SPEAKERS

NOEL CLEMENT 

Director, Australian Programs

@Australian Red Cross

Noel Clement was appointed Director of Australian Programs in September 2019 having worked in a variety of senior and executive level roles in Red Cross since 2001, including three years as Director, Migration, Emergencies and Movement Relations.

 

He first joined Red Cross to work with asylum seekers. His current portfolio encompasses all Australian humanitarian programs ranging from migration support programs to emergency services, justice, placed-based programming, work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and a significant range of other community programs.  

 

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Noel leads a diverse team of National Program Heads and State and Territory Executive Directors, bringing together both the programmatic and geographic footprints of the organisation in Australia. 

 

Noel has dedicated his career to the not-for-profit sector, including a further 13 years in community health and public housing organisations where he worked in direct service delivery, community development and program leadership roles.

 

He holds a Bachelor of Social Work (PIT) and a Masters of Social Policy and Community Service Management (RMIT).

MELISSA KAPLAN 

Digital Architect

@Microsoft

Melissa has more than 20 years' experience designing and implementing leading edge digital and technology solutions and strategies across a wide range of clients and sectors.
 

She has worked as a global product manager for Australian and international companies, managing clients on the Forbes 100 list.
 

Her expertise in digital, knowledge, information and data systems means she can create innovative outcomes founded on proven technology and platforms.
She has published papers on the application of digital technologies on the customer experience and the impact of digital on the future of information management.

DARREN KANE

Chief Security Officer

@nbn™ Australia

Darren Kane has been the Chief Security Officer at nbn™ since 2015. Under his leadership, the nbn Security Group has become a converged centre of physical and cyber security enabling Australia’s biggest critical infrastructure owner to better protect its people and assets against evolving threats. In 2020, Darren was appointed to the Federal Government’s Cyber Security Industry Advisory Committee to help guide the implementation of the nation’s Cyber Security Strategy and provide ongoing advice to address emerging cyber security challenges.

 

Prior to nbn™, Darren served in Federal Government Law Enforcement Agencies for over 19 years in the Australian Federal Police and financial markets regulator the Australian Securities & Investment Commission, and 11 years at Telstra Corporation in varied security management roles culminating in 5 years as the Director, Corporate Security & Investigations. 

 

Darren was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Information Technology, Faculty of Science, at Deakin University in 2020. Darren has a Master’s in Business Administration, a Diploma of Financial Markets and is a Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2020 Darren was awarded Male Champion of Change at the AWSNA (Australian Women’s Security Network Awards).

ALECIA HANCOCK

Marketing &
Social Media

@Hancock Creative

Alecia Hancock is a businesswoman and entrepreneur, with a passion for helping cause-based organisation tell their story.Alecia’s vision is to further worthy causes around the world by providing accessible education about storytelling in a digital world. She has worked with brands like Bankwest Foundation, Australian Red Cross, Starlight Children’s Foundation and has clients all around Australia.Alecia’s business Hancock Creative, was awarded Telstra Micro Business of the Year WA in 2017 and was voted one of the 100 Coolest Companies in Australia. Her training program for causes, Gain & Retain was also listed by Anthill as one of the 50 Smartest Products in Australia.She worked as journalist and magazine editor for more than 15 years, with most of her time spent at the helm of local and national magazines. Her work has appeared in The West Australian, marie claire, Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph. Alecia is also currently a lecturer at Notre Dame University, teaching Interactive Media.

JO GARNER

Director

@Strategic Grants

Jo Garner has worked with not-for-profits since 1994 and established Strategic Grants in 2009.
 

Jo and her team work with peak bodies, funders and charities across Australia and New Zealand to help not-for-profits increase their capacity to win grants and deliver vital community projects, while also encouraging effective philanthropic support.
 

Strategic Grants assists hundreds of organisations through training, education, advisory services, critiquing, application writing and board and strategic planning for an effective grants program.

 

The team has worked on successful philanthropic and government grants and tenders ranging from $5,000 to $50 million. Strategic Grants is now also assisting a growing number of funders with defining their grant application guidelines and application processes.
 

Jo holds the international accreditation CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) and a degree in Commerce with majors in Marketing and IT and was made a Fellow of the Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) in 2015. In 2017 she was awarded the 2017 Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year.
She is a regular conference presenter on best-practice processes at conferences and facilitates regular workshops for individual charities as well as the sector at large.

DAVID GOMES

Executive General Manager

@CodeBlue Australia

With over 20 years’ experience across multiple industries, Gavin has applied his passion for people and customers to build several highly successful and engaged teams throughout Australia and Asia.

 

With a relentless focus on re-imagining the customer experience and digital transformation, Gavin has been leading the CodeBlue team as the Executive General Manager since 2019. Prior to CodeBlue, Gavin was the Group Executive Director for Canon Australia and was a key member of their Oceania Group leadership team for over 3 years.

 

He has also held senior executive leadership roles with iconic brands including IBM, Telstra and Australia Post and founded two start-up companies in the technology space.

WENDY WILLIAMS

Editor

@Pro Bono News

Wendy Williams is the editor of Pro Bono News, Australia’s largest news service for the social sector.

 

She has a decade of experience working as a journalist in Australia, the UK and Spain.

 

She writes about the not-for-profit sector and broader social economy.

VIX DAVY

Co-founder

@PetRescue

Vix Davy has her eyes firmly fixed on a future where every pet is safe, respected and loved. Her focus - the single-minded goal of seeing an end to the killing of Australia’s homeless pets.

 

She has been leading the PetRescue team along with PetRescue co-founder JB since 2004 and works with corporates, academics and community rescue groups to create and run programs that create genuine impact, transforming the lives of pets and people.

 

Vix doesn’t just think outside of the box - she will turn that box inside out, make a rocket out of it and launch it into the stratosphere in the pursuit of a safer, happier future for rescue pets. Status quo be damned.

 

Vix is passionate about bringing the advantages of the for-profit sector to the NFP world, especially in the use of technology to help drive social change, driving innovation to grow capacity, and creating jobs to attract fresh talent to the animal welfare industry and create positive change.

 

She has been an EY’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, is a judge on the Companion Animal Rescue Awards panel, and juggles parenthood, pets and cold water swimming.

JOE CIANCIO

Managing Director and Principal Strategy Consultant

@Maxsum Consulting

Joe Ciancio brings over two decades of global technology experience to the table. A skilled facilitator and strategist, Joe brings clarity to organisations seeking to navigate the myriad of business technology options available, define which will deliver real outcomes, and design a transformation and innovation roadmap that will allow them to achieve those outcomes. 

 

With over 25 years of experience engaging with business decision makers and as a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Joe engages with stakeholders at every level of the organisation to ensure that the right technology aims are defined, and the right outcomes delivered. Joe is passionate about the role emerging technologies in cybersecurity, data, and IoT can offer businesses seeking to grow beyond their boundaries.

DAVID MCLEAN

Senior Consultant

@Infoxchange

With extensive experience in HR, finance and operations management, governance and compliance, people, systems, technology and process, David has a proven ability to inspire people to work collaboratively towards common goals. He is motivated by a drive to help create a more sustainable and equitable world.

JODIE SANGSTER 

Chief Marketing Officer 

@IBM

Jodie is a leading data-driven marketing specialist and qualified lawyer (specialising in privacy and data protection) and her extensive experience spans over 20 years, including roles in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

 

Jodie was appointed to her current role in April 2019 and prior to that was the Chief Customer Officer for IBM Watson in Australia.

 

Before joining IBM, Jodie served seven years as CEO of the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA). She has also held roles as SVP Global Development for the Direct Marketing Association (USA) and Chief Privacy Officer for Acxiom (Asia Pacific).

 

She is currently a non-Executive Director on the Board of Amaysim, Australia’s fourth largest telco and sits on the Board of Governors for the ECHO Awards in New York.

PAUL RONALDS

CEO

@Save the Children

Paul Ronalds is the Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Australia. Save the Children works in every state of Australia and in more than 120 countries around the world on children’s education, health and protection issues.

Paul is also currently a non-executive director of the Centre For Social Impact, the Campbell Collaboration and the Community Council of Australia.

 

Prior to joining Save the Children, Paul was First Assistant Secretary responsible for the Office of Work and Family in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. In this role, Paul provided advice to the Prime Minister of Australia on a broad range of social and economic policies designed to assist families and communities.

 

Paul has also worked as Deputy CEO of World Vision and as chief operating officer of Urban Seed, an innovative and dynamic NGO that provides a range of services to marginalised people in Melbourne’s inner city.

 

He started his career as a corporate lawyer with international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills before co-founding wishlist.com.au, one of Australia’s most successful e-commerce companies.

 

Paul is a graduate of the St James Ethics Centre’s Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in Ethics and Leadership and has degrees in economics and law with honours from Monash University, a graduate diploma in applied finance and a masters in international relations from Deakin University.

 

He is the author of 'The Change Imperative: Creating a Next Generation NGO', a book that examines the organisational challenges faced by international NGOs in a rapidly evolving global political context.

 

In 2016, Paul was made a Fellow by Monash University in recognition of distinguished service to civil society.

NOEL CLEMENT 

Director, Australian Programs

@Australian Red Cross

Noel Clement was appointed Director of Australian Programs in September 2019 having worked in a variety of senior and executive level roles in Red Cross since 2001, including three years as Director, Migration, Emergencies and Movement Relations.

 

He first joined Red Cross to work with asylum seekers. His current portfolio encompasses all Australian humanitarian programs ranging from migration support programs to emergency services, justice, placed-based programming, work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and a significant range of other community programs.  

 

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Noel leads a diverse team of National Program Heads and State and Territory Executive Directors, bringing together both the programmatic and geographic footprints of the organisation in Australia. 

 

Noel has dedicated his career to the not-for-profit sector, including a further 13 years in community health and public housing organisations where he worked in direct service delivery, community development and program leadership roles.

 

He holds a Bachelor of Social Work (PIT) and a Masters of Social Policy and Community Service Management (RMIT).

MELISSA KAPLAN 

Digital Architect

@Microsoft

Melissa has more than 20 years' experience designing and implementing leading edge digital and technology solutions and strategies across a wide range of clients and sectors.
 

She has worked as a global product manager for Australian and international companies, managing clients on the Forbes 100 list.
 

Her expertise in digital, knowledge, information and data systems means she can create innovative outcomes founded on proven technology and platforms.
She has published papers on the application of digital technologies on the customer experience and the impact of digital on the future of information management.

DARREN KANE

Chief Security Officer

@nbn™ Australia

Darren Kane has been the Chief Security Officer at nbn™ since 2015. Under his leadership, the nbn Security Group has become a converged centre of physical and cyber security enabling Australia’s biggest critical infrastructure owner to better protect its people and assets against evolving threats. In 2020, Darren was appointed to the Federal Government’s Cyber Security Industry Advisory Committee to help guide the implementation of the nation’s Cyber Security Strategy and provide ongoing advice to address emerging cyber security challenges.

 

Prior to nbn™, Darren served in Federal Government Law Enforcement Agencies for over 19 years in the Australian Federal Police and financial markets regulator the Australian Securities & Investment Commission, and 11 years at Telstra Corporation in varied security management roles culminating in 5 years as the Director, Corporate Security & Investigations. 

 

Darren was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Information Technology, Faculty of Science, at Deakin University in 2020. Darren has a Master’s in Business Administration, a Diploma of Financial Markets and is a Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2020 Darren was awarded Male Champion of Change at the AWSNA (Australian Women’s Security Network Awards).

ALECIA HANCOCK

Marketing &
Social Media

@Hancock Creative

Alecia Hancock is a businesswoman and entrepreneur, with a passion for helping cause-based organisation tell their story.Alecia’s vision is to further worthy causes around the world by providing accessible education about storytelling in a digital world.

 

She has worked with brands like Bankwest Foundation, Australian Red Cross, Starlight Children’s Foundation and has clients all around Australia.Alecia’s business Hancock Creative, was awarded Telstra Micro Business of the Year WA in 2017 and was voted one of the 100 Coolest Companies in Australia.

 

Her training program for causes, Gain & Retain was also listed by Anthill as one of the 50 Smartest Products in Australia.She worked as journalist and magazine editor for more than 15 years, with most of her time spent at the helm of local and national magazines.

 

Her work has appeared in 'The West Australian', 'marie clair'e, 'Cosmopolitan' and 'The Daily Telegraph'. Alecia is also currently a lecturer at Notre Dame University, teaching Interactive Media.

JO GARNER

Director

@Strategic Grants

Jo Garner has worked with not-for-profits since 1994 and established Strategic Grants in 2009.
 

Jo and her team work with peak bodies, funders and charities across Australia and New Zealand to help not-for-profits increase their capacity to win grants and deliver vital community projects, while also encouraging effective philanthropic support.
 

Strategic Grants assists hundreds of organisations through training, education, advisory services, critiquing, application writing and board and strategic planning for an effective grants program.

 

The team has worked on successful philanthropic and government grants and tenders ranging from $5,000 to $50 million. Strategic Grants is now also assisting a growing number of funders with defining their grant application guidelines and application processes.
 

Jo holds the international accreditation CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) and a degree in Commerce with majors in Marketing and IT and was made a Fellow of the Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) in 2015. In 2017 she was awarded the 2017 Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year.
She is a regular conference presenter on best-practice processes at conferences and facilitates regular workshops for individual charities as well as the sector at large.

JO BARRAKET

University Distinguished Professor

@CSI Swinburne

University Distinguished Professor Jo Barraket is a pioneering researcher in social enterprise and social innovation in Australia. Her work spans questions of public policy, organisational hybridity and social change. She leads CSI Swinburne, which is the largest social economy research centre in the world.

 

Professor Barraket’s work contributes to policy development and practice in social investment, social procurement, and social enterprise development. Based on her expertise in these areas, she has been national expert adviser to the OECD on two projects related to the social economy and socio-economic participation.

 

Professor Barraket has authored more than 70 publications and led more than $9.5 million of grant funded and commissioned research, including national competitive grants funded by the Australian Research Council and projects funded by corporate and private philanthropy, and state and local governments. In her previous position as Associate Professor, she led the social enterprise and innovation research program at QUT Business School.

WENDY WILLIAMS

Editor

@Pro Bono News

Wendy Williams is the editor of Pro Bono News, Australia’s largest news service for the social sector.

 

She has a decade of experience working as a journalist in Australia, the UK and Spain.

 

She writes about the not-for-profit sector and broader social economy.

VIX DAVY

Co-founder

@PetRescue

Vix Davy has her eyes firmly fixed on a future where every pet is safe, respected and loved. Her focus - the single-minded goal of seeing an end to the killing of Australia’s homeless pets.

 

She has been leading the PetRescue team along with PetRescue co-founder JB since 2004 and works with corporates, academics and community rescue groups to create and run programs that create genuine impact, transforming the lives of pets and people.

 

Vix doesn’t just think outside of the box - she will turn that box inside out, make a rocket out of it and launch it into the stratosphere in the pursuit of a safer, happier future for rescue pets. Status quo be damned.

 

Vix is passionate about bringing the advantages of the for-profit sector to the NFP world, especially in the use of technology to help drive social change, driving innovation to grow capacity, and creating jobs to attract fresh talent to the animal welfare industry and create positive change.

 

She has been an EY’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, is a judge on the Companion Animal Rescue Awards panel, and juggles parenthood, pets and cold water swimming.

JOE CIANCIO

Managing Director and Principal Strategy Consultant

@Maxsum Consulting

Joe Ciancio brings over two decades of global technology experience to the table. A skilled facilitator and strategist, Joe brings clarity to organisations seeking to navigate the myriad of business technology options available, define which will deliver real outcomes, and design a transformation and innovation roadmap that will allow them to achieve those outcomes. 

 

With over 25 years of experience engaging with business decision makers and as a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Joe engages with stakeholders at every level of the organisation to ensure that the right technology aims are defined, and the right outcomes delivered. Joe is passionate about the role emerging technologies in cybersecurity, data, and IoT can offer businesses seeking to grow beyond their boundaries.

MORGANA RYAN

Deputy Chair

@Infoxchange

Morgana has been on the Infoxchange Board since 2012 and is Chair of the Strategy committee.

 

She has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic, IT and business process transformation across the corporate and international development sectors.

 

Morgana is also the author of two books, Building a Better International NGO and Navigating Change for International NGOs.

 

She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

DAVID GOMES

Executive General Manager

@CodeBlue Australia

With over 20 years’ experience across multiple industries, Gavin has applied his passion for people and customers to build several highly successful and engaged teams throughout Australia and Asia.

 

With a relentless focus on re-imagining the customer experience and digital transformation, Gavin has been leading the CodeBlue team as the Executive General Manager since 2019. Prior to CodeBlue, Gavin was the Group Executive Director for Canon Australia and was a key member of their Oceania Group leadership team for over 3 years.

 

He has also held senior executive leadership roles with iconic brands including IBM, Telstra and Australia Post and founded two start-up companies in the technology space.

STACEY SINCOCK

Disability and Aged
Care Specialist 

@Lumary

Before joining digital health company Lumary as a disability and aged care specialist, Stacey worked with the NDIS as a service support officer assisting providers and participants to navigate the complexities of the scheme. 

 

Stacey has more than 20 years of experience in the disability and aged care industries and her knowledge is pivotal in the development of the Lumary care management platform.

 

Stacey is passionate about the healthcare industry and an advocate for members of the disability community. 

LEENA BATES

Event emcee

@Infoxchange

Leena began her career as a facilitator and emcee at the age of 15, where she led events for her school and local council, who later awarded her Young Citizen of the Year for her contribution to the community.

 

She continues working with the sector today, as one of the team at the IX group, having joined after being in service as a Youth Worker.

 

Leena has a passion for performance, storytelling and helping people to have better relationships with themselves.

 

She’s very excited to guide our delegates through their conference experience, with the intention of bringing connection, warmth, and energy.

DAVID SPRIGGS 

Group CEO 

@Infoxchange

David 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.

 

David is also Chair of the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance and a Board member of Specialisterne Australia.

 

He holds a Bachelor of Information Technology from the University of Queensland, a Certificate in Theology from the University of Melbourne and is a Graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

MARCUS HARVEY

Digital Transformation
Manager

@Infoxchange

Marcus leads Infoxchange’s Digital Transformation Program, aiming to help more than 10,000 organisations get better value from their technology investment, transform operations and achieve measurable outcomes with the clients and communities they work with.

 

Recently Marcus has helped hundreds of non-profits move to the cloud, reduce IT costs and enabled effective working in a COVID environment.

 

He has also been working with a group of non-profit technology leaders from Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia, supporting them to use technology effectively and transform their organisation

 

Currently, he is leading Australian not-for-profits to design and implement digital transformation programs that deliver measurable value for staff and clients

 

Marcus also helps organisations to improve their data and information systems, enabling them to better understand their services and articulate their impact

FURTHER SPEAKERS
TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

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