Simon Faivel (Chair)
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 helping organisations manage to outcomes. Simon is an accredited SROI trainer and practitioner, is co-Chair of Social Value International 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.
Poppy 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 resilience and 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 large-scale, 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 evaluate the success of their behaviour-change programs for domestic violence perpetrators; and her current work with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to improve energy equity for vulnerable households.
Jessica is the COO of The Good Charities Guide and cofounder of The Good Cause Co. She has over 10 years experience evaluating and designing high-impact social programs, having advised on the economic, social, environmental, and financial impacts of over $1 billion of infrastructure projects spanning across transport, energy and water sectors in developing countries. She also has a particular interest in environmental economics and was heavily involved developing the United Nations Statistics Division’s ecosystem accounting standards. Jessica hold a Masters in Environmental Science and a Bachelors of Finance and Economics and has professional qualifications in financial analysis, project management, network analysis and programming.
Mike is the Founder of Purposeful, an ethical consultancy helping organisations to integrate purpose and social impact into their operations. Purposeful helps organisations to enhance team culture, wellbeing and to better communicate their social impact story to key stakeholders. Mike is also the creator and host of the Humans of Purpose podcast and joined the SIMNA Board as a Director in 2016.
Kathy’s focus is on accelerating the social sector’s development of more sustainable, scalable business models. Kathy advises for-purpose organisations on strategy, revenue generation, and shared value partnerships. In addition, she conducts research into how start-up methodologies like design thinking and accelerators can be used in non-profit organisations to speed up innovation.
Kathy has broad leadership experience in youth focused for-purpose organisations, venture philanthropy, start-ups in Silicon Valley, and global management consulting, Kathy is on the Board of the Stanford Australia Foundation that provides scholarships to Australian non-profit executives.
Helen is a not for profit specialist, with 20 years in operational and business development leadership. She has worked across many sectors, including youth, community development, family, housing, early childhood, mental health, out-of-home-care, homelessness, aged care, justice, health, disability, employment and training. Helen is passionate about education and employment as pathways into opportunity that break cycles of exclusion and disadvantage. She drives measurement of social and economic impact, striving for just and inclusive communities.
Helen is a qualified social worker, holds a Diploma in Frontline Management and a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Women’s Studies).
For over 25 years Ali has worked in the social sector in the areas of education and training, community development, arts/cultural development and in the private sector providing services to not-for-profit organisations and government agencies. She is founding Chair of Green World Revolution, a social enterprise established in 2011 to help relieve poverty by growing new jobs for long-term unemployed through urban faming enterprises. Ali has been actively involved with the development of social impact measurement in Western Australia since 2012 and is currently completing a PhD at Curtin Graduate School of Business.
Daina Peel is a qualified CPA and holds a Masters in Accounting. She has over 20 years corporate finance experience in a range of industries including Technology, Retail and Professional Services. Daina’s experience in financial control and management includes broader operational roles including HR Management and business operations. Currently as CFO for Dig+Fish part of the global agency Project Worldwide, she has gained M& A experience in large global agencies to start-up businesses from capital raising, growth strategies, investor relations and stakeholder management.
Passionate about sustainable living, the environment and equality for all humans, she is a Member of the UN Women’s Committee Australia and has recently founded ‘Balance Muesli’ to raise funds for the UNWCA and help promote balance and equality.