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.
Ben is responsible for designing and building information systems that support the growth of TACSI; including in the areas of Finance, HR, Risk, IT, Project Management. Passionate about the Not For Profit sector’s role in developing and delivering social interventions to improve the quality of people’s lives, he worked in senior roles with local, national, and international Not For Profits in homelessness, food education, refugees, and education in Australia and the Philippines. Prior to his NFP career Ben worked in a range of IT roles, including with Big 4 banks, start-ups, and consultancies with local and multinational clients.
With a keen interest in technology as an enabling factor in the delivery of social services he designed and delivered a world first smartphone app for homeless people with low literacy, and guided the strategic growth of e-learning courseware for rural school principals' across South East Asia. Ben is also exploring the role of social impact investment, having recently designed Australia's first homelessness Social Impact Bond.
Ingrid combines a background in social work, economic development, business and graphic design into her work as social designer: designing and co-designing processes, products and knowledge that deepen social impact and facilitate social innovation. She has contributed to the design of services, policy and processes in a diversity of fields, including frontline social, health and disability services, community development, local economic development, social investment, social enterprise and social procurement.
Ingrid runs a research and design consultancy and is the Social Design Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact, at the University of NSW in Sydney and the University of Western Australia in Perth.
Ingrid is also a practising artist and graphic designer. Much of her ‘time off’ is spent under a giant puppet performing at festivals and in street theatre.
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.
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.
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.
Principal: Social Services, Systems + Aboriginal Policy
Thinking big and small
Dana is Aboriginal/Chinese and a descendant of the Ngarrindjeri people in South Australia, and has a passion for working with Aboriginal people and communities.
Dana has had extensive experience in the public sector, in health, child protection and Aboriginal specific services and policy. She began her work as a youth community development officer in both the Adelaide Hills and the Murray Lands.
Most recently Dana was Director of TACSI’s Family by Family program supporting the growth of the program in South Australia and into Western Sydney, NSW and assisted with the implementation and evaluation of the Weaver’s programme
Dana loves complex systems analysis & is currently doing a Masters Degree in this field.
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.
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.
Adele is a creative and curious community organiser who’s found her purpose in transformation learning and organisational change. With a background in community arts and ontological coaching, she started her career facilitating issue based work to open up people’s possibilities, before joining multinational Diageo to embed e-learning across their business globally.
Prior to TACSI, she's helped drive large change projects and also ran a local community centre, building social capital. She sees her role at TACSI as empowering others to discover insights and develop as reflective, adaptive and flexible learners.
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.
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.
At TACSI Danielle has worked extensively on the ground with families. Researching and identifying their needs, then working on the ground to create change with those families. Initially a Family Coach with Family by Family, Danielle helped establish their first independent site in Northern Adelaide and then as Operations Manager for their first interstate site in Western Sydney.
Passionate about social justice, Danielle spent six years prior to joining TACSI working with several non-government organisations in South Australia developing and delivering creative arts programs for at risk youth.
Danielle holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and is passionate about seeing creative thinking bring positive changes to the social sector.
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.
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.
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).
Social Innovator + Coordinator: Co-design + Practice
Making space for change
After a quick 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 friends and family.
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.
Exploring where social needs and venture capital intersect
Matt is the Principal of Anderson Strategy and the CoFounder of Social Capital - an initiative seeking to turn social needs into new innovation and venture opportunities at scale. He has been a social entrepreneur for over 20 years — including founding a number of social startups, working as an organisational development consultant, leading many cross-sector collaborative projects, and serving as the Chief Executive of an NGO. He has worked at both the grassroots level as well as in a national and international capacity — including with World Vision, one of the world’s largest social impact organisations.
Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Practice, is an international development advisor, and works with impact organisations to support their emerging social enterprise strategies.
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.
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.
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.
Anne's working life has been all about administration. Starting out as a junior admin assistant in a law firm, she has fine tuned her skills over time in a variety of administrative roles.
In her very varied role at TACSI, Anne keeps the office ticking along. Her role description includes a large chunk of 'other duties as required' and boredom is never a issue.
Anne has always had a strong social conscience and passion for community. She has been volunteering in her local area for many years in many ways; from being chairperson on the school council to pulling weeds at the local wetlands.
Anne was drawn to work at TACSI as it combines her desire to explore possibilities for social change with her expertise in office management and administrative support.
Steve started his career as a trainee 'bean counter' at the prestigious Marlborough College in the UK. He then went beyond the beans and spent almost 20 years in the technology sector providing finance support to various business units of increasing size and complexity, both in Europe and the US. He also established and ran a financial shared service centre based in Malaysia with over 100 employees, providing low cost transaction support worldwide.
Prior to moving to Adelaide, Steve lived and worked in New Zealand and in partnership, ran a successful consultancy business. During this time Steve developed a passion for the not for profit sector and the personal rewards of helping establish strong business foundations for organisations looking to make a difference in their part of the world.
Steve has just finished renovating his 1970's home and is happy to 'down tools' and looks forward to contributing to the on going success of TACSI.
Deborah is a highly experienced self-motivated assistant with a positive outlook. Having worked in different fields over the years from government to private corporations, she has also been a volunteer for a not-for-profit organisation, helping to raise funds and awareness.
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 JP and is looking forward to providing unconditional support at TACSI.
In her downtime, Deborah enjoys cooking for family and friends.
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.
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.
I have spent many years working with families, kids and young people, the aged and people with disabilities – in the corporate world, community sector and not-for-profits. I have always been passionate about working directly with people and their communities, helping them to make a difference in their lives.
The mantra of Family by Family, ‘We want all families to thrive, not just survive!’ and ‘Building on family strength rather than deficits’ means a lot to me. As a worker I have seen so many individuals and families fall through the cracks of mainstream services. I used to say to myself, ‘If only families had something to help them along the way – a helping hand, not a hand out’. Now I have the opportunity to do just that.
The position of Operations Manager is an opportunity for me to return to what I love, utilise all the social work and management skills I have accumulated over the years, and take it to the next step. To be a part of an innovative, developing program; to be the glue that helps hold it all together so that the dream of Family by Family can continue to grow.
When not working, I enjoy cooking, travelling (or dreaming of travelling), photography, op-shopping and spending time with friends and family – which includes my three cats (my “furry children”), Aningan, Charlie and Namir.
I am the newest addition to the fabulous Family by Family team here in Mount Druitt. 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 grew up in the mid-north of South Australia, then spent ten years on Kangaroo Island but moved to Adelaide in 2000 to be closer to my family and educate my girls. For year I balanced running a hairdressing business with caring for my family, especially my daughter who has experienced some serious medical issues.
I studied life coaching so that I could help out people going through tough times like I did. I’m really excited to be using my life skills and knowledge to help others.
I have lived around Tea Tree Gully in Adelaide for most of my life, and it is where I am now raising my own little brood. I have three boys who keep me on my toes!
My working background is in Youth Work, but for the last six years I have worked in mental health. Since having my own children I have developed a strong interest in infant mental health in particular.
I feel very strongly that it is important that families support each and every member to be their very best, and to reach their full potential. I am excited about being a part of Family by Family, because I believe this is what they do!
When I’m not working I love spending time with my husband and children, dabbling in photography and catching up with family and friends.
I moved to the Adelaide Hills from the UK 12 years ago and love it here. I worked in the UK and Adelaide as a Midwife for ten years and had the absolute privilege of being with families at this most amazing time in their lives. Whilst a midwife (and homeschooling my children) I took on an advanced diploma in Perinatal Mental Health which I completed a few years ago.
Since leaving midwifery I have worked in a few roles in community services. Families are always at the forefront of what I do and I am passionate about facilitating strong, healthy, respectful families.
I love working as a family Coach and feel honoured to walk alongside such amazing families.
In my spare time I like to walk my dogs, cycle, read and spend time with my children.
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 grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney, and moved to Adelaide with my husband and menagerie of pets for a better work/life balance.
I have over 20 years of administration experience in a variety of fields, but this is the first time I have worked with families and their local communities, and I am humbled every day by the amazing stories they all have.
When I’m not working you will usually find me strolling on the beach with my hubby and our dogs, or with my nose in a book.
I have always lived and loved living in Western Sydney, growing up here with my family and going onto to settle here later in life.
I have a background in Management as well as Training and Development, most recently I worked in Juvenile Justice in Western Sydney. I was inspired by spending time with the Young People I worked alongside. They gave me a new worldview and helped me to see other aspects to life from their stories.
When I saw an Opportunity to stop other young people coming into contact with the Juvenile Justice system by equipping families with new skills and providing new opportunities to families I jumped at the chance.
As an All Rounder with the Family by Family team, no two days are ever the same. It is exciting to come into work every day and have the freedom to be creative in our approach with families.
In my spare time I enjoy catching up with friends, playing poker and making spontaneous decisions like recently when we took a road trip to Gosford.
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.
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 on the management committee of Impact100 SA and is an inaugural organising committee member of the Nexus Australian Youth Summit.
Daryle Rigney, a citizen of the Ngarrindjeri Nation, is Dean of Inidgenous Strategy and Engagement at Flinders University and an Affiliated Faculty member of the James E. Roger College of Law, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, University of Arizona.
Dr Sarah Pearson joined ANU in 2010. She is CEO of ANU Enterprise, and Visiting Fellow at the ANU’s College of Business and Economics.
Sarah has had an eclectic career spanning industrial innovation, academia, management consulting, government, and science communication. Her involvement in innovation started when working as a strategic management consultant at McKinsey & Co in Sydney, where she devised strategies for high tech industries and co-authored a book chapter on innovation. She then went on to develop and patent new methods for cancer diagnosis whilst a tenured Physics academic, attracting over $700,000 in grants, including an ARC Discovery project.
She later moved into industrial innovation, where she was the inaugural Open Innovation Champion at Cadbury and part of the leadership team at their long term R&D unit in the UK. Sarah has also spent time working in government, as acting Director of Science in the Office of the Chief Scientist where, amongst other things, she managed the Expert Working Groups and Secretariat for the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.
Sarah has a DPhil from the University of Oxford in particle physics, and has published her research in the areas of particle physics, medical physics, artificial intelligence, innovation, and science policy. She has published extensively through the media of TV, radio, books, journals, magazines and newspapers, and is an author on seven international patents, for cancer diagnosis and novel confectionary. She is passionate about innovation (along the whole value chain), especially Open Innovation, and keen to support its uptake and growth in Australia.
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.