Michael is Community Strategy Manager at Unity Housing. His role is about building organisational capacity to improve outcomes for tenants. This includes establishing a Social Impact Framework for the organisation so it can better demonstrate tenant outcomes. Social Impact Measurement is a critical way forward for the Social Services Sector and he hopes to contribute to its evolution in the coming years.
Prior to joining Unity Housing in 2015, Michael worked in the outer northern suburbs of Adelaide in Local Government for over 20 years. He is passionate in his concern for natural justice and the welfare of the individual. He has applied this passion in a range of settings including Community Development; Urban Regeneration; City Planning and Community
Michael is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Certified Housing Professional with the Australasian Housing Institute. He received a Churchill Fellowship in 2008 and the Churchill medal in 2009.
We asked Michael a few questions about SIMNA and the 2018 Awards:
- What do you like about SIMNA?
I am passionate about tackling challenges associated with measuring social impact and SIMNA offers a platform to do this. Through SIMNA we can share ideas, connect with others as well as access great resources that will lead to a better sector that is able to make more informed decisions. By doing this we help build more resilient and stronger communities.
- Why are the SIMNA Awards important to you?
SIMNA awards are important to me because they provide an opportunity to showcase social impact measurement that is based on sound methodology, rigorous thinking and ‘real world’ practise. No matter where your starting point is, seeing what others are doing and then learning from their experiences can only enhance and improve the sector and hence the outcomes for those who receive the services we provide.
Michael is one of three judges assessing the ‘Social Impact Measurement Changemaker’ category in this year’s SIMNA Awards.