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Next cohort announced for social impact leadership program

25 July 2022 at 8:01 am
Danielle Kutchel
The second cohort in the program will experience a tailored program aimed at strengthening their leadership capabilities.

Danielle Kutchel | 25 July 2022 at 8:01 am


Next cohort announced for social impact leadership program
25 July 2022 at 8:01 am

The second cohort in the program will experience a tailored program aimed at strengthening their leadership capabilities.

Leaders drawn from climate, arts, health and community services not for profits are among those who have been selected for the second cohort of a new social impact leadership program.

Twenty-four not for profit leaders have been announced as the next participants in the Social Impact Leadership Australia (SILA) Program, delivered by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI).

The five-year, $9.6 million program is funded by four of Australia’s major philanthropic foundations: the Myer Foundation, Sidney Myer Fund, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and Paul Ramsay Foundation. 

The second cohort is made up of CEOs from Victoria and Tasmania, who will experience a series of immersive learning experiences, one-on-one coaching, dedicated capacity-building support, and a fully funded three-month sabbatical over the 10-month program.

“SILA is a groundbreaking program that recognises the importance of investing in for-purpose leaders. Corporate leaders have long had opportunities for intensive professional support and SILA is a way for us to provide those same opportunities to for-purpose leaders,” said Arminé Nalbandian, CEO of CSI.

Leonard Vary, CEO of The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, underscored the importance of SILA to prop up the underinvestment in tailored executive professional development within the for-purpose sector.

 “The for-purpose sector is crucial to communities all across the country and we must continue to drive best-practice leadership. We are proud to be supporting this second cohort of experienced leaders who are working to find solutions for climate action, community arts, family violence, and more,” he said.

Participants in Cohort One (2021) were selected from NSW and the ACT, with SILA being offered to for-purpose leaders from all states and territories in Australia in a staggered roll-out. Nominations for the third intake will open in late 2023.

The SILA Program’s Cohort Two participants include:

  • Adrienne Picone, TasCOSS
  • Aileen Ashford, Kids First Australia
  • Alison Lai, Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tasmania
  • Andrea Goddard, Stars Foundation
  • Andrew Davies, B Lab Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Bill Mithen, Give Where You Live Foundation
  • Charlotte Jones, Mental Health Legal Centre
  • Chris Povey, Justice Connect
  • Daniel Santangeli, Footscray Community Arts
  • Donna deZwart, Fitted for Work
  • Elisa Buggy, Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault Inc (WestCASA)
  • Fiona Davis, Farmers for Climate Action
  • Jaison Hoernel, Good Cycles Inc
  • James Hattam, Tasmanian Land Conservancy
  • Jane Hunt, The Front Project
  • Josephine Flanagan, Women’s Health Tasmania
  • Kirsty Albion, Centre for Australian Progress
  • Melodie Potts, Rosevear Teach for Australia
  • Michael Kelly, Relationships Australia Tasmania
  • Natalie Egleton, Foundation for Regional & Rural Renewal (FRRR)
  • Sam LaRocca, The Sunrise Project 
  • Sarah Neal, Malthouse Theatre
  • Simon Ruth, Thorne Harbour Health (Victorian AIDS Council Inc)
  • Tania Farha, Safe and Equal


Danielle Kutchel  |  @ProBonoNews

Danielle is a journalist specialising in disability and CALD issues, and social justice reporting.

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