Rosemary is a leading strategist and thought leader in social innovation and investment with over 30 years’ experience in different facets of innovation and impact. Her unique blend of experience, pioneering approach and delivery have earned her a global reputation as a ‘go to’ leader bridging the public, private and social sectors. In 2015, she was included in the Westpac/Australian Financial Review100 Women of Influence in the innovation category.
Rosemary is Executive Director of Impact Strategist. She established and Chairs Impact Investing Australia and the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing driving development of the market for investments that create positive societal benefit in and from Australia. She represents Australia on the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, having been a member of the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce driving development of a global impact investment market. She is a member of the OECD Expert Group on Impact Investment, the NSW Government Social Investment Expert Advisory Group and B Lab Policy Working Group and is a Senior Fellow of the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative.
Her senior leadership experience spans all sectors, including as an equity partner of Allens-Linklaters, and a senior executive the Smith Family and in State & Federal Government. Rosemary was recognised as one of the world’s leading lawyers (Chambers Global) in the field of innovation and intellectual property. She led the team in the Victorian Premier’s Department that prosecuted the National Reform Agenda through COAG in 2008-9 and established and led the first social innovation unit within the Australian Government as Social Innovation Strategist 2010-13. In these roles Rosemary led policy for broad ranging human capital and productivity reforms, reform of the federal financial arrangements, and led groundbreaking social innovations including Children’s Ground now transforming outcomes for communities experiencing the greatest disadvantage and the first investment funds for social enterprise in Australia. She holds a Law Degree with First Class Honors, the New York Bar, is an internationally accredited broker of cross sector partnerships and an experienced Director.
Rosemary’s published works include The role of governments & policy in social finance (in Nicholls, Paton & Emerson (eds) OUP, pending); Breaking the Deadlock: A social impact investment lens on reducing the costs of road trauma and unlocking capital for road safety (with Social Finance UK & Regina Hill, 2015); Global Snapshot: the work of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce: Why it Matters & What Comes Next (with Anja Koenig, 2014), Delivering on Impact: the Australian Advisory Board Strategy for Catalysing Impact Investment (2014), IMPACT-Australia: investment for social and economic benefit (2013); Inviting Investment in Social Enterprise (2007) and contributions to Laws of Australia (1998).