Carolyn started her career as a social worker, supporting families at risk of having their children removed into state care, and removing children at risk of harm.
Her front line experience with the limitations of government service systems, and her passion for social equality, lead her to seek positions where she could transform the system. For over a decade Carolyn worked in a range of positions for the public sector including operations, policy and senior management.
Carolyn joined TACSI in 2010 as a secondee from state child protection services - having hit barriers at the policy and management level she wanted to explore making a different to the system from outside. Carolyn was co-lead on the project that created the family peer support program Family by Family; winner of a NAPCAN award for innovation in child protection and winner of the Good Design Australia award for the service design category.
As Director of Family by Family, Carolyn took the program from prototype to a functioning and funded service operating in multiple sites across South Australia and New South Wales, creating outcomes for families going through tough times, including those at risk of losing their children to state care.
As CEO, Carolyn has grown TACSI from an initiative funded by government to a sustainable social enterprise operating in most major cities across Australia. She has deepened TACSI’s expertise in child protection and broadened TACSI’s influence into other areas including ageing and disability. The Family by Family program is on track to scale and Weavers, a second TACSI designed program that provides peer support for carers, is about to follow in its footsteps.
Carolyn is a strong advocate for the need to focus social innovation efforts in the areas where it is a necessity - to change outcomes for families, older people, people with disabilities, and Indigenous Australians and to transform the government service system.
Carolyn is a Director with the Social Innovation Exchange.
Chris leads innovation across TACSI, our projects and start-ups. He started his career as a product designer, designing biscuits, cameras and razors, but has spent the last 14 years working with interdisciplinary teams and communities to co-design solutions to social problems.
Before joining TACSI he designed solutions to increase democratic participation, reduce household carbon emissions, build relationships for socially isolated older people and enable more young people to thrive.
His work has been exhibited at MoMA and Cooper-Hewitt in New York and at the Design Museum and V&A in London.
Ingrid is Director of Learning and Systems Innovation at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation.
She is a social designer, designing processes, products and knowledge that deepen social impact and facilitate social innovation. She has contributed to the design of policy and processes in a diversity of fields, including community development, local economic development, disability, procurement and social investment.
Ingrid has worked in the community sector, government and with the private sector and believes that each of these sectors has a valuable role to play in social innovation. Ingrid was previously Managing Director of Knode, a social business focussed on design for social innovation. She has worked in social innovation and design positions in the community development finance sector and in overseas development. She is a Past President and Honorary Ambassador of the International Association for Community Development and is committed to fostering an international dialogue about designing innovative methodologies for sustainable development. Ingrid has also held a number of University Fellowship positions, including most recently as Social Design Fellow for the Centre for Social Impact at the University of NSW. Ingrid is also a practising artist and graphic designer.
Ingrid has qualifications in Graphic Design, Social Work, Business and Community Economic Development. She has particular expertise in the design of economic processes and products and is recognised internationally for her work in community economic development and finance. Though these are particular specialities, Ingrid has the skills to design processes, products, services and systems in a wide range of fields and disciplines and believes that the design of social innovation requires a capacity to think in creative cross-disciplinary and systemic ways.
Matt is an experienced public policy and communications strategist.
He has worked with leaders in government, NGOs, universities and business to build policy environments that enable change to be created and sustained.
Combining skills in strategic engagement and communications with a comprehensive knowledge of public policy and government, Matt’s approach helps organisations to facilitate considered stakeholder and public evaluation of new responses to challenging policy questions.
Before joining The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Matt was the Deputy Chief of Staff to South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, advising on a wide range of policy areas, including strategic engagement and communication, inter-governmental relations and climate change.
Matt is passionate about making change for and with the people affected by it.
Ash has been working in the public and private sectors both in Australia and overseas for 10 years. His social sector projects range from an eBooks social enterprise in Cambodia with Engineers without Borders to training university lecturers in IT through AusAID In the Philippines.
After following TACSI's progress for a few years, Ash joined in 2014 for the chance to make a positive dent in Australia’s social challenges by applying systems thinking and co-design methods.
Though bringing weighty experience to the team, Ash keeps life light with cardboard furniture and only 35kgs of possessions.
Kelly Ann is from Aotearoa. Taranaki te maunga, Waiwhakaiho te awa, ngāti pākehā te iwi.
She lives and breathes human-centred design and is a design all-rounder with expertise in design research, participatory and co-design, communications, digital and service design. Kelly Ann has worked across the public, private and community sectors.
Kelly Ann provides coaching and in-depth teaching to organisations and individuals looking to grow their social innovation practice. She is passionate about the intersection of co-design, indigenous wisdom and neuroscience, and has actively contributed to the growth and understanding of human-centred design and social innovation in Aotearoa.
Before joining TACSI she designed and delivered solutions to support people and families living with long term health conditions, create systems change in communities, reduce alcohol related harm, encourage positive parenting, increase health equity for Māori and Pacific people, foster positive ageing, and increase the well-being of young people.
Kerry has over 17 years’ experience working in ageing, disability and employment services, and is a great communicator and natural leader.
Kerry has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Disability Studies, a Diploma of Business in Frontline Management, Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and is a graduate of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation Program run by the Leadership Institute of South Australia.
Sarah is an experienced social innovator and policy maker who has worked at the heart of government, the not for profit sector and boutique and large consultancies in the UK and Australia. She has led multi-disciplinary teams to support CEOs and senior management teams clarify the vision and direction of their organisations and programs and develop new and improved ways of working which achieve better outcomes for their customers and staff. She is driven by a passion to improve systems and services for people - whether they be service users or the general public - including digital services. In the UK she oversaw the delivery of multi-million pound funding programs with the potential to transform the delivery of health and social care services in the UK through the use of social action (formal volunteering to more informal forms of people helping people). This included the development and delivery of evaluation programs including randomised control trials.
In her 'spare time' she runs Two Tales cafe with her partner in Alexandria, Sydney.
With a background in sociology and service design, Lauren has a passion for understanding the intersection between social science and co-design for improving public services and systems. Her experience ranges from advocacy and grassroots development for workers’ rights in Central America to service and technology design for accountable governance and healthcare in West Africa. Prior to joining TACSI, Lauren was a Service Designer for Reboot, where she led research, design, and implementation projects to support international governments, bilateral donors, and NGO’s in building co-design capability and strengthening social accountability.
Fascinated by the potential of intentional, inclusive design to shift strategies for ameliorating inequity, Lauren joins TACSI eager for the opportunity to explore meaningful ways to leverage collaborative design for transformative, empowering systemic change.
Lauren holds an MA in Social Design and an BA in Sociology. Lauren serves as an editorial advisor on the Impact Design Hub and her writing about design ethics and methodologies has been featured in Design and Culture, GOOD.is, Fast.co.exist, and the forthcoming collections: Developing Citizen Designers and The Social Design Reader.
Vita has extensive experience working in community arts, international and local community development and business leadership. Driven by opportunities to create positive social change, through co-designing and co-creating people focused solutions, she has worked in various contexts across Australia, the Pacific and South Asia.
Working in collaboration and partnership, she has successfully co-designed and scaled community programs targeting: marginalised young people across urban and rural locations; and women and families impacted by domestic violence; in the Pacific. She has most recently collaboratively designed a global market access and trade program to support marginalised women access sustainable economic opportunities via the development of viable social enterprises.
She has a keen interest in co-designing and social innovation for impact and scale, and the opportunities this presents to inform and support broader systems change.
Prior to joining TACSI, Alazne was a lecturer and researcher in Industrial Design at Mondragon Unibertsitatea. She has lectured several design courses and worked on design research projects in a range of sectors, such as industrial, education and insurance. She also leaded the coordination of the Strategic Product and Service Design master degree.
Alazne holds a BA in Industrial Design Engineering and MA in Strategic Product Design. Her professional career began in the Netherlands by working in a consumer marketing team at Philips Consumer Lifestyle.
Alazne joins TACSI eager to deep dive in social science and willing to contribute on improving the equality of people's lives.
Brugh joins TACSI having worked in market and social research for over a decade. With a specialism in international qualitative methods, he has worked in over 20 different countries across all regions of the globe. He has directly contributed to the design and development of products, brands, communications, services, websites and apps, many of which are widely recognisable. Some of the sectors he has worked in include, financial services, food, personal care, all things FMCG, charity/NGO, automotive and power tools (just to name a few). He has also previously worked in poverty alleviation and community development in Peru.
With an MA in social work and an honours degree in psychology, Brugh has a particular passion for social justice. To this end, he is looking forward to utilising the skills and experience gleaned from his time in research to contribute to the design and implementation of projects and services that advance and strengthen the outcomes of Australians that need it most. Brugh also enjoys and advocates for the utilisation of arts-based practices throughout his work, especially in generating consumer insights, communicating project outcomes and ensuring the perspective of the end-user remains a primary influence within the design process.
Senior Social Innovator + Coordinator: Co-design + Practice
Making space for change
After a stint in marketing, Erin studied a Bachelor of Social Work and worked for a non-government organisation in Adelaide where she also completed a Certificate in Frontline Management.
After four years and a range of experiences in different areas such as Residential Care, Foster Care, Disability, Youth Work and Child Care. Ready for a new challenge, she started as a Family Coach with Family By Family in 2013 and in 2016 has transitioned into Innovation Services.
When not at work you’ll find Erin playing sport, having a weekend away to breathe the country air, and spending time with friends and family.
Euan’s approach is passionate, vigilant, straightforward and motivating. Over the past 12 years he has partnered with businesses across all sectors assisting them to understand their challenges, discover latent and new opportunities and co-create embraceable solutions. His design process empowers direct insights from customers to inform innovative and often unexpected solutions. Euan has worked with a wide range of Australia’s most dynamic private sector organisations including HBF, Ramsay Health Care and the International Centre for Radio-Astronomy Research. He sits on the boards of the International Society of Typographic Designers (UK), Short Back and Sidewalks (AUS) and STYLEAID – WA AIDS Council (AUS). He has worked at leading design firms in the UK (Curious Oranj), USA (C2Creative) and AUS/NZ (Cato Partners). Euan is a passionate graphic designer, engaging communicator and likes taking action.
Senior Social Innovator: Service Design + Prototyping
Reflecting on the why
Ione Joined TACSI from Designit, Europe’s largest service and strategic design agency. At Designit Ione led projects to develop and implement new services for national and multi-national organisations in a range of sectors including retail, banking, finance, insurance, telecommunication and energy.
In Madrid Ione taught service design for the EOI business school and the h2i Institute (a human-centered innovation school), she has also designed and delivered bespoke training in service design for telcos and financial services.
At TACSI Ione is leading the design and prototyping of a new concept in employment support for young people in collaboration with SYC, a national NGO.
Ione studied Industrial Design Engineering in Spain, Product Design in Italy and has worked in service design in Spain, Belgium, Germany, Columbia, Israel and now Australia. When not designing she enjoys travelling and exploring new cultures.
Joli is a design engineer by training and in this capacity has worked in design consulting across major infrastructure projects, with a focus on water supply. Joli became particularly fascinated by the social considerations of her work, and further explored these themes by completing an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at The University of Cambridge.
Joli has worked at Engineers Without Borders Australia, establishing and coordinating an innovative education program designed to challenge hundreds of university students to innovate and co-create designs with international community partners in Cambodia, Nepal, Malaysian Borneo and India. Through this work, Joli has gained significant experience facilitating human centred design processes across complex environments.
Outside of work, you will find Joli rolling out a swag and camping under the stars whenever she can!
Senior Social Innovator: Co-design, Policy + Criminology
Social Impact through Innovation
Leanne has 15+ years experience of the juvenile justice system, youth development, social policy planning, corporate governance and community arts.
She has used agile, creative and cooperative thinking to deliver solutions that lower youth crime in regional Australia, determine socio-economic impacts on community wellbeing, reduce drug and alcohol misuse and build social connectivity.
Her postgraduate research has examined the moral panics that surround young people’s use of music to question their social exclusion; and the criminalisation and commercialisation of their identity in privately-owned, publicly-used spaces through policing and design techniques.
Leanne is driven to build the capacity of individuals and organisations to create sustainable innovations that tackle complex social issues.
Lucy brings experience as an industrial and social designer to her work at TACSI. She is passionate about the intersection between people, innovation and enterprise, enjoying the challenge of creating sustainable solutions with the people who will use and deliver them. At TACSI Lucy currently applies her skills in design research, analysis and prototyping to innovation in child protection and disability. She co-designs with families, providers, policy makers and academics. She also facilitates co-design workshops and innovation capability building sessions.
She has a Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) and before joining TACSI worked with Pixalux, a cutting-edge lighting design and manufacture start-up. Her roles included communication, sales, project management and workshop processes. Lucy collaborated with national museums and galleries and international retailers, with award winning results.
Lucy complements her industrial experience with her passion for social design. Her past work includes a co-designed architectural project, hosting a sustainable design ‘jam’ and supporting social enterprise in Australia. She has also collaborated on an award-winning wallet prototype for people with varying fine motor abilities.
Michelle's mission is to support people working in complex, uncertain and ambiguous situations to achieve the outcomes they desire.
She equips teams to develop forward-looking, courageous, and purpose-driven solutions. Left- and right-brained, creative, strategic, pragmatic, Michelle offers a unique combination of innovation, organisational transformation, leadership and design experience. She has more than 15 years experience helping organisations and collaborating groups navigate the future by building capability, facilitating critical conversations and delivering solutions. She has had the privilege to work with diverse sectors and industries, including telecommunications, infrastructure, media, insurance, consumer products, academia, government, NGOs and charities.
Having worked primarily with commercial organisations, Michelle is relatively new to social innovation. She is excited for the opportunity to help public policy and services deliver as intended, so that they meet the needs of the people they seek to serve.
Pablo is the Analytics Officer and Co-founder at Nova Smart Solutions - a young South Australian venture focusing on bringing data into the storytelling process for NGOs and Government Agencies. With over 7 years experience in policy design and data analysis, Pablo has lived in three different continents working with the financial, not-for-profit and public sectors.
With a background in Economics, Pablo also holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management. He enjoys interacting with people, learning about new cultures and building strategies based on evidence.
Willing to collaborate creating policies that transform systems and rebuild ways of thinking, Pablo joins TACSI to grasp the opportunity to improve, evaluate and measure social impact.
Rhianna has worked in the community development and social economy sectors for the past 15 years, particularly in the areas of international development, indigenous affairs and social enterprise. She has managed a diversity of projects across public health, child rights, education and environmental sustainability.
After managing a number of small businesses in Australia and Asia, Rhianna has increasingly focused on the emerging social economy as a vehicle to solve pressing social and environmental challenges - using her combined knowledge of business approaches and social impact to contribute to the growing movement of purpose-driven business and social enterprise. She is passionate about advocating for systems that allow people to find empowerment, fulfilment and great fun in their lives.
Rhianna’s recent role working within the NSW State Government has provided her with a unique opportunity to advocate for social innovation approaches in the public sector and pilot design methods that have contributed to new avenues of work and learning.
Rhianna is a recipient of a Centre for Social Impact scholarship for her continuing graduate studies and is an advisor to a number of social enterprises operating in NSW. When not at work, Rhianna can usually be found in the ocean or working in a Swedish bakery.
Tobias has a multidisciplinary background and specialises in social research, transformative processes and human centred design.
For over 15 years he has worked as an educator, photographer, designer and social researcher. He has worked extensively with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and he has provided support to people with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Tobias lectured and facilitated learning at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) for over 9 years, in subjects such as Design Thinking, Visual Communication, Global Governance, Journalism and Media Studies. He coordinated and lectured Photomedia for several years at the Design School and lectured Global Politics at the School of International Studies.
Central to his work has been a desire to explore and develop social insights and social change with people from all backgrounds.
Tobias has a PhD in Sociology and during his doctoral research he worked with men from refugee backgrounds and re-conceptualised how we can understand belonging. He also has a MA (Research) in Media and Communication, which explored Peace Journalism and news journalists’ human rights obligations, and a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication (honours).
Aunty Vickey Charles is originally from Alawa/Mara nation but grew up in Adelaide from the age of 18 months.
She has worked significantly across her life to tell the story and raise awareness of Aboriginal Australia through her work in the Not for Profit, Non Government sector.
Aunty Vickey has worked with young Aboriginal children under the Guardianship Of the Minister to help them see their Aboriginal story as meaningful, while advocating to systems to consider the context of their families in light of the historical systemic background of Aboriginal Australia.
Vickey has a passion to see both Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal workers across the community service sector receive accurate training and has helped inform Reconciliation Action Plans at all of her work places.
While working for TACSI Aunty Vickey has significantly contributed to both the Family by Family program as well as the Weavers program both through direct liaison with families as well as up skilling colleagues to be more culturally competent.
Mel Lambert has 18 years experience in the not for profit and public sectors in the UK and Australia, working with organisations and communities to help them create better solutions to the issues they face. Mel has extensive experience in volunteers’ management, organisational development and project management.
Mel has a Masters degree in humanities with post graduate qualifications in Journalism and Equality & Discrimination Studies and formal certification in volunteers management.
Prior to joining the TACSI team in 2015 Mel was a TACSI client in her role within a large not for profit agency prototyping and implementing customer-centred and co-design methodologies.
Ryan does startups, strategy and social change. He’s the founder of Kitestring, a social enterprise focused on close friendship. He’s also an associate at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) providing strategic support to social change organisations. More than 1,500 people have gone through Ryan’s workshops on co-design and innovation.
Bathsheba is a marketing and communications expert who partners with multinational brands, government and education providers to strategise and implement campaigns, marketing activities and communications.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Adelaide University, she spent ten years in media and publications working with Pacific Publications, Fairfax Media and Conde Nast. From there Bathsheba shifted gears and began working in advertising, design and marketing for a variety of boutique agencies and clients based in Sydney. During this time, she became passionate about research based insights into what drives people and businesses to connect with each other, and the creative thinking that could bring the two together.
Today she brings a wealth of diverse experience from working with global and national brands and campaigns, including promotions and communications for a wide range of clients including, VISA, PepsiCo, Colgate Palmolive, NSW Government and Australian Federal Government.
She is a strong advocate for carers in the disability and aged care fields with personal experience in these areas, and she has volunteered for a number of organisations including Westmead’s Bear Cottage and Camp Goodtime.
Bathsheba holds a BA in Anthropology from Adelaide University and Harvard Manage Mentor qualifications in Marketing and Communications.
Deborah operates at the highest level of efficiency possible, ensuring the day-to-day operations of the organisation runs like a well-oiled machine.
Having strong communication and people skills, and the ability to remain calm and focussed when the pressure ramps up, Deborah’s approach brings out the best in others.
Deborah believes that every day is another opportunity to make a difference and is not shy about rolling her sleeves up to get the job done. She provides a service to the community as a Justice of the Peace and enjoys providing unconditional support at TACSI.
In her downtime, Deborah enjoys cooking for family and friends.
Julie has extensive experience in learning and organisational development and human resources within private and not for profit businesses. She has lead programs for change and designed and delivered solutions in the areas of leadership development, individual and organisational work structures, talent management, performance development and workplace culture.
She thinks herself very fortunate to work in a field that helps to gain insights about people and what happens when we come together to work and is excited about the kind of difference she can make at TACSI.
When Julie’s not at work, she enjoys travelling and learning to sing.
I have well over 20 years’ experience working in and alongside the community in many different roles. I have spent a lot of time working in and around the Mount Druitt area with families from all cultural backgrounds and with many and varied life experiences.
My family consists of my partner, Helen and our beautiful 7 year old daughter, Tiera. My family has strong connections to the Mt Druitt area and I am excited to be contributing back to the community.
When I’m not at work I have a passion for music and I love to sing and jam with my friends, I have been playing soccer for 35 years and still love getting out on the field. As a family we love to spend time at the beach during the warmer months and socialise with our friends on the weekends.
I am really excited to be joining such an innovative and dedicated team here in Mount Druitt. I have heard so many fabulous stories about families achievements! And look forward to being a part of making new stories of change happen for Mt Druitt.
I’ve been working alongside families, children and young people in Mount Druitt for over 10 years as a Family Worker.
I have loved seeing families become the best they can be through home visits, parenting groups, playgroups and support groups.
BUT it does take a community to raise a child – we cannot do it in isolation, focusing on each family in isolation.
I’m passionate about working with the whole family, enabling them to do more than just survive on a day-to-day basis, so the Family by Family motto of wanting all families to ‘thrive, not just survive’ is inspiring to me.
When not working I like to exercise, both at home and at the gym. I love the freedom of running and cycling. I enjoy spending time with my partner and my two children and my two grandchildren.
I have worked in both government and non-government organisations over the last 25 years.
I started my career as a Youth Worker for the Department of Family & Community Services. Over the years, I have mainly been involved in statutory child protection, including 11 years at the Kings Cross & Central Sydney Adolescent Unit.
I have worked in a number of roles within Corrective Services including intensive drug & alcohol programs, as a prison officer, a welfare officer and an official visitor. I was a manager caseworker for Brighter Futures, including family mediation for UnitingCare Burnside's Reconnect Program.
My most recent role was in the Joint Investigation Response Team (JIRT), where I worked closely with NSW Police and Health.
I have 17 years' career experience as a clerical administrator and executive assistant. I have worked in upper-level government and corporate positions alongside high-profile officials, both private and public, and bring to the TASCI team strong skills in diplomacy, IT and business organisation.
I have a BA in History and volunteer at historical societies as an archivist in my spare time. I have also written several novels, was a feature writer in an archaeology magazine and have carved a part-time career in freelance copy editing over the last five years.
I have come to TACSI with a passion for social innovation in family-based communities where everyone is a welcome, accepted contributor. I live in the Mount Druitt area, and as a parent to young children who are schooled locally, I have first-hand knowledge of the challenges families face. I am enthusiastic about building happy and healthy homes where everyone can reach their potential and look forward every day to working closely with each special family.
Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a longstanding interest in cities, and technological and social innovation. She chaired the Committee for Sydney from 2012 to 2015 and has been appointed Chief Commissioner of the new Greater Sydney Commission, tasked by the NSW state government to assist in delivering strong and effective strategic planning for the whole of metropolitan Sydney. She is Chairman of Prima BioMed Limited, an ASX- listed biomedical company undertaking clinical development for an immuno-therapeutic cancer treatment and is a board member of the Grattan Institute. She was the first female Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney from 2003-4 and in 2011 she became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community, local government and business. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Business by the University of NSW.
David is an internationally-experienced businessman. He has run and grown businesses in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Norway, USA, Pakistan and Western Australia before his appointment as Chief Executive Officer to Adelaide-based Santos in 2008.
Throughout his career, David has been involved in a number of philanthropic and social responsibility projects including supporting vulnerable youth to return to full-time education in partnership with the Princes Trust and supporting girls’ education in rural Pakistan.
Other appointments currently held by Mr Knox include membership of the Prime Minister’s Commonwealth Science Council, CSIRO Board, Migration Council Australia and the Trade and Investment Policy Advisory Council within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
David is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland. He is married to Clare and has 4 adult children.
Rob is the former Managing Partner for Deloitte in South Australia (2001 – 2014) and was a Partner since 1994. Rob is now a Professional Company Director and has been appointed to a number of boards including;
• Director, The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Board of South Australia (Chair Finance Committee)
• Director, Australian Grain Technologies Pty Ltd (Chair, Remuneration & Nominations Committee)
• Director, Medvet Pty Ltd
• Director, Central Adelaide Local Health Network
• President & Chair, RSPCA SA (Chair, Finance, Audit & Risk Committee)
• Director, Carnegie Mellon University Australia
Over recent years Rob has also used his design thinking and problem solving skills and experience to assist a number organisations with their global growth strategies.
Rob has been a management consultant and a “design thinker” for over 30 years for clients in the Public, Private and Not for Profit Sectors in Australia and overseas. He is able to design innovative solutions to “wicked problems” and he uses these skills in the areas of business strategy, risk management, financial and operations improvement, technology, organisational design and social change.
Rob is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants also being a past National President (2007), member of the Institute of Company Directors and has held many board and board advisory roles over the past thirty years.
Doug spent some of his early years in rural New South Wales and then his adolescents and 20s in Sydney. Benefited from an eclectic education in Theology, History and Management that’s stimulated an abiding curiosity in how society works and how you get things done to benefit the common good.
Doug’s passion for improving lives and strengthening communities started in his teenage years when he began volunteering for a number of not for profit organisations. He’s built a 20 year professional career in the Social Sector out of this passion as well as an active life in volunteering. These interests are manifest in his membership on the Boards of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, the Australian Centre for Social Innovation and the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Board. He’s also a proud Trustee of the Steve Lawrence Social Innovation Fund.
Doug now works for UnitingCare NSW & ACT as Director for Strategic Engagement where his brief is to strengthen the organisations engagement with the community. Prior to this he was the CEO and Non Executive Director of United Way Australia where he instigated a number of strategic changes locally and internationally, including bringing to life the new United Way Australia, conceptualising our Community Impact Strategy manifest in READLEARNSUCCEED and working with United Way Worldwide colleagues on the development of our Global and strategies.
Prior to working with United Way, Doug worked for a number of Not Profits in Fundraising and Community Development including WorkVentures where he was the Head of Community Partnerships. In 2005 he led a team that received the Prime Minister’s Business Community Partnership award for longevity with Microsoft Australia.
Martin Stewart-Weeks has 25 years’ experience of consulting, specialising in strategy, policy analysis, facilitation and market and social research. Following his role with Cisco, Martin is an independent advisor working at the intersection of policy, public sector reform and innovation and technology strategies at both an agency and whole-of-government level.
An experienced philanthropic and non-profit specialist, Stacey is currently the CEO of Adelaide based Fay Fuller Foundation and also runs her own consultancy in the areas of strategy, communications and program development.
Previous positions have included Client and Research Manager in the Philanthropic Services team at the Myer Family Company, National Coordinator of the Community Development Fund at the Telstra Foundation and Manager Charitable Trusts at The Trust Company.
She holds a Master of Business majoring in Philanthropy and Social Investment, is also on the Board of Impact100 SA and Time for Kids.