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.
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.
Mike has been a Board member of Social Traders since December 2008 and was appointed Chair in mid 2009. Mike is a Chartered Accountant. In 2007, he retired as a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers after spending 30 years with the firm. Mike was a tax partner with responsibility for many of the firm’s major clients. He also held a number of senior leadership roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers. His non-executive career since has included roles on the Board of the Brotherhood of St Laurence (and its associated finance committee). He was also a director of GoodStart Childcare until 2011. Mike has a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Member of the Certified Practising Accountants of Australia.
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.
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.
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).