Ruth Lawrence undertook a combined Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons). After completing her PhD at the University at California at Berkeley, she returned to the University and undertook an Executive Masters of Public Administration. She currently works as an Associate Director in the KPMG Health, Ageing and Human Services Practice, and previous to that she worked for over 10 years in government. Since joining KPMG in October 2012, she has been undertaking program evaluations, advising government on human services and is leading KPMG’s stream on social investment which includes preparing non-government organisations to participate in social benefit bonds.
Marika Kontellis undertook a Bachelor of Social Work and is now the Director of Zakumi, an organisation of Social Care Sector Specialists. Australia's social care sector is made up of not-for-profit, public, for-profit and "hybrid" organisations. Zakumi works with these organisations and the communities they serve. Her frontline social work experience brings credibility to her leadership advice when she supports social care organisations to understand their communities, predict future customer needs and honestly review service models. Marika is a past member of the Disability Council of NSW, the Guardianship Tribunal of NSW and was, until 2012, an elected Local Government Councillor.