Fundraising and Technology Advisor
Kris is a highly regarded social entrepreneur and technology evangelist. In November 2019, he was announced as the Start-Up Executive of the Year at the CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards for his work with Split Payments, the World’s first Open Banking Real-Time Payments Platform.
Prior to joining Split Payments, he launched two of Asia Pacific's most successful peer-to-peer crowdfunding platforms, GoFundraise in Australia and SimplyGiving.com - Asia's largest online giving community operating in 20 countries, including Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Having raised more than US$100 million for non-profits across the globe, Kris was the 2014 Regional Winner for Community Impact in Southeast Asia at Talent Unleashed, an international accolade judged by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wosniak, Co-Founder of Apple.
Kris presents on future trends in technology across the globe and is also a strategic advisor on fundraising and social impact for corporates and nonprofits.
Events and Commercial Advisor
Nicole brings extensive events management and commercial experience to our Committee, following a 15 year career in senior management positions in the events industry working on major international events, including the Rugby World Cup, Paralympic Games and The Goodwill Games as well as the numerous events of national significance such as the Gold Coast Marathon, World Masters Games, Carnival of Flowers and Centenary of Waltzing Matilda.
Nicole has also spent the last 15 years as the founder and operator of a highly successful sporting-goods retail businesses with four large store format outlets and a significant online business, winning multiple retail awards as recently as 2019.
Nicole is also known for her extensive contribution to the community, both with regional sporting groups and local government committees. She is a member of the Regional Advisory Committee (Northern Rivers) for NSW Business Chamber and Board Member of North Coast Academy of Sport. Previous roles include Committee Member of the BSC Sustainable Economy Committee and Chair of the Destination Byron Events Committee.
Professor Susan Nancarrow
Research Advisory Group Chair
Having held the roles of Professor of Health Science & Director of Research and Deputy Vice Chancellor at Southern Cross University, Susan is now an Adjunct Professor and Senior Executive Search Consultant at RLCSearch.
Susan has over 20 years’ international experience as a health services researcher with expertise in health workforce reform, service delivery and organisation. In particular, she works with health services to help them think differently about how they organise and deliver care to provide solutions to enhance health care from the patient’s perspective. She is particularly committed to regional and rural health issues, community health, and capacity building. Recent research projects have explored the use of the NBN to provide telehealth to keep older people independent at home; primary health care integration; the use of social media to engage with health service users; and the recent Victorian Allied Health Workforce Research Project.
Dr James Cowley
B.A. M.Ed. PhD. FAIM. CPM. QPMR. MASMRS.
Research Advisory Group
James co-owned for many years major commercial research and strategy companies. He and his teams served a long term client base reflecting the Who’s Who of Business , Government and Services here and overseas.
His organisations have been known for evidence based strategy and projects and for assistance with implementation.
He personally has managed over $100 Million of research and strategic advice on a massive range of subjects. He has also supervised and examined Doctorates as an Adjunct Professor. He completed his own PhD in his spare time so has a particular commitment to research which has impact.
Prior to commercial work he ran organisations in The UK in areas of education, health, homelessness and was invited to Australia to set up, as Director, the first state body to develop a comprehensive mass community approach to health promotion before returning to private enterprise.
The team there achieved four world bests (at the time) in large scale health behaviour change and as a result he contributed to the first global policy on health promotion ( at WHO).
He now tries to apply some of this learning to philanthropic ventures.
Research Advisory Group
Following an early career as head of Social and Government Research for Taylor Nelson, David is now the owner of Instinct and Reason, one of Australia’s most reputable research market and consumer research organisations with the over 55’s, millennials and wellbeing as three areas of focus. He is particularly grateful for the opportunity to influence important decisions that have contributed to better lives by taking account of the societal context in which we live.
David has consulted and provided insights and advice to many TOP 100 companies, heads of Federal and State government agencies and not for profit organisations.
David specialises in consumer research advising on segmentation, positioning, communications and new product development and has worked on positioning significant brands like St George Bank and Australia’s International Education brand, has developed new products like ING Direct’ s Living Superannuation and Australians best new tourism product; the Three Capes Track. David did the strategy, formative and concept testing for Australia’s first global tourism campaign.