The Chief Executive Officer of IBA oversees the day-to-day administration of the organisation and is supported by the Executive Management team.
Chief Executive Officer
Kirsty joined IBA in 2018 after three years as a senior director with the WA Government where she had responsibility for business development, low deposit home loans, shared equity and asset management of the $14.5bn WA social housing asset portfolio. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Kirsty has a strong background in technical accounting, corporate governance and commercial finance. Prior to joining the public sector, Kirsty worked for National Australia Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Kirsty manages the agency to increase alignment across areas, help to develop and drive key strategies to find long-term funding solutions for IBA to ultimately benefit our customers and the communities we serve, and support the growth of the business.
Chief Financial Officer
Tom joined IBA in 2017 after gaining experience as a Chartered Accountant. He has over 15 years experience in senior finance roles for both listed and private entities within sectors including funds management, leasing, structured finance, real estate and transport. Tom has a Masters degree in Commerce and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
As CFO, Tom is responsible for the financial management function of IBA, ensuring appropriate financial information is provided to its programs, Board and regulatory authorities in accordance with its governing legislation.
Executive Director, Government and Public Relations
Sean’s traditional lands are located at Padthaway in South Australia from the extended Potaruwutj family of the Tatiara region and has worked serving Indigenous communities around Australia over the past decade.
Sean joined IBA in June 2020, he is an experienced executive in corporate, community and not for profit sectors. He has managed and delivered nationally award-winning programs impacting communities throughout Australia in collaboration with Federal and State governments resulting in the employment of more than 900 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and tens of millions of dollars procured through Indigenous businesses.
His community engagement involved co-founding CareerTrackers, and board membership across multiple foundations. Sean is a member of the alumni council at the University of Melbourne.
Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation (currently on leave)
Kia is a Gija woman from Warmun Community (Turkey Creek) in the East Kimberley of Western Australia. Her traditional Aboriginal name is Wadjbarreyal and her skin name is Nangala. She joined IBA in October 2017 from Codeswitch, an Indigenous strategic advisory and consulting firm she co-founded. Kia is passionate about working to support the growth of profitable and sustainable organisations that serve a greater social purpose for Aboriginal communities. She holds her MBA in International Business, Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management.
As head of Strategy and Innovation, Kia oversees the development, implementation and performance of IBA’s strategic plan, market research and insights, impact measurement and evaluation, thought leadership and advocacy and strategic partnerships.
Acting Executive Director, Products & Markets
Faysal joined IBA in 2016 after 15 years in the small business and start-up space. He launched his first company when he was 25, and grew the business until it was acquired by a multinational company. He set-up and managed a tech business incubator backed by the World Bank before joining a telecom operator as their Customer Service Director. Faysal resumed his entrepreneurial career by co-founding several start-ups on four continents, one of them winning multiple awards in Europe.
Faysal holds a Master of Economy & Finance, is a graduate of the Australian Institute for Company Directors, and attended the Stanford Executive Program for Growing Companies.
As head of Products & Markets, Faysal leads the organisation service delivery, including home lending, business lending, investment and capability building offerings.
General Counsel, Legal Services
Shanti joined IBA in 2015, and has more than 15 years of experience as a commercial lawyer with roles in both private practice and in-house. She has practiced in the Northern Territory and New South Wales on a diverse range of significant transactions and major projects for clients including Aboriginal groups, statutory entities, and listed and private companies. Before moving to IBA, Shanti worked at the Northern Land Council, based in Darwin. Shanti has degrees in law and medical science and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has a strong determination to achieve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
As the head of Legal Services, Shanti is responsible for providing legal support and services to IBA, and plays a key role in overseeing IBA’s governance.
IBA acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea, and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, to the Elders past, present, and emerging.