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NSW Social Impact Investment Expert Advisory Group

The NSW Social Impact Investment Expert Advisory Group is formed by experts in both public and private sectors to advise the NSW Government on growing the social impact investing market in NSW and to raise awareness of social impact investment.

The Group is chaired by Professor Peter Shergold AC, Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney. The members have skills and expertise in the areas of social finance/impact investment, philanthropy, legal, public administration, innovation and social service sector management or service provision.

Professor Peter Shergold AC
Chair
Chancellor, University of Western Sydney
Rosemary Addis
Executive Director, Impact Strategist
Co-Founder, Impact Investing Australia
Trevor Danos AM
Legal Expert
Stephen Fitzgerald
Future Fund Board of Guardians
Tracy Howe
CEO, NSW Council of Social Services
Patrick McClure AO
Third Sector Expert
Dr Caralee McLiesh
Associate Secretary, NSW Treasury

Professor Peter Shergold AC

Chair, NSW Social Impact Investment Expert Advisory Group

Professor Shergold is the Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney.

After an academic career at the University of New South Wales, he joined the Australian Public Service in 1988. He headed a number of Commonwealth agencies before serving as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2003-08.

He now serves on the Boards of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Veda Group and AMP. He chairs a Capital Startup, QuintessenceLabs. He also chairs the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board, the Commonwealth’s Aged Care Sector Committee and the TEQSA Advisory Council.

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Rosemary Addis

Rosemary is a leading strategist and recognised global thought leader in social innovation and investment.  She is Executive Director of Impact Strategist and co-founded Impact Investing Australia.  She brings a unique blend of multi-sector leadership and global networks to catalysing change and creating positive impact for society.

Rosemary represents the Australian sector on the International Social Impact Investment Taskforce, which was established by the G8 in 2013. She chairs the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investment and is a Senior Fellow of the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative (IIPC), leading strategy for the Global Learning Exchange. She led the incubation of and is a Director of Children’s Ground.   

Rosemary has held senior leadership roles across sectors including as an equity partner in what is now Allens-Linklaters, with The Smith Family, and the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. Her published works include IMPACT-Australia: investment for social and economic benefit (2013), Inviting Investment in Social Enterprise (2007), and contributions to Laws of Australia (1998) and a work on the catalytic effect of policy for impact investment to be published by Oxford University Press.

Trevor Danos AM

Trevor has practised commercial law for over 30 years, acting for a range of government and private organisations.  He is a board member of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, TransGrid and the Sydney Local Health District.  He has been involved in a number of charities and has led reform work in the community housing sector.  In January 2014, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through contributions to a range of scientific, education, government, legal and charitable associations.

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Stephen Fitzgerald

Stephen is Deputy Chairman of PineBridge Investments (New York) and a member of the Board of Guardians of the Future Fund (Australia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund). Stephen serves on the boards of QBE Insurance Group, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, and the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE). Stephen has also been a member of the Male Champions of Change (MCC) since its inception in April 2010.

Previously, Stephen was Chairman of Goldman Sachs, Australia and New Zealand. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 and was named a Managing Director in 1998 and a Partner in 2002. In his time with Goldman Sachs, he served on the GS Partnership Committee, the European Management Committee and the Asia Pacific Management Committee and has been based in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney with Goldman Sachs.

Stephen earned a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of New England, Australia in 1986.

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Tracy Howe

Tracy Howe is the Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Social Service of NSW, the peak body of the health and community services sectors in NSW, and the state-wide voice for and with people affected by poverty and inequality. Tracy has extensive experience in homelessness sector reform and early intervention for women and children experiencing domestic violence. She currently sits on the NSW Premier's Advisory Council on Homelessness and the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Council.  A qualified law practitioner, she has also advocated for family law reform to improve court processes for women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

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Patrick McClure AO

Patrick McClure has been a leader in civil society in Australia for 20 years. He was CEO of Mission Australia from 1997-2006. During that period the organisation was transformed from a state-based entity to a highly successful international organisation with revenue of $300 million and 3,000 staff providing employment, training, housing, youth and family services. He was CEO of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (NSW/ACT) from 1992-1996. He was also CEO of The Retirement Villages Group within Macquarie Capital Funds (2006-8) and CEO of Aged and Community Services Australia.

He is Chairperson of the Australian Government’s Reference Group on Welfare Reform (2014). He is Governance and Strategy Consultant at the Institute of Strategic Management. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Kincare Group. He was also Chairperson of the OECD-LEED Forum on Social Innovation (2003–2007) based in Paris. He was a Member of the Prime Minister’s Community-Business Partnership (1999-2007), Chair of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform (1999-2000), Commissioner of the Australian Fair Pay Commission (2006-9), Deputy Chair of the Welfare to Work Consultative Forum (2005-6) and a Member of the Aged Care Advisory Group (2011).

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2003 and awarded an Australian Centennial Medal (2001). He was an AFR – BOSS True Leader (2005), winner of the Equity Trustee’s EQT CEO Awards for ‘Lifetime Achievement’ (2001) and a Churchill Fellow (1989). He has a Bachelor of Social Work (Distinction), Master of Arts (Public Policy), Diploma of Theology and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Dr Caralee McLiesh

Caralee McLiesh is the Associate Secretary for the Agency Budget and Policy Group in NSW Treasury. She oversees Treasury’s budgeting, fiscal management and policy advice on NSW Government agencies. She has participated in major policy reforms including National Health Reforms, National Education Reforms, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the emerging area of social impact investment.

Caralee holds a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours from the Australian National University and a PhD in Finance from the University of Melbourne. She has published several reports and books through the World Bank press as well as research papers in economic journals.

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