Replication and Scale | Hosted by Zurich Group and Philanthropy Australia

Wed, 1 Nov 2023 11:00am - 01:00pm AEDT North Sydney, NSW


Philanthropy Australia and Zurich Insurance Group are co-hosting a session to explore how and when charities can replicate and scale their impact, as well as the pivotal role that funders can play in terms of support. This session will bring together experts and leaders in the philanthropic space to share their knowledge and insights on how and when we support initiatives to scale.The session will end at 12.30pm, followed by a light lunch and informal networking.  We will hear from these speakers:

Linda Griffin – Head of Brand, Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Zurich Australia

Zurich Australia, with the generous support of the Z Zurich Foundation, is proud to introduce its flagship community mental wellbeing initiative Tackle Your Feelings. From its inception in Zurich Ireland to the translation of the concept to the Australian landscape, Linda and Justen will outline what has been learnt along the way, and what’s next for the program.  

Linda Griffin is the head of Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs in Australia and New Zealand, which includes Zurich’s Life & Investments business in Australia and Zurich’s General Insurance business in Australia and New Zealand. Linda joined Zurich in June 2019 following the sale of ANZ Life Insurance business. In her current role, Linda leads the government relations, communications, brand and marketing, and community projects team. 

Linda held a similar role within the ANZ Wealth Australia business while also being the senior executive for customer experience throughout the divestment of ANZ’s Life Insurance and Pensions & Investments businesses. She also held executive directorship positions on the OnePath Life and General Insurance companies, when they were a part of the ANZ Group. 

Previously, Linda was Chief of Staff to ANZ’s CEO, Global Wealth Division and Group Managing Director Marketing and Innovation. Linda joined ANZ as Head of Dispute Resolution, responsible for managing complex litigation and legal matters. Prior to joining the financial services industry, Linda was Special Counsel at Clayton Utz. 

Linda is a qualified lawyer and holds a Master of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology. Linda is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Insurance and Finance and Graduate of the Australian Insitute of Company Directors. 

Suzie Riddell – CEO, Social Ventures Australia 

Impact at scale: Suzie will share her insights from SVA’s groundbreaking work on Impact at Scale that investigates how to get great ideas to leap from local solution to widespread impact in the Australian context. She will also share her thoughts on the critical role funders play in partnering for impact. 

Suzie Riddell is Chief Executive Officer at Social Ventures Australia (SVA). She previously held the role of Chief Strategy Officer, leading the Strategy & Advocacy team. She draws on her extensive experience in the social purpose and commercial sectors to lead SVA’s systems change agenda. Suzie has led the development of innovative education and employment ventures. securing philanthropic seed capital and demonstrating impact to win scale funding from government. during her time at SVA, she has built SVA’s Practice Area and Policy & Advocacy capabilities. In 2022, Suzie was selected to participate in the inaugural Social Impact Leadership Australia program , a capacity building and leadership program designed specifically for leaders of for-purpose organisations. 

Prior to joining SVA, Suzie was a consultant at Bain & Company. Suzie holds a Bachelor of Accounting (University Medal, First Class Honours) for the University of Technology, Sydney and a Master of Philosophy (Internatioanl Relations) from the University of Cambridge. She is a Director of Community Council for Australia, a Non-Executive Director of the Observership Program, and formerly of YWCA NSW and Holdsworth Community Centre and Services. She was a winner of AFR BOSS Magazine’s Young Executive of the Year 2017.

Jack Heath – CEO, Philanthropy Australia 

Jack will share his experience and learnings from founding the youth mental health organisation ReachOut – taking it from an organisation that served 30,000 people in Year 1 that now reaches 100,000 people each month. 

Jack sees philanthropy as a driving force for good in a time of diminished trust in institutions and huge societal challenges. He advocates for a philanthropy that is big-hearted, clear-headed and joyful.

After graduating from the University of Melbourne in Honours Arts and Law, he served in government as a diplomat, speechwriter and senior adviser to federal ministers including Prime Minister Paul Keating. Then, following the suicide of his young cousin, Jack led the establishment of the ReachOut youth mental health organisations in Australia, Ireland and the USA before serving as CEO at SANE Australia for over 8 years.

He has sat on a number of advisory boards and committees and received awards for his contributions in mental health, including a Centenary Medal.

Jack lives in Sydney with his publisher wife Catherine Milne and they have 2 adult children, Lucy and James, and a dog Fred