The Social Procurement Challenge Webinar Series

Solving the Social Procurement Challenge Webinar Series

Upcoming Webinars

Social Procurement is on the rise. According to a 2016 report by Social Traders, the biggest opportunity for the growth and further development of social enterprise in Australia is social procurement - organisations choosing to purchase a social outcome when they buy a good or a service.

Eidos, in partnership with the English Family Foundation, are facilitating an important national conversation around this issue. Eidos are hosting the Social Procurement Challenge to crowdsource the best ideas from across Australia and solve a challenge that can boost the economy and the impact of our community organisations. It's exciting for us, and exciting for you - there's $25,000 up for grabs. 

In the final weeks prior to submissions being due, we are hosting the 3 final webinars with leading thinkers and doers, to facilitate discussion around the challenges and opportunities facing Social Procurement in Australia.
These webinars have been designed to help you engage with this challenge. If you're up for it - you may also be inspired to go on and solve the Challenge and receive the $25,000 contribution towards your idea!

Mark Daniels

Solving the Social Procurement Challenge Part 2: Mark Daniels (Social Traders)

3 pm AEST, Thursday 19th October

Mark plays a key role in social procurement by introducing new markets to the benefits of social enterprise. He also works with social enterprises to build capacity in winning contracts and finding customers. Mark has led milestone projects including the Social Enterprise FINDER and his involvement in creating new regional Australian social enterprises specifically designed to increase employment for marginalised groups.

Mark has wide ranging experience in social enterprise across program, advocacy, policy and project development. Prior to joining Social Traders in 2008, he was Social Enterprise Manager for the Brotherhood of St Laurence, managing a number of social enterprises aimed at assisting people into mainstream employment as well as providing expertise to other agencies looking to establish social enterprises. Mark has also developed policy and community development activities for public housing estates in inner city Melbourne. Mark is a sought after as a keynote speaker on a range of social enterprise topics.

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SandySarah Jane Kelly

Solving the Social Procurement Challenge Part 3: Sandy Blackburn-Wright (Social Outcomes) & Sarah Jane Kelly (University of Queensland

3 pm AEST, Wednesday 25th October

Sandy Blackburn-Wright

Sandy has 15 years international development experience in Southern Africa, 10 years corporate experience in professional services and financial services in Australia, serves on a number of boards, is an author, script writer and public speaker. She has taken an active role in growing the impact investing market in Australia and has established several large social innovation projects.

Sandy was the Head of Social Innovation for Westpac, working to establish the bank as an active player in the emerging impact investing market and led the establishment of an industry forum on social finance. She was part of the team that built and issued Australia’s first social impact bonds and has been acting as an advisor to government, corporates, philanthropists and not-for-profits on the opportunities of social innovation and impact investing here and in the region. Sandy also established the Organisational Mentoring Program at Westpac to build the capacity of social enterprises and remains involved in strategic grantmaking through the Westpac Foundation.

Sandy serves on the Australian Advisory Board of the International Taskforce on Impact Investing sponsored by the G8, sits on the Advisory Board for the Australian Centre for Not-for-Profit and Philanthropic Studies at QUT, the Business Advisory Council of the Benevolent Society and is a Director of the Community Services Industry Alliance.


Sarah Jane Kelly

Sarah is a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland T.C. Beirne Law School and has recently completed four years in the role of MBA Director at the UQ Business School, in which she has led the program to a ranking of number 1 in Australia and 10th globally. Sarah has multidisciplinary training in law, marketing and psychology and has practiced previously as a commercial lawyer and manager. She has won awards for her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and is currently teaching sports law. She has conducted research and consultancy in sport, governance and marketing with industry, government and the not-for-profit sector nationally and internationally. She has published in leading academic peer reviewed journals and her expertise extends to sports law, marketing and management, consumer behaviour and branding.

Sarah currently holds several board positions including as a director of the Brisbane Lions AFL Football club, the Wandering Warriors, Somerville House School and Sports Analytics.

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Luke TerryLesley Van Schoubroeck

Solving the Social Procurement Challenge Part 4: Luke Terry (Vanguard Laundry) & Lesley van Schoubroeck (Former QLD Mental Health Commissioner)

3 pm AEST, Wednesday 26th October

Luke Terry

Luke is the Executive Director of Vanguard Laundry Services a $6m world-class social enterprise commercial laundry based in Toowoomba, purpose-built to provide jobs and career opportunities for people with an experience of mental illness who struggle to secure work.

Luke Terry was born to run social enterprises. After leaving school he set up his first social enterprise with his sister in a housing estate in Sydney. From there he has worked on many social enterprises both in Australia and the UK. He currently lives in Queensland, where with the Westpac social Change fellowship program he has the vision of creating 20 social enterprises in regional QLD by 2020. 


Sarah Jane Kelly

Lesley is an independent consultant specialising in public sector governance, integrity and public policy. She has strong interest in equity and wellbeing.

Before leaving the public sector in 2017, Lesley was the inaugural Mental Health Commissioner in Queensland. Previously, she led significant reform initiatives in the Western Australia public sector in central and human service agencies.

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