Linda Venables awarded Australasian Supply Chain Institute’s Individual Award for Excellence

17 September 2019: Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) has announced Linda Venables as the award recipient of the Individual Award for Excellence for her outstanding contribution to the supply chain community at today's awards evening.

The criteria for this prestigious award include outstanding achievement in supply chain and logistics management as well as active engagement with industry through research or education.  

Linda Venables has over 30 years’ international, cross-functional experience building and leading teams and delivering positive business outcomes and change.Shejoins 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.”

Most recently, Linda demonstrated her strategic leadership as Chief Logistics Officer at Metcash, delivering significant cost reductions and transforming the Metcash supply chain for future success.  Linda is also known for her passionate safety leadership, instrumental in driving cross-industry collaboration and a focus on heavy vehicle ‘chain of responsibility’ safety, in her 3 year role as Chair of the Australian Logistics Council RLSC (Retail Logistics Safety Code).

According to Ivan Imparato, CEO, ASCI, Linda’s work within the supply chain extends beyond the success of her career. 

“Linda Venables has actively volunteered her time and expertise towards the Professionalisation of Supply Chain Management in Australia, as Secretary of the ASCI Industry Risk Committee. We are extremely grateful and fortunate to have her time and expertise to add value to our mission. 

“Drawing from a comprehensive career helping organisations with strategic guidance on end to end supply chain, Linda has made a significant contribution to defining the themes that will comprise the Supply Chain Industry Risk Management Framework.

“Linda Venables’ contribution will not only benefit the supply chain community now, but also in future years to come. We’re delighted to mark this historical moment in time.”

On behalf of the ASCI Board of Directors and staff, I’d like to congratulate Linda for her contribution.

Pictured from left: Ivan Imparato, CEO, ASCI; Linda Venables; Henry Brunekreef, President, ASCI

Pictured: Linda Venables 



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.