SVA announces incoming CEO Suzie Riddell

Social Ventures Australia (SVA) Chair Paul Robertson today announced Suzie Riddell as the organisation’s incoming CEO.

Riddell is currently Chief Strategy Officer at SVA, where she has held various roles since 2011.During her time at SVA Riddell has led diverse projects and initiatives for a wide range of not-for-profit, corporate and government clients; driven internal strategy and business planning; as well as spearheaded the incubation and growth of collaborative start-up social ventures like Evidence for Learning and the Industry Employment Initiative.

She has also served on a number of not-for-profit boards, including as a Non-Executive Director of YWCA NSW and Holdsworth Community Centre and Services. She is currently a Director of The Observership Program.

SVA Chair Paul Robertson said the Board were absolutely delighted by the appointment.

‘Suzie is the right person to lead SVA through its next stage of evolution and contribution to the Australian social purpose landscape. Her strategic thinking, collaboration and leadership skills stood out among a very strong field of candidates and her deep commitment to SVA’s mission is inspiring. We all look forward to working alongside her in her new role as CEO’

Riddell said she felt honoured and excited about the opportunity to lead SVA as CEO.

‘For Australia to become a place where all people and communities thrive, we must work hard to remove the barriers to participation and learning that exist throughout our social systems. I’ve seen the incredible impact that can be achieved through collaborative, evidence informed initiatives that address these barriers, and I Iook forward to helping drive more change in this way.’

Before joining SVA Riddell was a consultant at Bain & Company, where she worked across a variety of sectors and projects including customer experience and transformation projects telecommunications, transport and financial services sectors.

She holds a Bachelor of Accounting (University Medal, First Class Honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Master of Philosophy (International Relations) from the University of Cambridge.

In 2017 Riddell was named a Young Executive of the Year by the Australian Financial Review.

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