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Our Team

Social Traders staff are a diverse group with an impressive array of professional skills and expertise.

The common thread that binds the culture of this organisation is the belief in the power of the marketplace to create sustainable social impact and change.

David Brookes, Managing Director

Managing Director

David Brookes, Managing Director

David leads Social Traders.

David brings extensive experience leading strategic business-community partnerships at Rio Tinto, Toyota and Amcor; as well as industry and government policy development and key stakeholder engagement experience.

Appointed Managing Director of Social Traders in 2009, David is an Executive Director on Social Traders’ Board and has responsibility for development and implementation of the organisation’s strategy, staff recruitment and engagement with key government, philanthropic, business and research partners.

David has been closely involved in the development of social enterprise development initiatives in Australia, including the annual Social Enterprise Conference, the Victorian Social Enterprise Strategy and social procurement advocacy across the public and private sectors.  David is also a  Director of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) Community Interest Company (CIC) established in July 2015.

David has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Wollongong and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Mark Daniels, Executive Director

Executive Director

Mark Daniels, Executive Director

Mark works to connect business and government buyers to social enterprises through advocacy and engagement.

Mark has extensive experience developing new relationships with business and government buyers of social enterprise and as a result has been instrumental in bringing social enterprise into the mainstream Australian economy. Through public speaking and the provision of advisory and consulting advice to business and government, Mark is recognised as a leading figure in social enterprise in Australia.

Mark has worked as Social Enterprise Manager for the Brotherhood of St Laurence, managing a number of social enterprises aimed at assisting people into mainstream employment.  Mark has also developed policy and community development activities for public housing estates in inner city Melbourne. Mark is a sought after as a keynote speaker on a range of social enterprise topics.

Mark has Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Graduate Diploma in Urban Policy and Planning from RMIT.

Lisa Boothby, Executive Director

Executive Director

Lisa Boothby, Executive Director

Lisa works to connect social enterprises to buyers and new opportunities through advocacy and engagement.

Lisa has extensive experience in management consulting across commercial, community and social enterprise sectors, having worked in the Strategy Group at Accenture, as well as directly consulting to non-profit organisations and social enterprises.  Lisa has worked with numerous boards and management teams on the development of strategic plans, national growth strategies and merger evaluation and implementation.

With an expertise in strategy and business model development, Lisa collaborates with numerous stakeholders including business, government, philanthropy and business-to-business social enterprises.

Lisa has held board positions with Good Company and Ormond College, and is currently a Director of Veritas Health Innovation. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School.

Mark Hemetsberger, Head of Marketing

Head of Marketing & Communications

Mark Hemetsberger, Head of Marketing

Mark was appointed Head of Marketing at Social Traders in 2015 and has responsibility for Social Traders’ brand, marketing and communication activities.  Mark also leads Social Traders advocacy and leadership activities that include the Social Enterprise Awards and Masters Conference.

Mark brings to his role a background in international marketing, communications and media, having worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s International division and for the Commonwealth Business Council in the UK.  Mark also has previous experience working and consulting on community development projects in Asia and Africa.

Mark has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing / Management) from Monash University and a Masters in Communication from RMIT.

Katherine Kennedy, Strategy Manager

Strategy and Evaluations Adviser

Katherine Kennedy, Strategy Manager

Katherine joined Social Traders in February 2012. Katherine leads the business development and strategic planning work for Social Traders. She also provides support and advice to social enterprises and government stakeholders. Key projects include social enterprise consulting to the New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services around social enterprise funding and support models.

Katherine has over 20 years experience in senior management, with specialist expertise in business planning, business analysis, business strategy, small business management, facilitation and consulting across a number of industries including tertiary education (University of Melbourne), agriculture (The Woolmark Company), retail (Coles Myer), intellectual property commercialisation (Australian Institute of Commercialisation), telecommunications (Telstra), information technology (Digital Equipment Corporation) and medical (Northern Ultrasound for Women).

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Limerick University, Ireland and a Masters of Management Technology from Melbourne Business School and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Katherine has also been a business planning coach and examiner for Masters students at the University of Melbourne.

Katherine was a non-executive director of a non-profit organisation for seven years focusing on the prevention of child sexual abuse. She is currently a non-executive director of a Bendigo Community Bank in Melbourne.

Catherine Brown, Campaign Manager

Campaign Manager

Catherine Brown, Campaign Manager

Catherine works to build awareness of events, content, engagement and other opportunities for Social Traders certified social enterprises and Social Traders Buyer members.

By developing and implementing campaigns across Social Traders networks and communities, Catherine provides expertise in communications as well as measuring awareness impact.

Catherine has worked at the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Thankyou and holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact through the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne.

Kevin Kuo, Data Administrator

Data Administrator

Kevin Kuo, Data Administrator

Kevin works to better understand the impact of buyers and suppliers in social procurement. Working with internal stakeholders Kevin structures and builds the data capture process between buyers and suppliers and manages report generation requirements.

By developing the necessary processes and business documentation to support data capture and management, Kevin’s expertise provides Social Traders with the ability to understand the social enterprise market – in particular the behaviour of buyers and suppliers – more deeply than any other organisation in Australia.

Kevin began his career journey working at Zomato and has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Fran Blake, Admin Manager/Executive Assistant

Admin Manager/Executive Assistant

Fran Blake, Admin Manager/Executive Assistant

Fran works to ensure Social Traders’ is an efficient and effective organisation.

By supporting all areas of Social Traders business including finance, IT, CRM, operations, special projects and executive and team support, Fran provides the much-needed administrative support for the organisation to achieve its objectives.

Fran has run a project with The Big Issue Women’s Subscription Enterprise to assist raising awareness of homelessness, and has worked in various office management, health, property development, volunteer and finance roles.

Kate Saporta, Principal - Growth Services

Principal, Growth Services

Kate Saporta, Principal - Growth Services

Kate brings expertise and passion to help social enterprises deliver lasting social change. Drawing on more than 14 years of commercial, not for profit and social enterprise experience combined with a deep passion for social change, Kate has strengthened the linkages between the corporate, government and social enterprise sectors to deliver social impact.

Kate consults widely in areas of strategy, growth, innovation, business model transformation, new market development, operating model design, financial modelling, social impact and social finance. Kate works with social enterprises to development meaningful outcomes and empower them to achieve their goals.

As a chartered account Kate started her career with Ernst and Young and since leaving has worked across a variety of organisations, including a large not for profits, philanthropy and consulting both in Australia and Africa.

Olivia Cozzolino, Principal - Growth Services

Principal, Growth Services

Olivia Cozzolino, Principal - Growth Services

Olivia brings expertise and passion to help social enterprises deliver lasting social change.

Drawing on extensive experience working as the General Manager of Red Cross’ largest social enterprise – the national network of 165 retail stores; and in a number of retail buying and product development roles, Olivia accelerates the growth and impact of social enterprise through knowledge of the market.

Olivia consults in areas of strategy, growth, innovation, business model transformation, new market development, operating model design, financial modelling and social impact, and works with social enterprises to help them recognise their growth potential, develop meaningful outcomes and empower them to achieve.

Olivia holds a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School, where she specialised in strategy and social impact.

Rebecca Green, Engagement Manager

Engagement Manager

Rebecca Green, Engagement Manager

Rebecca brings energy and a deep understanding of engagement to help social enterprises deliver lasting social change.

By assisting enterprises become Social Traders certified, Rebecca reviews constitution and financial documents; visits enterprises on site to understand their capability and growth potential; and identifies contract opportunities with buyers.

Working across diverse stakeholder groups Rebecca is adept at developing and implementing workable solutions that drive social enterprises toward winning new work.

Rebecca has worked at the intersection of business, not-for-profit and local community, and has a BA, International Relations & History, from University of Queensland.

Sam Edmonds, Principal - Buyer Services

Principal, Buyer Services

Sam Edmonds, Principal - Buyer Services

Sam facilitates social procurement deals between buyers and social enterprise suppliers, by providing strategic advice on linking social enterprises into existing business and government supply chains.

Working with business and government buyers Sam increases awareness of social enterprise and practical social procurement knowledge and expertise in buyer organisations through communications, training and engagement.  Sam is instrumental in working with buyers to translate their social enterprise procurement spend into a social impact report that informs how procurement spend has affected a beneficiary group.

Sam has worked in environmental & parks planning with Parks Victoria, started a coffee wholesale and retail business, and worked as the CEO of the Victorian Farmers’ Markets association.  Sam has an honours degree in Planning and Design from the University of Melbourne.