Our People

“Nutrition Plus is managed by a dedicated and passionate board of directors who are driven by our purpose to strive towards building healthy futures with Aboriginal children”

 

Meet our Board

 

Dr Louise Ormerod PhD

Nutrition Plus was founded by Dr Louise Ormerod (PhD) in 2008. After working in and running a successful organisation in the nutrition industry with her husband, Louise developed the idea of supplying nutritional supplements to children in remote Indigenous communities.

As her passion and commitment to the idea developed, Louise decided to give up most of her daily activities in their business to make Nutrition Plus charity a reality. Gathering a group of dedicated supporters Louise was able to engage people in her vision and the funding for the first school became a reality.

 

 

 

Dr Kate HardingDr Kate Hartig (PhD)

Kate was formerly a Human Geography academic with teaching and research interest in Indigenous and rural issues, specifically the way the construction of a place creates socioeconomic disadvantage. Her resignation from an academic career was prompted by the desire to seek new challenges and a determination to focus her energies into making a difference.

Since 2009, alongside her commitment with Nutrition Plus, she has taken up assignments with Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV) in Western Australia and Australian Volunteers International (AVI) in Indonesia.

Kate finds being a member of the Nutrition Plus board and its aims to promote and support good health for Indigenous children through educational and practical ways, intrinsically satisfying.

 

David Newham

David is a proud Aboriginal man from the Wiradjuri and Ngemba groups of Central and North
Western NSW.  He is a committed father of two boys and has lived all of his life in Newcastle.  He is an active member of numerous Aboriginal communities across the Hunter Region.

David believes it is his obligation and responsibility to pass on traditional cultural knowledge, shared with him by his Elders, and the professional skills and experiences he has acquired over time.  In particular he feels that Aboriginal young people are an essential focus of this sharing of knowledge.

David has over 16 years experience working in education and training, Aboriginal mentoring, community engagement and development, the performing arts, public speaking, cultural tourism and leadership/ advisory roles across the Hunter Region.  He has had association with organisations such as; the University of Newcastle, TAFE Hunter Institute, the Newcastle Knights (NRL) Football Club, the Catchment Management Authority, the Department of Family and Community Services, BHP Billiton, Wakagetti Dance Company, Gunni Thakun Cultural Association, several Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Committees (AECG) and numerous Primary and High Schools.

Much of David’s professional and personal pursuits have particular focus on the development and advancement of Aboriginal young people.  He works to inspire, support and build overall health and well-being, using traditional cultural practices and teachings as the foundation for this work.

Additionally, as a double graduate from the University of Newcastle (1997,2006) David has held a seat on the Alumni Advisory Committee at UoN since 2008. David has formal qualifications in Social Science, Business Management, Aboriginal Studies, and Training and Assessment. Recently David has taken on the role of Community Engagement Manager with Nutrition Plus.

 

Photo of Nathan BrennanNathan Brennan

Nathan Brennan is a proud Aboriginal man descending from the Gomeroi, Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung Aboriginal people of NSW.

Nathan was born and still resides in Newcastle where he is an active member of the community, volunteering his time through a number of boards in addition to his Nutrition Plus role. Nathan currently works in Local Government as a Human Resources Officer where he overseas Aboriginal employment, learning and development, Equal Employment Opportunity and community initiatives.

Nathan is an esteemed Aboriginal cultural performer and often attends schools to conduct Aboriginal culture and dance workshops, as well as a performing at community events.

Nathan has a wealth of experience working in the NSW Government sector for 10 years, managing education and employment programs, in particular by focussing on youth and young people. One of his passions is working with young people to identify goals and develop pathways to assist them achieve their education and career ambitions.

He is passionate about the environment and sits on the board of a Non-Government Organisation that empowers young Aboriginal people protect and look after their country and the environment. He hopes in the future to pursue a career in environment science. Nathan also has a keen interest in human rights, he loves learning about cultures and participating in cultural exchange.

Nathan joined the Nutrition Plus Board in 2016 and is a Juice Plus Franchisee. He had the pleasure of attending and performing at the 2016 Australia & New Zealand International Conference in Melbourne, whilst also supporting NMD workshops by sharing culture and dance.

Nathan is proud of the work undertaken by Nutrition Plus and believes not only in the Nutrition Plus philosophy of building good health and well-being, he is excited by the work Nutrition Plus is doing in providing holistic programs that encompass Aboriginal identity and culture.

 

Steven Stables

Steven Stables is a keen sportsman and detail orientated financial specialist. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Western Sydney University where he majored in Accounting. During his career Steven has worked across various industries including retail, wholesale, manufacturing, entertainment, hospitality and not for profit.

In 2017 Steven took on the role of Financial Controller for The Juice Plus Company Australia where he has made it a priority to modernise and improve all systems that the company uses on a daily basis with the aim to better service their Staff, thousands of Customers and Franchisees across Australia & New Zealand. In 2018 Steven took on additional responsibility and joined the Nutrition Plus Board.

 

Team Members

Elsie Stuart

Elsie Stuart is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Biripi Nation located in NSW, North of Taree. Elsie is a former Indigenous liaison Officer for the Australian Government and was also a support officer for Indigenous people affected by natural disasters.

Elsie has a Bachelor of Design from the esteemed Whitehouse School of Design where she majored in Marketing. During her studies Elsie established her flair for creating engaging content for the social media space.

During her professional career, Elsie has worked as an editorial food and prop stylist for high-end clients such as Donna Hay, Delicious and MINDFOOD.

In 2018 Elsie started working as part of the Sales and Marketing Team for The Juice Plus Company Australia and was asked to join the Nutrition Plus as a project manager in an additional capacity.