NSW Social Impact Investment Expert Advisory Group

This group of experts advises the NSW Government on growing the social impact investment market in NSW and works to raise awareness of social impact investment. The group’s interim chair is Trevor Danos AM. Members have skills and expertise in impact investing, philanthropy, law, public administration, innovation, service delivery and social sector management.

Trevor Danos AM

Chair

As well as interim chair of the Expert Advisory Group, Trevor has been integral to establishing the Expert Advice Exchange and also chairs its Scoping Panel.

Trevor has practised commercial law for over 30 years, acting for a range of government and private organisations. He is a board member of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, TransGrid and the Sydney Local Health District. He has been involved in a number of charities and has led reform work in the community housing sector. In January 2014, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through contributions to a range of scientific, education, government, legal and charitable associations.

Trevor Danos AM

Stephen Fitzgerald

Stephen is Chairman of Affirmative Investment Management (UK) and Deputy Chairman of PineBridge Investments (New York). Stephen serves on the boards of QBE Insurance Group (Global), the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (Australia), and the British Museum Investment Sub Committee (UK). He is a Trustee of the Garden Bridge Trust (UK) and  has also been a member of the Male Champions of Change (Australia) since its inception in April 2010.

Stephen was appointed as a member of the Board of Guardians of the Future Fund (Australia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund) and served for a period of five years until April 2016.

Previously, Stephen was Chairman of Goldman Sachs, Australia and New Zealand. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 and was named a Managing Director in 1998 and a Partner in 2002. Stephen earned a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of New England, Australia in 1986.

Stephen Fitzgerald

Tracy Howe

Tracy is CEO of the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS), the peak body of the health and community services sectors in NSW, and the state-wide voice for and with people affected by poverty and inequality. Tracy has extensive experience in homelessness sector reform and early intervention for women and children experiencing domestic violence. She currently sits on the NSW Premier's Advisory Council on Homelessness and the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Council. A qualified law practitioner, she has also advocated for family law reform to improve court processes for women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

Tracy Howe

Patrick McClure AO

Patrick has been a leader in civil society in Australia for 20 years. He has been CEO of Mission Australia (1997-2006), the Society of St Vincent de Paul (NSW/ACT; 1992-1996), The Retirement Villages Group within Macquarie Capital Funds (2006-2008), and Aged and Community Services Australia.

He is Chairperson of the Australian Government’s Reference Group on Welfare Reform (2014). He is Governance and Strategy Consultant at the Institute of Strategic Management. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Kincare Group. He was also Chairperson of the OECD-LEED Forum on Social Innovation (2003–2007) based in Paris. He was a Member of the Prime Minister’s Community-Business Partnership (1999-2007), Chair of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform (1999-2000), Commissioner of the Australian Fair Pay Commission (2006-9), Deputy Chair of the Welfare to Work Consultative Forum (2005-2006) and a Member of the Aged Care Advisory Group (2011).

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2003 and awarded an Australian Centennial Medal in 2001.

Patrick McClure AO

Caralee McLiesh

Caralee is the Deputy Secretary for the Fiscal and Economic Group in NSW Treasury. The Group provides advice to the Treasurer and other government agencies on fiscal and economic policy, coordinates the state Budget and total state sector accounts, and advises on taxation, intergovernmental relations and balance sheet management. While at Treasury, Caralee has participated in reforms including National Health Reforms and the NDIS, and has led the development of the NSW social impact investment policy in partnership with agencies. Prior to joining Treasury, Caralee worked for eight years at the World Bank and also held positions with the International Red Cross and Boston Consulting Group. 

Caralee holds a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours from the Australian National University and a PhD in Finance from the University of Melbourne. She has published several reports and books through the World Bank press, as well as research papers in economic journals.

Caralee McLiesh

Mary Ann O'Loughlin

Mary Ann O’Loughlin is Deputy Secretary, Social Policy Group, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

She joined the NSW Government from KPMG, where she was an Executive Director in Management Consulting. Previously, she was Executive Councillor and Head of the Secretariat of the COAG Reform Council. Before joining the Council, she was a Director of Allen Consulting; Senior Adviser (Social Policy) to Prime Minister Paul Keating; and had held a number of senior executive positions in the Commonwealth Public Service.

Mary Ann is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. In 2013, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to public administration through the development of social policies and the reform of federal financial relations.

Mary Ann O'Loughlin