The 2014 Social Enterprise Awards judging panel reflects a wealth of knowledge and experience in the social enterprise sector. The panel selected award winners from each of the six categories, from a short list of 23.

The Awards judging for 2014:

  • Simon Gillies (chair)
    Company Director at Social Traders
    Senior Partner, PwC
  • Robyn Eversole
    Associate Professor and Director, Institute for Regional Development, University of Tasmania
  • Peter Ball
    Director, Yonder Co
  • Annette Ruhotas
    General Manager Social Sustainability, Australia
  • Michael Dawson
    CEO, CBB The not4profit people


2013 Judging panel – See below for more information on 2013′s judges.

Meet the judges
Simon Gillies - Chair

Simon Gillies - Chair

We are pleased to confirm that Simon Gillies will chair the SE Awards Judging Panel again in 2014.

Simon is an experienced senior executive with more than 20 years of senior management and management consulting experience focused primarily around strategy development and execution within the consumer goods and telecommunications sectors.

Simon is a senior partner at PwC Australia and he is a Non-Executive Director of Social Traders Ltd. Simon holds an MBA and a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.

Leah Armstrong

Leah Armstrong

Leah Armstrong is the Chief Executive Officer of Reconciliation Australia, an entrepreneur, adviser to corporate Australia and advocate for economic empowerment.

In 2009, The Australian Financial Review Boss Magazine recognised Leah as a “True Leader” and in 2012 Leah was recognised in the 2012 Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Influential Women Awards.

Leah holds several Board positions including Supply Nation and Jobs Australia Foundation and is Chair of the Indigenous Business Policy Advisory Group.

Ingrid Burkett

Ingrid Burkett

Ingrid is Managing Director of Knode, a social business that aims to build the knowledge base underpinning social innovation and to help community organisations, governments and businesses to foster and share innovative practice.

Ingrid is the President of the International Association for Community Development and also works part-time as the Social Design Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact, at the University of NSW in Sydney.

Ingrid has qualifications in Social Work (B.SocWk, first class Honours); Business (Masters in Business); and Community Economic Development (PhD).

Alastair Welsh

Alastair Welsh

Alastair Welsh has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry. For the last 20 years Alastair has worked at Westpac in both New Zealand and Australia.

Currently the General Manager for Commercial Banking in WRBB, Alastair has a team of over 1,100 people responsible for 17,000 clients and $38b of lending and $24b of deposits.

Alastair is a Chartered Accountant (NZ), holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Victoria University, NZ) and holds a Masters of Business Administration with Distinction (Massey University, NZ).

Andrew McInerney

Andrew McInerney

Andrew McInerney has more than fifteen years of international marketing and strategy experience. He is currently General Manager, Strategy and sits on the Senior Leadership team of Australia Post’s $2.3b Communications Management Services business.

Prior to joining Australia Post he sat on the leadership team of gemba Group, Australia’s leading sports and entertainment consultancy, was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and held senior marketing roles at Sara Lee in the Netherlands and in Australia.

Andrew attained his MBA (with distinction) from the University of Oxford and also holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney.

key dates

  • 12 June 14 - Social Enterprise Masters conference
  • 12 June 14 - Social Enterprise Award winners announced

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