our executive

The Chief Executive Officer of IBA oversees the day-to-day administration of the organisation and is supported by the Executive Management team.

Peter O'Neill, general Manager Corporate

Peter O'Neill

Acting Chief Executive Officer
Following roles with CRS Australia in strategic management and business strategies, Peter joined IBA in 2005 to establish the Corporate branch and develop the associated employment, technology, and risk management frameworks. Peter has an in-depth knowledge of IBA’s operations including leading the Equity and Investments Program, during which time there was a renewed focus in designing a commercially sustainable investment strategy, improving due diligence processes for acquisitions and developing a portfolio based reporting framework.


Peter also brings with him the experience he gained from 20 years of service with the Royal Australian Air Force, including strategic planning, leadership development, personnel management and business process improvement.

As Acting CEO of IBA, Peter is responsible for managing IBA’s day-to-day administration and leads a dedicated team with a strong service culture that is aligned to our statutory purpose, our customer’s aspirations and the strategic direction set by the IBA Board.


Tom Hure

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.

Sean Armistead

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.
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Jade Cordell

Acting Executive Director, Business Services
Jade is a Wiraduri and Bundjalung woman who joined IBA in 2012. Jade has over 15 years experience in federal Government with previous roles including management positions at Department of The Treasury, Human Services and Department of Defence. Jade is a Certified Human Resources Practitioner and has Business and Human Resources qualifications and has a strong background in capability development, performance and wellbeing.

As head of Business Services, Jade oversees IBA’s human resources, information technology, property and security management, travel and procurement.

Kia Dowell

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.

Kirsty Moore

Executive Director, Products and Markets
Kirsty joined IBA in 2018 after three years as a director of commercial activity for the WA Government where she was head of both the Business Development and Asset Management Directorates of the Housing Authority. She had the responsibility for the $14.5bn WA social housing asset portfolio, Keystart Home Loans funding, shared equity program and affordable housing development. 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 PricewaterhouseCoopers and National Australia Bank.

As head of Products and Markets, Kirsty manages the program directors to increase alignment across areas, help to develop and drive key strategies to find long-term funding solutions for IBA and support the growth of the business.

Shanti Rama

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.


Johnathan Kneebone

Executive Director, Strategy and innovation
Jonathan joined IBA in 2016 after working for over a decade as a senior lawyer on a range of significant native title, land rights and commercial matters on behalf of Traditional Owners across the Northern Territory and Victoria. Jonathan also has prior experience in the federal and Northern Territory governments and has consulted to the private sector. He is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity and holds a Masters of Law from the University of Dundee. He is passionate about driving systems-level change for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to address inequity.

As acting head of Strategy and Innovation, Jonathan oversees the development, implementation and performance of IBA’s strategic plan, market research and insights, impact measurement and evaluation, thought leadership, advocacy and strategic partnerships.