism have combined to deliver a string of consistently successful programs that have produced significant benefits in quality, cost and delivery.

Brendan O’Keeffe, NSW Chapter President

Brendan has over 20 years of recruitment experience across supply chain, operations for ASX listed organisations and SMEs. With demonstrated expertise in executive search and talent management, he has become a trusted adviser for his service delivery and long lasting partnerships within the industry. 

Brendan has worked in partnership with change management programs and is actively involved in industry networks where he actively contributes and provides insights and market knowledge . He sees this as a competitive benefit to organisations who are serious about these initiatives, particularly in the current challenging times. This includes his history with APICS and now ASCI as a supporter of the organisation and sponsorship of its endeavours. 

Brendan has a passion for the professional sector that he partners with and is committed to supporting professionals in their career's but also making a key contribution to industry for a more sustainable future. 


Indrasen Naidoo, WA President

Indrasen has drawn on his dual academic pathways of finance and industrial engineering to shape a 25-year career in supply chain in South Africa and Australia. He has held executive leadership roles in organisations including De Beers, Mondi Group, FirstRand Bank and Roy Hill Holdings as well a non-executive founding director role with the South African Supplier Diversity Council. 

His leadership of transformation initiatives draws on his skill a leadership coach, to facilitate dialogue that reshapes mindsets and beliefs to reframe business models, embrace technology innovation and adapt behaviours to establish a predictable future of thriving at a system and network level. 

Indrasen holds Bachelor of Commerce, Chartered Management Accounting, Master in Business Leadership, Master in Engineering qualifications and is currently engaged in doctoral research focussed on integral supply networks in a digital economy. He has certifications as Member of International Coach Federation, Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and Prosci Change Management.

James Scotland M. Int. Mgt., G.A.I.C.D., F.I.L.M, Queensland President 

Currently engaged by The Australian Industry Group (AiG) and the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science as national Supply Chain facilitator, James’ role is to assist and enable SMEs to prepare for, and to access Global Supply Chains. Current clients include Volvo Group Australia, Shell QGC, Bustech Australia and the Australian Organics industry. The focus of the role is in the digital integration along and across the supply chain continuum. 

James has management consulting experience, corporate trainer with companies such as BHP and Rio Tinto and CEO of a Vocational Training organisation.

Prior, James was Group Regional Manager, Mayne Nickless Express Freight Group (now Toll) based in Darwin after a career in many roles across the organisation. These roles were 3PL operations, including running 24-hour operations of air freight, road freight and couriers, and included building relationships with clients and working across organisational silos with clients and within Mayne Nickless. 

In NT, James was Chairman of the International Business Council (IBC), Chairman of Australian Industry Defence Network (AIDN-NT), board member of the NT Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NTCCI), Chairman of the Oil & Gas network and President of the Australian Institute of Management NT (AIM-NT). 

Eddy Qureshi South Australian Ambassador

Eddy is a contracts and procurement specialist with over 10 years’ experience in contract administration, risk strategy, contract analysis and negotiations for IMC Hospital (300 bed, $200M revenue, 400 suppliers,14,000 items), and Procter & Gamble (7 markets, $150M revenue, 20 suppliers, 100 items). 

He has led negotiations of complex contracts underscored by 150+ contracts, valued at 500$M+, involving multiple categories (medical equipment, beauty products, finished food products, supplies and maintenance). 

Eddy holds an MBA from the University of Warwick, and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.


According to Ivan Imparato, CEO, ASCI Chapters have always been an important component to the ASCI organisational structure for the past 50 years. Now, more than ever, there is an enormous amount of work to strive towards the ASCI vision.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Chapter Presidents including Henry Santamaria and David Hogg who have both dedicated their expertise into developing sustainable programs and teams within their states. 

“Congratulations to our new Chapter Presidents and look forward to working with them to realise the vision of Supply Chain Management becoming a formal profession in Australia. This will be a first in Australian history, shaping the cornerstone of our industry and continuing the legacy and rich history of our Institution when our predecessors brought APICS to Australia in the 1970s to set best practice standards for inventory management,” he said.

ASCI is working to set the minimum knowledge and education requirements for supply chain professionals. It has already developed a recognised minimum standard of a supply chain body of knowledge; an ethics management program; and is developing an industry risk management program, and a continuous professional development program, including its annual ASCI2019 conference.

In 2018, ASCI launched the evidenced-based Practitioner Registration process in logistics, operations and procurement, available to the entire supply chain community. This registration will become a pre-requisite for practitioners in the Supply Chain domain to be able to register as Professional Supply Chain Managers, after the successful completion of an examination, entitling them to the designation PrSCM. 

ASCI is working closely with its corporate members; collaboration partners and sponsors to provide a platform for research and development opportunities with the tertiary, government and industry sectors. 


About Australasian Supply Chain Institute

Established in Australia in 1963 as a not for profit organisation, apicsAU, now trading as Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI), facilitates and enables the development and professionalisation of the Australasian Professional Supply Chain Community. ASCI, are developing a framework to both register supply chain professionals under Federal Government legislation and register industry practitioners under ASCI accreditation.  ASCI provides formal education programs, 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, including ISM and DDI. ASCI membership is available to individuals and provides access to educational programs, a network of industry professionals, real-world learning opportunities, resources and social media networks.


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