2022 Selection Committee Members
- Steven Spurr, Director, Shared Value Project (Selection Committee Chair)
- Gavin Brown, CEO, PwC’s Indigenous Consulting
- Jessica Forrest, Executive, Social Impact, NAB
- Peter Yates AM, Chair, Shared Value Project
- Karen Seymour, Chief Purpose Officer, Human at Work
- Ramana James, Executive General Manager, Safer Communities, IAG
- Bonnie Chiu, Managing Director, The Social Investment Consultancy
- Margaret Stuart, Director, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Nestle Oceania
- Mingles Tsoi, Chief eXploration Officer, ParticleX
- David Sweeting, Manager, City Resilience and Sustainable Futures, City of Melbourne
- Melissa Reader, CEO, The Violet Initiative
- David Spriggs, CEO, Infoxchange
Steve is a strategy and reputation expert, and is the Executive Director of Spurcoe, a strategy consultancy. He counsels leaders to identify untapped potential, improve organisational outcomes and operate with a reputation-enhancing mindset.
Steve has advised leaders on refining and changing strategic direction to better meet business objectives, helped his clients increase their effectiveness through change management, and created thought leadership and intellectual property to reinforce differentiation and improve brand positioning.
Steve was previously the CEO of Edelman in Australia, leading an award-winning team and advocating for improving trust between stakeholders, shareholders and citizens to improve overall business and government outcomes. Steve spearheaded Edelman’s Trust Barometer work in Australia, working with organisations to understand their reputation dynamics and greater purpose in society.
Prior to this, Steve lived in the UK where he was COO of Edelman UK & Ireland, leading the day-to-day operations of more than 600 staff across three offices. He counselled a wide variety of clients, led multiple strategy, reputation and change management initiatives and worked with clients on reshaping organisational structures to meet strategic needs.
Steve is a passionate speaker, accomplished facilitator and experienced event host. He has delivered nearly 200 keynote speeches on trust, shared value and reputation management in the last 10 years.
Steve studied economics at the London School of Economics, and enjoys combining this passion with anthropology, research and social impact.
Gavin Brown, CEO, PwC’s Indigenous Consulting
Jessica Forrest, Executive, Social Impact, NAB
Jessica Forrest is Executive, Social Impact at NAB. Her responsibilities span the bank’s response to some of society’s biggest challenges, across Indigenous Affairs, Affordable Housing and Climate / Environmental resilience and creating shared value. In addition, Jessica is accountable for the NAB Foundation as well as NAB’s community partnerships, which focus on supporting its customers, colleagues and their communities withstand natural disasters. Jessica is committed to driving sustainable long, term performance for all of NAB’s stakeholders.
FTSE FAICD BCom (Melb), Master of Science (MGT) (Stanford), Doctorate of the University (Murdoch)
Peter is Chairman of AIA Australia Limited, a Director of Linfox Australia Pty Ltd and Mutual Trust Pty Ltd. He is Chairman of the Royal Institution of Australia, the Australian Science Media Centre, the Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University, the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Shared Value Project and the NHMRC Centre for Personalised Immunology at ANU and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at UNSW.
From 2004-2007 Peter was Managing Director of Oceania Capital Partners and held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited from 2001-2004. Until 2001, he worked in the Investment Banking industry including 15 years with Macquarie Bank. He holds a Doctorate of the University from Murdoch University, a Masters degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Commerce degree from University of Melbourne. He speaks Japanese, having studied at Keio University in Tokyo.
Until May 2021, Peter was Chairman of Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited. He has been Deputy Chairman of The Myer Family Investments Ltd, a Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Asialink, Publishing and Broadcasting, Crown Ltd, Foxtel Ltd, The Nine Network, Ninemsn, Ticketek, Veda Ltd, Oceania Capital Partners Ltd, the National Portrait Gallery, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Centre for Independent Studies, MOKO.mobi and the Australia-Japan Foundation.
In the June 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Peter was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to education, to the financial services industry and to a range of arts, science and charitable organisations and in 2017 was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). He has also recently been awarded the Australian Academy of Science Medal for 2019.
As Hong Kong’s first Chief Purpose Officer, Karen works with leaders and teams to define, activate and strategically align their organisation’s unique and powerful purpose to fuel high performance, enable their people to do meaningful work, and contribute to organisations that thrive.
Before joining human at work, Karen was SVP and Executive Director with the Li & Fung Foundation, leading global campaigns and spearheading the launch of purpose, mobilising the Group’s global workforce and stakeholders as a force for good.
Karen connects people and big ideas that make a big impact. She has 25 years experience as an agile leader at large companies and start-ups, in industries including financial markets, supply chain, media, philanthropy and wellness. She has held leadership roles at Datastream (now Thomson Reuters), Morgan Stanley Capital International and State Street Global Advisors. She is a regular speaker on purpose and impact and has spent decades serving in communities and sparking awareness and action.
Ramana James, Executive General Manager, Safer Communities, IAG
Ramana has a long career in sustainability and shared value. He established the Corporate Responsibility function at Vodafone Australia in 2003 and led environmental practice across 26 countries for Vodafone Group during two secondments as the Group Environment Manager, based in the UK.
Ramana then transitioned across to the property industry where he worked with Stockland for more than 5 years. He led a team responsible for an integrated sustainability strategy and the introduction of shared value across commercial property, residential development and retirement living.
He joined IAG in mid 2014 as the Head of Group Shared Value and now leads a team within Group Strategy that is responsible for developing and executing IAG’s organisational wide shared value activity.
Bonnie is the Managing Director of The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC), a global advisory firm specialised in social impact measurement, diversity, equity and inclusion and impact investing strategies. Her clients include Tata Consultancy Services, British Council and UNICEF. She is also the Founder of Lensational, an award-winning social enterprise which provides storytelling and photography training to marginalised women and girls in 23 countries and provides platforms to sell their work. Lensational has partnered with corporates including American Eagle Outfitters, Standard Chartered Bank and Colgate.
She also serves as a Forbes Senior Contributor writing on gender and diversity, and has been invited to speak in over 20 countries about social entrepreneurship, gender equality and social impact. She has received multiple accolades for her work, named Asia21 Young Leader by Asia Society, a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, and winning the Young Achiever of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Global Business Studies (with First Honours) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Master in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she has also lived in Pakistan, Singapore, the United States, Denmark, Germany. She is now based in London, the United Kingdom.
Margaret Stuart, Director, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Nestle Oceania
Margaret is Director, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability for Nestlé Oceania, covering Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. In this role, Margaret works across a portfolio of iconic food and beverage brands, focusing on Nestlé’s agenda to transition to a regenerative food system and meet its net zero emissions target. She has a broad corporate affairs background, particularly in the healthcare, food and agribusiness sectors, with breadth of experience covering environmental sustainability, human rights and nutrition.
Most recently, Margaret has been involved in developing Nestlé’s vision for a better future for soft plastic packaging in Australia.
Mingles is the CXO (Chief eXploration Officer) of ParticleX, a tech-based startup investor and innovation enabler based in Hong Kong. ParticleX combines network, capital and research resources, accelerating the pace of innovative technology and helping the early-stage startups to win cross-border opportunities across Asia. Prior, he was the Director of Startup & Innovation Services at KPMG China, playing a key role in startup and innovative business consulting services.
Mingles is also a pioneer in start-ups education, where he worked at the CUHK Center for Entrepreneurship as Project Director for eight years. Some of his major accomplishments including the “Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge”, and the Google’s Empowering Young Entrepreneur (EYE) Program in Hong Kong. He currently serves on several boards and committees, including Hong Kong Business Angel Network (HKBAN), Cyberport Investors Network (CIN), DIT Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, HKITIC & HK ProServices Council under the Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI), Lions Club HK IFC, and Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts (HKI-SIA). He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Startup Council under FHKI, and the Chairman of the Academic and Accreditation Advisory Committee of the Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia (IFTA).
David Sweeting works at the intersection of research, resilience, innovation & technology and partnerships. He co-manages the City Resilience and Sustainable Futures practice at the City of Melbourne. He is Founder and Director of The Urban Platform Studio, a resilience, innovation and research consultancy which supports pathways for investment and assessment, design, and evaluation of social services, social infrastructure and service delivery platforms in cities across Asia-Pacific. David has worked for NAB Foundation, Save the Children Australia, World Vision International’s Centre for Urban Programming, World Vision International and World Vision Australia. David holds qualifications in BEng, BA and MSc, and is a Visiting Fellow with the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.
Melissa is an experienced and passionate social entrepreneur who brings a blend of personal and professional experience to her role at The Violet Initiative. Melissa’s personal experience gives her first-hand insight into the world of death and dying, while her deep consulting experience developing purpose-led brands and businesses keeps Violet on track as a national, purpose-driven organisation.
Violet is a national not-for-profit organisation, providing information and support to help everyone in Australia navigate the last stages of life, and the grief and loss that accompanies it. We focus on the needs of family members, caregivers and friends, so that they can be better prepared and supported to help those they love to die well. Violet is designing a future where the last stage of life is better recognised and planned for, and where more honest and open conversations are possible.
In the same way that Beyond Blue and Lifeline provide national support for mental health and suicide prevention, Violet provides national support for the last stage of life and end-of-life care, acting as a trusted ‘go-to’ for community and industry.
Melissa draws on her expertise in purpose-led creative strategy, human-centred design, and adaptive leadership as key responses to creative problem solving and change. Melissa is committed to exploring ways to work differently: mobilising new models and ways of working, sustaining large programs of change and reform, embedding resilience, capability, and capacity in individuals, and across systems.
Melissa has led the transformation of a community-based 20C charitable organisation into a robust, scaleable, and purpose-led business model:
(1) A national not-for-for profit, tackling one of society’s most complex and often taboo issues by providing information and support to help people navigate the last stages of life, and the grief and loss that accompanies it.
(2) An adjacent social enterprise, working with Australia’s largest businesses, providers and employers to scale Violet’s interventions and achieve better health and social outcomes for Australians, their families, and carers.
In 2021, Melissa was awarded the Chief Executive Women’s Entrepreneurs Scholarship, and in 2022, she is the recipient of a Westpac Social Change Fellowship.
Melissa is interested in the dynamics and challenges of exercising leadership. She completed Social Leadership Australia in 2011 and in 2016, undertook the Heifitz Program ‘The Art & Practice of Leadership’ at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
David Spriggs, CEO, Infoxchange
David Spriggs is the CEO of Infoxchange, a not-for-profit social enterprise with the vision of ‘technology for social justice’. He is passionate about creating a more digitally inclusive society and the role technology can play in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the not-for-profit sector.
With over 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit and technology sectors, David is a strong advocate for cross sector partnerships to tackle some of our biggest social challenges through the smart and creative use of technology.
One of his proudest achievements is leading a whole of community partnership to bring to life Ask Izzy, a mobile website that connects people in need with housing, a meal, money help, family violence support, mental health counselling and much more. Driven by the needs of people with lived experience of homelessness and developed with founding partners Google, realestate.com.au and News Corp Australia, Ask Izzy has supported more than 10 million searches for help since being launched by the Australian Prime Minister in 2016.
In addition to his role at Infoxchange, David is Chair of the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance (ADIA) and Deputy Chair of Specialisterne Australia, working to create careers for people on the autism spectrum. David is also a Director of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to keeping children and young people free from violence and trauma wherever they live, learn and play.
David holds a Bachelor of Information Technology from the University of Queensland, a Certificate in Theology from Trinity College at the University of Melbourne and is a Graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.