Members of our advisory board offer advice, expertise and experience to assist the Social Innovation Research Institute in achieving its vision, objectives and strategy. This includes matters relating to specific program themes, relevant industry and sectoral trends, policy, skills and training, business development and market intelligence.

Dr Michelle Blanchard is the Deputy CEO at SANE Australia, a national charity working to make a real difference in the lives of people affected by complex mental health issues. Dr Blanchard is also the founding director of SANE’s Anne Deveson Research Centre, which honours Anne’s legacy as co-founder of SANE and her tireless work in reducing stigma and discrimination associated with complex mental health issues.

Nick Byrne is the director of TypeHuman, a public interest technology studio that partners with civic-minded organisations to help them discover and execute opportunities that leverage technology in support of their mission.

Ebony Gaylor is the Head of the Community Mobilisation team for Australian Red Cross, responsible for leading initiatives such as future membership models with humanitarian causes, new models of volunteering (with a focus on self-mobilisation), the role of youth participation and governance, designing a model and tools for healthy social connection and leading cross-organisational efforts to design for mobilisation at scale. 

Fiona Meighan is the Chief Eco Innovation Officer of STREAT, a social enterprise helping homeless youth to have a stable self, stable job and stable home. Through its six hospitality businesses in Melbourne, STREAT provides young people with supported pathways to employment, including assistance finding stable housing, vocational skills, and improved mental health and wellbeing. 

Catherine Morley is the CEO of Wimmera Health Care Group, a leading rural health service providing allied, acute, subacute, primary and residential aged care in the Grampians region of Victoria. The Group plays an important role in the education and training of health professionals, recognised by universities and medical bodies as a training and teaching centre for undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

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