Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year

The passion that Informatech founder and CEO Nathan Bligh holds for the Royal Australian Navy began at a young age. Growing up in the NSW country town of Tenterfield, Nathan was surrounded by a long line of family members who served at sea.

The Navy instilled in him the values of honesty and integrity – skills that he later employed to build a successful business. From his military service, he learnt how to meticulously plan, lead and inspire.

After he transitioned from the Royal Australian Navy, Nathan spent a period of time unemployed, followed by working in a series of unfulfilling jobs. He struggled to identify and secure a role that interested and excited him. It was at this time that he obtained employment in a test and evaluation role in the Australian Public Service and found his niche.

Over the following five years, Nathan worked on a number of key projects for assorted government agencies, before finding himself back in Defence, working on the largest IT projects and programs in the Southern hemisphere. He completed his tertiary education and collected an assortment of awards, including two Secretary’s citations, a First Assistant Secretary’s Personal Commendation, and Executive Dean’s Award for Outstanding Academic Performance to name a few. Nathan then made the decision to leave his middle management position to start his own business and established Informatech, a consultancy service.

In 2015, Nathan founded Informatech in partnership with ex-Navy colleague, Scott Cleburne, and wife, Amanda.

Under Nathan’s effective leadership as Director and CEO, Informatech has grown to 210 staff across five states. He provides strategic direction, oversees business operations, and leads the Informatech Management Team.

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