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Clarity. Direction. Impact.

An insightful and thought-provoking workshop designed for individuals wanting to take the first step to learn more about the for-purpose arena and carve out a unique path to working ‘on purpose’. Especially relevant in today’s world where many people are looking to support a charity (or two) through volunteering.

For those looking for a way to contribute to Australian charities, career pivot or seeking further engagement from their work, this workshop is designed to help participants work through a Personal Impact Framework providing an actionable pathway to engage in and contribute to the for-purpose economy.

In this workshop you may also hear insights collected over the past decade by experienced guest speakers, who often attend the face to face events, and the People for Purpose team on the challenges and opportunities that face the sector.

We recently published an article on how ‘corporate refugees’ can offer their time and talent to contribute to find their own purpose – read here.

These workshops provide participants with:

  • an understanding of the Australian for-purpose arena
  • guidance to explore personal purpose
  • resources to initiate steps to engagement
  • connectivity to others on a similar journey
  • access to the People for Purpose network

Upcoming Workshops

Our next workshop will be held on Thursday 25 July 2024.  The workshop will be hosted by our CEO, Rachael McLennan and our guest speaker will be confirmed closer to the date.

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Rachael, Thank you, I really enjoyed the (Head & Heart) workshop last week. Your knowledge of the sector is wonderful and I look forward to joining you on the journey when the time is right.

Jen, Head & Heart workshop participant

Before I took the workshop, I'd started to give up on being able to transition into the for-purpose space and was actually looking at going back to university to study animal and veterinary science to start from an entry level position and work my way up.
Then hearing you and Holly talk it really crystallized for me that there are so many talented and passionate people at the entry level with more experience and greater scientific knowledge than me, but from my exposure to the NFPs I currently volunteer for, there aren't many people willing or able to put in place the 'business' side of things, when it comes to operations, marketing, fundraising etc and this is where my 10+ years of experience can really help.
Thanks again for offering such a fantastic workshop, it was exactly what I needed - Very glad I found you.

James, Head & Heart workshop participant

Previous Guest Speakers

Chief Executive Officer, The Y NSW

Rob Kennaugh

Rob Kennaugh has an extensive commercial executive career managing large operational teams at several national ASX listed organisations such as the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Telstra, and Origin Energy. He has combined this commercial experience with a lifelong dedication to positively impacting people in need, across the community. Rob has had the unique opportunity to be a strong advocate for social impact and change, working with a highly committed and influential business network to support and achieve important social outcomes across the Australian community. Some of these initiatives have included:

• leading resilience and connection programs for young people from domestic violence settings
• establishing a business which ran programs for young people assisting them to develop important life skills such as goal setting, financial planning, and resilience
• providing “free” employment services for people experiencing disadvantage and financial hardship
• creating essential services and assistance for victims of domestic and family violence.

Rob is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently on the Board of Community Connections Australia and the Sisters of St Joseph Spirituality Ministry - previous Non-Executive Director roles include Parents Beyond Break-up, Australian Health Management and Sydney Credit Union.

Rob was recently appointed the CEO of YMCA NSW, where he will be working with a passionate and committed team of people to develop and progress youth support services across NSW, to mould more self-confident, self-assured, and inspired young people.

Chief Executive Officer, PCYC NSW

Ben Hobby

Ben Hobby Chief Executive Officer of PCYC NSW is a seasoned, respected business and community leader, with 27 years of successful experience leading diverse teams within public and private sectors, across geographic regions comprising the UK, US, Asia Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. Ben’s recent roles included Global Vice President of Objective Corporation and CEO of Itree, where he led organisations devoted to delivering improved community outcomes through enhanced regulatory technology for Federal, State and Territory Governments. Ben has a strong focus on propelling both commercial and for-purpose outcomes, his team being awarded the RegTech Social Impact of the Year and the RegTech Excellence in Government winner in recent years.

Ben has a strong passion for giving back to community, being involved in a lifetime of senior volunteering roles for multiple community organisations comprising youth, sports and mentoring programs. Ben values integrity, commitment and respectful citizenship as the foundation for fostering inclusive, trusted community and government relationships.

Executive Leader, People & Culture, YMCA NSW

Natalie Thomas

With over two decades of experience in Human Resources, Natalie is an accomplished leader, recognised for her strategic & commercial acumen and transformative leadership skills. Natalie's career spans diverse sectors, including commercial, public, and not-for-profit, where she has consistently driven organisational success through innovative & contemporary HR practices.

Passionate about fostering a positive, safe and inclusive workplace culture where people can thrive, Natalie is committed to shaping environments that empower employees and contribute to business excellence.

As a trusted business partner and coach, Natalie collaborate with leaders to navigate complex challenges, manage change, and align people strategy with the business objectives and strategic priorities. Her expertise encompasses talent acquisition, leadership & employee development, industrial relations, organisational effectiveness, shared services (including payroll), learning & development, and change management, making her a proven leader in navigating the dynamic landscape of HR.

Non-Executive Director, Hello Sunday Morning & McCall Gardens

Dhanesh Singh

Dhanesh Singh is an experienced board member, qualified coach, finance, governance and risk specialist. With over 30 years experience in audit, risk, governance, finance and strategy across both financial institutions and the financial services regulator APRA, Dhanesh supports purpose driven organisations strengthen their impact.

Given her broad risk and compliance skills and lived experience in Australia and Africa and having lived through various economic cycles, Dhanesh draws on past experiences and predicts emerging issues to help organisations and for purpose boards navigate and problem solve for sustainability and growth, with a purpose, risk and growth mindset.

Dhanesh has previously worked with Barclays, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and Macquarie Bank and currently sits on the Boards of Hello Sunday Morning, McCall Gardens and Kids with Cancer Foundation.

CEO, Asthma Australia

Michele Goldman

Michele Goldman is CEO of Asthma Australia, having supported the merger of several Asthma Foundations to form a stronger, national body. She is leading the organisation in building on strong foundations, and developing new approaches to change the trajectory for people with asthma.
She was previously CEO for the School for Social Entrepreneurs, an organisation which provided learning programs to support sustainable social enterprises.

Her career has spanned both the corporate, social enterprise and not-for-profit sectors. A strategic thinker with a strong background in marketing and communications, she is passionate about driving collaborative approaches to achieve progress where single organisations are limited and developing partnerships to increase organisational capacity and impact.

Michele is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an alumnus of the Sydney Leadership Program and the inaugural Social Impact Leadership Australia program.

She is currently a Director of JewishCare and has held board roles with The Housing Connection and Royal Hospital for Women Foundation.

General Manager for Customer Strategy & Experience Design, NRMA

Tina Morrell

At NRMA, Tina is responsible for developing customer propositions and customer and digital experiences that drive growth and deliver value using insights and data. Tina leads a number of teams across Customer research and insights, Customer Experience Design, Digital, Data Analytics, and Delivery teams.
Tina has experience across banking, telecommunications and transport having worked at nbn, CommBank and Optus, and held a number of roles across Product Management, Customer Experience and Product Development & Innovation where the customer has always been at the heart when developing compelling customer and product experiences, that drive growth and engagement.
Alongside her executive role, Tina is also on the Board of Newington College Council and the Chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee of Newington College Council. Tina is passionate about using a human centred design approach to solve complex business problems, and her accomplishments include delivering a major transformational program to drive an integrated online customer banking and trading experience to driving and developing enterprise Pricing strategies, and a new loyalty value proposition and digital transformation at the NRMA.
Tina won CX Leader of the Year 2021, holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Macquarie University and is a recent Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors having completed her Company Directors Course.
Former Chief Executive Officer, The Shepherd Centre

Dr Jim Hungerford

Dr Jim Hungerford is an accomplished executive leader with a focus on operational results, staff engagement, and innovation. After commencing his career as a veterinarian, Jim moved to biotech research and then to marketing. With extensive experience in Australia and internationally, he is passionate about achieving outcomes, leading companies of up to $140 million to new levels of operational performance and growth whilst maintaining outstanding staff satisfaction. Most recently Chief Executive Officer of The Shepherd Centre, a healthcare charity focused on deaf and hearing-impaired children, Jim previously ran Pareto Fundraising (then Australia’s leading fundraising consultancy), and Intervet UK (a leading veterinary pharmaceutical company). A Fellow of Fundraising Institute Australia, he has also been awarded Business Leader of the Year, and under his leadership The Shepherd Centre was recognised by McKinsey as being in the top 5% of organisations globally, as well as receiving awards as ‘Sydney City Business of the Year’ and for ‘Excellence in Business’ and ‘Employer of Choice’. Jim is also a Director on several boards.
Head of Philanthropy & Social Capital, Koda Capital

David Knowles

David is responsible for Koda’s non-profit and philanthropic client business and for the firm’s impact investing service. He chairs Koda’s Non-Profit & Responsible Investment Group and sits on Koda’s Partnership Committee.

David has worked in the industry since the late 1980s, including 10 years overseas with Coutts & Co. and Merrill Lynch. He has led philanthropic & non-profit advice businesses at Perpetual and JBWere, where, as a member of the Executive Leadership team, he was a Managing Director and head of product and marketing.

David currently serves as the Deputy Chair of the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife and is a co-founder and Chair of Plus One, a charity providing free professional development opportunities to charity leaders. He also serves on advisory councils at the Centre for Social Impact and the Raise Foundation. He has significant experience of chairing and serving on endowment and investment committees, overseeing charitable funds in a fiduciary capacity.

David has studied Non-Profit governance at the AICD and the Harvard Business School. He is a professionally qualified trustee with significant experience of establishing, managing, investing and distributing trusts and foundations.

National Manager, Westpac's Davidson Institute

Lali Wiratunga

Lali Wiratunga is national manager of Westpac's Davidson Institute and chair of 50PLUS, a Westpac Employee Action Group which aims to create a supportive culture around the diverse needs of an ageing demographic.
Lali connects the not-for-profit and business sectors to the benefit of both. As the National Manager for Westpac’s Davidson Institute, he advocates for the role of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in helping people and organisations deliver social impact and financial sustainability.
In 2016, Lali received Pro Bono Australia's Impact 25 Award, recognising leaders in the social economy. He is a mentor for emerging leaders and holds voluntary positions with several organisations, including as a board member of food charity Plate It Forward.
Executive Director, The Constellation Project

Jacqui Jones

Jacqui Jones is a passionate and engaging leader, with demonstrated expertise in the non-profit and private sectors. Jacqui’s work is in leading organisations which exist to drive positive social impact for people to ensure everyone in Australia can achieve their full potential.
Non-Executive Director (and Treasurer) with the Women’s and Girl’s Emergency Centre.

Meera Iyer

Meera Iyer, who is a Chief Financial Officer with Financial Services and Not-for-Profit Start-Up Organisations and currently a Non-Executive Director (and Treasurer) with the Women’s and Girl’s Emergency Centre.

Meera is an insightful and passionate leader with over 20 years of experience across financial services and non-profit organisations. As an experienced business partner, Meera is committed to outcome driven innovative solutions and high performance business results. Focussed and proactive, Meera has had extensive experience as a CFO in assisting business leaders of fintech, start-ups and not for profits manage financial viability., Bringing diversity of thought and consistently influencing decision makers, Meera is adept at bringing her commercial skills to social sector organisations. Meera has been the Board member and Treasurer in of Women and Girls Emergency centre (WAGEC), Not for Profit organisation for assistance to victims of domestic violence and abuse. Meera’s outstanding contribution to the financial governance of WAGEC has been recognised in the Not-ForProfit Treasurers’ Awards Honour Roll and the NSW Parliament. Meera is passionate about financial Literacy and youth employment and has contributed to Generation Australia, Not for Profit organisation, which assists long term unemployed youth with skills training, internship, placement, and retention. Meera is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Board Member, The Wayside Chapel

Richard Wylie

Richard Wylie is a marketing, communications, and fundraising professional. For the past 30 years he has worked within (and founded) a range of leading communications businesses. His advertising agency ‘Ursa’ created the much loved ‘Love over Hate’ brand icon for Wayside. Richard’s passion is to bring creative thinking to modern health challenges. Following the sale of Ursa in 2012, Richard is now continuing his ‘for purpose’ journey, as the (acting) Chief Executive Officer at the Liver Foundation.
CEO, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Ian Learmonth

Ian Learmonth is the Chief Executive Officer of Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Ian has more than 30 years’ experience as a financier and investor, having worked in Australia, Hong Kong and Europe across clean energy and major infrastructure projects, as well as pioneering social impact investments.

Prior to taking the role at the CEFC, Ian established Social Ventures Australia’s Impact Investing business which included raising impact and affordable housing funds as well as launching Australia's first Social Impact Bond in 2013.

Previously an Executive Director of Macquarie Group for 12 years, Ian has investment banking experience in Sydney, Hong Kong and London. He established and led various Macquarie businesses, notably European renewable energy and carbon credit investments, as well as cross-border structured finance and asset financing in Asia and Europe.

Ian has degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Queensland.

Founder, Inside Policy

Natalie Walker

Natalie Walker is a Kuku Yalanji woman from the Daintree Rainforest now living in Sydney. Natalie has over 20-years experience across various leadership and non-executive roles in the human services and Indigenous economic development sectors.

Natalie has tackled every role with her social purpose spirit – always being driven by the desire to make the world a better, fairer, more equitable place.

She is the founder of Inside Policy which advises governments on social and economic policy with the aim of changing the world one policy at a time. Prior to founding Inside Policy, Natalie established Supply Nation. She also led the Aboriginal Employment Strategy and built KPMG’s Indigenous business stream within its government advisory group.

Natalie sits on various boards including the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Goodstart Early Learning and Life Without Barriers. Natalie is also the Social Commissioner for the Greater Sydney Commission.

In 2018, Natalie was appointed by the Prime Minister as Australia’s representative to the Business Women Leaders Taskforce of the G20. In 2012, Natalie was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence.

CEO, Opportunity International Australia

Scott Walters

Scott Walters, Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity International Australia, has significant experience in senior roles in the Financial and Not-For-Profit sectors and is described as an “engaging and collaborative leader”.

Scott has enjoyed a long and diverse career in the not-for-profit sector. In fields such as educational support for disadvantaged children, poverty relief, women’s health, early childhood intervention, and in Bible translation and distribution.

Scott has led and managed the strategic development and growth in fundraising for a number of charities. Prior to this Scott had spent over two decades in senior leadership roles in the financial services and wealth management industry, including in stockbroking, mortgage broking, financial planning, insurance, corporate superannuation, and online investing.

Scott recently commenced as Chief Executive Officer with Opportunity International Australia. Formerly he was Chief Fundraising Officer for Bible Society Australia where he was responsible for strategy, major donor fundraising, church partnerships, and bequests. Prior to this he was Head of Strategic Partnerships at The Smith Family, a children’s education charity.

Before moving into the not-for-profit sector Scott had been Head of Financial Planning for Mark Bouris’ Yellow Brick Road Wealth Management and also Financial Advice Leader Australia for Mercer Wealth Solutions. In that role he was awarded Rainmaker Marketer of the Year – Financial Planning. Before joining Mercer, Scott was Head of Financial Planning for Citigroup and has also led the financial planning business of Westpac/BT. Scott was also responsible, as CEO, for the successful launch of Merrill Lynch HSBC in December 2000, the online stockbroking and financial services joint venture. Scott enjoyed 14 years with Deutsche Bank in a variety of roles, including 7 years in their London office and 4 years as Head of Private Client Stockbroking in Australia.

Scott has served on the boards of The Benevolent Society, the Art Gallery of NSW, Goodstart Early Learning, the Value of Good Advice Committee of the Financial Services Council (formerly IFSA) and a publicly listed company. He has been active in a range of social issues and is an alumnus of the Sydney Leadership program, run under the auspices of The Benevolent Society. Scott also chairs the board of Joining the Dots Theatre Company.

Scott is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the Queensland University of Technology. Outside work, Scott has a love of surfing, music, golf, theatre, and anything manufactured by Apple. He is married to Nikki, has 3 boys aged 22, 20 and 18, and plays blues harmonica in a band. He is currently completing a Masters of Ancient History in Early Christianity and Jewish Studies at Macquarie University.

CEO, Starlight Children's Foundation

Louise Baxter

In 2009 Louise Baxter returned to the sector as Starlight's Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director. Louise’s focus on exceptional experiences and relationships has seen improved metrics across all areas of Starlight. Louise has been responsible for driving significant Starlight program and fundraising growth. Under her leadership Starlight has been listed in the top 10 in Australia’s Great Places to Work, has reached #1 as the most reputable Children’s charity and in 2020 was named by the Australian Financial Review as the #1 most innovative organisation in the Education, Government & NFP sectors.

Louise is passionate about the creation of organisational purpose and believe this is key to delivering maximum impact through people. She has been successful in developing high performing teams within a culture where change is embraced, and innovation is embedded.

Louise was acknowledged by CEO Magazine in 2016 as Australia’s NFP Executive of the Year and in 2019 Louise was listed in Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 which recognised the 25 most influential and inspirational people in Australia’s social sector as nominated by their peers. Louise is committed to using her influence to grow and strengthen the ‘Profit for Purpose’ sector.

Louise has Non-Executive Director roles with the Stanford Australia Foundation, The Community Council for Australia and Rippling, a new Joint Venture, which brings four charities together for the purpose of ethical fundraising.

Steve Clifford
Founder, Second Bite

Steve Clifford

Steve is passionate about helping people facing adversity to improve their opportunities in life.
That passion has led him to work with organisations which transform the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalised people.

In March 2021 he became the Interim Chief Executive Officer of SecondBite – the largest food rescue organisation in Australia. SecondBite’s mission is to End Waste, End Hunger. They do this by rescuing surplus food from retailers, manufacturers and farmers and redistributing it free of charge to local charities and not-for-profits that run food programs. The food is turned into meals and hampers for Australians doing it tough.

Prior to SecondBite, after leaving the law as a partner at Allens in early 2014, he held leadership roles in several not-for-profits supporting young people and their families, including as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Thrive by Five, the early childhood initiative of the Minderoo Foundation established by Andrew and Nicola Forrest; Chief Executive Officer of Doxa Youth Foundation, supporting young people from 8 to 24 years of age to overcome disadvantage; Head of Australian Operations at Save the Children, as part of an organisation-wide restructure with responsibility for approximately $28 million turnover and over 500 staff; and his first role in the sector as Chief Operating Officer of national charity Whitelion, working with youth at risk.

Clary Castrission OAM
Founder, The 40K Foundation

Clary Castrission OAM

Clary is a strategy, commercial growth and business model innovation professional currently working in top-tier strategy consulting firm BCG, having previously been a freelance keynote speaker and strategy facilitator. He will share his story of how a trip to India set him on a path to founding the 40K Foundation to support education for some of India’s poorest children.
Susan Metcalf
CEO, Chief Executive Women

Susan Metcalf

In November we had the pleasure of welcoming Susan Metcalf as our guest speaker.
As a CEO, business leader, and Board member Susan Metcalf has deep commercial and not-for-profit experience. This is grounded in extensive general management and marketing experience developed across some of Australia’s most valuable for-profit and social-purpose brands including McDonalds, Disney, The Smith Family and Social Ventures Australia. As a Board member she has advised organisations including TAFE NSW, UPA (an aged care provider) and Scouts Australia NSW.
Susan is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow in Ethical Leadership, and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Macquarie University Graduate School of Management, and a Diploma Law (SAB) from Sydney University.
Susan brings commercial experience and social perspective together in a ‘head and heart’ approach to excellence in business and in life.
Holly Masters
CEO, McGrath Foundation

Holly Masters

In October we were delighted to welcome Holly Masters, Chief Executive Officer of the McGrath Foundation, as our guest speaker.
Holly joined the McGrath Foundation in October 2017, after working in the UK and across the Asia Pacific region. She has a wealth of experience across FMCG, retail, beauty, media and telecommunications sectors, building and developing brands globally. Most recently, Holly worked for Estée Lauder Companies where she held a variety of roles over 12 years including, Vice President General Manager of Clinique Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. Holly has led brands such as Jo Malone London, La Mer and Molton Brown across Australia and co-founded mission21, a marketing and communications agency in London.
Today Holly manages a team of passionate, skilled professionals at the McGrath Foundation. She is responsible for leading the McGrath Foundation into a new phase of growth in order to deliver on the Mission of ensuring every individual experiencing breast cancer has access to the support of a McGrath Breast Care Nurse, for free wherever they live in Australia.
John Bush
Associate, Paul Ramsay Foundation

John Bush

Our guest speaker for August’s Head & Heart Workshop was John Bush.
John is an Associate in the Programs team at the Paul Ramsay Foundation, where he manages a set of grants and impact investments and leads strategy development related to the Learning Lives portfolio.
Previously, John was Associate Director, Education at Social Ventures Australia. John was Director of Learning and Development at High Resolves. He began his career as a high school English teacher and school leader in Tennessee and Sydney.
John is on the Advisory Board of the Gonski Institute for Education at UNSW, the Education Advisory Board for Maths Pathway, and is the Co-Chair of the Philanthropy Australia Education Funders’ Network. He holds a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Science (Highest Honors) from Vanderbilt University.
Kylea Tink
Brand & Communications Strategist, CEO, Board Director

Kylea Tink

Our guest speaker for June’s Head & Heart Workshop was Kylea Tink.
A passionate believer that profit, purpose, and positive social outcomes must co-exist for any business to thrive, Kylea Tink is an experienced and inspiring leader who has built and run successful businesses both as a CEO and a Board Director.
For the past 30 years, Kylea has worked across, and within, the Government, Commercial and Not-for-Profit sectors, to drive sustainable, positive change for communities around the world. Her capacity to quickly come to grips with business and stakeholder challenges has seen her not only champion the development of several iconic community campaigns but has ultimately resulted in the achievement of a number of sustainable positive social changes. With a proven track record for building and inspiring high performing teams, Kylea’s ultimate motivation is simple: “To leave the world a better place than I found it!”
Melissa King
CEO, FIBA Womens Basketball World Cup Local Organising Committee

Melissa King

Our guest speaker for May was Melissa King. Melissa was the first female Chief Executive of one of Australia’s most iconic and beloved organisations, Surf Life Saving Australia. She was instrumental in navigating the organisation through a time of change and growth.
Prior to her role with Surf Life Saving Australia Melissa worked across corporate, government and not for profit sectors in marketing, communications, sponsorship, business development and fundraising with organisations including Sydney Opera House, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet – APEC Australia 2007 Taskforce and the Governance Institute.
Melissa’s interest in the Sustainable Development Goals and purpose driven approach led her to the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) where she is a Non-Executive Director and is focused on providing support to increase the profile, awareness and positioning of UNAA and in turn the work of the United Nations. Currently Melissa works with not for profits and governments providing advice, and mentors emerging leaders here and overseas.
Resilience, curiosity, humour, and a glass half full approach have held her in good stead as she has navigated the challenges and opportunities of her career to date, even more so as we as humans and communities manage the current environment.
Belinda Morrissey
CEO, English Family Foundation

Belinda Morrissey

The guest speaker for February’s Head & Heart was Belinda Morrissey. Belinda is the CEO of the English Family Foundation, a private foundation whose vision is to support transformational change in our world through the growth and development of social entrepreneurs and social businesses. Belinda works closely with social enterprises to develop and support their sustainable business models for delivering social outcomes, and she has a particular focus on progressing the role of philanthropy in developing the sector towards obtaining the “right capital at the right time.
She has spent the past decade in the philanthropic and for purpose sectors including roles within Australia Philanthropic Services and leading Sydney Community Foundation. Prior to this Belinda had an extensive career in investment management, she holds a BA in economics along with post graduates in philanthropy, applied investment and in financial accounting. Belinda holds several not for profit board positions – she is on the Board of ActionAid Australia and on the Advisory Boards of the Social Impact Hub and White Box Enterprises Ltd.
Geoff Stalley
CFO, Booktopia

Geoff Stalley

The guest speaker for September’s Head & Heart was Geoff Stalley. Geoff’s expertise spans 25 years of corporate innovation and growth, business strategy and execution, merger integration and major transformational change. Geoff is also the Chair of Uplifting Australia, an organisation committed to strengthening the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children and families.
We enjoyed Geoff’s insights on why he contributes to the for purpose sector and his experiences in balancing this contribution with his corporate commitments.
Megan Flynn
Partner, Pollination

Megan Flynn

We were excited to welcome Megan Flynn to Head and Heart in June. Megan is a corporate strategy and development executive, experienced with the management of business risks and stakeholder relations with respect to environmental markets and policy. Megan was most recently Group Manager, Environment & Carbon Strategy for Qantas Group, responsible for the development of long term environmental and sustainability leadership at Qantas. She is currently Interim Chair with the Carbon Market Institute, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Earthwatch Institute, and a member of the Sustainability Victoria Board, and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Advisory Board.
David Thomas
Principal, Figure Eight Finance

David Thomas

David Thomas’ career began at KPMG and then Deloitte, where he spent over ten years before moving into the advertising and media sector, then retail banking as a CFO and CEO. Along the way, David added to his skillset and qualifications by attaining an Executive Master of Business Administration with a marketing specialty. He has also been actively involved with Lifeline Northern Beaches, firstly as a Board member and now as CEO.
Through his diverse and extensive experience, David has gained a unique perspective on finance – in particular, how it compounds overall business performance. He firmly believes that all professional people can benefit from understanding the fundamentals of finance, even (or especially) if they aren’t in a finance role. With this in mind, David established Figure Eight Finance, a niche accounting practice, as a platform from which to deliver strategic solutions, including short courses, coaching and CFO-on-call services.
With his passion for communication, education, motivation and mentoring, David takes a very personal approach to his work with both Lifeline and Figure Eight. For him, it’s all about helping business people become more capable and confident in their abilities – and in turn, achieving better outcomes in business and life.
Shamal Dass
Head of Philanthropic Services, JBWere

Shamal Dass

In May we welcomed Shamal Dass, Head of Philanthropic Services at JBWere, as our guest speaker. Shamal provides specialist strategic advice to both for-purpose organisations and private clients in areas such as structuring, governance, capacity building, sustainability and organisational strategy.

Prior to joining JBWere, Shamal worked within the financial services and trustee industries gaining significant experience in advising high net worth individuals on their philanthropic structures, managing trusts and foundations (including PAFs), and constructing charitable foundation investment portfolios. Shamal serves on a volunteer basis as:

  • a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Earthwatch Australia and Two Good Foundation;
  • Chair of the Governance Group of The Constellation Project (a cross-sector collaboration aimed at eradicating homelessness);
  • A member of many committees including the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Social Impact and Investment Committee of the JBWere Charitable Endowment Fund.

Shamal’s research and writing focuses on the development of frameworks that enable all participants in the social outcomes ecosystem (for-purpose organisations, philanthropists and corporates) to deliver greater impact.

David Ritter
CEO, Greenpeace Australia Pacific

David Ritter

David Ritter is the CEO at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, campaigning for a green and peaceful future for all.
He returned to Australia to take up the role as CEO in 2012 after five years working in a senior campaigns position with Greenpeace in London where he worked on the global issues of destructive fishing, deforestation and climate change.
Prior to joining Greenpeace, he worked as an academic and a lawyer in both commercial and native title practices.
He is a published commentator on politics, law, history and current affairs and an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia, a research affiliate of the Sydney Environment Institute and an Adjunct Professor in the Sydney Democracy Network, both at Sydney University.
We were delighted to welcome David as our guest speaker in February 2019.
Shirley Chowdhary
CEO, GO Foundation

Shirley Chowdhary

Shirley is the CEO of the GO Foundation and the Deputy Chair of YMCA NSW.
An experienced CEO and Non-Executive Director with experience in banking, finance, asset management and NFP sectors, Shirley has proven expertise in managing complex situations, aligning interests of multiple stakeholder groups and delivering sustainable solutions. She has shown a commitment throughout her career to designing and delivering places and services that enable people and communities to thrive and prosper.
Shirley believes fiercely in the power of diversity and inclusion and is an advocate for increasing diversity amongst corporate and not-for-profit boards, and senior management. She is also a strong advocate for a Reconciliation and the strength that all Australians can all draw from Indigenous Australia and its heritage and culture, the oldest living culture in the world.
Clive Ringler
Senior Vice President and Financial Adviser, Morgan Stanley

Clive Ringler

Clive Ringler is the Deputy Chairman of Children’s Ground and a Board Member of First Australians Capital. Having grown up in the Kimberley region of WA he has a keen focus on youth and Indigenous issues. To this extent he has representation on a school bursary committee and is involved in indigenous affairs as a youth mentor. He is also active in Youth Off the Streets, with their “Walk the Streets” Program and the Food Van.
Clive is also a Portfolio Manager and Financial Adviser with Morgan Stanley. He has over 25 years experience in the financial markets and covers both global and Australian investments across all asset classes including fixed interest and currencies. Clive started his finance career with the CBA in Corporate Finance before moving onto the National Bank where he worked in both Corporate Lending and Debt Capital Markets.
Clive holds a degree in Economics from the University of New England, Armidale and a Masters of Commerce from the University of NSW. He is also an ASX Accredited Derivatives Adviser.
We were delighted to welcome Clive as our Guest Presenter at the Head and Heart Workshop.

Dominic Teakle

Dominic has extensive executive experience across Government, Events and entertainment, IT services and sporting organisations. He will also draw on his experience from a 20 year career as an Army Officer which included representational and operational roles. He is passionate about growing the legacy of PCYC NSW to deliver expanded empowering experiences to youth and the community