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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    Simon McKeon, Chancellor, Monash University

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

    He has been with the Macquarie Group in a variety of senior roles for more than 35 years, including as Executive Chairman (Melbourne office). He is presently retained as a consultant.

    He is a Non Executive Director of National Australia Bank, Rio Tinto Group and Spotless Group, previously served as Chairman of AMP and CSIRO and was Founding President of the Federal Government’s Australian Takeovers Panel.

    Simon is also Chairman of South East Melbourne, an alliance of eight Councils and Shires representing more than 1 million residents and 25% of Victoria’s GDP. He is also an Australia Day Ambassador for the Victorian Government.

    He is also a member of the Advisory Panel to the Australian Republic Movement and was also Chairman of the Federal Government’s Panel which in 2013 completed a Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research.

    Simon has had a long involvement in the not for profit sector having chaired a range of organisations including MS Research Australia, Independent Schools Victoria, In2Science, Business for Development and the Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative.

    Simon McKeon

    Chancellor, Monash University

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    Steven Persson, CEO, The Big Issue / Homes for Homes

    Steven has been the CEO of The Big Issue since 2005. The Big Issue is Australia’s longest standing and most significant social enterprise, best known for The Big Issue magazine. It is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that develops solutions to help people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage positively change their lives.

    Under Steven’s leadership The Big Issue has developed a range of other social enterprises such as the Women’s Subscription Enterprise, the Big Issue Classroom and The Big Idea, all affording further opportunities to ‘help people help themselves’.

    The last ten years have also seen Steven and The Big Issue develop Homes for Homes where 0.1% of a residential or commercial property’s sale price is donated to Homes for Homes. These funds are then disbursed through a strict tender process to community housing providers and the like to increase supply of social and affordable housing.

    Previously Steven held the position of CEO for a number of medium to large NGOs providing employment, personal care, housing and case management services. Steven also spent time in the commercial sector, managing his own businesses and consulting to a range of high profile Australian brands.

    Steven Persson

    CEO, The Big Issue / Homes for Homes

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    Cheryl Kernot, Social Business Fellow, Centre for Social Impact

    Cheryl Kernot

    Social Business Fellow, Centre for Social Impact

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    Tracey Kennair, Partner, PwC

    Tracey Kennair is the Deputy Chair of the Governance Board and a Partner in PwC’s Technology Consulting business who is passionate about helping clients maximise their return on investment and improving customer engagement through technology enabled change.

    Tracey has 20 years of experience built up across multiple industries, with a focus on government, higher education, health, EUM (energy, utilities and mining), financial services and telecommunications.

    Projects have included major ERP and CRM software system implementations, process improvements, outsourcing, and agile social media and cloud solutions

    Prior to PwC, Tracey held roles at T-Mobile and VicGrain.

    Tracey Kennair

    Partner, PwC

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    Danni Hunter, CEO, Urban Development Institute of Australia (Victoria)

    Danni Hunter is the Victorian Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA Victoria) – the nation’s peak body for the urban development industry.

    As the building, construction and development sector’s key advocate across Victoria, Danni represents one of our largest economic contributors and over 300,000 Victorian jobs.

    She is responsible for advising and influencing state policymakers and regulators on issues including housing, business conditions, population growth and liveability, transport, infrastructure and the economy.

    Danni is a hands-on leader with deep experience in business, policy, advocacy, and stakeholder engagement, previously holding senior roles as an advisor to the State Government, and Policy Advisor and Public Affairs Manager at the Property Council of Australia. She has volunteered as a strategic advisor to Beyond Blue, and currently serves as a government appointed Trustee on the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust.

    When Danni was appointed CEO of UDIA Victoria in 2015, she was the youngest person and first female to hold the role. She has since diversified and scaled the not-for-profit membership body into a highly regarded research, advocacy and educational organisation that is financially secure and experiencing year on year growth.

    Danni is passionate about increasing diversity within business leadership and finding solutions to systemic problems facing the community including homelessness and housing affordability.

    Additionally, Danni is a dynamic and nationally recognised spokesperson, regularly sharing her views on property, business, diversity, population growth and the economy through regular media appearances, events and keynote presentations.

    Danni Hunter

    CEO, Urban Development Institute of Australia (Victoria)

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    Suzanne Currie, Chief Property Officer, Westpac Group

    Suzanne Currie

    Chief Property Officer, Westpac Group

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    Sean Barrett, Head of Foundation, Origin Foundation

    Sean Barrett is Head of the Origin Foundation a philanthropic foundation focussed on education as a tool to break the cycle of disadvantage in Australia.

    Prior to his recruitment to set up the Origin Foundation, he worked at senior levels in NGOs in Europe and Australia on human rights, and environment issues.

    Earlier in his career as a social marketer he worked on health and social policy issues including smoking cessation, HIV AIDS, cervical cancer screening, and disability issues. He was a member of the working party created by Australian Health Ministers to negotiate with the tobacco industry the introduction of on-pack health warnings. He was a special advisor to the Federal Minister for Social Security on the re-launch of the Child Support Scheme.

    He successfully completed the inaugural Humanitarian Leadership program at Harvard Business School in 2003.

    Sean Barrett

    Head of Foundation, Origin Foundation

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    Jeremy Blackshaw, International Managing Partner, MinterEllison

    Jeremy has recently been appointed as MinterEllison's International Managing Partner. Prior to this, he headed the firm's Corporate M&A practice and was the Melbourne Office Managing Partner. He has an extensive corporate practice, advising in multiple jurisdictions across industry sectors such as energy, infrastructure, financial services, health and consumer brands and energy.

    Jeremy is a member of the executive council of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a director of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chair of Linden New Art, Inc. He has lectured in takeover law and regularly presents on legal issues.

    Jeremy Blackshaw

    International Managing Partner, MinterEllison

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    Joey Calandra, Innovation Consultant, Inventium

    Joey is an Innovation consultant at the behavioural science consultancy - Inventium. Driving innovations in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 20 years, Joey cannot help but inspire new possibilities through deep engagement, and use his own brand of colour, fun and passion to bring it to life.
    With an Executive MBA and Bachelor of Pharmacy, Joey loves to fuse science and creativity to develop evidence based solutions which make an impact in the world.

    Experience in general management has provided Joey a deep understanding of a growth mindset and innovation as necessary to succeed in a fast paced global environment. Including how to lead change at all levels of an organization from board to individual, as well as partnering with key stakeholders such as government, industry bodies and consumer groups. Paired with experience as an academic and trainer, Joey understands how evidence and empathy are pivotal to innovation and growth.

    Joey Calandra

    Innovation Consultant, Inventium

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    Shannon Jaquith Chrisp , Executive Marketing & Corporate Responsibility Director, The Body Shop

    Shannon is an executive marketing professional with nearly 20 years’ experience developing and implementing consumer engagement strategies for local and international brands.
    As the Director of Marketing & Corporate Responsibility for The Body Shop Australia (a long-term partner of TBI), Shannon leads a team of ten, creative brand enthusiasts who are passionate about leveraging the company’s activist roots to enrich people, products and the planet.
    Before taking the plunge into the beauty industry, Shannon spent nearly 15 years working on some of the world’s most iconic footwear brands, which explains her well-researched passions for makeup and shoes.
    Shannon has a BA in Journalism & Public Relations from Northeastern University in Boston, USA.

    Shannon Jaquith Chrisp

    Executive Marketing & Corporate Responsibility Director, The Body Shop

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    Hanna Ebeling, CEO, Sefa

    Hanna Ebeling is the CEO at Sefa where we work closely with purpose-driven organisations on developing capital solutions or capability support to suit their needs, and where we help these organisations in creating partnerships with and access resources from a range of impact investors. From traditional banking with HSBC to venture philanthrophy in the Philippines, Hanna brings a global practice lens to Sefa. Her passions include blended finance in collaboration with philanthropy and innovative housing models. She is on the board of disability service provider Woodville Alliance, and works with the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership to improve collaboration between government, private sector, and philanthropy.

    Hanna Ebeling

    CEO, Sefa

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    Jacqueline Fox, General Manager, Capital Markets & Advisory Corporate Finance, Corporate & Institutional Banking National Australia Bank

    Jacqui has 25+ years’ financial-industry experience including in treasury, structured credit ratings and structured finance. She leads Corporate & Institutional Banking’s international team of capital markets specialists spanning frequent issuer, corporate, securitisation, hybrid and structured capital and equity capital markets originations, along with syndicate, financial advisory and sustainable finance specialists.

    Jacqui is part of the Corporate Finance leadership team and is a director and chair on several NAB subsidiaries. She is also mum to 4 perpetually active kids and coaches junior basketball for Ivanhoe Knights.

    Jacqueline Fox

    General Manager, Capital Markets & Advisory Corporate Finance, Corporate & Institutional Banking National Australia Bank

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    Sally Martin, Principal Portfolio Strategy and Development, BHP

    Sally Martin is Principal Portfolio Strategy & Development at BHP, based in Melbourne. She is responsible for evaluating strategic choices by identifying risks and opportunities to deliver a value creating and sustainable portfolio.

    Sally joined BHP in 2017, and has worked on capital allocation, process efficiency, transactions and strategy projects within Portfolio Strategy & Development.

    Prior to BHP, Sally worked at BP Australia for 10 years across different departments in operational and commercial roles. She holds an International Business degree from RMIT University, studied International Affairs at Australian National University, and has a Master of Applied Finance from Kaplan Education.

    Sally Martin

    Principal Portfolio Strategy and Development, BHP

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    Clifford Moss, Co-founder, Good Business Matters & Goodsmiths

    Clifford's first creative agency, launched in 1998, with offices in Auckland and Melbourne, made a considerable impact for clients helping them increase sales and generate greater profits year on year. By 2006 he realised it was soul-destroying stuff, doing no good for anyone except company directors and major shareholders. He'd had enough. Surely there was a way for organisations to generate a fair income while having a positive effect on their communities, society and the environment? He left his partners to selling for the sake of selling and, the following year, went to South Africa to help establish a child literacy charity. And that's when his purpose-led journey began. Mixing social impact with strategic thinking and brand communications came naturally. By 2013, with a growing portfolio of impact-led projects under his belt, he launched Good Business Matters, now a certified B Corp, which works across the business, charity and government sectors on social responsibility strategies and communications. What drives the work they do, is the enduring belief that for-purpose and for-profit need never be mutually exclusive but, by evolving together, they offer the perfect combination for a truly sustainable future.

    Clifford Moss

    Co-founder, Good Business Matters & Goodsmiths

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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 leading the $15M SVA Diversified Impact Fund. In addition to this, he supports social enterprises to win and deliver large social procurement contracts via SVA’s Upscaler initiative.
    Previously, Alex managed SVA’s $9m Social Impact Fund and established the HESTA/SVA Social Impact Investment Trust. Alex helped establish and was a founding director of Vanguard Laundry Services.
    Prior to SVA, Alex worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. across Australia, Asia and Europe. Alex holds a dual BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and is a CFA charterholder.

    Alex Oppes

    Director - Impact Investing, Social Ventures Australia

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    Joey Calandra, Innovation Consultant, Inventium

    Joey is an Innovation consultant at the behavioural science consultancy - Inventium. Driving innovations in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 20 years, Joey cannot help but inspire new possibilities through deep engagement, and use his own brand of colour, fun and passion to bring it to life.
    With an Executive MBA and Bachelor of Pharmacy, Joey loves to fuse science and creativity to develop evidence based solutions which make an impact in the world.

    Experience in general management has provided Joey a deep understanding of a growth mindset and innovation as necessary to succeed in a fast paced global environment. Including how to lead change at all levels of an organization from board to individual, as well as partnering with key stakeholders such as government, industry bodies and consumer groups. Paired with experience as an academic and trainer, Joey understands how evidence and empathy are pivotal to innovation and growth.

    Joey Calandra

    Innovation Consultant, Inventium

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    Olivia Cozzolino, Growth Services Manager, Social Traders

    Olivia supports social enterprises to accelerate their business growth and impact. At Social Traders her work is focused on connecting social enterprises with social procurement opportunities, building capability and developing growth strategies to enable social enterprises to scale. In her time at Social Traders, Olivia has worked with over 40 social enterprises at varying stages of development. She also previously ran Crunch, Social Traders’ start-up accelerator program.
    Olivia has extensive experience in leadership and general management. She was General Manager of Australian Red Cross’ largest social enterprise, the national network of 165 retail stores, where she developed and implemented a successful transformation strategy. This first hand operational experience brings valuable insight to Olivia’s work with social enterprises. Olivia also has a decade of experience in buying and product development roles with three of Australia and the UK’s largest retail chains.
    Olivia has an MBA from Melbourne Business School, specialising in strategy and social impact.

    Olivia Cozzolino

    Growth Services Manager, Social Traders

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    Stephen Duns, Director, The Leadership Centre

    Prof. Stephen Duns is an experienced health and human services executive, management consultant, bioethicist and coach. His experience includes several Chief Executive Officer and general management roles in health and social services. He has been involved in large and complex consulting assignments in the UK, Europe, USA and Australasia.

    Stephen is an Adjunct Professor of Business Leadership at the Australian Graduate School of Leadership (Torrens University), Honorary Fellow of the School of Psychology at Deakin University and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Doctorate in Business Leadership, a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy), Bachelor of Letters (Psychology) and Master of Business Administration.

    Stephen’s recent voluntary interests include President Indigenous Education Foundation and Vice President ChillOut Festival. Other voluntary experience includes President of annecto, Chair of Austin Health’s Human Research Ethics Committee, President and Chairman of the Board of Parkinson’s Victoria and Parkinson’s Australia, Chair and Director of Merri Community Health Services and President of JOY 94.9 community radio station.

    Stephen currently has a portfolio of work, as Managing Partner of Synergistiq, Faculty Lead at Leadership Victoria, Chief Executive of The Leadership Centre and Professor of Business Leadership. In his spare time he has endless projects on his small farm near Daylesford.

    Stephen Duns

    Director, The Leadership Centre

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    Sarah Gun, Founder and CEO, GOGO Events

    Sarah Gun is the Founder and CEO of GOGO Events. While GOGO Events began as a commercial enterprise, in 2012 Sarah decided to use her existing business to create social impact by creating training and employment pathways for people who experience homelessness. In the past seven years, this social business has created over 750 job outcomes for 85 individuals who are on their journey out of homelessness. The GOGO Foundation is a charity born out of GOGO events with a mission to create an inclusive workforce. Sarah is an international award-winning innovator, disruptor, thought leader and crusader for a socially equitable world. She is renowned for her ideas and achievements in setting new standards for socially and environmentally sustainable events in South Australia. Sarah has been the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including an Australia Day Women’s Award in 2018 and a Westpac Social Change Fellowship in 2017.

    Sarah Gun

    Founder and CEO, GOGO Events

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    Steph Huang, Co-Founder, Homegirls

    Steph is a PhD student studying immunology at Monash University. The idea for Homegirls came after volunteering for a refugee holiday program and recognising potential in the mothers who attended the crafting sessions. Steph wanted to connect females seeking refuge with local designers to create and sell earrings to the Australian market. With zero background in starting her own business, she learned everything by giving it a go and being thrown in the deep end. Since the conception of the original idea, Steph has taken Homegirls through the Monash Validator, the ygap Accelerator and won the 2017 Big Issue Big Ideas postgraduate award. She was also recognised as a Victorian Youth Leader in 2018, where she met Megan and Harry at Government House!

    Steph Huang

    Co-Founder, Homegirls

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    Brianna Kerr, Co-Founder, Kua

    Brianna's first trip overseas was spent camping in rural Papua New Guinea, where she learnt about the art of bilum weaving and how to cook fresh mud-crab. It was also her first introduction to international development. Since then she has gone on to work with a number of impact organisations across the Asia-Pacific and Africa, building a strong foundation for a career in the sector. In 2018, she joined her mates in building Kua, a social enterprise using coffee and new technologies to challenge how businesses think about their everyday consumption. She is a G20 Young Global Changer and a Westpac Future Leaders Scholar, currently studying a Master of Human Rights at the University of Sydney. Brianna is passionate about climate change, ethical supply chains and pasta.

    Brianna Kerr

    Co-Founder, Kua

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    Patrick Lyons , Partner – Social Research, Synergistiq

    With over 25 years’ experience in senior roles within government and the corporate sectors, Patrick is a critical friend to organisations that want to perform at their best. Patrick brings his expertise in strategy, evaluation, budget management and facilitation to projects that span from concept planning to impact measurement and strategic reflection. Patrick works nationally, with all levels of government, the NFP and corporate sectors.

    Patrick Lyons

    Partner – Social Research, Synergistiq

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    Hannah Miller, Capacity Building Program Manager, Sefa Partnerships

    Since 2015, Hannah has generated support for over 100 Australian early-stage social ventures, through her work with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and now Sefa Partnerships. Hannah works towards ways to un-silo capital and capability for the growth of social enterprise. With a tendency to think out loud, Hannah believes in changing the relationship between community and money, to build inclusive economy for all.

    Hannah Miller

    Capacity Building Program Manager, Sefa Partnerships

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    Clifford Moss, Co-Founder, Good Business Matters & Goodsmiths

    Clifford's first creative agency, launched in 1998, with offices in Auckland and Melbourne, made a considerable impact for clients helping them increase sales and generate greater profits year on year. By 2006 he realised it was soul-destroying stuff, doing no good for anyone except company directors and major shareholders. He'd had enough. Surely there was a way for organisations to generate a fair income while having a positive effect on their communities, society and the environment? He left his partners to selling for the sake of selling and, the following year, went to South Africa to help establish a child literacy charity. And that's when his purpose-led journey began. Mixing social impact with strategic thinking and brand communications came naturally. By 2013, with a growing portfolio of impact-led projects under his belt, he launched Good Business Matters, now a certified B Corp, which works across the business, charity and government sectors on social responsibility strategies and communications. What drives the work they do, is the enduring belief that for-purpose and for-profit need never be mutually exclusive but, by evolving together, they offer the perfect combination for a truly sustainable future.

    Clifford Moss

    Co-Founder, Good Business Matters & Goodsmiths

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    Fiona Nixon, Head of Strategy and Communications, Bank Australia

    Fiona Nixon is Bank Australia’s Head of Strategy and Communications and is a passionate about the role that business needs to play in addressing social and environmental issues. She is responsible for the bank’s engagement and communication with staff and customers as well as its public policy commitments. Fiona also oversees the Bank Australia Impact Fund, through which the bank invests 4% of after tax profits to create positive social and environmental outcomes.

    Fiona has a background in consulting for private, public sector and for-purpose clients on communications, social policy development, major events, and community consultation. She has also held senior communications roles in the Victorian State Government and local government in Melbourne.

    Fiona has a Bachelor of Arts (Law) from Macquarie University and is currently completing an Executive MBA at RMIT University.

    Fiona Nixon

    Head of Strategy and Communications, Bank Australia

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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 leading the $15M SVA Diversified Impact Fund. In addition to this, he supports social enterprises to win and deliver large social procurement contracts via SVA’s Upscaler initiative.
    Previously, Alex managed SVA’s $9m Social Impact Fund and established the HESTA/SVA Social Impact Investment Trust. Alex helped establish and was a founding director of Vanguard Laundry Services.
    Prior to SVA, Alex worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. across Australia, Asia and Europe. Alex holds a dual BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and is a CFA charterholder.

    Alex Oppes

    Director - Impact Investing, Social Ventures Australia

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    Pat Ryan, CEO, Dismantle

    A background in working with marginalised and disengaged youth led Pat to join Dismantle in 2012. As CEO of Dismantle, Pat has led the development of two initiatives to help engage and empower young people, Bike Rescue and Renew Property Maintenance. BikeRescue is a youth development program that uses bicycle mechanic activities and mentors to help young people develop social skills, build confidence and connect to educational and vocational opportunities. ReNew Property Maintenance is a social enterprise which provides on-the-job training in commercial maintenance services to selected youth trainees from Dismantle’s BikeRescue programs through Supported Exposure Traineeships (SETs) .

    With a degree in Behavioural Science and a passion for helping to empower the most vulnerable people in our communities, Pat finds he is most effective working in the youth sector. He feels privileged to go to work at Dismantle each day, to connect with and work alongside brilliant people from diverse backgrounds who dedicate themselves to a great cause.

    Pat Ryan

    CEO, Dismantle

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    Nip Wijewickrema, Co-Founder, GG's Flowers and Hampers

    Nip Wijewickrema is a passionate and driven young woman trying to change the world one flower and gift hamper at a time. At the age of 20, she established GG's Flowers & Hampers - a social enterprise florist and gift hamper business that provides meaningful employment for people with special needs.

    The business has moved from strength to strength over the last six years, providing paid employment at award wages for over 35 people with special needs.

    Nip was named 2016 ACT Young Australian of the Year and a 2019 Westpac Social Change Scholar.

    Nip Wijewickrema

    Co-Founder, GG's Flowers and Hampers

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

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    Gemma Pidutti, State Operations Manager - VIC/TAS, The Big Issue

    Gemma Pidutti is the State Operations Manager for Victoria and Tasmania for The Big Issue, managing the Street Magazine Enterprise, Women’s Subscription Enterprise, and the Community Street Soccer Program. She has worked for The Big Issue for the past 20 years, and previously worked for The Body Shop where she was first introduced to The Big Issue and became interested in helping homeless and marginalised people. Gemma is passionate about providing people with an opportunity to earn an income, and in sustainable social enterprise models. Gemma was involved in the working group that developed and implemented the Women’s Subscription Enterprise.

    Gemma Pidutti

    State Operations Manager - VIC/TAS, The Big Issue

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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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    Stephanie Say, National Communications and Partnerships Manager, The Big Issue

    Steph is the National Communications and Partnerships Manager for The Big Issue, responsible for The Big Issue’s media and marketing activities as well as securing and servicing corporate partners. Steph has over a decade of experience in the media and communications industry, having worked as a producer and journalist at both Sky News and Newscorp, and most recently in the AFL industry as Marketing Manager at the Port Adelaide Football Club. Steph also holds a double degree in Media and Arts from the University of Adelaide. She is thrilled to have joined the not-for-profit sector and is driven by developing positive outcomes for the most vulnerable in our community.

    Stephanie Say

    National Communications and Partnerships Manager, The Big Issue

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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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    Jon Whitehead, Chief Financial Officer, The Big Issue

    Jon has over 20 years of financial and accounting experience working for Commonwealth and State Governments, Industry, Financial Services and Not for Profit. Jon graduated from the University of Canberra with a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance and has gone on to complete his CPA.

    Jon is currently the Chief Financial Officer of The Big Issue and Homes for Homes, where he manages both companies' finances, IT, Admin and Facilities, Human Resources and Legal. Outside of work Jon is busy with his family raising twins and occasionally playing a round of golf.

    Jon Whitehead

    Chief Financial Officer, The Big Issue

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