First Board of Directors under new constitution for the Australasian Supply Chain Institute


First Board of Directors under new constitution for the Australasian Supply Chain Institute

Sydney, 26 October 2018: Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) is pleased to announce Henry Brunekreef as President and Chair of the Board of Directors; Ivan Imparato as Vice President; as well as new and transitional directors resulting from the member vote at the extraordinary general meeting held on 13 October 2018.

For the last year, the board, who were directors prior to the new constitution; served as a Transitional Board, to ensure continuation of the ASCI strategy towards professionalising members. Now, under new constitution, appointed directors will work with members and wider industry to position ASCI as the official accreditation body in Australasia.

Henry Brunekreef – President

Henry has 20 years of industry experience and is Director in the Australian Operations Advisory Group and the National Lead for Supply Chain for KPMG Australia. His experience spans supply chain strategy design & implementation, transformation change management, business planning and operations management. Henry has worked with clients in Europe, South Africa, North America and Australia in retail, consumer products, industrial markets, life sciences, health, telecommuncations and mining.

Ivan Imparato – Vice President

Ivan is a senior Program Manager/General Manager with highly transferable skills and value proposition of leadership driving efficiencies in a BAU environment, transformational change in highly complex and quality driven environments, with a customer service mindset. Ivan has had a comprehensive career with a global brand in the automotive industry.

Geoff Palm – Treasurer

Geoff is a passionate advocate of continuous improvement and learning with over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, resources and oil & gas with companies like Carrier and Honeywell. He is an APICS facilitator.

Alexandra Riha – Director (New)

Alexandra has 25 years of supply chain experience in the pharmaceutical industry, locally, regionally and globally. Starting off in a pharmaceutical manufacturing site in Austria, Alexandra has acquired broad knowledge along the end to end process in roles involving manufacturers, suppliers, regulators, distributors and commercial partners.

Amanda Rawstron – Director (New)

Amanda has 20 years of experience working in industry for KPMG, Toll Holdings, NBN Co, CEVA Logistics, Crimson & Co and Kings Transport. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Business in Transport and Logistics Management (with Distinction) and Masters of Business Administration Executive (MBA Executive) and is a member of the RMIT School of Vocational Business Education Industry Advisory Committee for the Program areas of International Business and Logistics.

In addition, ASCI Board of Directors have voted the following individuals as “Specialist Directors”:

Laynie Kelly – Special Qualification Director

Laynie has more than 20 years of corporate development experience in the technology, food & beverage, automotive and media sectors. She is the Australasian Regional Marketing Manager for a global ERP provider of industry-built software for manufacturers and distributors.

Renu Agarwal - Special Qualification Director (New)

Associate Professor Renu Agarwal is the Director of Strategic Supply Chain Management Programs at UTS Business, University of Technology Sydney. As a Research Director for management practices research projects since 2008, Renu has been instrumental in managing several management practices federal and state government research project grants to examine the Impact of Management Practices on Firm/Hospital Performance as part of a global research study conducted by the London School of Economics/Stanford and McKinsey. More recently, Renu and her team designed the Australian Management Capability Survey funded by DIIS, Canberra in collaboration with ABS. Currently they are investigating gaps in productivity and management quality of firms, and that better overall, strategic, supply chain, environmental and digital management practices can have a positive impact on Australia’s economic growth, competitiveness, and policy making.

Phillip Ow, former Secretary has relinquished his Director’s position. The ASCI Board is currently determining a replacement for this role.

“On behalf of the ASCI community, I would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere gratitude to Phillip Ow as Secretary,” said Mr Brunekreef.

“I congratulate and warmly welcome Alex and Amanda as new ASCI Directors and Renu as a special qualification Director and a warm welcome back to Ivan, Laynie and Geoff. Together, the ASCI Board is unified and committed to the ASCI community and will continue the mission to professionalise supply chain management in Australasia,” he said.


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), is the only supply chain industry body positioning itself as an accreditation body in Australasia to supports its members towards Professional and Practitioner Registration through education, training and continued professional development.

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 provided by the Institute for Supply Management; and Demand Driven Institute. 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.

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.