Simon Faivel (Chair)
all and large businesses to do things better, and supported the social sector to know if they are doing good.
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.
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.
Andrew Callaghan has developed social impact measurement solutions in the UK social housing sector where he evaluated diverse community investment projects including physical play facilities, activities for young people and into work programs.
Andrew leads the evaluation of projects for Karrikins Group clients. These include behavioural change programs for young people focused on financial literacy, digital skills and active play. Through his work, he is also supporting a number of government and not-for-profit organisations in building their capacity to measure and evaluate their social impact.
Andrew is interested in: data storytelling, data visualisation, geospatial mapping, social impact methodologies and valuing outcomes.
Jessica Bowman 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.
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.
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).
Greg has over thirty years’ experience in business, community development, and education. He has worked in Australia and the United Kingdom providing services and advice to community organisations, businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions. Greg is teacher trained and has worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools in Australia and the UK. He is a vocational education teacher and university lecturer. He has held a wide variety of senior positions with Sport England, NSW Department of Sport and Recreation, Senior Manager of Contracts and Transactions with the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care, and Manager of Small Business Development with the NSW Department of Trade and Investment.
Dr Ken Crofts
Ken has a long track record as a highly skilled senior manager and non-executive director in finance, audit and risk, in the public and for purpose sectors, supported by strong corporate governance credentials. He has a long association with social impact measurement, grounded in academic research, including investigating how community service organisations report accountability obligations to all stakeholders. Most recently Ken has used data analysis and quantitative methods at YMCA Canberra to provide rigorous evidence as to the outcomes being achieved, but combined with stories and qualitative information to bring out the lived experience of our clients. Data visualization and dashboards are being used to bring insights to managers on a dynamic basis.
Jerry is internationally regarded as a highly experienced social impact and corporate social responsibility professional, with over 40 years of experience in private, public and not-for profit roles in Europe, Australia and developing countries. He has headed up and transformed a major UK charity, directed and led corporate social responsibility teams in four international companies, and served as a senior Director for two leading sustainability consultancies.
For the past seven years he has chaired the Board of the national charity StreetSmart Australia, which has raised over $4.5 million to support grassroots homelessness projects. He is a Director of Millen Farm, a community-led and commercially viable small scale farming system. Jerry Co-Chairs the Queensland Organising Committee of SIMNA.
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.