PwC hire to boost business and NFP collaboration

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6 February

PwC Australia has today announced that one of the country’s leading professionals in business and social sector collaboration, Jacqui Jones will join as a Director in the firm’s new social impact venture, The Impact Assembly. Ms Jones, former CEO of the Australian Business and Community (ABCN) network, started at the beginning of the year.

PwC’s Impact Assembly was launched last year to bring not-for-profits and businesses together to tackle social problems, including: homelessness, indigenous incarceration and suicide prevention.

PwC Social Impact Partner, Rosalie Wilkie, says “As Australia faces growing social challenges, it’s more important than ever for business to play a role in the solutions. Many of these challenges are so deeply entrenched that no single organisation or sector can create meaningful change on its own. While organisations increasingly recognise the need to collaborate to solve these issues, it’s hard to do in practice.

“The Impact Assembly builds on a concept we’ve been prototyping for the past five years. It brings together organisations from the business, government, community and not-for-profit sectors, people who’ve actually lived and experienced the issues we’re trying to tackle, as well as experts from within our firm to help unpack complex social issues and drive systemic change.

“This involves convening cross-sector discovery sessions, trying to make sense of what’s possible and helping groups work together for greater impact. Some of the issues we’re currently tackling include suicide prevention, homelessness, youth underemployment and achieving social and economic equality for Indigenous Australians.

“Jacqui will bring invaluable experience and insights to our team as well as an extremely strong network of relationships across Australia’s not-for-profit and business communities. We are delighted that Jacqui has decided to make PwC her home for this next stage of her career,” says Ms Wilkie.

Ms Jones comes to PwC’s The Impact Assembly after ten years at ABCN where she worked to engage businesses to provide opportunities for young people experiencing disadvantage in education. As CEO, Ms Jones’s work saw over 5,000 corporate volunteers mentor annually to support around 6,000 students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Jacqui also has deep customer experience and skills in design, management and evaluation of programs through previous roles at Optus.

Commenting on her appointment, Ms Jones says: “There is tremendous appetite for collaboration across the for-purpose and the for-profit sector. We know that's how we're going to create significant social impact, but it’s hard to do in practice.

“I’m joining the Impact Assembly because the team is committed to taking the time to understand the bigger picture, design solutions with people who have lived experience of the issue, and find practical ways for diverse groups to learn and work together - eventually shifting the systems that impact people’s lives.

“It’s also great to be joining a firm like PwC which has a record of being vocal on a whole range of policies including the National Disability Insurance Scheme, violence against women and Indigenous issues, and actively works to solve big social problems,” says Ms Jones.

Ms Jones joins a team of leading advisors and practitioners in the social impact space, including public sector expert Martin Stewart-Weeks and The Impact Assembly’s founder, Liz Cameron-Smith.

For more information on PwC’s The Impact Assembly visit our website: https://www.pwc.com.au/tia

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