Geoff Sharp

For all my years of experience in the not-for-profit sector I have always been left with a nagging question: Why, despite the resources available and the amazing work that people do, is it that deeply entrenched poverty and vulnerability remain such a potent and life changing issue in our communities? This is what attracted me to working at a systemic level, trying to address not just the symptoms, but the root causes that lie at the heart of the problem.

Geoff is the Systems Lead for the Early Years Catalyst in SVA’s Early Childhood Development team. The Early Years Catalyst brings together leaders from across children and family services seeking to maximise impact and bridge gaps within the current early years system to allow more young children in Australia to thrive. The Catalyst came about from the 2019 Early Years Summit with nearly 500 leaders from across the Early Childhood Field who together agreed that they need to work together and take a whole of system approach to generating long term, sustainable change.

Geoff comes to SVA with many years of experience in senior leadership roles in the not-for-profit community and philanthropic sectors. He has also worked in consulting and as an associate with Collaboration for Impact, an organization aimed at building an influential movement of people to build capacity in others and shift the conditions that hold complex challenges in place.