Anne-Maree Kaser is the CEO of Windana Drug & Alcohol Recovery. Windana delivers residential and community-based alcohol and drug treatment programs and harm reduction interventions throughout Victoria. Anne-Maree joined Windana in 2013, bringing three decades of experience in health and community services.
Priorities in her role include demonstrating the reach and impact of Windana’s residential and community-based services, advocacy on AOD issues, lobbying for expansion of the AOD service system, careful fiscal management and building relationships with donors, volunteers, internal staff, government agencies and partners.
Evidence Strategy Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria
Stephen works with for-purpose organisations to measure and amplify their impact. In his current role at the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria, he is working on designing and implementing new approaches to embed the use of evidence-informed practices and programs in child and family services.
Before this, Stephen was a researcher and social impact facilitator at the Centre for Social Impact leading the development of shared outcome measurement in the housing and homelessness sector in NSW and measurement and evaluation approaches for outcomes-focused commissioning and placed-based interventions.
National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE)
Indu Balachandran is Chief Operating Officer at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE). Indu has worked in enterprise development in the creative and social sectors for 15 years. Her work in the Indigenous sector was recognised by the UTS Human Rights Award for Reconciliation. Indu has a background in finance and economics, and in gender and microenterprise development. Previously, she managed the Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund at Social Ventures Australia. She is influenced by community-led, human-centred design that creates enduring and sustainable value. Indu is a musician in the Indian Carnatic tradition and a cultural producer active on various committees.
National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE)
John Leha is the sustainability lead at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE). John a proud Birri Gubba, Wakka Wakka man has worked in Indigenous education and employment programs with extensive connection and knowledge in the Indigenous space. John an active community organiser and founder of Sydney Deadly Runners, chair of the Gadigal Information Service, advisor for Kingsford legal service. John is dedicated to the advancement of Aboriginal peoples by creating sustainable education, employment and enterprise pathways.
Relationships Australia NSW
Dr Jen Hamer has worked as a social work practitioner, academic, adult educator and senior manager in non-government family and community support organisations in the UK and Australia, for over 30 years.
Prior to joining Relationships Australia NSW in February 2018, she was the manager and lead policy writer for diversity and inclusion content in the Final Report, at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In her current role, Jen oversees the RANSW client outcomes framework and evaluation strategy and convenes the RANSW human research ethics committee (HREC).
Equity & Results, New York, NY
Erika Bernabei is a leader in the strategic design and implementation of racial equity-focused whole organization and collaborative transformation to achieve results for people and communities of colour. Through Equity & Results, she works with small and large scale nonprofit, philanthropic and public agencies around the country and world to use a results-driven, racial equity lens to build the capacity of leaders and communities for impact.
Equity & Results uses an antiracist lens, developed by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, to look at how organizations and collaboratives can work differently to do systems change work and strategically disrupt business as usual. Erika is an expert in Results-Based Accountability (RBA) and has worked with groups to use this tool to transform their work. She explicitly uses the principles of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and participatory methods to embed ownership and accountability in her support of the organizational and collaborative change.
Prior to Equity & Results, Erika served as an Assistant Commissioner in the New York City Department of Homeless Services, working on family homelessness, and for almost 10 years at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity. At PolicyLink, she developed and managed a results-driven infrastructure and support system for more than 50 diverse Promise Neighborhood communities to produce holistic and measurable outcomes and advance equity and opportunity.
She holds an MA in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a PhD in Education from New York University. Erika lives in New York City with her partner.
Hutt St Centre, SA
Sam Barrett is an experienced leader in the Not For Profit sector. After graduating with a Bachelor in International Studies at Flinders University in 2001, Sam worked in youth homelessness services in Adelaide.
In 2006 Sam relocated to Sydney, NSW where he began his career in management and leadership as Executive Officer of the Auburn Youth Centre. In Sydney Sam build significant experience in management, leadership, governance and business management of the community and homelessness service sector.
In 2010 Sam relocated to Melbourne, VIC and undertook the role of Manager of Youth Refuges at Melbourne City Mission. At this time Sam was also the Co-Chair of the Victorian Youth Refuges Network and engaged in high-level homelessness policy development. On returning to Adelaide, Sam moved into a senior management role in Community Mental Health at Mind Australia. In 2016 Sam sought out a return to the realm of homelessness services securing a policy role with Hutt St Centre. Sam is now applying his significant operational and policy experience to the role of Program Manager for the Aspire Social Impact Bond at Hutt St Centre.
Barwon Child, Youth & Family, VIC
Max Broadly, Executive Director of Client Services at BCYF, has been working in the Community and Health sectors for over 20 years. Much of Max’s career has been aligned with supporting clients with a significant disadvantage –, particularly young people. Max has worked in direct practitioner roles in the homelessness, youth, and drug and alcohol sectors. Max’s leadership experience includes management of youth residential withdrawal units, child and family services programs, Community Health settings, Out of Home Care programs, early years programs, homelessness, mental health and justice programs. Max has a strong interest in remodelling service designs to best meet the needs of vulnerable people.
Australian Social Value Bank
Andrew has been working in the field of social impact measurement for nearly ten years. He was involved in the development of the first UK Social Value Bank and was responsible for embedding the measurement approach across Knightstone Housing, one of the largest social housing providers in the UK with over 11,000 properties and 27,000 residents. Since being in Australia, Andrew has held such positions as Impact Evaluation Manager for the Karrikins Group and led evaluation and impact measurement projects for clients such as CBA, Optus, Variety and Vic Roads to name a few.
Mike is a compelling and inspiring speaker, who challenges the status quo and asks the audience to engage with the deeper questions behind business and community.
Mike speaks from a fresh, vibrant millennial perspective and is on the cusp of many of the emerging trends in society such as startup, social enterprise, co-working, a sharing economy and new forms of media.
Through his consulting work and podcast, he has developed a rich network of purpose-driven leaders who have shaped his view of meaningful work and leading business practices. He shares these lessons with audiences.
Vanessa is a social change practitioner and strategist with more than 20 years experience working with the community, government and corporate sectors, in Australia and abroad.
Vanessa has been at the forefront of growing social innovation and impact investing in Australia and the Pacific. As Principal Consultant at Social Outcomes, Vanessa has developed impact measurement frameworks for social service delivery organisations, advocacy organisations, social enterprises and impact investor. She has also worked on four domestic social impact bonds and a development impact bond in Papua New Guinea; social enterprise design, capacity-building and technical assistance in Australia and the Pacific; impact investing strategies targeting domestic and international investors; and shared value partnerships.
Vanessa was a founding Director on Impact Investing Australia’s Board and is currently a Director on the Board of the National Association of Community Legal Centres.
Julie Hourigan Ruse is the Chief Executive Officer of Fams. As the peak body, Fams knows that children are kept safe by quality services which help kids and families where they need it. Fams makes this possible by advocating for better public policy, advising how to achieve sustainable and measurable outcomes and acting to help vulnerable children, young people, families and communities.
Julie is passionate about data and the data is the kids. The evidence highlights that every community and every circumstance is different and this is why Fams are advocating that governments must respond based on need and not a “one size fits all” approach, to ensure the most cost-effective, long term outcomes for those kids experiencing vulnerability in our communities.
Julie maintains her legal practising certificate and has a Masters in Law (Human Rights and Social Justice). She has extensive experience in government and corporate roles and has been an NSW Government-appointed member of the Housing Appeals Committee since 2010 and a Presiding Chair since July 2013.
Shea Pita and Associates, New Zealand
Sharon graduated from Oxford University at the top of her class with an MSc in Comparative Social Policy (Distinction). She also has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Auckland University. In 2019, Sharon was awarded a Queens Honour Award – the MNZM for services to Māori health and development. Sharon is an experienced board member; she holds several government appointed roles and private sector roles ( Sharon is a board member on a disruptive technology company called EmergencyQ – www.emergencyq.com).
Sharon owns and operates two organisations in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Manawaroa Ltd and Shea Pita & Associates Ltd. Manawaroa Ltd is an emerging organisation that provides training and delivery of wellbeing services to tamariki/children, rangatahi/youth, pākeke/adults, whānau/families and organisations. Manawaroa is a Māori word for Resilience. It literally means a long or tall heart.
Manawaroa Ltd specialises in delivering support that builds resilience and overall wellbeing. We deliver services aligned with Māori (the indigenous people of New Zealand) values, tikanga and kaupapa. At present, we are working with NGOs and other trusted advisors to implement a new Māori model of resilience called Manawaroa™. This model adopts a kaupapa Māori approach to building strengths and protective factors for Māori whānau (and others).
Shea Pita and Associates Ltd is a boutique management consulting company that specialises in providing a suite of first-class strategic, policy, management and organisational development services. Shea Pita has clients in the public and private sectors. A key focus is reducing inequity and improving health, social, education, cultural and economic outcomes.
Shea Pita & Associates offers many years of experience in the following fields: equity strategy, policy and practice; strategic and business planning; project management; service design; policy and proposal writing; provider development; Results Based Accountability™ outcomes framework design, data collection and analysis; research and evaluation and other fields of interest.
Shea Pita is currenlty working with the Resilience Doughnut Australia to roll out a universal resilience model called The Resilience Doughnut™. This is a companion model to Manawaroa.
Sharon was awarded a prize by Jesus College, Oxford University, in recognition of her achievement.
Victoria Baird is the Impact Measurement Project Officer at Mission Australia.
Prior to undertaking her current role, Victoria gained extensive experience in service delivery and evaluation with a range of community development organisations in Latin America and the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Victoria seeks to ensure that outcomes measurement tools and processes are user-friendly and useful for staff on the ground. She is passionate about equipping teams to use data to understand, and more effectively respond to, the unique needs of the individuals and communities they work with.
Victoria holds a Joint Honours Bachelor of Laws and Spanish and Master of Science (International Development).
Joanne began her career as a Chartered Accountant. Her passion for strategy and planning saw her move career path and she has facilitated the development and implementation of corporate strategy, business plans and growth opportunities across multiple industries in Australia and abroad.
With over 24 years in the commercial arena, Joanne moved into the “for purpose” sector in 2017, spending one year in Sri Lanka providing strategy and planning advice to a rural NGO.
Joanne joined the National Heart Foundation of Australia in 2018 as Director Strategy, Planning and Performance. In this role, Joanne is focussed on bringing the Heart Foundation’s Strategy and Business Plan to life and continually providing progress on strategic targets and objectives to the staff, Executive and the Board.
Stepping Stone House
Shana Lewis is the Residential Services Manager of the award-winning charity Stepping Stone House which provides accommodation and personal development for homeless and disadvantaged children and young people so they can become independent and the very best they can be.
Shana started her career providing residential services in the Disability sector before moving across to the Youth sector for the last 5 years. Graduating with a Bachelor of Psychology from Macquarie University she has incorporated her knowledge of therapeutic care into the design and provision of residential services that deliver higher than sector standard outcomes for vulnerable and at-risk young people experiencing homelessness.
Poppy Wise is a specialist in public policy research and evaluation. She’s worked in research and evaluation for 15 years in the private and not-for-profit sectors, most recently advising on policy and programs in mental health, disability, domestic violence and community safety. Poppy’s strong personal commitment to all facets of social and environmental sustainability means she has worked across a range of policy areas throughout her career. She has become an expert in the design and implementation of policy research and evaluations – especially for largescale, complex studies. Among recent highlights, Poppy lists her time leading a three-year evaluation of the $500 million Commonwealth mental health program, Partners in Recovery; developing the framework to assist Women NSW to evaluate the success of their behaviour-change programs for domestic violence perpetrators; and her work with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet measuring the outcomes of the COMPACT program, a ground-breaking community resilience-building initiative.
Maria Berry, Impact Measurement Project Officer at Mission Australia. Prior to undertaking a secondment opportunity with the Impact Measurement team, Maria has worked in service delivery since 1994 in residential and outreach homelessness services, and working with people with complex health histories. Most recently working as the Program Manager for Support Services Common Ground Sydney a service that provides psycho social support to people with extensive homeless histories to assist them to sustain their tenancy.
Maria seeks to encourage tenant voice and most recently has embedded Impact Measurement tools in case management practice to provide an evaluative framework to better understand a tenant’s journey at Common Ground Sydney, Mission Australia.