People

The Big Idea is delivered by an impressive, diverse and talented group of Australian social entrepreneurs, business leaders and social enterprise professionals who give their time voluntarily.

The Big Idea finalists will have an opportunity to pitch their ‘Big Idea’ to our panel of high profile judges. The distinguished panel is made up of The Big Issue’s CEO, and an impressive list of long-time supporters of The Big Issue and proud ambassadors for social enterprise.

  • Judges
  • Thought Leaders
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    Cheryl Kernot, Director - Social Business, Centre for Social Impact

    Cheryl is the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and Social Business Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact.

    Her role at CSI involves the direction and design of our national post-graduate education program and leadership of our teaching team. Cheryl is also the Centre’s thought leader on social business, social enterprise and social procurement. She writes regularly on these topics, speaks at events throughout Australia and advises emerging talent and organisations.

    Cheryl has been elected Chair of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and NZ for the past four years. She served as an honorary board member of Foresters Community Finance for four years until 2011 and was on the founding committee of a UK charity that works to provide shelter and education for street children in Kampala, Uganda.

    Cheryl is one of the National Trust's 100 National Living Treasures. She was Leader of the Australian Democrats from 1993-1997 and the Member for Dickson and a Labor Shadow Minister from 1998-2001. Her political portfolios included, amongst many, Indigenous Affairs, Treasury, Employment and Women's Policy. She played a major parliamentary role in the introduction of compulsory superannuation and in the introduction of Native Title. Her policy interests have been in social justice and social structural reform and in 1994 she introduced legislation to legitimise parental leave; in 1998 she introduced trial social inclusion projects to the Labor Party's employment platform. Her work in the UK has been an extension of this pioneering policy interest. She was a member of the Council for Reconciliation from 1992-1997.

    Cheryl Kernot

    Director - Social Business, Centre for Social Impact

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    Tracey Kennair, Partner, PwC Australia

    Tracey is a Partner in PwC's Technology Consulting team and the Consulting Office Leader for the PwC Melbourne Office. She has over 20 years experience across multiple industries, with a particular focus on Government, Higher Education, Health, EUM (energy, utilities & mining), Financial Services and Telecommunications. Tracey's unique industry and consulting background means she is aware of the challenges faced by organisations wanting to leverage technology and she specialises in helping clients maximize their return on investment in technology enabled change programs.

    Tracey has a Bachelor of Business Systems from Monash University, is a member of the Australian Information Industry Association, Project Management Institute and a Chartered Accountant.

    Tracey Kennair

    Partner, PwC Australia

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    Nigel Dalton, Chief Inventor, REA Group

    Chief Inventor of REA Group, Nigel Dalton is a passionate lean and agile technology leader. Nigel has over 25 years of IT-related experience across government, multi-nationals and start-ups.

    In 2007 he joined travel publisher Lonely Planet as General Manager of Information Technology, becoming Deputy Director of Digital (web and mobile businesses) in 2010. He has been involved in several startups, most recently co-founding a consultancy, Luna Tractor, to help organisations apply systems thinking, lean and agile software development techniques to all aspects of business.

    Previously, Nigel held roles with AXA Australia, online human resource startup ePredix in the USA (now owned by SHL), as well as Silicon Systems and Mitsubishi Electric in New Zealand.

    At REA Group Nigel heads up the REALABS team. This team are responsible for ensuring REA is ahead of the curve with future technology and social trends, both in the real estate space, and beyond.

    Nigel Dalton

    Chief Inventor, REA Group

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    Kris Neill, Executive Director, Macquarie Group

    Kristine (Kris) Neill is an Executive Director at Macquarie Group. Kris has more than 25 years experience as an executive in corporate and government affairs.

    In her current role, Kris manages teams located in Sydney, London, New York, Seoul and Hong Kong. These teams cover functions including investor and government relations, media, brand and marketing, digital, internal communications, the Macquarie Group Foundation and administration of the Group’s art collection.

    Before joining Macquarie Group in 2003, Kris was Director of Corporate Affairs at News Limited, Chief of Staff to the former Premier of New South Wales, the Hon. Bob Carr and advisor to the former Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Brian Howe. She started her career as a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.

    Kris is a Director of the Macquarie Group Foundation, Women’s Community Shelters, the FAUNA Research Alliance and is a member of the The Big Issue Sydney Advisory Group. Kris chairs the Macquarie Group Collection Committee.

    Kris Neill

    Executive Director, Macquarie Group

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    Simon McKeon AO, Chancellor, Monash University

    Simon McKeon is the Chancellor of Monash University and was also the 2011 Australian of the Year.

    He retired from Macquarie Group in early 2014 after a 30 year career culminating in his position as Executive Chairman (Melbourne Office). He continues to be retained by Macquarie as a consultant.

    Simon is also Chairman of In2Science and the Group of Eight’s Industry and Innovation Board and is also a member of The Big Issue Advisory Board. He is also an Australia Day Ambassador for the Victorian Government.

    He previously served as Chairman of AMP and CSIRO and was Founding President of the Federal Government’s Australian Takeovers Panel, as well as its Point Nepean Community Trust.

    He served as Founding Chairman of MS Research Australia and Business for Millennium Development. He was also Chairman of the Federal Government’s Panel which in 2013 completed a Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research.

    Simon is the helmsman of Macquarie Innovation which in March 2009 became the first sailboat in the world to sustain more than 50 knots and in so doing, peaked at a speed of 100 kmh (54 knots). He is also a Founding Patron of the Australian Olympic Sailing Team which won 3 gold and a silver medal (and was the leading sailing nation) at the 2012 London Olympics.

    Simon McKeon AO

    Chancellor, Monash University

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    Steven Persson, CEO, The Big Issue

    Steven Persson is a Social Entrepreneur. By age 22, Steven was CEO of a large community activities centre. When he started at the centre, only about 20 per cent of its members received an outside income; when he left five years later, 100 per cent were earning an income.

    Steven’s next role was as CEO of a network of 24 houses for disabled people in Melbourne’s western suburbs, and the next 20 years saw Steven working in the NGO sector, as CEO for a number of medium to large NFP organisations providing services such as housing, employment, personal care and case management, across a wide range of social needs. Steven also spent 5 years in the commercial sector, both managing his own businesses and as a consultant to a range of high profile Australian brands.
    Steven joined The Big Issue, Australia’s largest social enterprise, as CEO in 2005, saying “It was a happy
    hybrid between helping people but with a business solution that allowed us to be truly independent of funding.’’

    In 2010 Big Issue vendors earned more than $2m and in June 2014, The Big Issue celebrated its 18th
    Birthday. Under Steven’s leadership, The Big Issue has also developed a range of other social enterprises including the Women’s Subscription Enterprise and The Big Issue Classroom.

    Steven Persson

    CEO, The Big Issue

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    David Brookes, Managing Director, Social Traders

    David has over 15 years of senior management experience in the corporate sector having held a range of corporate affairs roles with Rio Tinto, Toyota and Amcor. During this period, David had responsibility for government, media and community relations. David also has policy and economic development experience having worked with a major industry association and local council in NSW.

    At Social Traders, David is the Executive Director on the Board and has responsibility for organisational management and strategy, corporate governance and stakeholder engagement. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Wollongong and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

    David Brookes

    Managing Director, Social Traders

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    Alastair McGibbon, CEO, Social Enterprise Finance Australia

    Alastair was formerly a career banker with more than 20 years experience. He spent the last 10 years at National Australia Bank where he held the position of Head of Banks and ADIs in the Financial Institutions Group. He had oversight for managing all of NAB’s relationships and transactions with bank and ADI counterparties including debt markets, securitisation, financial markets and transactional banking with responsibility for the credit exposure for all counterparty dealing. Alastair formerly worked at Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Bankers Trust Australia specialising in derivatives and debt capital markets. He previously worked in London where he was Head of Primary Markets, Europe with responsibility for working with financial, corporate, government and supranational bond issuers to develop the Australian Kangaroo bond market.

    In 2011 Alastair spent six months in the Northern Territory visiting many remote Indigenous communities whilst making the documentary ‘Northern Lights: A season with NT Thunder’ giving him a first-hand perspective into the problems facing Indigenous Australians. He has spent much of his time working with disadvantaged groups with a particular focus on the homeless.

    Alastair McGibbon

    CEO, Social Enterprise Finance Australia

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    Sally Hines, Chief Operations Officer, The Big Issue & Homes for Homes

    Sally Hines joined The Big Issue in 2011 as the National Manager and is responsible for four social enterprises - The Big Issue Street Magazine Enterprise, Women’s Subscription Enterprise, The Big Issue Classroom and The Big Idea, as well as the Community Street Soccer Program. Prior to commencing at The Big Issue, Sally worked in employment services, community development, youth mental health and health for over 10 years. She has held various strategic, service delivery and operational management positions, including experience in establishing new not-for-profit businesses across Australia in diverse communities. Sally has a Masters in Human Resource Management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.

    Sally Hines

    Chief Operations Officer, The Big Issue & Homes for Homes

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    Lisa Boothby, Head of Enterprise Development, Social Traders

    With an expertise in strategy and business model development, Lisa is responsible for Social Traders’ work with emerging social enterprises as they move toward investment and start-up. A significant component of her work is overseeing Social Traders’ six-month incubation program for social enterprise start-ups, ‘The Crunch’. In her role, Lisa collaborates with numerous stakeholders including members of the business community, Melbourne Business School, and finance providers to the social enterprise sector. Her work portfolio also includes consulting and coaching support to a range of other start-up and existing enterprises.

    Prior to joining Social Traders, Lisa had extensive experience in management consulting across commercial, community and social enterprise sectors. She worked in the Strategy Group at Accenture for seven years, and following this, provided consulting services directly to non-profit organisations and social enterprises. She has worked with numerous boards and management teams on the development of strategic plans, national growth strategies and merger evaluation and implementation.

    Lisa has held board positions with Good Company and Ormond College and she holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School.

    Lisa Boothby

    Head of Enterprise Development, Social Traders

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    Kirsty Jennings, Global Corporate Responsibility Leader, PwC Australia

    A strategic corporate responsibility professional with multi-sectoral experience assisting organisations to develop, implement and communicate sustainability / social responsibility strategies and initiatives. Kirsty has a track record of success in stakeholder engagement, strategy development, performance benchmarking & reporting, communications & marketing and issues & reputation management – achieved within some of Australia’s largest organisations, including National Australia Bank and as an Executive Director at Ernst & Young.

    Kirsty Jennings

    Global Corporate Responsibility Leader, PwC Australia

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    Emily Wilhelm, Director, Consulting, PwC Australia

    Emily is a Senior Manager in PwC's Technology Consulting practice in Australia. Emily has more than 10 years experience in delivering large scale change programs and projects, predominately in the health sector. Emily has delivered multiple eHealth solutions to the Australian market and has worked on several Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record projects which is a key element of the national health reform agenda around making the health system more agile and sustainable.

    Emily has a strong interest in PwC's societal relevance initiatives and has participated in a number of programs geared towards mentoring high school students and supporting victims of domestic violence.

    Emily Wilhelm

    Director, Consulting, PwC Australia

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    Frances Wheelahan, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

    Fran is a Partner in the intellectual property and technology practice group at Corrs. She has over 15 years’ experience acting for a wide range of clients in connection with the management, protection and commercialisation of innovation and technology. Fran has a diverse range of clients, including large Australian and international companies, universities, research institutes, as well as start-ups. Fran is a big contributor to pro bono legal services at Corrs (including acting for The Big Issue), was a volunteer at the St Kilda Legal Service for almost 10 years, is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and a Director of Craft Victoria. In addition to her law degree, Fran holds a Bachelor of Science and is a guest lecturer on Intellectual Property in the Master of Laws program at the University of Melbourne.

    Frances Wheelahan

    Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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    Brian Linke, National Manager of Connect Now and Industry Specialisation, Westpac

    Brian was appointed National Manager Connect NOW Retail & Business Banking in November 2013, and is passionate and focussed on small business. During his career she has performed a variety of senior leadership roles both within and outside Westpac.

    Preceding this Brian held the position of Regional General Manager, Bayside Victoria, leading a business of over 200 employees.

    Prior to this Brian spent five years at BankWest in a number of roles, including National Director – Lending Services and Regional Manager – Specialised Lending for Small Business.

    Before BankWest, Brian spent over two decades at the NAB in variety of business banking roles including strategy, sales and risk.

    Brian holds an MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. He currently works closely with Buffed as a business mentor and is a member of Westpac’s Community Board.

    Brian Linke

    National Manager of Connect Now and Industry Specialisation, Westpac

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    Julie Beatty, Principal Strategic Foresight, Strategy and Market Intelligence, BHP Billiton

    Chief Economist and Principal Energy Analyst with extensive international experience in the global resources industry. Proven track record of creating shareholder value through leadership in providing macroeconomic and commodity market analysis to CEO and Board of multi-national corporations. Demonstrated, successful influence on the direction and decision making in major investments and divestments, and in business strategy.

    Julie Beatty

    Principal Strategic Foresight, Strategy and Market Intelligence, BHP Billiton

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    Geoff Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer, Perpetual

    Geoff Lloyd is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Perpetual Limited, one of Australia’s largest independent and diversified listed financial services group.

    Geoff and his senior leadership team delivered Perpetual’s successful Transformation 2015 strategy designed to simplify, refocus and grow the company. Under Geoff’s leadership, Perpetual continues to grow through initiatives such as the acquisition of The Trust Company, the launch new investment capabilities in Perpetual Investments, a targeted segment strategy in Perpetual Private and innovative extensions in Perpetual Corporate Trust.

    Geoff commenced at Perpetual in 2010 as Group Executive Private Wealth and became Managing Director and CEO in 2012. Prior to that, he held a number of senior roles at BT Financial Group and St George's Wealth Management business including General Manager, Advice and Private Banking and Chief Legal Counsel.

    He is the Chair of the Financial Services Council, an Advisory Board member of The Big Issue, and the Patron of the Financial Industry Community Aid Program (FICAP). He is also a patron of the Emerge Foundation. He Chairs the University of Technology Sydney Law Advisory Board.

    Geoff has over 20 years' experience in the financial services industry and has an extensive understanding of the industry and demonstrated leadership skills.

    Geoff has a Master of Laws (Distinction) from the University of Technology Sydney and has completed the Harvard University Advanced Management Program.

    Geoff Lloyd

    Chief Executive Officer, Perpetual

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    Daniel Flynn, Co-Founder, Thank You Group

    At 19 years old Daniel co-founded Thankyou with a couple of friends. What began as an idea to tap into the millions and billions of dollars that consumers spend on bottled water to help tackle the World Water Crisis, has grown into 38 products that are stocked in over 4000 outlets, including all major supermarkets, with 100% of the profit going to Impact. Thankyou have had over 1000 media features over their 7.5year journey and are known for their disruptive approach to business and enterprise. To date, Thankyou have given over $4.1million dollars to impact, helping hundreds of thousands of people across 17 countries.

    Thankyou have been honoured with a number of awards including being named Youth-Led Social Enterprise of the Year in Social Traders’ Social Enterprise Awards, receiving the Social Innovation Award in the in the 2014 Social Traders Social Enterprise Awards, and Employer of the Year at the Food Magazine Awards. Daniel himself has been named Victorian Young Australian of the year (2014), the Southern Region Ernst & Young 2015 Entrepreneur of the year, was named number two and then number one in consecutive years in the Smart Company Hot 30 under 30 list, and was an honoree in the JCI Ten Outstanding Young People of the World (2014). He is known for his entrepreneurial skill, his capacity to dream and innovate more than most people would dare and his remarkable leadership.

    Daniel Flynn

    Co-Founder, Thank You Group

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    Suhit Anantula, Strategy Designer, Business Models Inc

    Suhit works at the intersection of entrepreneurship, design and social sciences with a focus on social change. He heads Business Innovation at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation. His focus is to solve adaptive social challenges and is a consultant and facilitator for innovation, business models and strategy.

    Suhit works across sectors such as families, child protection, domestic violence, ageing, arts and cultural sector, educational challenges, indigenous issues, digital technology, environment, food and nutrition. He partners with individuals in governments, business, social enterprises and social sector organisations to create better outcomes for people. Suhit holds an MBA from the International Graduate School of Business.

    Suhit Anantula

    Strategy Designer, Business Models Inc

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    Sean Barrett, Head of Foundation, Origin Foundation

    Sean Barrett is a campaigner who has worked in the public and private sectors. He has campaigned on health issues such as tobacco and HIV AIDS, human rights and the environment. He has worked for national and international NGOs.

    He is currently the head of The Origin Foundation.

    Sean Barrett

    Head of Foundation, Origin Foundation

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    Andrea Pearman, General Manager, Community, Brand & Reputation, Corporate Affairs & People, Australia Post

    Andrea Pearman is a senior corporate responsibility and marketing executive with a diverse background and extensive experience in strategy development, marketing planning and execution and community development in complex, large scale organisations.

    For the past two and a half years, Andrea has held the position of General Manager, Community Relations at Australia Post. She is responsible for the organisation’s corporate responsibility, community and commercial sponsorship and event programs.

    Some of the highlights of her time at Australia Post are the development and implementation of a new community strategy which includes the establishment of a Australia Post Foundation and the identification of new partnerships.

    Andrea Pearman

    General Manager, Community, Brand & Reputation, Corporate Affairs & People, Australia Post

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    Ruwan Weerasooriya, Founder, Rewardle

    Over the last 20 years Ruwan has consistently stayed at the forefront of the disruption caused by the advent and proliferation of the Internet.

    He has established, built and operated a range of technology and media related businesses with multiple successful outcomes including trade sales to ASX listed industry leaders.

    Ruwan is a passionate tech entrepreneur and active angel investor who in 2013 was listed by startup blog startupdaily.com.au as one of Australia’s top 50 influencers in the startup scene.

    His current focus is Rewardle (www.rewardle.com), a start up on a mission to help local businesses grow through digital customer engagement. Rewardle harnesses the power of mobile computing, cloud based software and big data analysis to provide local High St merchants with the digital engagement tools and
    business intelligence used by large retail brands.

    Ruwan Weerasooriya

    Founder, Rewardle

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    Alex Oppes, Director - Impact Investing, Social Ventures Australia

    Alex joined SVA’s Impact Investing team in 2013 and is responsible for investing SVA’s $9m Social Impact Fund and the $30m HESTA/SVA Social Impact Investment Trust. His responsibilities include deal origination, assessment and execution, portfolio management from investment through to exit and investor relations. Alex is also a founding director of Vanguard Laundry, a social enterprise commercial laundry based in Toowoomba.

    Prior to SVA, Alex worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. across Australia, Asia and Europe, specialising in due diligence for major mergers and acquisitions. Alex has also established a small retail business and consulted extensively in the not-for-profit sector. Alex holds a dual BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, where he studied as a National Scholarship holder. Alex is currently a CFA Level III candidate.

    Alex Oppes

    Director - Impact Investing, Social Ventures Australia

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    Chris Vanstone, Chief Innovation Officer, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

    Chris leads innovation across TACSI, our projects and start-ups. He started his career as a product designer, designing biscuits, cameras and razors, but has spent the last 14 years working with interdisciplinary teams and communities to co-design solutions to social problems.

    Before joining TACSI he designed solutions to increase democratic participation, reduce household carbon emissions, build relationships for socially isolated older people and enable more young people to thrive.

    His work has been exhibited at MoMA and Cooper-Hewitt in New York and at the Design Museum and V&A in London.

    Chris Vanstone

    Chief Innovation Officer, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

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    Charlotte Rush, Inventiologist, Inventium

    Charlotte has a great passion for understanding the science behind the way people think,
    behave and feel, and how this translates to either success or failure in an organisational
    sense. She is inspired on a day-to-day basis by the opportunity to harness the power of
    psychology in all types of organisations. Educating people on best-practice, scientifically
    proven innovation, harnessing the power of individual creativity and democratising
    innovation is how she seeks to add value to her clients at Inventium.

    The amalgamation of business and science has always been a passion of Charlotte’s, which led her to study Business and Psychology in her undergraduate years. She is now a
    registered Psychologist having completed her Masters in Organisational Psychology at
    Macquarie University. Charlotte brings a wealth of experience in the legal industry, having
    recently worked in the National Talent team at MinterEllison. It has also ignited her
    passion for helping organisations to create and embed a culture for innovation.

    Getting out to the country and visiting her parent’s farm on the South Coast and her sister’s farm in Warren is one of Charlotte’s favourite ways to spend her free time. She
    lives by the mantra “Try Anything Once” and is constantly striving to try new things, experience something worth a good story, and meet inspiring people. She is a lover of the Italian language and enjoys a good pizza whilst practicing her verb conjugations.

    Charlotte Rush

    Inventiologist, Inventium

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    Olivia Cozzolino, Enterprise Development Manager, Social Traders

    Olivia is passionate about working with purpose-driven, innovative organisations looking to find new ways to solve problems. At Social Traders she works in Crunch, the social enterprise capacity building accelerator program. Olivia coaches new and growing enterprises to build the necessary knowledge, skills and capability for their business models to become viable and investment-ready.

    Prior to joining Social Traders, Olivia played a key role in the transformation of Australian Red Cross’ major social enterprise, the national retail network of op-shops. She also brings a wealth of experience from the commercial retail sector, having worked for three of Australia and the UK’s largest fashion retailers in buying and product management roles.

    Olivia holds a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School, where she specialised in strategy and social impact.

    Olivia Cozzolino

    Enterprise Development Manager, Social Traders

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    Anthony Takyi, Campus Recruitment Manager, PwC Australia

    Anthony Takyi is the Campus Recruitment Manager for PwC based in Melbourne, leading on campus recruitment for PwC's Financial Advisory business areas. Anthony is deeply involved in the recruitment and assessment of students and graduates from screening of applications through to running assessment centres and conducting final interview. Anthony has held a number of campus recruitment and development roles across a range of industries such as FMCG, Insurance, Energy, Legal and Technology in both Australia and the UK.

    Anthony Takyi

    Campus Recruitment Manager, PwC Australia

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    Laura Cobb, National Campus Team Leader, PwC Australia

    With over 11 years experience within student recruitment in the professional services industry, Laura currently heads up our National Campus Team. Prior to joining PwC Australia in November 2015, she spent 9 years with PwC UK recruiting students from school leavers through to post graduates across all areas of our business. Passionate about career development and building talent to meet the needs of the future, Laura has a undergraduate degree in Business and a Masters in Personnel and Development, as well as being a charted member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK.

    Laura Cobb

    National Campus Team Leader, PwC Australia

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    Sally Hines, Chief Operations Officer, The Big Issue & Homes for Homes

    Sally Hines joined The Big Issue in 2011 as the National Manager and is responsible for four social enterprises - The Big Issue Street Magazine Enterprise, Women’s Subscription Enterprise, The Big Issue Classroom and The Big Idea, as well as the Community Street Soccer Program. Prior to commencing at The Big Issue, Sally worked in employment services, community development, youth mental health and health for over 10 years. She has held various strategic, service delivery and operational management positions, including experience in establishing new not-for-profit businesses across Australia in diverse communities. Sally has a Masters in Human Resource Management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.

    Sally Hines

    Chief Operations Officer, The Big Issue & Homes for Homes

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    Amy Hetherington, Editor, The Big Issue

    Amy Hetherington is editor of The Big Issue. She is an experienced editor and journalist, who has spent two decades in magazine publishing and content licensing. She has held senior editorial roles across several women’s magazines at Bauer Media and Pacific Publications, working as an editor, sub-editor, reporter, photo editor and columnist. She was most recently the editorial and business development director at content agency Snapper Media, where she promoted sales growth in Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia and established the company's Beijing office.

    Amy Hetherington

    Editor, The Big Issue

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    Damian Atkins, Chief Financial Officer, The Big Issue & Homes for Homes

    Since the beginning of 2015, Damian has held the position of Chief Financial Officer of The Big Issue Australia.

    His previous ten years of experience within the accounting industry included managing or participating in finance teams for a professional sporting club, large construction company in New Zealand and various public practice jobs in Melbourne. Damian has a business degree from Swinburne University and is currently working towards a Masters of Business Law at Monash University.

    Damian Atkins

    Chief Financial Officer, The Big Issue & Homes for Homes

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    Jeremy Urquhart, National Operations Manager, The Big Issue

    Jeremy Urquhart is the National Operations Manager for The Big Issue. Jeremy is responsible for all of TBI State offices, which are the sites around the country which run The Big Issue’s Street Magazine Enterprise, the Women’s Subscription Enterprise and Community Street Soccer Programs. With a background in a range of community-based initiatives, Jeremy has worked for The Big Issue for more than a decade. He is now more energised than ever by the potential of social enterprise to change lives and change the world.

    Jeremy Urquhart

    National Operations Manager, The Big Issue

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    Emma O’Halloran, National Marketing and Partnerships Manager, The Big Issue & Homes for Homes

    As National Marketing and Partnerships Manager of The Big Issue, Emma is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing strategies, which involve media, advertising, promotions and events for The Big Issue’s enterprises and programs.

    Emma is also responsible for fostering and managing the organisations key stakeholders including corporate and government partners.

    Emma O’Halloran

    National Marketing and Partnerships Manager, The Big Issue & Homes for Homes

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    Danya Sterling, Manager - Education Enterprises, The Big Issue

    Danya Sterling has been at The Big Issue since 2009. Her role as Manager – Education Enterprises involves oversight of The Big Issue Classroom’s school and corporate programs, as well as project management of The Big Idea – a social enterprise planning competition for university students. Danya has previously worked as an educator with primary, secondary, and university students, and she has worked on community development projects in Australia and overseas. Danya holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Public Policy and Management.

    Danya Sterling

    Manager - Education Enterprises, The Big Issue

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