Board and governance

The Board of SVA governs our overall direction and purpose, acting as the centrepiece of governance, fiduciary and overall responsibility for SVA and related companies.

Responsibilities include the approval of new members. Our board brings a diverse range of business, financial, entrepreneurial and philanthropic capabilities to SVA.

Company secretariat services are provided by Bernadette Favis.

Our people are our greatest asset. Find out more about the SVA team.


BEng (Hons)
Non-Executive Director and Chair
Member of Impact Investing Committee

Rob Koczkar
Chair, Social Ventures Australia

Director since 11 August 2020

Mr Koczkar is the Managing Director of Adamantem Capital and a former CEO of Social Ventures Australia. He has extensive experience in social impact and private equity investing along with a deep understanding of the social purpose sector. He was previously a Managing Director of Pacific Equity Partners, Principal at Texas Pacific Group in Europe and started his career as a strategic consultant with Bain & Company.

Other current directorships

Mr Koczkar also serves on the boards of Melior Investment Management Pty Limited, HYG HoldCo Pty Limited (Hygain), Guardian Alphabet Holdco Pty Limited, Greenland Holdco Pty Limited and Eagle Holdco Pty Limited.

Former directorships in last 3 years
He previously served on the board of Servian.


Social Ventures Australia CEO Suzie Riddell
BAcc, MPhil, GAICD
Executive Director
Member of Impact Investing Committee

Suzie Riddell
CEO, Social Ventures Australia

CEO and Director since 22 November 2018
Ms Riddell is CEO at SVA. She previously held the role of Chief Strategy Officer, leading the Strategy & Advocacy team. She draws on extensive experience in the social purpose and commercial sectors to lead SVA’s systems change agenda. Ms Riddell led the development of innovative education and employment ventures, securing philanthropic seed capital and demonstrating impact to win scale funding from government. Prior to joining SVA, she was a consultant at Bain & Company. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Melior Investment Management. Click here to read Ms Riddell’s full bio.

Other current directorships
Ms Riddell is also a director of the Observership Program and Community Council for Australia.

Former directorships in the last 3 years
She previously served as a director of Holdsworth Community Centre and Services and YWCA NSW.


Non-Executive Director

Adam Davids
Director of Learning, Career Trackers

Director since 11 August 2020

Adam is a proud Aboriginal man and descendant of the Wiradjuri people. He is a Fulbright Scholar, a Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellow, and a Partner of First Nations Equity Partners.

Adam Davids was one of the pioneers behind CareerTrackers and CareerSeekers and has undertaken ground breaking work to identify global racial equity standards for businesses to make an impact with underrepresented minorities.

Over the years Adam has established a network of leading academics, NGOs, and business leaders to promote equity, justice, and the self-determination of racial minorities around the world. His career and research have shed light on global issues around racial wealth inequality, the lack of diversity in leadership, and how to build sustainable and high-impact non-profits.

Former directorships in last 3 years
He previously served on the board of CareerSeekers.


Sarah Davies AM

Non-Executive Director

Sarah Davies AM
CEO, Alannah & Madeline Foundation

Director since 21 March 2022
Ms Davies has had a wide-ranging career from executive roles in tertiary education to private sector consulting in HR, marketing and strategy across Australia, Europe and the Middle East. But for the last 15 years, her focus has been exclusively in the for-purpose sector: driving social change.

In March 2021 Sarah became CEO at the Alannah & Madeline Foundation – joining a highly committed and impactful community and team to create a safer online and offline world for children. Prior to the Alannah & Madeleine Foundation, Sarah was the CEO of Philanthropy Australia, enabling and supporting the growth and evolution of thoughtful giving to achieve more and better philanthropy. Before this, she held CEO roles at The Reach Foundation and The Australian Communities Foundation.

In addition to her professional roles, Sarah also serves on several diverse Boards and committees. Her current community roles include Deputy Chair of Teach for Australia and Council Member of the National Museum of Australia.


Robert Fitzgerald AM
Non-Executive Director
Member of Impact Investing Committee

Robert Fitzgerald AM
Commissioner, Productivity Commission

Director since 1 October 2017
Mr Fitzgerald is the NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner and is a director of Caritas Australia Limited. Most recently he has been a Commissioner with the Productivity Commissioner and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse. A commercial lawyer for more than 20 years, including with top-tier firm Clayton Utz, he has also held a number of policy-related roles including as a member of the National Competition Council.

Prior to joining the Productivity Commission, Mr Fitzgerald was Community and Disability Services Commissioner and Deputy Ombudsman in New South Wales. His considerable experience with the not-for-profit sector includes serving as Chair of the Australian Charities and Not-For Profits Commission Advisory Board, President of the Australian Council of Social Services, and over 30 years of volunteering with numerous community services.


Non-Executive Director
Chair of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

Tanya Gilerman
Partner, Financial Services, KPMG

Director since 30 April 2012
Ms Gilerman is the Chief Risk Officer for KPMG Australia. She is responsible for risk and regulatory matters as well as broader commercial and business risks associated with KPMG’s strategy. She was admitted to the partnership in 2000, specialising in the financial services sector in audit and risk advisory.

Ms Gilerman has extensive experience in auditing of ASX listed companies, funds management businesses and working with Boards and senior management during times of change and restructuring. Ms Gilerman is passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion and encourages senior women to develop and enhance their opportunities by leveraging themselves, their teams and the business. She also sponsors the KPMG Earhart programme for high achievers. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and a member of their Audit and Finance Committee.


BComm (Hons), MBA (Hons)
Non-Executive Director
Member of People & Culture Committee

Chris Harrop
Director, Bain & Company

Director since 19 September 2016
Mr Harrop is a Director in the Melbourne office of Bain & Company, a global strategy consulting firm. He joined Bain in 1993 and became a Partner in 2000. He led Bain’s telecommunications practice in Asia Pacific for 7 years and served for 6 years on the firm’s global committee responsible for partner promotion and remuneration. Mr Harrop has worked with clients in many different industries, and has specialised in projects addressing corporate strategy, growth strategy, customer experience improvement and broad-based transformational change. Prior to joining Bain, Mr Harrop held sales and marketing roles in the computer and consumer products industries, with IBM, NCR and Adidas.

Other current directorships
Mr Harrop is a member of Bain’s global board of directors and a director of Goodstart Early Learning.

Former directorships in the last 3 years
He previously served on the Brandenburg Foundation Board.


Bachelor, ESS
MIntLaw (Distinction)
Non-Executive Director

Verity Lomax
Director, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

Director since 13 October 2021

With over a decade of experience in government, including in the role of Chief of Staff to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, Veterans, Volunteering and Youth, Verity is a passionate advocate for high impact social change.

Representing Australian business in Myanmar, Verity led the Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce, which was awarded the Asia Pacific Small Chamber of the year accolade due to their initiatives promoting Responsible Business practices and women in business.

Back in Australia, Verity begun working for a social impact advisory firm, Spark Strategy (a registered B-Corp), including with the Chief Minister’s office in the Northern Territory, co-designing their Early Childhood Strategy.

Currently Verity is a Director at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, leading a team focused on breaking disadvantage through the vehicles of education, employment and skills. Verity is passionate about bringing government together with the not for profit, private and philanthropic sectors, to create lasting social impact.

Former directorships 

The Reach Foundation

The Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce


Non-Executive Director
Member of People & Culture Committee
Member of Impact Investing Committee

Daisy Mallett
Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Director since 23 February 2016

Ms Mallett is a risk management and dispute resolution lawyer with over 20 years’ experience advising multinational companies and governments in relation to their most complex risks and disputes, most recently as Partner at King & Wood Mallesons. Daisy is passionate about systems change solutions to social issues, and youth and education initiatives playing a key role in reducing disadvantage in Australia.

Former directorships in the last 3 years
She was previously a director of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.


BA, BPhil (Hons)
Non-Executive Director

Cindy Reese Mitchell
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Canberra

Director since 13 October 2021

Cindy is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra and founding Chief Executive Officer of Mill House Ventures, the Canberra region’s first dedicated social enterprise business development consultancy.  Cindy has worked as a venture capital investment manager and senior management roles at large corporate organisations in Australia and the United States. She is a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) at Swinburne University, where she studies Kimberley Aboriginal women’s entrepreneurship and leadership.

Other current directorships
Mrs Mitchell also serves on the Boards of Mosaic LifeCare, Emmaus Christian School and the Social Enterprise Enterprise Council of NSW and ACT.

Former directorships in last 3 years
She previously served on the Boards of Mosaic Baptist Church and Kulture Break.

Our members

SVA was established in 2002. We were created by, and have the ongoing support of, some of Australia’s most well-known non-profit and philanthropic organisations. These are our founding partners:

  • AMP Foundation
  • The Benevolent Society
  • The Smith Family
  • WorkVentures

Our members include our founding partners as well as other leaders in the non-profit and social sector. SVA members are the guardians of the underlying mission and values of SVA for the benefit of its stakeholders. SVA members can appoint and remove Directors.

Michael Traill AM – Founding CEO of Social Ventures Australia. Chair of Goodstart Early Learning. Co-founder and former Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm.

AMP Foundation – The core vehicle wealth manager AMP uses to invest in the community. The foundation focuses its funding on youth unemployment and programs that build the capacity of the non-profit sector.

The Benevolent Society –  Australia’s first charity. A not-for-profit and non-religious organisation and helping people, families and communities achieve positive change for 200 years. Through its work, the Benevolent Society educate, support and advocate for personal and societal change, to create a fair society where everyone thrives.

The Smith Family – A national, independent children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.

WorkVentures – A Sydney based community employment and economic development enterprise with a history of social innovation.

Adrian Appo OAM

Tony Berg AM – Director of Gresham and Chairman of Gresham Property. Gresham is a leading Australian investment and advisory house.

Elaine Henry OAM – Former CEO of national, independent children’s charity, The Smith Family

Bill Lawson AM – Retired Engineer and Founder of Beacon Foundation and Reconciliation Tasmania. Currently a Board member of Reconciliation Australia and co-chair of Reconciliation Tasmania.

Helen Liondos – Manager of the AMP Foundation, the core vehicle for investment in the community by wealth manager AMP.

Rob McLean AM – Founding Chair of SVA, former Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand of management consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

Lisa Paul AO PSM

John Poynton AM – Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Azure capital, an independent boutique corporate advisory firm based in Perth.

Paul Robertson AO

Carol Schwartz AM – Chair of Our Community, a social enterprise that provides advice and tools for Australia’s 700 000 community groups and schools.

Richard Spencer – Productivity Commissioner, former CEO of The Benevolent Society, and former SVA Board member.

SVA Leadership Council

The activities of SVA are augmented through the operation of the SVA Leadership Council. The purpose of the SVA Leadership Council is to provide input and guidance to SVA on strategic funding opportunities and networks. It is an extremely valuable and high profile point of connection and leverage for our funding endeavours.

The Council comprises:

Rob Koczkar (Chair) – Former CEO of Social Ventures Australia. Founder and Managing Director, Adamantem Capital.

Andrew Clifford – Chief Investment Officer of ASX-listed fund manager Platinum Asset Management.

Sarah Davies – Chief Executive Officer of Philanthropy Australia.

Alison Deans –  Westpac Board Director and previously CEO of the technology-based investment company netus Pty Ltd.

Gary Gerstle – Former Managing Director of Man Investments Australia, an alternative investment manager.

David Jones – Chairman, VGI Partners

Rob Keldoulis – Founder and CEO of Vivienne Court Trading, an international arbitrage firm wholly owned by a charitable entity.

Tony Mackay AM – CEO of Centre for Strategic Education (CSE) Melbourne

Michael Price – Executive Director of Macquarie Bank and a Director for In-Form Limited, which raises funds for youth mental health charities.

Nigel Renton – Founder, NJ Renton and Partners.

Stephen Roberts – Member of the boards of Cancer Council Australia and Cancer Council Australia Executive Committee. Former Senior Partner and Regional Business Leader of Asia Pacific for Mercer Investments.

Paul Robertson AO – Chair of Social Ventures Australia Board, Chair of St Vincent’s Health Australia and Chair of Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview. Former Executive Director, Macquarie Bank.

Michael Traill AM – Founding CEO of Social Ventures Australia. Chair of Goodstart Early Learning. Co-founder and former Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm.

David Vaux – Established The Vaux Family Education & learning Foundation and is the Independent Chairman on the GenesisCare Board.

Yan Li Wang – Partner of Melbourne HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

Shemara Wikramanayake – Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie Group