Simon’s philosophy degree mixed with corporate strategy consulting and running small businesses led him to Social Ventures Australia (SVA) in 2007. After managing a portfolio of ventures SVA supports, he moved to the Consulting team where he focusses on measurement and evaluation and leads SVA’s work on Social Return on Investment (SROI). Simon has been involved in over 70 SROI projects and supported many more organisations understand measurement and evaluation and its implications. Simon is an accredited SROI trainer and practitioner, represents SIMNA on the international SROI Network Board and is a member of the SROI Methodology Sub-committee.
Prior to joining SVA, Simon was a strategy consultant at Accenture, a management consulting firm. He has also started, owned and operated two companies. Simon has travelled extensively, working and volunteering in challenging and remote locations in China, Papua, India and Australia. He holds a BSc. and BA (Hons. in Philosophy) from Monash University.
Matt believes that social impact measurement is achievable for all organisations willing to ‘give it a go’. His preferred approach is to start simple and strive for incremental improvements over time.
Matt achieved SROI Accredited Practitioner status in 2012 after setting out to try and understand how you could measure the social value of a local community Mens Shed.
He is a passionate about building the capacity of SIMNA’s members and enabling them to lead the change they want to see.
Russ isn’t sure what he wants to do when he grows up. While he is figuring this out, he is working to change our system of social and human support to fill in the gaps for people that need support, at the times it is needed. In Russ’s view the only way to do this effectively and sustainably, is to support and empower individuals to have a greater say in what, how and when they get support and how they move beyond it.
Russ currently works with large and small for-purpose organisations on strategy, governance and funding, while, in the past, he has worked in politics, in the bureaucracy, and in the corporate sector.