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2024 Selection Committee

2024 Selection Committee Members

  • Steven Spurr, Director, Shared Value Project (Selection Committee Chair)
  • Hugh Foley, Shared Value Expert, Hugh Foley Consulting
  • Karen Seymour, Chief Purpose Officer, Human at Work
  • Rob Coombs, Ex-Managing Director, Interface
  • Lee McDougall, Head of Group Sustainability & Climate Action, IAG
  • Nathan Havey, Co-Founder, Stakeholder Business and Film Writer & Director
  • Ciara Sterling, Founding CEO and Director, Thriving Communities Partnership
  • Jessica Forrest, Executive, Social Impact, National Australia Bank

Shared Value Investing Committee Members

  • Peter Yates AM, Chair, Shared Value Project
  • Rosemary Addis AM, Founding Managing Partner, Mondiale Impact, Enterprise Professor, University of Melbourne, Sorenson Global Impact Leader, Ambassador Global Steering Group for Impact Investing
  • Mark Kramer, Co-founder Shared Value, Chief Advisor, Shared Value Project
  • Helen Steel, Director, Shared Value Project
  • Richard Brandweiner


Steven Spurr, Director, Shared Value Project (Chair, 2024 Shared Value Awards Selection Committee)

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 the CEO of Edelman in Australia, leading an award-winning team and advocating for improving trust between stakeholders, shareholders and citizens to improve business and government outcomes. Steve spearheaded Edelman’s Trust Barometer work in Australia, working with organisations to understand their reputation dynamics and greater purpose.

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.

Hugh Foley, Shared Value Expert, Hugh Foley Consulting

Hugh Foley is a sustainability strategy and shared value expert. He has advised a range of organisations from the government and non-profit sector and companies across the industrial, banking, insurance, healthcare, telecommunications, property, healthcare, and automotive industries.

Hugh advises on issues across the sustainability spectrum, but has specialist expertise in social performance (i.e., community investment, community and stakeholder engagement, societal expectations risk and social licence to operate).

Previously, Hugh worked for FSG in the US a consulting firm founded by Harvard academics Mark Kramer and Professor Michael E Porter, creators of the ‘shared value’ concept. Now based in Australia, Hugh consults to some of Australia’s largest companies providing advice on philanthropic and business-led programs that are designed to create positive outcomes for the communities in which they operate.

Beyond consulting, Hugh has published research on shared value in the resources sector with the Shared Value Initiative (US) and on global road safety with the National Academy of Medicine (US). Hugh also teaches shared value theory at the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales and sits on the Advisory Board of the Shared Value Project (Australia).

Prior to FSG, Hugh worked as a corporate lawyer at Allens law firm, and as an external relations consultant specialising in stakeholder management and communications.  He is now an independent advisor, based in Melbourne.


Karen Seymour, Chief Purpose Officer, Human at Work

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.


Rob Coombs, Ex-Managing Director, Interface

Rob has more than 40 years of experience in marketing, sales and general management positions, in the fashion industry, FMCG and building materials. Working in multinational roles, Rob has lead businesses across Australia, Europe and Asia.

Recently retired after 25 years with flooring manufacturer Interface Inc., a global pioneer in the development of sustainable business practice, Rob held roles in the global management team as President, Europe and for a period of 15 years as President, Asia Pacific, working extensively across the region. Sharing Interface founder Ray Anderson’s passion for sustainability, Rob led the development of strategies linking positive environmental stewardship with traditional business success.

A former long serving member on the Board of the Green Building Council of Australia, Rob continues to advocate the need to create a built environment in harmony with nature. Rob frequently speaks to trade associations, manufacturers, businesses and universities providing a manufacturers insight on how making the strategic shift to a business model that focuses on creating a climate fit for life leads to better business results.


Lee McDougall, Head of Group Sustainability & Climate Action, IAG

Lee is deeply passionate about the commercial imperative for business to address our most pressing social and environmental issues.

Since joining IAG over a decade ago, Lee has worked in leadership roles driving corporate sustainability, shared value innovation and multi-sector collaborations focused on building safer and more resilient communities.  In her current role, Lee is leading the enterprise-wide strategic direction for sustainability and ESG to deliver on IAG’s purpose to make your world a safer place and achieve our net zero commitments.

Lee received the Shared Value Trailblazer Award in 2020 and is Chair of the Shared Value Leadership Council in Australia.  She completed her Master of Arts in International Relations as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar in the UK.


Nathan Havey, Co-Founder, Stakeholder Business and Film Writer & Director


Nathan Havey is the Co-Founder of Stakeholder Business and is the Writer & Director of numerous film and podcast projects that seek to inspire and train business leaders to create socially and environmentally generative business models, unlocking the true potential of their companies.


Ciara Sterling, Founding CEO and Director, Thriving Communities Partnership

As Founding CEO and Director of the Thriving Communities Partnership a for-purpose charity, Ciara Sterling convenes over 350 organisations across sectors, together with people with lived experience, to forge deeper understanding of vulnerability and drive ecosystem change through social design innovation.

Ciara is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Consumer Action Law Centre (CALC), is a member of the White Ribbon Advisory, the AER committee, the Monash Safe and Equal Advisory board and a founding member of the Economic Abuse Reference Group (EARG).

She has over 20 years’ experience collaborating across corporate, government, regulators, Ombudsman, community sectors and lived experience to address the root causes of vulnerability domestic abuse and inequality.

A key example of this is the development the One Stop One Story Hub a world-first cross-sector digital wrap around support platform enabling frontline workers in corporate, community and government organisations to connect and refer people to a range of supports through a single access point. She believes in the power of cross-sector collaboration to create genuine systemic change.


Jessica Forrest, Executive, Social Impact, National Australia Bank

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.



Peter Yates AM, Chair, AIA Australia and Chair, Shared Value Project

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, 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.


Rosemary Addis AM, Founding Managing Partner, Mondiale Impact, Enterprise Professor, University of Melbourne, Sorenson Global Impact Leader, Ambassador Global Steering Group for Impact Investing

Rosemary Addis is serious about impact.  Rosemary’s portfolio of Chair, board and advisory roles is anchored by her role as Founding Managing Partner of Mondiale Impact, working alongside boards and other decision-makers grappling with social and environmental impact.  Her industry experience has seen her appointed Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne and Industry Professor at University College London.  She is a Global Ambassador for the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment.

Rosemary’s unique combination of commercial acumen, strategic insight and transformational leadership has made her a go-to principal for breakthrough solutions to complex issues.  She is globally recognised as a director and strategist at the forefront of innovation and investment for impact, sustainability and social innovation.

Her 30+ year track record spans a global legal career including as an equity partner of Allens-Linklaters, Social Innovation Strategist for the Australian Government, G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce and Founding Chair of Impact Investing Australia (Market Builder of the Year 2018 and 2020).

Rosemary has led design and execution of ground-breaking impact funds and enterprises.  She advised SDG Impact at the United Nations Development Programme, the OECD Social Impact Investing Initiative, the World Economic Forum Ideas to Practice, a World Bank Steering Group for Innovative Finance and clients internationally from major corporates and banks to institutional investors and asset managers, foundations and governments.

In 2020 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and has also been recognised as an inaugural Sorenson Impact Leader (2021), by Women in Finance ranking among top thought leaders (2017), Australia’s 100 Women of Influence for contributions to innovation (2015) and by Chambers Global as one of the world’s leading lawyers (2002 and 2003).

Her thought leadership is published widely and her work is the subject of numerous international case studies informing a generation of leaders.



Mark Kramer, Co-founder Shared Value, Chief Advisor, Shared Value Project

Mark served as a Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard Business School from 2016 to 2023, and is co-founder of FSG, a global consulting firm which helps develop social impact strategies for many of the world’s largest corporations and foundations. He is also a Founder and Director of Maternal Newborn Health Innovations and a Partner in the Congruence Capital investment fund.

Mark is coauthor of the Harvard Business Review article “Creating Shared Value” (2011) and has spoken and published extensively on topics in philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, shared value, collective impact, strategic evaluation, and impact investing. He also serves as a Senior Fellow in the CSR Initiative at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Mark is a founder and served as initial Board Chair from 2000 to 2004 of Center for Effective Philanthropy, a non-profit research organisation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to founding FSG, Mark served for twelve years as President of Kramer Capital Management, a venture capital firm, and before that as an Associate at the law firm Ropes & Gray in Boston.

Mark previously served as a Director on the Shared Value Project and Shared Value Initiative Hong Kong Boards, and has now transitioned to the role of Chief Advisor for both organisations.


Helen Steel, Director, Shared Value Project

Helen is an accomplished purpose-led leader and convenor, with more than 25 years of experience working across the NGO, government and commercial sectors.  Focused on ESG and sustainability related issues, Helen is passionate about and known for her ability to take a vision to successful implementation, build networks of influence and create high performance cultures that result in positive change.

As a former CEO and founder of the Shared Value Project (SVP), Helen is a thought leader and advocate who uses the principals of shared value and collective impact to shape positive change for society.

Helen currently serves on the board of SVP, the Western Port UNESCO Biosphere Foundation and is a member of  RIAA’s Certification Assessment Panel.



Richard Brandweiner

Richard Brandweiner has spent almost thirty years in investment management and superannuation working across all asset classes in money management and business leadership roles. In his executive

career, Richard was Chief Executive Officer of Pendal Australia (formerly BT Investment Management Australia), Chief Investment Officer of Aware Super and Group Executive of Perpetual Investments.

Richard now sits on a number of Boards and Investment Committees, including Impact Investing Australia (Chair), the NSW Government Social Impact Investment Expert Advisory Group and the Northern Territory Aboriginal Investment Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Economics, is a CFA Charterholder and was a former President of the CFA Society of Sydney.