Cassandra Goldie
Leadership Breakfast Keynote



Cassandra Goldie has been CEO of ACOSS since July 2010. With public policy expertise in economic and social issues, civil society, social justice and human rights, Cassandra has represented the interests of people who are disadvantaged, and civil society generally, in major national and international processes as well as in grassroots communities. Prior to joining ACOSS, Cassandra held senior roles in both the NFP and public sectors, including with the Australian Human Rights Commission, Darwin Community Legal Service and as Senior Executive with Legal Aid in Western Australia. 


Cassandra has a PhD from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Law from University College London, and is an Adjunct Professor with the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, the UNSW Law Advisory Committee, the Australian Climate Roundtable, the Pinnacle Foundation Board and the Energy Charter Independent Accountability Panel. She is a member of Chief Executive Women. 


Social Impact Manager, Australia New Zealand


As Google’s Social Impact Manager of Australia/New Zealand, and a holder of a Masters in Corporate Philanthropy, Jes brings years of experience working in both the public and private sector.


Starting her career as a teacher (in Melbourne!) and then moving into the nonprofit world, she transitioned to Google in 2016.


Since then, she has been working with Google.org's global grantees, organising Google's Crisis Response efforts, and working closely with Grow with Google as their main Google for Non-Profits trainer. 


Chief Marketing Officer 


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.


Digital Architect


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.


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).


Executive Director

@Tech Impact

Patrick is the executive director for Tech Impact, the United States-based not-for-profit organisation with a mission to empower communities and not-for-profits profits to use technology to better serve our world. 


Patrick leads the development of Tech Impact programs including technology education, services and support designed specifically for not-for-profit organisations. He also leads several workforce development programs, including ITWorks, CXWorks and Punchcode.


ITWorks supports youth and veterans (18-26-year-olds without a university degree) with training and credentials to begin a career in information technology, while CXWorks trains in customer service skills for careers in the contact center industry.


Tech Impact is headquartered in Philadelphia and maintains satellite offices across the U.S.


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.



@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.



@Orange Sky

In October 2014, Nicholas Marchesi cofounded Orange Sky alongside his best mate Lucas Patchett. Together, they built the first van. Nic led the initial van build and supported the early service rollouts.

Nic continues to have oversight of the Vehicle Team and the Orange Sky Fleet. He has been integral to the design and construction of the vehicles and the associated research and development. Nic has ensured the success of each vehicle model at Orange Sky.

Nic is an avid problem solver and drives continuous improvement across all areas of Orange Sky, adopting the mentality that everything has the capacity to be improved. Nic pioneered the integration of technology into Orange Sky’s operations and helped lead the development of the Orange Sky Portal and App - pieces of technology built in-house.

Nic previously worked as a camera operator and editor for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and for the Seven Network. In these roles, he developed a passion for sharing people’s stories as a way of getting people to better relate to and connect with one another. As a result of Nic’s influence, storytelling is central to Orange Sky’s culture and is the cornerstone of the organisation’s brand and creative content.

Nic has been a Board Member since the organisation was founded and has played a critical role in the strategic direction of Orange Sky. He fosters a culture of affirmation and hard work. The framework underpinning the internal culture at Orange Sky mirrors many of the attributes and characteristics he lives by.



@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.


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.


Conference Emcee

Founder and

@Ecocreative & @Double Denim

Matthew Wright-Simon is the founder of Ecocreative, a pioneering business in the sustainability, wellbeing and social impact sectors dedicated to ‘engagement for changemakers’. He is a serious values-driven creative practitioner with a ready sense of humour.


His strategy, facilitation and communications work is built around strong values and design principles. He is an IAP2-certified engagement facilitator and he has designed, facilitated or emceed numerous major ideas, innovation and leadership conferences, workshops and forums.


Matthew is co-founder of Double Denim, a social enterprise focused on women's homelessness and he is a founding trustee of microphilanthropy group, the Awesome Foundation in his hometown of Adelaide. 


In March of this year he was named among Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 group of influential NFP figures.


Senior Consultant


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.


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