NSW Social Impact Investment Expert Advisory Group

This group of experts advises the NSW Government on growing the social impact investment market in NSW and works to raise awareness of social impact investment. The group’s interim chair is Trevor Danos AM. Members have skills and expertise in impact investing, philanthropy, law, public administration, innovation, service delivery and social sector management.

Trevor Danos AM

Chair

As well as interim chair of the Expert Advisory Group, Trevor has been integral to establishing the Expert Advice Exchange and also chairs its Scoping Panel.

Trevor has practised commercial law for over 30 years, acting for a range of government and private organisations. He is a board member of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, TransGrid and the Sydney Local Health District. He has been involved in a number of charities and has led reform work in the community housing sector. In January 2014, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through contributions to a range of scientific, education, government, legal and charitable associations.

Trevor Danos AM

Richard Brandweiner

Richard Brandweiner was appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Australia in February 2018 and is a member of the Pendal Group Global Executive Committee. Richard has over 20 years’ experience in investment management and is responsible for the Australian arm of Pendal Group, including asset management, operations, sales and marketing. Before joining the company, Richard was a Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at First State Super, one of Australia’s largest pension funds. Prior to that, Richard was Group Executive at Perpetual Investments, one of Australia’s oldest and most awarded fund managers.

Richard is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of New South Wales. Richard previously served as President of the CFA Society (Sydney) and is Vice Chair of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing.

Richard Brandweiner

Sarah Davies

Sarah is the CEO of Philanthropy Australia and has had a broad and wide-ranging career from executive roles in tertiary education in Australia to private sector consulting in HR, marketing and strategy in Australia, Europe and the Middle East, and back in the dim dark ages in airport management. But for the last 10 years, her focus has been exclusively in the for purpose sector: in philanthropy and social change. 

In addition to her professional roles, Sarah has also served on a number of diverse Boards and committees. Her current community roles include Director of Kids Under Cover, board member of the Centre for Social Impact, Council Member of the National Museum of Australia and Board Member of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing.

Sarah Davies

Stephen Fitzgerald

Stephen is Chairman of Affirmative Investment Management (UK) and Deputy Chairman of PineBridge Investments (New York). Stephen serves on the boards of QBE Insurance Group (Global), the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (Australia), and the British Museum Investment Sub Committee (UK). He is a Trustee of the Garden Bridge Trust (UK) and  has also been a member of the Male Champions of Change (Australia) since its inception in April 2010.

Stephen was appointed as a member of the Board of Guardians of the Future Fund (Australia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund) and served for a period of five years until April 2016.

Previously, Stephen was Chairman of Goldman Sachs, Australia and New Zealand. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 and was named a Managing Director in 1998 and a Partner in 2002. Stephen earned a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of New England, Australia in 1986.

Stephen Fitzgerald

Phil Gardner

Phil Gardner is our Deputy Secretary, Commercial Group having joined Treasury as Executive Director, Commercial Transactions in October 2015.  Phil was appointed to the Deputy Secretary position in May 2017 and in that capacity he leads the overall Commercial Group which provides advice and execution capability that enables the NSW government deliver critical services and infrastructure for the people of NSW.  The Group comprises the NSW Data Analytics Centre, Commercial Transactions, Commercial Assets, Infrastructure and Structured Finance, and Commissioning and Contestability units. 

Prior to joining NSW Treasury Phil worked in capital markets, funds management and superannuation in Sydney, London and Singapore.

Phil has degrees in Law and Economics from the University of Tasmania

Phil Gardner

Tracy Howe

Tracy is an experienced senior executive leader, consultant, mentor and speaker. Previously Tracy was the CEO of the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS), the peak body of the health and community services sectors in NSW, and the state-wide voice for and with people affected by poverty and inequality. Tracy has extensive experience in homelessness sector reform and early intervention for women and children experiencing domestic violence. She currently sits on the NSW Premier's Advisory Council on Homelessness and the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Council. A qualified law practitioner, she has also advocated for family law reform to improve court processes for women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

Tracy Howe

Patrick McClure AO

Patrick has been a leader in civil society in Australia for 20 years. He has been CEO of Mission Australia (1997-2006), the Society of St Vincent de Paul (NSW/ACT; 1992-1996), The Retirement Villages Group within Macquarie Capital Funds (2006-2008), and Aged and Community Services Australia.

He is Chairperson of the Australian Government’s Reference Group on Welfare Reform (2014). He is Governance and Strategy Consultant at the Institute of Strategic Management. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Kincare Group. He was also Chairperson of the OECD-LEED Forum on Social Innovation (2003–2007) based in Paris. He was a Member of the Prime Minister’s Community-Business Partnership (1999-2007), Chair of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform (1999-2000), Commissioner of the Australian Fair Pay Commission (2006-9), Deputy Chair of the Welfare to Work Consultative Forum (2005-2006) and a Member of the Aged Care Advisory Group (2011).

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2003 and awarded an Australian Centennial Medal in 2001.

Patrick McClure AO

Warren Mundine

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