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Mark Smyth


Mark Smyth is the Chief Lending Officer of BankVic and has more than 20 years experience working across Australia’s Banking and Finance sector in varying strategy and leadership roles. Mark is a First Nations Australian and is proud of his own Indigenous heritage. Mark's grandfather, a Barkindji man, was part of Australia’s stolen generation and was removed from his family at a very young age. As Chair of the Indigenous Education Foundation, Mark is driven to further his keen interest in ensuring Indigenous cultures not only survive, but thrive.
Rob Henry

Rob Henry


Rob Henry has worked with marginalised groups at a grass-root level for over a decade. Since 2008, Rob has lived and worked with the Mentawai community in western Sumatra, conducting anthropological research focused on Indigenous cultural knowledge, oral literature and the cause and impacts of loss of connection with their culture, land and its resources. In 2014, Rob founded the Indigenous Education Foundation (IEF) to empower the Mentawai community and other Indigenous peoples across the globe to reconnect with and further strengthen their culture as a means to prevent poverty. In 2017, Rob produced and directed award-winning documentary film, As Worlds Divide, which, filmed over the course of 8 years living with the Mentawai, explores the impacts of displacement and provides a compelling insight into the value of Indigenous knowledge in relation to some of today’s greatest global challenges. Rob has held the position of Chairman of the IEF board of Directors from 2014 - 2018. He continues volunteering his time as IEF President and working closely with our Indigenous partners.

Tri Duc Nguyen


Tri Duc Nguyen arrived to Australia from Vietnam by boat as part of the UNHCR Refugee Program in the early 1980s, at a young age. Having benefitted greatly from growing up in strong supportive communities that encouraged cultural diversity and importantly retention, he is particularly keen to ensure that Indigenous cultures are maintained wherever possible and through empowerment. Professionally, he is currently the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Redundancy Payment Central Fund Ltd (Incolink), a redundancy fund for the Commercial Building and Civil Construction industry in Victoria and Tasmania.  He is an accomplished corporate lawyer with substantial commercial and legal experience, particularly in the areas of M&A, Capital Raising, Litigation, Corporate Law, Corporate Governance (ASX listed entities & Government), Company Secretarial & Compliance (ASX listed entities & Government), General Commercial Law, Property, Industrial Law and Intellectual Property. Tri has been in practice for over 22 years with 18 years in various senior in-house roles at ASX listed entities and Federal Government. He is a founding Board member of the Vietnamese Australian Benevolent Foundation (SA) and a Director of Clean Swell Dreaming Pty Ltd.
Tycho Buningh

Tycho Buningh


Tycho Buningh is a port management and logistics consultant. Tycho has extensive experience in management and has held a number of senior executive roles in port administration and the shipping industry, including roles in port operations and port infrastructure planning, coastal shipping operations, business development, project management and commercial management. Tycho is also the founder of Winangali Logistics, an independent majority owned Indigenous logistics company providing road transport, warehousing, pick ‘n’ pack, inventory management, integrated logistics and supply chain solutions.
Greg Heath

Greg Heath


Greg Heath is a professional sole trader with ten years’ experience within the environmental and social industry, both private and government sectors. For most of his career, Greg has worked with Coffey International as a Senior Consultant within the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment team; working on a wide variety of local, national and international projects across a range of industries. Greg has extensive experience designing, implementing and managing a range of environmental and social field surveys in Papua New Guinea and Fiji. Within this position, Greg has held roles including: field program manager for over 20 independent environmental and social surveys, survey mobilisation and logistics, in-field person in charge, team coordination, project risk management, health and safety, data management and survey reporting. He is skilled in the following areas: project management, stakeholder engagement, field survey management and execution, specialist study management, data analysis and interpretation, environmental and socioeconomic baseline characterisation, environmental and social impact assessment and management plans, and health and safety leadership. Prior to commencing work with Coffey, Greg was employed by the Victorian State Government as a Project Officer for the Central Coastal Board. Greg holds a Master Degrees in Social Science (Environment and Planning), RMIT University.
Andrew Lunardi

Andrew Lunardi

Director / Secretary

Andrew Lunardi is a lawyer at Allens in the banking and finance practice group. He recently completed a Masters degree in Law and Finance at the University of Oxford, after previously completing a Bachelor of Commerce and the Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne.

Damian Sutherland


Damian Sutherland is Senior Director at a leading Australian Accounting firm, William Buck, and holds numerous Board positions.

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