University College London (UCL), UK
Cecilia Vindrola-Padros is a medical anthropologist interested in applied health research and the development of rapid approaches to research. She works across five interdisciplinary teams, applying anthropological theories and methods to study and improve healthcare delivery in the UK and abroad. She has written extensively on the use of rapid qualitative research and currently Co-Directs the Rapid Research Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL) with Dr Ginger Johnson. Cecilia works as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Targeted Intervention, UCL and as a Social Scientist at the NIAA Health Services Research Centre (HSRC), Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA). She is the past director of the Qualitative Health Research Network (QHRN) and a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA).
Centre for Social Impact, UNSW
Associate Professor Graham Brown has been working and researching community led health promotion, social change, and evaluation for more than 25 years.
He is passionate about research that enables communities to mobilise and lead social change and this underpins Graham’s leadership role at the Centre for Social Impact UNSW, as the academic lead for Amplify and our evaluation programs.
Graham’s early work in social impact and community mobilisation was in the Australian HIV response. Through this be became an advocate for community led and owned evaluation and building evidence to advocate for structural and policy change.
Graham has a long history of collaborative research and advocacy with marginalised or underserved communities and their organisations. This has included community organisations and health services working in HIV, hepatitis C, sexual health, youth outreach, mental health, multicultural health, rural health, and domestic violence.
Prior to commencing at CSI, Graham headed the Social Responses to HIV and Viral Hepatitis Program at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. Graham led the application of systems approaches and complexity theory to support community, health and social services identify outcomes and demonstrate impact within their community, policy and health systems.
He has led more than 60 projects attracting over $10 million in funding spanning across evaluation research, participatory action and co-creation research, implementation research, development and validation of social impact indicators, policy research, and social and behavioural research.
Graham has published more than 75 journal papers and sits on a range of state, national, and international policy, program and evaluation committees.
Office of Social Impact Investment, NSW Treasury
Lisa Minchella is a policy professional with experience working across a diverse range of policy areas in the NSW Government, as well as having spent time working in and learning from the not-for-profit sector.
Currently Acting Associate Director in the NSW Office of Social Impact Investment at NSW Treasury, this role aligns with Lisa’s drive for working for purpose as it sees her foster partnerships across sectors to test new approaches for addressing complex social problems. She currently leads NSW’s first social impact investment focused on Aboriginal economic development and also works on projects relating to youth employment, social enterprises as well as building capability for measuring impact and outcomes-based contracts.
Lisa works in government because it is one of the greatest levers that we have for creating social change and to make a positive difference to the people living in NSW. Prior to entering the public sector, Lisa worked in the not-for-profit sector at UN Women Australia and, inspired by her time there, continues to pursue this passion through projects and volunteer work that strive towards gender equality. She is currently co-Chair of UN Women Australia’s Sydney International Women’s Day Committee.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Public Policy from The University of Sydney.
The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
Eleanor is a public policy and evaluation professional with over 15 years working with the Victorian public sector. Eleanor has recently joined the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) as Deputy Director of Research and Advisory. Prior to this Eleanor held a number of executive and senior management roles in the Victorian Departments of Health, Premier and Cabinet, and Education and Training. Most recently, Eleanor led the Centre for Evaluation and Research Evidence at the Department of Health and was redeployed in 2020-21 to support the Victoria Covid-19 response. Eleanor is the convenor for the Victorian Committee for the Australian Evaluation Society, co-founder of the Victorian and Australian Public Sector Evaluation Networks, and has guest lectured for ANZSOG and the University of Melbourne.
The Benevolent Society
Claudia Lennon is a qualified social worker with 20 year’s experience. She has worked for the health system, not for profit and non government agencies. She has 14 years of management experience across a variety of areas including family preservation, youth homeless, asylum seeker and refugees, out of home care programs and cancer specific youth programs. She also has experience working within the drug and alcohol field. Claudia has been with The Benevolent Society since 2013 where she began as the manager in the Resilient Families, Social Benefit Bonds program and ongoing as the Bond moved to a payment by outcomes contract. In October 2020 she moved into her current role with The Benevolent Society as the Director of Practice and Impact Management.
Anna has 15 years of experience in supporting evidence-building and knowledge translation through evaluation, monitoring, research and design. At headspace, she leads a team with responsibility for monitoring and evaluating headspace’s innovative digital youth mental health and vocational services. Anna has previously worked across not-for-profit, university and government sectors in monitoring and evaluation, research and gender specialist roles. Her work has focused on enabling social justice-oriented programs and policies to maximise their transformational impact through evidence and learning. She has particular expertise in the prevention of gendered violence, gender equality, diversity and inclusion, and the development of evaluative organisational cultures.
NSW Department of Education
Chesca Zacchini is a fierce advocate for disadvantaged and unemployed young people. Spending her 24 years of employment in roles across for profit, not for profit, Commonwealth and State government. As an experienced contract manager for outcomes based employment programs, she is most proud of her last project which saw over 3,300 long term employment outcomes delivered for young people across NSW.
Centre for Social Impact, UNSW
Elizabeth-Rose Ahern is responsible for the management and delivery of all outcomes measurement and evaluation projects at CSI UNSW, and is the Product Owner of CSI’s Indicator Engine – an online self-service bank of measurement tools available to social purpose organisations to increase the ease and accessibility of outcomes measurement. Through her experience in evaluation, psychometrics, program design and implementation, she strives to find the balance between academic rigour and practicality for organisations in meaningfully evaluating their programs and practices.
Shaun Cumming is the Director of Aboriginal Economic Wellbeing within NSW Treasury’s Economic Strategy and Productivity Group. Shaun has been at Treasury since the inception of the Aboriginal Economic Wellbeing Branch last July. Shaun is an experienced and innovative leader of economic strategy and business advisory, motivated by improving opportunities and economic outcomes for all Australians. He joins Treasury having lead economic development projects at the local government and community level. Shaun is an advocate for collaboration and collective impact and an entrepreneur by nature, committed to long-term, sustainable initiatives and outcomes. Shaun is a proud Garigal descendent, a member of the ANZLF Aboriginal Business Sector Group, a founder of the Bayside Migrant Women in Business Network, and a board member of education charity Dev Inno and sporting association Red Star.
Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare, VIC
Mandy Charman is the OPEN Project Manager, overseeing the creation and translation of evidence for the child and family services sector in Victoria. She leads the OPEN Advisory Service, providing a range of evaluation and research related services to our sector, including running workshops on evaluative thinking, the importance of evaluation and types of evaluation and outcomes measurement. Prior to working at the Centre, Mandy was responsible for building the evaluation program, capability and undertaking evaluation projects at the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions in the Outcomes, Performance and Evaluation Branch, and prior to this at the Department of Planning and Community Development. She has also been a Senior Manager in the Victorian Auditor General’s Office. She has extensive experience in conducting evaluations and in developing evaluation tools, frameworks and resources.
National Centre of Indigenous Excellence
Skye is a Gamilaroi researcher who has contributed to numerous evaluations and research projects including place-based, systems change and government initiatives. Skye has a particular interest in Indigenous Data Sovereignty & Governance and seeks to support the practical application of IDS. Skye brings a unique approach to evaluation which considers sustainable, Traditional methodologies. Skye is currently completing her PhD at the University of NSW, leading Blak Impact at the NCIE and is CEO of Kowa, an organisation established with a vision to amplify the voice of First Nations peoples in impact measurement, evaluation, and learning.
Stepping Stone House
Part-time Partnerships Manager for Stepping Stone House, Strategic advisor, philanthropic and advocacy consultant, Tanya supports several significant For Purpose organisations to lift their brand, develop deep relationships and articulate their purpose. After 20 years supporting people seeking asylum and refugees access social justice, and in particular 8 1/2 as CEO of one of Australia’s leading refugee legal centre, Refugee Advice and Casework Service, Tanya is enjoying the diversity of her current work. She is an Impact 25 winner and was named co-winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Social Enterprise and NFP Category in the 2018 awards.
Jenny Anderson has been working as a social researcher and evaluator of health programs for the past 25 years. With an initial interest in researching the psychosocial support needs of people with cancer, Jenny completed her PhD in Psychology from the University of Melbourne, conducting an RCT with bowel cancer patients. She has held positions across a variety of settings, working for not-for profits, in academia, across government and consulting. Most recently she was the Head of Policy and Program Evaluation at Sweeney EY, and Principle Evaluation and Research Officer at the Centre for Evaluation and Research within the Victorian Government. Jenny is currently the Director, Monitoring, Research and Evaluation at the men’s health charity, Movember. She is responsible for establishing a new team and evaluation approach, alongside evaluating the 20 plus programs that Movember funds or delivers. Jenny can whole-heartedly say she loves her job, with the creativity and satisfaction it brings, working to improve the health outcomes of men globally.
Vanessa Lesnie is a social change practitioner and strategist with more than 25 years experience working with the community, government and corporate sectors, in Australia and abroad. She is currently the Principal Consultant at Social Outcomes, a for-purpose social impact advisory company, and specialises in payment by outcome and social impact bond design; theories of change and impact measurement frameworks; social innovation and finance; and evidence-based social project design and management. 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.
Prior to working with Social Outcomes, Vanessa spent many years in the human rights field, working on the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, people with disabilities, people in same-sex relationships, children, factory workers and human rights activists around the world. In Australia, Vanessa worked with the Australian Human Rights Commission for 12 years, leading the Human Rights Program and its many national inquiries.
Jenny Riley, is the Chief Digital and Data Officer at Clear Horizon and had over 20 plus years in the social sector with experience in project, product and evaluation roles at Oxfam, Plan International, United Way, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and within federal and state government departments and consulted to a number of social enterprises and philanthropic foundations.
I have led single projects, advocacy campaigns and collective impact initiatives. I have worked internationally, in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and in communities across Australia on a range of issues including sustainable livelihoods, school readiness, youth transitions, mental health and family violence.
I know social change requires the energy and expertise from all corners of the community, not for profits, government, the business sector and the wider civil society including philanthropy. I also know that being able to learn and adapt within complex systems we need access to good, timely and transparent data, information and knowledge. This is why I help organisations and collaborations access and learn from their data so they can improve social outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
My passion is to bring together digital solutions (cloud, mobile, big data analytics, social media) and the social sector. I develop data management solutions and employ dashboards and infographics and other mediums to engage and mobilise communities around the use of data.
I am a Non-Executive Director of Eating Disorders Victoria and Windana Drug and Alcohol Services and hold a BA in Geography and Sociology and a Masters of Development Studies from the University of Melbourne.
Ethel has worked in different analytics spaces and roles for 8+ years, and has specialised in Forensics Analytics, Product Analytics and Social Impact Measurement. She has worked as a senior data analyst at PwC, Microsoft and multiple start-ups. Passionate about data for good, she founded Sydney Data for Democracy and later Civita, a not-for-profit that connects data professionals with charities to help them increase their data maturity. Today, in addition to running her organisation, she works with for-purpose organisations as a data lead to leverage their data for a greater social impact.
The Benevolent Society
Alanna Treadwell is the Manager of Impact Measurement at The Benevolent Society, Australia’s first and oldest charity. Alanna is an experienced evaluator and social researcher, with over a decade conducting research and evaluation in government, NGO, and commercial sectors. Alanna is passionate about understanding what works and exploring innovative methods to measure impact.
In her current role, Alanna supports the design and implementation of outcome measurement frameworks and performance monitoring systems for child welfare/protection, ageing and disability programs and services. Most recently, Alanna has overseen the digitalisation of outcomes measurement tools for the child, youth and family portfolio at The Benevolent Society, and project managed the internal evaluation arm of the Resilient Families social impact program.
Kathy is an Executive Director of Our Community and the group’s “Chaos Controller”. She works alongside the Group Managing Director to oversee the organisation’s many enterprises, and helps to lead reforms and new business directions. A journalist who spent the early part of her career working in community newspapers, Kathy also spent two years working in Thailand with the Thai government’s Department of Technical and Economic Cooperation. She has a degree in journalism from RMIT, a Diploma in Business (Governance) and a passion for equality and social justice. A grants, data, governance and social impact enthusiast, Kathy has served on a range of not-for-profit boards and grantmaking bodies. Kathy was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship (Innovation) in 2014, an award that kick-started an odyssey into the wonderful world of social sector outcomes evaluation. That project reached a critical milestone at the start of 2021 with the launch of the SmartyGrants Outcomes Engine, a tool designed to help funders and their grantees systematically categorise and track the activities, outcomes and indicators generated through grants funding.
National Centre of Indigenous Excellence
Isobell is a Anaiwan and Wiradjuri woman from Sydney, who has 10 years’ experience of administrations work. Beginning her career in Child-Care for 3 years, before moving onto a Business Administration Traineeship at the Fred Hollows Foundation for 6 years. After 6 years at Fred Hollows, she began working at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) as casual in the TATU (Talking about Tobacco Use) team for a year, then moving onto the Business Support Officer role for the Services team.
At NCIE Isobell has had numerous roles, such as Business Support, Job Ready Administrator, Hospitality Receptionist, NAIDOC Coordinator and currently the Project Support Officer for the Blak Impact Team.
Isobell has a passion to work for community and events; and loves to see the impact NCIE provides to the community.
Nic Telford is a program evaluation specialist who has a broad range of experience in undertaking and managing evaluations and implementing monitoring systems across the human services, health, justice and social justice/ welfare sectors within government, non-government and community settings. Nic has a particular interest and strong commitment to the use of monitoring and evaluation to inform the development and improvement of programs and services to advance opportunities and outcomes for disadvantaged groups.
Working for the past 10 years as the Evaluation Manager for headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Nic takes a lead role in managing and coordinating the monitoring and evaluation activities across all headspace programs and activities. This includes the development and implementation of robust monitoring and evaluation frameworks that are targeted, feasible and appropriate to specific projects, programs and service users.
Nic recognises the importance of utilising an evaluation approach in creating appropriate monitoring systems and has been instrumental in guiding the development and implementation of the headspace minimum data set, which is now one of the most comprehensive and useable data collection systems in the field of youth mental health internationally.
Previously Nic has spent over five years working in managing and undertaking evaluations in state government departments, including evaluating Justice programs in Victoria and family support programs across Queensland. Prior to this he worked in international development and other government roles in Melbourne undertaking research, data analysis, program development and program management.
Moreland City Council
Sarah is a youth work practitioner having experience in both the non for profit sector and in local government. Commencing her journey in this unique field at the Australian Catholic University in a Bachelor of Youth Work her first encounter with young people was through her position as a ‘Reconnect’ Case Manager at The Centre for Multicultural Youth. Her work then transpired into the education setting as a Student Pathways officer at Melbourne Polytechnic across all their campuses working alongside their VCAL students. Over the following years she has held a number of positions within the Mission Australia Family as ‘Youth Connections’ Case Manager across four municipalities as well as holding the position of youth support worker at their social enterprise ‘Charcoal Lane’. Her involvement within local government commenced at Moonee Valley City Council as a Youth Programs and Support Officer, then transpired into her role as Youth Development Officer at the City of Whittlesea to now her current role at Moreland City Council as the Youth Development Officer. Being a youth worker in today’s climate allows me to engage with young people in a way that is meaningful and worthwhile to them. Sarah sees her practise as being reflective of the ‘youth participation’ model, but in saying that making the model as fluid as possible so it meets the needs of the young people she works alongside. Young people shouldn’t be seen as a hindrance but a value add to all the work we do in this amazing profession.
Moreland City Council
Born overseas to migrant parents, Nuray Jarkan has dedicated her professional working life to advancing the needs of diverse communities. Nuray completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Criminology and Politics at the University of Melbourne, where she focused her studies on the overrepresentation of migrant young men in the juvenile justice system. This passion and interest led her to work closely with migrant women and families, as a young graduate and led to a rewarding career within government including the Department of Education and more substantially in Local Government, starting as a part time Family Support Worker, pre amalgamation, within Coburg Council and moving into many different roles across directorates and some years later joining the Moreland Youth Team as the Unit Manager. She is a firm believer of the power of positive and timely intervention and applying a strengths based approach to contest labelling theory. I am passionate about my community and have dedicated my working life to creating opportunities to address the social and economic barriers facing children, young people and families. The success and achievements of young people, however big or small, is what inspires me the most and makes everything we do worthwhile.
Moreland City Council
Simon has spent the last 17 years in the youth sector both with non for profit organisations and local government but all very much in areas or direct service delivery. He has been fortunate to have a variety of different roles enabling him to provide support and opportunities to young people in a variety of different ways.
He started his career with an organisation called Challenge 2000 in Wellington NZ, originally starting as a youth mentor and program facilitator, eventually moving across to be the leader of an Alternative Education School. This opportunity to work alongside young people and also be given a leadership role so early on in his career was something he is really thankful for. Simon moved across to Youthline as a youth development worker and a transition to work coach concurrently. He was then fortunate to have a contract with CLM and Auckland Council to increase youth engagement and utilisation at their Lynfield Recreation and Youth Centre and the Otahuhu Recreation and Youth Centre. To see young people gain access and utilise community venues was what really ignited his passion and value he placed on creating spaces that are safe, welcoming and inclusive for young people.
In his last 10 years, he has been in youth facility management with Auckland Council as the Manager of Roskill Youth Zone and now Moreland City Council as the Youth Facility Coordinator.