We are excited to share our line up of top quality speakers across the two day conference, featuring the best of local and international companies and intermediaries. 

David Hillard

Pro Bono Partner at Clayton Utz

Becoming a Work Place of Value

David Hillard has led the Pro Bono practice at Clayton Utz since 1997, and was appointed as the firm's first Pro Bono Partner in 2005.


The Clayton Utz Pro Bono practice is focused on providing assistance to people who are disadvantaged and cannot obtain Legal Aid, and to the not-for-profit organisations which support them. David oversees more than 600 pro bono matters each year.


David has written and spoken extensively on the importance of recognising pro bono work as an inherent professional responsibility of being admitted to practise law.


Lisa George

Global Head at Macquarie Group Foundation

Business Case for Pro Bono

Lisa George is the Global Head of the Macquarie Group Foundation.  The Foundation is Macquarie Group’s philanthropic arm and is one of the largest corporate benefactors in Australia.


Macquarie staff engagement in their local communities is the founding principle of the Foundation. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has donated more than $270 million to charities around the world. Together with Macquarie staff in the 2016 financial year alone, the Foundation contributed $29.7 million to over 1,500 not-for-profit organisations.


Lisa is responsible for the strategic and operational activities of the Foundation globally. Prior to this role she worked for Social Ventures Australia in the consulting arm providing strategic support to not-for-profit organisations.

Yan Zhai

Owner, Beijing Huizeren Volunteering Development Center

Zhai Yan was a pediatrician for ten years. She was involved in Women's NGO in volunteer management since 1995. She established Huizeren Pro bono Academy in 2003 and co-founded Pro bono Foundation in 2016. She is an expert in the Ministry of civil affairs,  China Volunteer Service Federation and Beijing Volunteer Research Association. She has been engaged in voluntary service action research and capacity-building in China for 20 years.

Andrew Hamilton

Founder at Social Scaffolding

Creating Shared Value

Andrew Hamilton and the team at Social Scaffolding have been challenging the status quo when it comes to housing and homelessness. Having chaired the 500 Lives 500 Homes Steering Committee, and seeing firsthand the benefits of cross-sector collaboration, the opportunity to amplify these partnerships between organisations to increase the portfolio of social, affordable and disability housing is clear.


Andrew's career draws on this diverse portfolio, providing a range of strategy, sales, marketing and general management consulting services to NFP’s and businesses in Brisbane.

Yan Peng

Pro Bono Practitioner & Co-founder of Beijing Pro Bono Foundation

Pro Bono - Measurable, Reportable, Verifiable

Ms. Yan PENG,  Co-founder and Founding President of Beijing Pro Bono Foundation, China.  She also serves as Strategic Advisor to Smart Freight Center. Prior to these,   she as East Asia Regional Director of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) led  its wide spectrum of work of East Asia cities climate actions through city engagement, city needs/priorities identification, and effective solution sharing together with C40 initiatives team.   She had over 18 years experience in environment public policy and social impact assessments. She, as China Director, led Clean Air Asia (CAA) China program for 8 years focusing on city air quality management (AQM) capacity building in collaboration with Ministry of Environment Protection (MEP), and energy efficiency and greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions reduction from freight and logistics sector, in collaboration with China Ministry of Transport (MOT).

Ikuma Saga

Founder at Service Grant Japan

Case Study: Service Grant Tokyo

Ikuma Saga is the Founder and President of Service Grant Japan, a leading non-profit organization in the field of pro bono in Japan. He encountered Taproot Foundation in 2004, and started a few pilot projects in 2005, and incorporated Service Grant Japan in 2009.

Up to 2005, Ikuma worked as a consultant in the Japan Research Institute, and engaged in number of governmental research and business strategic planning. Also Ikuma is the Co-Founder and President of Earth Day Money, his another non-profit organization that operates community currency program in Tokyo.

Sara Parrott

Manager of Corporate Responsibility at Suncorp

How to Develop a Pro Bono Program in your Company.

Sara is the Executive Manager of Suncorp Group's new corporate responsibility function, leading the development of environmental and social responsibility strategy group-wide. Sara has volunteered her professional skills in Australia and overseas to support international relief and development agencies. 

Lee Cooper 

Head of Marketing Communications at The Wayside Chapel 

How NFPs Can Scale with Pro Bono

Lee Cooper is a career professional within the nonprofit sector. He has worked across all aspects from direct service delivery, operational management to strategic management.

Lee works in a range of different sectors with specialised skills and interest in youth sector, community development, fundraising, cancer control and international aid.

The Wayside Chapel team takes a strong consultative approach to leading teams to get the best ideas out of the best people to make the biggest impact.


Lynette Ryan 

General Manager of Partnerships at Jawun

Corporate Secondments with Jawun

Lynette (General Manager, Partnerships – Jawun) is responsible for working with Jawun’s wide network of corporate and government secondment partners to ensure the benefits of the secondment model are maximised for community and secondment partners alike. Prior to Jawun, Lynette worked on CSR with PepsiCo Asia Pacific, and provided in-hour legal counsel to Australian and international organisations such as Lion Nathan and Qantas.
Her passion to see business act as a catalyst for good led her to establishing Social Atlas, a consulting company dedicated to creating social impact through cross sector partnerships. Lynette holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Law from UNSW and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact with UNSW and Centre for Social Impact.

Robyn Robertson 

Manager, New Business Team, Field Impact Group at World Vision, Australia

Ending the Trade-off Between Profit and Purpose

Robyn heads up World Vision Australia’s ‘New Business’ Team, tasked with identifying and developing public private partnerships willing to experiment with innovative finance models (including results based finance, shared value, contracting based on outcomes and commercial joint ventures) to achieve broader social impact.


World Vision Australia (WVA) is a member of the World Vision Federated Partnership, a humanitarian and community development organisation dedicated to children, families, and their communities to build a brighter future for the most vulnerable, by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice across 90 Nations worldwide.


Jerry Marston

Director, The Incus Group

Measuring Your Impact

Jerry moved to Australia in 2006, after 30 years in CSR roles in the UK and France, in-house, and consulting. Originally based in Melbourne, and after running his own consultancy, JJ CSR Consulting for nearly three years, he joined Australia's leading sustainability consultancy, Net Balance in early 2011. Jerry provided strategic business direction and senior management support to the Social Responsibility team and the fast-growing client and project portfolio, focusing on Community Investment, Stakeholder Engagement, and Impact measurement. He moved to Brisbane October 2012 to head up the rapidly growing Queensland business. In September 2014 Net Balance was acquired by EY, and Jerry took up the position of Director in their Climate Change and Sustainability Services, based in Brisbane, with responsibility for Social Impact advisory services. In October 2015 Jerry left the company and is now Director at The Incus Group,a purpose-driven consultancy dedicated to supporting organisations that seek to understand, report and improve on how they create social value


Please note this event is now fully SOLD OUT. To register your interest in the wait list please contact jennifer@resonateconsulting.com.au

We seek to gather a community of practitioners in CSR, HR and sustainability who are actively involved in or looking to be involved in corporate and professional volunteering and pro bono programs. As such the event is FREE and by invite only. Please check in with the organisers about your ticket reservation. 

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