Community Council for Australia
David Crosbie is CEO of the Community Council for Australia. He has spent more than 20 years as CEO of significant charities including seven years in his current role, four years as CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, seven years as CEO of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia, and seven years as CEO of Odyssey House Victoria.
In addition to the work he leads at the Community Council for Australia, David served on the inaugural Advisory Board of the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission (ACNC), the Advisory Board of Impact Investing Australia, the Board of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (among others). He is a respected leader and advocate on issues affecting the contribution, performance and viability of NFPs in political, public, business and sector circles. David is passionate about CCA’s mission to build flourishing communities by enhancing the extraordinary work undertaken by the charities and not for profit sector in Australia.
Following his appointment in 2007 as CEO of Horizon Housing, Jason bought his vast experience to grow and build the capacity of Horizon to become the first housing provider in Queensland to receive national accreditation as a Tier One community housing provider. Jason’s strategic focus and leadership resulted in the significant growth of Horizon’s housing portfolio and the delivery of over $100 million of affordable housing across the communities of Queensland and New South Wales. Jason’s commitment to the community housing sector and delivering sustainable, holistic responses to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community was recognised by his inclusion in Pro Bono’s 25 Most Influential People in 2014.
Share the Dignity
After reading in 2015 that homeless women Australia-wide were making sanitary pads out of public restroom toilet paper because they couldn’t afford to buy them, Rochelle Courtenay felt a call to action. She started a small sanitary collection in her local Brisbane neighbourhood and donated the items to a women’s shelter. Through demand, the not-for-profit charity Share the Dignity was born, providing homeless and at-risk women around Australia with sanitary items.
Rochelle, affectionately known as “Pad lady” didn’t set out to be a social entrepreneur yet her work is helping eliminate period poverty in Australia, where homeless girls and women or those fleeing domestic violence suffer the indignity of having to choose between food and sanitary products.
St John Ambulance, Victoria
Gordon brings a wealth of executive experience in service organisations across a variety of sectors. His passion is developing high performing teams by creating a culture that engages people through their passion for purpose and the mission of the organisation. Zimbabwean by birth, Gordon led a start-up to become the largest operator in Botswana and on moving to Australia in 2002, he has held executive roles in multi-national organisations providing services to Government, banking and retail. Gordon joined St John Ambulance Victoria in 2014 and became CEO in 2016. He is focused on delivering the organisation’s Strategic Plan centred on its mission – “For the Service of Humanity”.
World Vision Australia
Pam Rebecca was appointed Chief Strategy, Innovation and Digital in April 2018, with responsibility for leading the development of World Vision Australia’s strategy, Innovation and Social enterprises, and Digital transformation. Pam is a tech-savvy leader with experience in all aspects of digital transformation including strategy, e-commerce, digital marketing and agile delivery. Pam was previously Chief, Digital & Retail for World Vision Australia with responsibility for leading the digital agenda and mass market channels. Prior to joining World Vision Pam was GM Digital ANZ Australia, leading digital strategy, channels and the Digital Transformation Program.Pam has a proven track record in consistently building and leading high performing teams to grow and transform businesses across multiple domains. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) with Honours from Queensland University of Technology and an MBA from the University of Melbourne.
When Andy was 21 he founded the Not For Profit organisation Burn Bright, a social enterprise with the mission of increasing of growing the next generation of young Australians through student leadership, wellbeing programs and national camps. Over the past 4.5 years Burn Bright has worked with over 40,000, 12-17 year olds, from all corners of Australia through school based initiatives and hosting the National Leadership Camp for high school students.
In 2018 Burn Bright was named Australia’s Most Innovative Charity by Westpac and UNSW, due to their company culture and their social enterprise business structure. Since its inception Burn Bright has generated over 98% of its income from its social enterprise model whilst still being able to deliver a cutting edge and innovative service to young people across Australia. The premise of Burn Bright’s programs is partnering with young people to help them consider who they are as leaders and people through equipping them to build a foundation of positive relationships, vision, values and serving others. Burn Bright has a team of 10 staff and over 100 volunteers.
Andy has consulted for many not-for-profits and community based organisations, from consulting for local councils to partnering with large charities and NGOs such as Wesley Mission, Mission Australia and Interrelate. Andy’s vision for the not-for-profit sector is to see more self reliance from grants and donations, cooperation and resource sharing to ensure not-for-profits are more sustainable in making a difference to the lives of all Australians. Andy’s approach to any organisation he works with is about taking a community focus and putting your people first.
Andy graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Arts- Media and Communications. He has studied Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University in the USA and is currently studying his Masters in Coaching Psychology at Sydney University.
Crohn’s & Colitis Australia
Leanne has been acknowledged for her innovation in the not-for-profit sector as the winner of the 2013 Telstra Business Women’s Award in Victoria for Business Innovation. Prior to taking up the Chief Executive role with Crohn’s & Colitis Australia Leanne was the CEO of Red Nose (formerly SIDS and Kids). She has led change and transformative growth in not-for-profit organisations to build capacity and sustainability. As a market-driven and contemporary CEO Leanne enjoys building purpose-driven companies that are creating social impact and making a difference in our lives and communities. She has qualifications in Science, Business Management, Nursing, Education and Company directorship and she has been honoured to be appointed in 2014 as an adjunct Associate Professor with the University of the Sunshine Coast Queensland, Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering. She has been a self-employed strategy and management consultant with executive, non-executive director and senior management experience in primary health, community and human services, education and health professional regulation. As a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors she has held directorships on 12 companies and served as Chairman on 4 of these companies including Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local, ISPID (International Society for the Study and Prevention of perinatal and Infant Death), ENBIS Pty Lite, a computer software marketing business and the Australian Nursing Council.
Benjamin was appointed as Executive Manager Innovation at Activ in November 2018. He brings with him a wealth of experience working with social purpose organisations to achieve transformative growth and impact across Australia.
He is passionate about the role non-profits can play in shaping a future society that is inclusive to all, working alongside customers to bring new thinking and new innovations to address the most significant challenges facing Australian society.
Prior to joining Activ, he led Strategic Growth for the Silver Chain Group, and before then he was the Chief Innovation and Development Officer for Ability Centre Australasia.
Benjamin has a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Western Australia, is a Tracey Horton Scholar, Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Foundation Member of the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia.
David has been in the Human Services sector for 20 years, working in Aged Care – commissioning a 90 bed facility, Disabilities – General Manager Operations and Out of Home Care – COO of a new division that provided support to over 500 children in Out of Home care in two years, which won an International business award. Currently David is CEO of ConnectAbility Australia that has been in the Newcastle NSW trial site since 2013.
Since joining AGL as Manager, Corporate Responsibility seven years ago, Marg has developed, implemented and manages AGL’s strategic charity partnerships and runs AGL’s workplace giving and volunteering program. In 2018 Marg launched a new workplace giving program which increases AGL’s employee donation charity choices from 12 charities to more than 400. Already AGL people have chosen to donate to more than 42 of those charities. On top of this, Marg has recently taken on the responsibility of developing AGL’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
Sacred Heart Mission
Catherine Harris has been working with Sacred Heart Mission since 2011 as a member of the Executive Team. During this time Catherine and has led all of the areas of business and enterprise for the organisation including finance, IT, administration, property, fundraising, social enterprise development, Communication, Advocacy, HR, risk, policy and our social enterprises.
Now Catherine leads fundraising from both government and philanthropy, op shops, social enterprise, impact investing, communication and advocacy for the Mission.
Catherine was responsible for negotiating and implementing Victoria’s first social impact investment with the Vic government, the banking sector and philanthropy. Prior to coming to Sacred Heart Mission Catherine spent most of her 20-year career in senior management roles within the corporate sector, mainly at the Coles Group.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and post-graduate qualifications in management from Deakin University.
Skin & Cancer Foundation
Chris has held six CEO roles, across health, law and accounting and financial services. Chris has also held consulting and advisory roles to medium sized businesses across health, media, property development, genetics, informatics, law, accounting and financial services and governance. For his international pro bono work for Global Genomics Ltd (Human Variome Project), BioGrid Australia and other NFPs, he was awarded an AM (Order of Australia). He has held board member and Chair positions in both not for profit and for profit organisations.
Uniting NSW & ACT
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 has been lucky enough to have been able to build a 20 year professional career in the Social Sector out of his 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 is also a proud Trustee of the Steve Lawrence Social Innovation Fund.
David has just started working for UnitingCare NSW & ACT as Deputy Executive Directors where his brief is to strengthen the organisation’s 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.
He has completed Postgraduate studies in Management, the Stanford Executive Non-Profit Leadership program and is an alumnus of the Sydney Leadership program. David also has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Ministry and Diplomas in Theology and Volunteer Management.