Board of Directors

Stephen Bradley | Chairman

Steve Bradley

Stephen Bradley has worked in retail for over 25 years, commencing with Sainsburys in the United Kingdom before emigrating to Australia in 1985.

During his career he has held a number of senior positions in business change, information technology and logistics. In his final role as the Chief Logistics and Information Officer for Woolworths he was responsible for the operation of its supply chain during a billion dollar change program as well as managing one of the largest computer networks in Australia.

Stephen has extensive experience in creating world-class business operations through major change programs and is passionate about creating high-performance teams to deliver outstanding business results.

Stephen retired from Woolworths in July 2007 to spend more time with his family and  pursue his charitable interests. He joined the board of Outback Stores in August 2007 and became Acting Chairman in March 2008. He now consults to a number of retail and manufacturing companies.

Graham Cook | Non-Executive Director

Graham Cook

Graham Cook has over many years, worked with remote indigenous communities across the “Top End”. He has a strong background in retail, enterprise development, consultancy, training and tourism. He has worked with both mainstream and indigenous enterprises.

Graham has worked extensively in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and the central desert regions of the NT and SA. As Operations Manager for ALPA (Arnhem Land Progress Association) he was responsible for the organisations operations across these regions. He has worked with members of remote communities at all levels and has a strong understanding of cultural and personal issues that need to be considered when working in these areas. He has formed strong relationships within many remote Indigenous communities, particularly in Eastern Arnhem Land.

Graham worked with the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) managing the operations, programs and resources of Australian bases in Antarctica over 5 winters and 7 summers. He also worked as the General Manager of a multi-faceted resort complex in Tasmania specialising in interpretive wilderness experiences. In this role he was responsible for several tourism businesses and activities in the Wild Rivers National Park World Heritage region of south west Tasmania. He has a proven ability in the development of tourism experiences and interpretation of natural assets relative to this industry.

Geoff Thomas | Non-Executive Director

Geoff has worked in transforming consumer supply chains for over 25 years.  His career has spanned senior executive roles, both as a senior business leader with blue chip corporates, as well as an advisor in management consulting.  Geoff has acquired deep expertise in the retail and FMCG industries.  Geoff’s last corporate role was head of Woolworths Ltd supply chain, where he had responsibility for leading a division of over 10,000 employees across Australia & New Zealand.  

Geoff has also spent many years working in Asia, Europe and North America and his career demonstrates a desire to problem solve in different cultural settings.  He is also passionate about travelling to the developing world and has done so regularly with his family for many years.

Geoff resigned from Woolworths in 2011 to step away from corporate life.  He is now a Principal of a supply chain consulting firm and works across Asia Pacific advising organisations on delivering supply chain transformation. 

Sophie Cleveland | Non-Executive Director

Sophie is the partner in charge of the commercial disputes resolution team in the Darwin office of a national law firm, she is an experienced and pragmatic litigator specialising in the areas of construction, employment, and aboriginal land disputes.  

Amongst many of Sophie’s career highs, she has been the lead solicitor in a number of disputes, including the construction of a tailings dam and a complex dispute over mining on Aboriginal Land. Sophie has acted both for and against the Northern Territory government in a number of matters, mainly in relation to building and construction disputes and also acted for local government in relation to employment related matters. Sophie has advised the major Northern Territory port and airport operators and the major Territory utilities provider in relation to commercial disputes.  

Stephen Bate | Non-Executive Director

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Stephen has extensive experience in retailing, having worked for Woolworths for 37 years. Stephen was part of the Woolworths Senior Management Team, and has experience in both buying and operations at senior executive level.

Stephen has held many senior executive positions, including those of Business Development Manager for International Business, General Manager of Long-Life Groceries, General Manager of Fresh Foods and Operations Manager of NSW Supermarkets. Prior to these roles, Stephen worked in the QLD Division in various operational roles.

Experience in buying and merchandising responsibilities in both Fresh Foods, Packaged Groceries and General Merchandise as well as a strong operational background provides Stephen with a unique mix of retailing skills.

Stephen has supervised supermarkets in many country locations, and understands the role that local stores play within the community and the importance of developing local talent. Stephen has also travelled extensively across Australia liaising with farmers and families facing the challenges of living in remote locations.

Stephen retired from Woolworths in 2012 and is currently consulting in the retail industry.

Julie Brimblecombe | Non-Executive Director

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Julie has worked cross-culturally in the South Pacific and with remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities for over 20 years. She is a principal research fellow with the Menzies School of Health research and is the nutrition program leader in the Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division. Julie also holds a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship.

Julie lead’s a research program in the area of Indigenous nutrition that focuses on population dietary interventions, determinants of healthy eating and building capacity to support community-driven decision making for nutrition improvement.

Sandra Eades | Non-Executive Director

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Professor Sandra Eades is a Noongar woman from Mount Barker, Western Australia. She completed her medical degree in 1990 and after working as a general practitioner began her career in health research at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research where her focus was on the epidemiology of Indigenous child health in Australia. Professor Eades is currently Indigenous Maternal and Child Health and Associate Head, Preventative Health Research, at the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute.

She was named NSW Woman of the Year 2006 in recognition of her research contributions to Aboriginal communities. She also received a ‘Deadly Award’ (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards) for Outstanding Achievement in Health.

Over the past decade she has made substantial contributions to the area of Aboriginal health and has provided leadership at a national level in Aboriginal research. Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous colleagues acknowledge Professor Eades as a leader and role model in Indigenous health research.