Appointed Chair in December 2019, Patricia has extensive experience in generating greater levels of corporate community investment. Through a career in public affairs, communications and marketing, Patricia has been involved in a range of dynamic business and community partnerships in response to some of the major social issues affecting our community.
As a director of her own consulting practice, Patricia now advises business on their corporate responsibility programs with a particular emphasis on community investment, stakeholder communications and staff engagement.
Sally Powell is the National Program Manager – eCommerce for Bunnings Group Limited and joined the Social Traders’ Board in 2018
She has a strong disability and community service background having been the Chief Executive of the Bedford Group from 2011 to 2018, and was employed by Bedford since 2003. She has actively advocated for the employment of people with disability and disadvantage both nationally and internationally, played a key role in the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and development of the Certificate of Education for South Australia, as well as contribute to a number of for-purpose organisations and industry skills boards.
Sally has extensive commercial experience in retail, manufacturing, packaging and third party logistics (3PL), hospitality, landscaping and horticulture, human resource management and community services including housing, employment, training, counselling, community access, indigenous and youth specialised programs and support services.
She is an experienced Director having previously served on the Board and Committees of Westminster School, Workability International, National Disability Services Australia, Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia and Training and Skills Commission (SA) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), a Graduate Diploma Human Resource Management and is currently studying a Graduate Certificate of Public Policy.
Helen has more than 15 years experience advising international corporations on strategic stakeholder engagement and corporate social responsibility. She also advises private trusts and foundations, encouraging strategic and proactive approaches to philanthropy.
Helen has been involved in planning, developing and implementing business/community partnerships with some of the world’s leading companies. She is an internationally accredited partnership broker, a mentor and a former Regional Director of the Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme, developed by the International Business Leaders Forum. She also has extensive experience in both the business and not-for-profit sectors.
Chris Newton is the Executive Director, Responsible Investment at IFM Investors and joined the Social Traders’ Board in 2018. At IFM Investors, Chris works across investment teams to ensure that responsible investment considerations are embedded in IFM Investors’ investment, asset management and reporting frameworks.
Chris has a broad range of experience in Australia, having been an executive at some of Australia’s largest private businesses, Government departments and within the Community sector including Deloitte, ANZ, Transurban and the State Government of Victoria’s Department of Treasury & Finance.
Chris has had a long history working with the community sector and social enterprise including as Board member Reclink, Project Director at Good Shepherd Microfinance and leading The Australia Post Social Innovation and National Partnership Programme.
He is also a Non-Executive Director of Westernport Water, and a special adviser to Good Shepherd, and is a participant in Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (Council Member), PRI Infrastructure Advisory Committee (Member) and IIGC Climate Change Policy Working Group (member).
Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Murdoch University), Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance (Finsia), Masters of Business Administration (Melbourne Business School) and a Graduate Certificate in International Development (RMIT)
Justin Meade was appointed to the Board of Social Traders in December 2018.
Justin is currently a Director at PwC, and is PwC’s Melbourne based Procurement consulting practice leader. He is a former Procurement General Manager of Treasury Wine Estates and has a proven record of designing and delivering high value and high profile outcomes across private and public enterprises.
In 2017 Justin contributed to the Australian federal government’s Procurement skills reform agenda, which delivered a federal reset of Procurement standards and capabilities to meet evolving societal and market demands.
Justin has a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and is bi-lingual (German).
Over the last 35 years Wendy has worked at a senior level in a number of organisations covering a variety of areas. These areas include manufacturing, accounting services, independent schools, tertiary colleges and 10 years as the CEO of a not-for-profit organisation.
Wendy is currently the Executive Officer for the Collier Charitable Fund – a philanthropic fund which commenced in 1954.
Wendy is also the Chair of the Invergowrie Foundation and is the current Chair of the Board of the Knox School an independent co-educational school in Wantirna.
Appointed to the Social Traders Board in June 2019, Fran Thorn has worked extensively, as a consultant and in government, in areas of social service delivery (education, health & human services) and central policy making in State Government.
She has also been a consultant to Governments across Australia in health and education, and has advised on health system governance in SA, WA, NSW and Victoria. Between 2005 and 2011, Fran was the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Health, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development respectively.
Fran has had significant involvement in managing implementation of government service delivery reforms in education and training, and human resources policy and management.