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New phase for national strategy

November 19th, 2021

The Social Enterprise National Strategy (SENS) has announced its first executive director as it enters the next phase of its development.

Jess Moore, who has led social enterprises and peak organisations, worked in advocacy, systems thinking and movement building, was announced this week as SENS Executive Director.

The announcement marks a significant step in the project’s evolution following its establishment last year with the goal of creating a long-term national strategy for the Australian social enterprise sector. The ambition is to make social enterprise business as usual.

Research conducted by the Yunus Centre drawing on conversations with and around the sector, found that Australia’s social enterprise sector is fragmented, underserved and not realising its potential. One of the consequences of this situation is that the sector’s ability to self-organise and gain the benefits of greater co-ordination are inhibited.

The sector also voiced widespread support for a strategy that would: 

  • Set a shared direction for social enterprise in Australia
  • Improve collaboration and coordination within and around the sector
  • Increase the visibility and credibility of social enterprise
  • Unlock new resources for the sector and strengthen capability

The next phase of the project will establish an organisational infrastructure that brings the sector together, develop a plan to engage government and build a national strategy and investment case.

The SENS Advisory Council will support Jess and provide oversight and be accountable to the sector. The Council includes: 

  • Belinda Morrissey (Chair) – CEO at the English Family Foundation 
  • Alex Hannant – (Deputy Chair) Professor of Practice and Co-Director at the Yunus Centre, Griffith University 
  • Matt Pfahlert – CEO at the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise Academy Australia
  • Tara Anderson – Head of Marketing at Social Traders and Director at The Dragonfly Collective
  • Alexie Seller – Co-CEO at Enterprise Learning Projects and Convener at Impact North
  • Adrian Appo – First Nations Lead at Yajilarra Trust
  • David Brookes – Founding Member at the Social Enterprise Network of Victoria and former CEO at Social Traders

The Snow Foundation and the English Family Foundation are the first members of the philanthropic collaboration to support this stage of the project’s development.

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