Andrew is Vice President for the SingTel Group’s Corporate Sustainability and leads the Group’s sustainability transformation across its environment, community, people and marketplace pillars.
Under his leadership to “Leave the Smallest Footprint”, Singtel (including Optus) was the first company in the Asia-Pacific ex-Japan to have its science-based carbon targets approved by SBTI in 2017, and recently one of 28 Global companies to commit to working towards the ambitious net zero carbon target by 2050. He also led the Group’s climate scenario and adaptation exercise in 2015 to plan for the adaptation of its infrastructure to build resilience to the long-term effects of climate change. He is also leading the Group’s preparations to align with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
To enable the “Most Connected Communities”, Andrew leads the Group’s regional Future Makers social innovation programme and chairs the Singtel Group Sustainability Forum comprising the sustainability heads of the Group’s regional mobile associates. He is currently co-chair of the Singapore Business Network on DisAbilities (SBNoD) and also leads the Group’s end-to-end disability inclusion strategy across customer facing, community and inclusive employment. He is currently co-chair of the Group’s task force for sustainable supply chain management to prepare the company for the new modern slavery legislation recently passed in Australia. Andrew sits on the Singapore National Council of Social Services 4ST Strategy Committee advising
the government on its strategic roadmap for the social services sector in Singapore, and was a former committee member on the 3 rd Singapore Enabling Masterplan for persons with disabilities.
Prior to this, Andrew held various senior positions across the SingTel Group in Singapore, Australia and the Philippines. Between 2007 and 2013, he was the Singtel Group Consumer Chief Information Officer, Managing Director for Optus Technology and Products Division, Managing Director for Optus Products and Delivery Division, and Managing Director of Optus Wholesale and Satellite Division. Andrew was the Chief Operating Advisor at Globe Telecom from 2003-2007, SingTel Group’s mobile associate in the Philippines. He has also held various other senior management positions in the SingTel Group including VP Consumer Marketing, CEO SINGNET, CEO Multimedia Group, Director Corporate Development, Director Business Marketing and Director Corporate Account Management. Andrew also founded and ran SingTel Ventures from 1997 – 2000, a S$150m corporate technology investment fund focused on emerging technologies in the ICT sector to drive innovation and develop new businesses spin-offs for the company.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class) Honours from the National University of Singapore and Masters in Management from Stanford University, USA (Sloan Program). He is a certified Level 3 coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership and an LSI Accredited practitioner with Human Synergistics. Over the past few years he has formally coached over 120 leaders in the Optus talent and leadership programme.
Lee is a purpose-led sustainability professional with Australian and international experience in the corporate, not-for-profit and consulting sectors. Since joining IAG almost 10 years ago, Lee has worked in various leadership roles driving shared value innovation, strategic partnerships and our approach to responsible business.
As Executive Manager, Shared Value Strategy & Projects, Lee currently leads a team delivering a portfolio of shared value innovation projects designed to create safer, more connected and resilient communities. She also leads the Secretariat of the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience & Safer Communities and plays a key role in activating IAG’s founding membership of the Shared Value Project.
Prior to joining IAG, Lee gained extensive experience in corporate responsibility and sustainability through her corporate partnerships role with Landcare Australia and work as a consultant for niche sustainability consultancy Article 13 in London. Earlier in her career, Lee coordinated dairy product exports at Fonterra in New Zealand and spent time as an English lecturer in Russia.
Lee completed her Master of Arts in International Relations at Keele University in the UK, where she served as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Otago, specialising in Russian language and culture.
As one of the founders of Kiwi Connect, Lee is an active member of the New Zealand expatriate community in Australia.
Leigh Barnes is the Chief Purpose Officer (CPO) of the Intrepid Group, the world’s largest provider of adventure travel experiences. The Chief Purpose Officer role is a new position championed by Intrepid Group CEO James Thornton, which was created to focus on sustained growth in the company’s purpose initiatives.
As CPO, Barnes is responsible for working closely with The Intrepid Foundation and external partners as Intrepid Group seeks to create more shared value projects and operate a business with a purpose beyond profit. In 2018, the company will be committing 0.75% of global revenue towards purpose activities, creating a team of dedicated employees to lead The Intrepid Foundation, and attaining B-Corp status.
Most recently, Barnes led the company’s North American business as the regional director of North America for Intrepid Group out of the company’s Toronto headquarters. Under his direction, North America became the fastest growing region for the Australia-based company, with a recorded 60 percent growth in the past two years.
He began his work with Intrepid Group in 2010. At the time, he was the Australian Social Media Coordinator. Over the years, he advanced through the marketing department at Intrepid Group’s Australian office, and when Intrepid Group expanded to North America, Barnes followed.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, he returned to his hometown in July 2018 in conjunction with his appointment as Chief Purpose Officer. When not working, Barnes enjoys exploring the unseen places of the world. His favorite real-life experience was trekking through the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp on an Intrepid Travel tour.
Kate is a social impact and corporate affairs professional with over 15 years experience across corporate, non-profit and member-based organisations. In her current role as Head of Social Innovation at NAB, Kate helps to identify business opportunities that exist for NAB in issues such as climate change and affordable housing, and works across the business to build capability in shared value thinking and a culture of social innovation.
In previous positions, Kate has led a range of programs including employee volunteering and giving programs, NAB’s domestic and family violence strategy, microfinance, ESG issues management, sustainability reporting and has led the NAB Foundation.
Michelle leads the Australasia Community Engagement program for Arup – an independent firm founded on the belief that the built environment can change people’s lives for the better. Arup’s Community Engagement is a key mechanism for leveraging Arup’s technical and professional capabilities to support community organisations and build capacity within communities. It also contributes to technology and infrastructure solutions as enablers for broader community aspirations.
Within her role, Michelle facilitates relationships between partners and stakeholders for such projects, develops initiatives alongside community clients to deliver shared value outcomes, as well as oversees the implementation of Arup’s global community engagement impact measurement framework.
Prior to joining Arup, Michelle’s career has taken her around the world as a community development professional, partnership broker and adviser on multi-sector collaborations. She has managed international development programs, including a range of sustainable livelihood, education, community resilience and corporate social responsibility projects. Her focus has been at the intersection of businesses, non-government organisations and not-for profits, educational institutes, and governments seeking to address local and global challenges and create positive social change.
Fiona Nixon is Bank Australia’s Head of Strategy and Communications and is passionate about the role that business needs to play in addressing social and environmental issues. She is responsible for the bank’s engagement and communication with staff and customers as well as its public policy commitments. Fiona also oversees the Bank Australia Impact Fund, through which the bank invests 4% of after tax profits to create positive social and environmental outcomes. Since joining the bank in 2013, Fiona has managed the rebrand to Bank Australia and a range of initiatives designed to build the bank’s responsible banking brand.
Fiona has a background in consulting working with private and public sector and for-purpose clients on communications, social policy development, major events, and community consultation. She has also held senior communications roles in the Victorian State Government and local government in Melbourne.
Fiona has a Bachelor of Arts (Law) from Macquarie University and is currently completing an Executive MBA at RMIT University.
Helen established the CSR function at Optus 12 years ago, and now leads the strategic community investment and sustainability team at Optuus in her role as Director, Sustainability.
Helen is responsible for developing and driving the community and sustainability strategy. As an ‘intrapreneur’, Helen focusses on developing innovative programs and partnerships that create value for the business stakeholders, as well as creating a positive impact and outcomes for communities and the environment.
Optus’ sustainability approach is holistic, leveraging the capabilities, resources, skills and digital technologies of the business to create shared value and sustainable change. Helen is a pioneer in a digital citizenship education, launching Make Cyberspace a Better Place with Kids Helpline in 2010, and subsequently leading the development and establishment of Optus’ Digital Thumbprint program in 2013.
Helen and her team are responsible for a broad range of social impact and environmental sustainability programs, including staff engagement initiatives. In 2016, Helen led the development and launch of a new program, Optus Future Makers – a social innovation Accelerator and Grants program to support social purpose organisations who are leveraging technology to address societal challenges, and support disadvantaged communities. The program has since extended to Asia, with the Singtel Group of companies.
Prior to joining Optus, Helen held senior positions in the corporate sector and NGOs. Helen holds a Masters degree in Change Management, and also serves as an Advisory Board member with various organisations.
Margaret heads Corporate and External Relations at Nestlé Oceania, where she is responsible for communications and public affairs across the region. In this role, Margaret manages issues shaping Nestlé’s operating environment in areas as diverse as nutrition, human rights, environmental sustainability, water and rural development, working across a broad portfolio of iconic food and beverage brands. She has a broad corporate affairs background, particularly in the healthcare, food and agribusiness sectors, including senior leadership roles in Novartis, Syngenta and Schering-Plough. In 2017 Margaret served as a member of the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group on the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Republic of Everyone
Ben is founder of Republic of Everyone, a company that brings brands, sustainability and creativity together to make doing good, good for business. He is co-founder of the Garage Sale Trail, chief architect of the 202020 Vision and author or Lessons From My Left Testicle, a book about kicking cancer’s butt and learning to live.
The Bold Effect
Sara Hales is an experienced senior executive, with a career spanning the cattle industry, media and aviation, Sara has significant experience presenting to and winning the support of Boards for various initiatives, in order to drive positive change for the business, for teams and for communities. Sara believes strongly in the power of aligning interests and clear communication, and is a strong advocate for the business community’s shift towards focussing on both profit and purpose.
Sarah leads the Group-wide sustainability strategy, This Changes Everything, and is the Deputy Chair of government agency, Sustainability Victoria. She drives Mirvac’s efforts to be a force for good in society, and to be recognised for those efforts by our most influential stakeholders, with post-graduate qualifications in ethics and communications.
Sarah has deep public affairs and sustainability experience across multiple sectors, industries, and jurisdictions, including federal and state government, top 20 ASX, and not-for-profit (as a non-executive director), in oil and gas, public transport, and social policy, across Australia, the Pacific, and Europe.
Sarah is attuned to integrity, leadership, courage, and trust.
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
Nicole has over 12 years’ experience in Financial Services and is currently the Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Strategy for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. Nicole is a passionate supporter of shared value strategies. Her work involves sharing the Bank’s globally recognised shared value strategy with various stakeholders internally and externally, and challenging the Group on strategy development and execution.
Based in Bendigo and raised in regional Victoria, Nicole has fist hand experience in the positive impacts that purpose led strategies can have on communities and Individuals.
Prior to working for the bank, Nicole was based in London and held financial and management accounting roles for Sempra Energy and Intelligent Engineering. Prior to this, Nicole worked as a public accountant and tax specialist for Pitcher Partners and was based in Melbourne.
Nicole is a Director of Bendigo Telco, a telecommunications company established in 2000 by a group of large Bendigo businesses that wanted better access to telecommunications technology. Nicole’s prior Directorship was with VRCLP from 2016 to 2018, a not-for-profit organisation focused on effective leadership for a vibrant and sustainable regional Victoria.
Shared Value Project
Helen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Shared Value Project. She has more than 18 years business development experience including stakeholder engagement and communications, networking, high-impact functions, and cultural exchange for organisations in Australia, the USA, Hong Kong and Japan. As the Chief Executive Officer, Helen is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the Shared Value Project. She engages with the organisation’s key stakeholders and members to lead, foster, promote, and influence the development of shared value in Australia. Helen has been instrumental in the establishment of the organisation from its conception, and has played a critical role in driving adoption and implementation of shared value strategies among leading companies in Australia. Helen brings 20 years of experience and leadership across government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors to this role. With an extraordinary scope of work in international business development, stakeholder engagement, membership campaigns, strategic collaboration, events management and cultural and knowledge exchange programs, Helen is known for her ability to harness opportunities and build networks of influence to shape positive change.
Australian Ethical Investment
Australian Ethical Investment is a leading ethical investment manager, providing investors and superannuation members with investments that align to their values. Stuart evaluates the impacts which companies’ products, services and operations have on people, animals and the environment. He also contributes to Australian Ethical’s advocacy for more sustainable business and investment models and practices. Stuart has also worked with the Ethics Centre and as a banker and lawyer.
Global Leader, Business & Human Rights Services, KPMG
Richard is the Lead Partner of KPMG Banarra, KPMG’s first dedicated human rights and social impact advisory team globally. Richard has over 20 years of experience in advising and managing social risks and human rights in a range of sectors including resources, infrastructure, retail and property. Richard’s particular strengths are engaging senior corporate leaders on strategic social and human rights risks as well as leading large consultancy assignments in socially and politically complex environments. He is a widely published thought-leader and known by clients for asking the challenging but important questions that lead to many an executive’s career “ah-ha” moment.
Jane is responsible for Safety, Sustainability and Environment for Sydney Airport, and works collaboratively with all on airport business partners to drive performance, ensure continual improvement, and meet or exceed legislative and regulatory requirements. Maintaining a priority focus on these areas is key to satisfying customer, community, government and investor expectations.
Prior to this role at Sydney Airport Jane was Strategic Advisor, External Affairs focused on board and CEO directed strategic initiatives and major projects including Master Plan 2033, Master Plan 2039 and the Western Sydney Airport Right of First Refusal.
Before joining Sydney Airport Jane worked in the field of strategic communications and issues management across the business, finance, government and community sectors.
After studying Philosophy and Accounting at Monash University and playwriting in California, Ash Rosshandler was basically unemployable. Who wants to hire a Philosophical Accountant? So Ash did what many wayward souls do and he became a copy writer for Mojo Partners. There, Ash was basically responsible for selling lots of crap, to lots of people, who didn’t really need it. And ever since Ash has since tried to reverse his bad karma. He started back in 2007 with launching Karma Currency – Australia’s first Charity Gift Voucher. In 2012 the foundation merged with GoodCompany and launched Australia and NZ’s first unified Workplace Giving, Volunteering, Fundraising and Rewards Platform. Today, GoodCompany has helped facilitate over $15m in donations and close to 200,000 hours in volunteering to help support more than 1500 charities. Clients include OPTUS, IAG, MYOB, AGL, NBN, LAVAZZA, ANZ, REECE, CSL, WESTPAC and NAB and many more. And next year, in 2020, Goodcompany turns 20! GoodCompany’s mission is to connect those who can give with those in need. Join in. You’ll be in GoodCompany.