about us

Michael mcleod
chairman & director

As the CEO and a founding Director of Message Stick since 2004, Michael’s career is inspiring. A road less travelled by others; his start began by assisting in the rehabilitation of others, working with the Illawarra Area Health Service as the Illawarra Aboriginal Health Officer, providing programs and workshops to Aboriginal communities from Helensburgh to Ulladulla.

Nominated for and working on a number of National Aboriginal Health Policy Working Parties, being directly responsible to the Federal Health...READ MORE...

adam goodes
CEO & director

Adam Goodes is a name synonymous with Great Australian Athletes. A professional football career that spans more than 16 years, he holds an elite place in AFL/VFL history. The now CEO of Indigenous Defence Consortium (IDC) is a person to watch.

In 2014, Adam was named the 2014 Australian of the Year; recognition for empowering the next generation of Indigenous role models and as an advocate for the fight against racism.


An Andyamathanha and Norungga man born in Wallaroo...

DUG russell

Dugald’s twenty-year corporate experience in senior financial and CEO roles, both in Australia and overseas, led to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Australia’s leading foodservice business with annual revenues in excess of $560m and employing some 9000 people in Australia and New Zealand.


During his time as CEO, the business doubled in size and was judged to be in the “Top Ten Best Employers in Australia”, won the “Prime Minister’s Employer of the Year” award and was constantly a finalist in the “Prime Ministers Corporate...READ MORE...

george mifsud

With over 25 years’ experience in Senior Executive Leadership roles, his working career has spanned the globe and is a success story to be shared. While employed with Compass Group, George thrived as the Executive Director, his main responsibilities included HR/IR; Risk Management; Health, Safety, Environment and Quality; and Media Relations.

George is a committed advocate of sustainable outcomes in the area of both Indigenous employment and Indigenous business. Under George’s leaders...READ MORE...