Guest speakers


Will Richardson
Chief Investment Officer, Impact Investment Group

Will Richardson is the Chief Investment Officer of Impact Investment Group (IIG) who manages $100m in assets under management.  IIG is a leading Australian impact investment funds manager. Their vision is to advance a new model of business – one that ensures economic, social and environmental prosperity. IIG source and develop investment platforms that generate social and environmental value throughout the investment’s life, as well as delivering financial returns for investors. Will oversees Impact Investment Group’s investment portfolio and investor relations. He has over 10 years’ experience in the private equity, property and corporate finance sectors, and has provided investment advice to organisations, families and high net wealth individuals. Will was previously the Investment Manager and Executive Officer at the CVC Group, after beginning his career at Ernst & Young.

Rebecca Scott
Co-Founder and CEO, STREAT

Rebecca is the co-founder and CEO of STREAT, a social enterprise that provides homeless and disadvantaged youth with a pathway from the street to long-term employment in the hospitality industry. Since starting its first street food cart in Melbourne in 2010 the organisation has now scaled to run six hospitality businesses (four cafes, a coffee roastery and a catering company). Across these businesses, the young people in STREAT's programs have had over 30,000 hours of training and support opportunities, whilst helping serve half a million customers. By 2016 STREAT aims to be helping 250 youth each year and be completely self-funded through its business operations. Before starting STREAT Rebecca was the Vice-President of KOTO, a hospitality training program and social enterprise for street youth in Hanoi. Prior to this she worked for a decade in science communication management at the CSIRO, Australia’s premier science research organisation.

Christopher Thorn
Senior Investment Adviser, Evans and Partners

Profile coming soon.

Jo Wood
Group Manager, Social Policy and Economic Strategy, Department of Employment

Jo Wood is the Group Manager, Social Policy and Economic Strategy Group in the Australian Government Department of Employment. Jo is responsible for leading the development of evidence-based policies across the portfolio that promote the social and economic participation of people, particularly those at risk of disadvantage. She is responsible for the Social Enterprise Development Investment Fund. Jo also leads the department’s work on the Government’s deregulation agenda, manages the portfolio’s research and evaluation programmes, and brings economic frameworks to departmental policy making.