Rosemary is a go to global leader and strategist in social innovation and investment and shared value. In 2015, she was recognised in the 100 Women of Influence (AFR/Westpac) for contributions to innovation. In 2017, she was a finalist for Women in Finance Thought Leader of the Year. Rosemary established and Chairs the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing (AAB) which drives Australia’s contribution to catalysing a global impact as part of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG), alongside similar bodies in 16 other countries.
Rosemary represents Australia at the GSG, of which she has been a Trustee since 2018, and founded and Chairs Impact Investing Australia, formed to design and deliver the AAB strategy. Rosemary advises on shaping global practice, conventions and evidence through the OECD Expert Group on Impact Investment and Bridges Impact+ Global Advisory Council. Between 2010-2017 she was a member of the NSW Government Social Investment Expert Advisory Group.
Rosemary’s leadership approach draws on unique experience across sectors: as a professional services partner at Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens-Linklaters) where she was recognised among the world’s leading lawyers (Chambers Global), working in and with the community and philanthropic sectors and in State and Federal Government. She led the Australian Government’s first social innovation unit, breaking new ground in social innovation and investment.
Over a 30 year + career in innovation, Rosemary has published widely and presented globally on innovation and investment, particularly on the role of governments and policy, shared value and on breakthrough strategies for impact at scale. She is an experienced Chair and Director and holds a degree in Law (First Class Honours), the New York Bar, is a graduate of the AICD and an internationally accredited broker of cross-sector partnerships.
Published works authored and co-authored by Rosemary include:
Benchmarking Impact: The Australian Impact Investment Activity and Performance Report 2016 (2016)
Investing to Save Lives: An impact investment case for prevention of road trauma (2016)
The Role of Governments and Policy in Social Finance (in Social Finance, OUP, 2015);
Blueprint to Market: Impact Capital Australia (2015);
Breaking the Deadlock: A social impact investment lens on reducing the costs of road trauma and unlocking
capital for road safety (2015);
The work of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce: Why it Matters and What Comes Next (2014);
Delivering on Impact: the Australian Advisory Board Strategy for Catalysing Impact Investment (2014);
IMPACT-Australia: investment for social and economic benefit (2013);
Inviting Investment in Social Enterprise (2007);
Contributions on property and patent law for Laws of Australia (1998).
CEO and Executive Director
Sally is the Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Director of Impact Investing Australia. She has extensive experience in finance, funds management and strategy, and has spent many years working in and understanding Asia Pacific markets. Sally first joined Impact Investing Australia in May 2015 to manage the strategic development and implementation of a new financial institution to scale impact investing in Australia, Impact Capital Australia. Sally has held senior roles with Accenture, Legg Mason Asset Management and SBC Warburg [now UBS]. Sally is a non-executive director of Indigenous Business Australia Asset Management, Oxfam Australia, Millennium Service Group (ASX: MIL) and two National Australia Bank securitisation companies. She is currently a member of: the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment’s (GSG) Working Group on impact investing wholesalers; the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing and the QBE Classification of Social Impact Committee. Sally is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Christopher Thorn AM
Christopher Thorn is a Partner at EY. Christopher leads the Outcomes Measurement practices within the Climate Change and Sustainability practice. He has a particular focus on Social Finance, Impact Investment and Philanthropy. Prior to taking up this role he was a Partner at Evans & Partners, GoldmanSachsJBWere and JBWere where he worked in Private Wealth, Institutional Equities, and Research Sales positions in Australia and New York. He also held senior strategy and management roles in these markets. In 2001 he established the JBWere Philanthropy Series business.
Christopher is a Director of Impact Investing Australia, and member of the Australian National Advisory Board to the Global Steering Group on Impact Investing. His external involvements have included being the Council Member of Philanthropy Australia (2005 – 2013), Founding Chair of the JBWere Charitable Endowment Fund, Founding Board Member of Giving West, Founder and Chairman of ShareGift Australia, Founding Chair of StreetSmart Australia, President of the Camberwell Grammar Foundation, member of the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council and Chair of the MLC Community Foundation Advisory Committee.
In 2017 Christopher was made a member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the not for Profit Sector, particularly through advisory roles on philanthropy strategic planning, and to the community.
Louise Sylvan AM
Louise is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney, Chair of Energy Consumers Australia, a director of the Australian Risk Policy Institute and Vice-Chair of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investment. She was previously CEO for the Australian National Preventative Health Agency, a Commissioner of the Productivity Commission, and Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Louise has also been Chief Executive of CHOICE-Australian Consumers’ Association, President of the global body Consumers International and served six years on the Prime Minister’s Economic Planning Advisory Council. Louise is also the Deputy Chair of Impact Investing Australia’s Innovation and Outcomes Working Group.
Richard was appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Australia of Pendal Group (formerly BT Investment Management) in February 2018 and is a member of the Pendal Group global executive committee. Richard has more than 20 years’ experience in investment management and is responsible for the Australian arm of the Pendal Group, including asset management, operations, sales and marketing. Before joining Pendal Group, Richard was chief investment officer at First State Super, one of Australia’s largest pension funds and prior to that was Group Executive at Perpetual Investments, one of Australia’s oldest and most awarded fund managers. Richard is a CFA charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of New South Wales. Richard previously served as president of the CFA Society and is vice chair of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing.
Lead Partner – Strategy, A.T. Kearney
Peter is a Partner at A.T. Kearney, as well as APAC Head for Strategy, Marketing and Sales. Peter has over 25 years of management consulting experience, specialising in corporate strategy and operations transformation. He has consulted with clients in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Asia, primarily in the Financial Services, Communications, Media and Utilities sectors. Peter is a former Unit Leader for Australia and New Zealand and a former Member of the Global Board of Directors.