Social Enterprises Sydney was formally incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in October 2010, following a twelve month development period.
The current directors of Social Enterprises Sydney are:
Arsenio Alegre is the Chief Executive Officer of WorkVentures Ltd, an Australian social enterprise established in 1979 to help improve the employability of people at risk of social and economic exclusion who are seeking to improve their lives. He joined the enterprise as CFO in October 2004 and was appointed CEO in October 2007. Prior to moving into the "non-profit" sector, he had significant international experience in the commercial sector having worked throughout Asia and Europe as a Senior Finance Executive for American Express.
Liz Yeo joined the SES Board in July 2012. Liz has spent the last 25 years working in the not-for-profit sector across a range of social issues including aid and development, HIV/AIDS, cancer and community welfare. Liz brings a professional background as a Social Worker, Volunteer Manager, Adult Educator and HR Manager. Liz is currently the General Manager at the Aurora Project - an organisation focused on indigenous education initiatives. Liz joined SES because she believes that social enterprises are critical to our ability to address the social challenges we face as a community, and she is passionate about contributing to the growth and development of these enterprises and the people who create them.
Mark Chaffey is a strategic, results driven business executive with extensive commercial experience gained from executive management roles across a range of industries. Mark utilise his strong leadership skills and innate understanding of people to create strong cohesive teams and a positive workplace culture. With his background in Finance, Administration and Operational Management, he has developed, led and implemented significant organisational changes in a number of positions including his most recent role as the Chief Executive Officer of MTC Work Solutions. Mark has also implemented organisational strategies which have reversed operational losses, restored profitability and secured growth. With a multi-dimensional approach, Mark has had great success in coaching and mentoring senior management and all levels of staff to realise their full potential while at the same time meeting and exceeding organisational objectives.
Nazha’s expertise is in strategy development, relationship management and the building of organisational capability. Nazha has worked in various public, private and community sectors in leading and implementing organisation wide and whole-of-government reforms. She has been the Chief Executive Officer of St George Community Housing Limited (SGCH) for the past four years. SGCH is a consortium partner in the largest Public Private Partnership in Social Housing in Australia. Prior to joining SGCH Nazha held senior executive positions in both Department Ageing and Disability and Home Care (Human Services) and Department of Public Works and Services (now part of the larger super Department of Finances & Services). Nazha currently sits on the boards of the NSW Federation of Housing, is a foundation Director of Social Enterprise Sydney, and she is a member of the NSW State Ministers’ Community Housing Advisory Committee. She is also a member of PowerHousing Australia and sits on the Federal Government’s Advisory Panel on Housing Assistance Reform.
Andrew is a director and head of the legal & technology groups at legal.consult, and the online engagement team at Community Builders Australia. Andrew’s main areas of practice are technology & intellectual property, start-ups and social enterprise, innovation, web2.0 (including social media) and e-commerce consultancy. Andrew has a passion for social innovation and social enterprise, using communications technology to build platforms to help organisations maximise their social impact. Andrew’s micro-volunteering project, Two Bob’s Worth, won second prize at the Inaugural Australian Social Innovation Camp. Andrew plays an active role within the legal, technology, social enterprise and open-government communities. Andrew serves on the board of Bridges, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre that focuses on helping individuals restore strong community networks as part of their treatment, and International Children’s Care Australia, which raises funds and works with partners to alleviate poverty and build a brighter future for destitute children in developing countries.
Suji is passionate about social enterprise and using it as a tool to achieve social and economic participation for all. She currently works at Cabramatta Community Centre heading their social enterprise division: Multicultural Enterprises Australia. She has over 5 years of experience in social enterprise. One of the highlights of her career was establishing a social enterprise cafe in Auburn which achieved a 60% rate of employment working with long term highly disadvantaged clients. Prior to this, Suji worked in international development assistance working with companies such as German Technical Co-operation, World University Services of Canada & UNCTAD. She also founded and managed her own consultancy firm which carried out market research and impact evaluations for international development assistance projects. She has Bachelors in Economics and an MBA in International Business.
Our constitution specifies nine board members, consisting of six social enterprise practitioners and three specialists. The additional positions will be filled as the membership base grows.