About Us

There has never been a more important time to reimagine the possibilities to make a difference, to leave the world a better place, to leave a legacy.

GoodWolf brings the sharpest minds, deepest experience and strongest values around the table to help you forward in your quest.

Our Team

Simon Lewis - Partner

Finance whizz, philanthropy and foundations expert, mountaineer, Rhodes Scholar, jazz pianist – Simon is a strategy and finance guy with heart.

My clients are feeding their good wolves. They seek out my experience combining innovative models of ownership, control, and capital to help them create commercial and social value. That they often ask me back comes down to my zeal for GoodWolf’s values and our framework-free approach: we invest in really listening, asking the right questions, and designing answers in genuine partnership.

I focus on four pillars – strong Boards, sharp strategy, motivated teams, and fit-for-purpose financial architecture – and lining them up true.

I draw on an international career in finance, corporate mergers and acquisitions, strategy consulting, philanthropy, and family office services; most recently I was an executive at the Myer Family Company. I am an experienced Director, currently serving as Reichstein Foundation Board Trustee, Director of PARK Social Soccer Company, and Chair of the Australian International Donors Network, which encourages more and better philanthropy and impact investing abroad.

Qualifications:

  • Senior Executive MBA (Melbourne Business School)
  • MA Politics, Philosophy, Economics (Oxford University; Zimbabwe Rhodes Scholar)
  • BBusSci Actuarial (Cape Town University)

Impact & Evaluation Advisor

Name: Claire Hanratty
GoodWolf Projects: Centre of Digital Ethics & Artificial Intelligence (University of Melbourne), Indigenous Business Australia, Journey To Impact Series, Social Traders

Claire is an internationally experienced CEO and director in the for-purpose and impact sectors with a deep commitment to delivering positive social and environmental outcomes.

Drawing on her global leadership and strong commercial experience, she helps for-purpose organisation design, deliver and measure their impact.Claire recently spent 5 years in the UK, during which she was CEO and Director of the Leapfrog Group, helping to create an equitable and socially sustainable climate transition in the UK. Prior to going to England, Claire was CEO and Managing Director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation with a focus on investing in a resilient reef in the face of climate change. Before becoming CEO and joining the Board, Claire was the Foundation’s General Manager for 3 years. Earlier in her career, she spent eight years with Rio Tinto in global strategy and process improvement roles – designing, scaling and improving central service functions, having begun her working life in finance with BP, working in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Europe. Clare’s qualifications include MA, International Relationships & Development – Environmental Impact Investing (Oxford Brookes University), MBA (Insead, France), BComm & Admin (1st Class, Victoria University, Wellington, NZ)

Senior Consultant

Name: Aaron McNeilly

Aaron has led a diverse career focused on social impact, organisational growth and cultivating entrepreneurship within both traditional and emerging sectors. He has brokered and managed multi-million dollar impact partnerships between the corporate and community sectors, represented Australia in delivering cross-border economic and soft-power initiatives, and supported the philanthropic strategies for family offices. He is a Co-Founder and Director of Amity Guild, a social enterprise focused on celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and communities with impact in the fashion industry. Aaron is also a member of the Advisory Council for Australia United Kingdom Young Leaders Network. He has previously served as a Director for NFPs and an edu-tech start-up, established and facilitated the charitable endeavours for the Prince of Wales in Australia and the UK, and has a portfolio of consultation experience into government, arts and culture, communications, technology and the charity sectors.

Aaron’s success lies in his ability to navigate complexity, connect-the-dots, foster genuine collaboration and lead creative problem-solving. With a foundation in engineering and human-centred design studies, he is well prepared to enable social and economic change and realise the bold, new world ahead of us.

GoodWolf Collaborators

Impact Investing Lead

Name: Mark Ingram
Organisation: Chief Impact Officer, Brightlight
GoodWolf Projects: Journey To Impact Seminars & Toolkit
Website: https://www.brightlightimpact.com

Mark is passionate about tackling entrenched social and environmental challenges through market driven solutions. Having successfully built Business for Development (www.businessfordevelopment.org) focused on the promotion and implementation of inclusive business ventures), he is now committed to catalysing inclusive finance to achieve SDG-aligned impact outcomes through his role as Chief Impact Officer at Brightlight. Mark is collaborating with GoodWolf Partners to engage the larger Trusts & Foundations sector across Australia and New Zealand in a compelling mission to bring their invested capital on the journey towards more sustainable, responsible and impactful investment strategies that better align with their mission.

Innovation Lead

Name: Rachel Audigé
Organisation: SIT Australia
GoodWolf Projects: ONJCRI Strategic Review, Savour & Grace
Website: https://rachelaudige.com/

Rachel is an engaging facilitator, speaker, mentor and trainer in Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT) and Strategic Marketing. Rachel runs the Australian arm of SIT and her 20+ years in international marketing and her 12 years in driving innovation in a large Corporate have made her a no-nonsense and value-focused advisor who is passionate about results but also cares about the enjoyment and the enrichment of the paths taken to reach them. Rachel is a guest lecturer on the award-winning Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation program at UTS. She is a valued mentor on CSIRO’s innovation programs and offers her time each year for student-led medical conferences. She is the also the author of the recent publication ‘UNBLINKERED’ that seeks to help address biases that impede creative thinking.

Legal Lead

Name: Seak-King Huang
Organisation: Principal of own legal practice
GoodWolf Projects: BetterEvaluation, RMIT Philanthropy Fund, Beulah Foundation

Seak-King has deep and broad experience with providing exceptional and customised legal support around the legal, structuring and regulatory questions that predominate in the ‘for purpose’ sector. She has over 30 years’ experience as a lawyer, focussing on the NFP and philanthropic sector since 2006. Uniquely, Seak-King has both in-sector experience from almost 12 years as General Counsel & Company Secretary of Australia’s largest INGO and professional firm advisory experience from her recent years as a Partner of Prolegis Lawyers. She brings blended knowledge and always ensures her professional advice traverses the commercial and strategic imperatives of structures for social enterprises and impact investing. Seak-King’s experience and perspective is fit for purpose for NFPs seeking viability and sustainability for their charitable objectives and the missions of Foundations and philanthropists. Seak-King is ideally positioned to help GoodWolf clients navigate any legal questions and to ensure their understanding of optimal structures, and that governance and compliance practices are up-to-date with regulation and reforms across the sector.

Recruitment Lead

Name: Michelle Varcoe
Organisation: Gembridge
GoodWolf Projects: Bowness Foundation, Bayley House, Beulah Foundation
Website: https://www.gembridge.com.au/our-team

Michelle has 20+ years experience in Executive Search, Recruitment & HR, and directed her career into the ‘for purpose’ sector in 2008. She has successfully recruited CEO’s and Senior Leadership roles in Fundraising, Philanthropy, Marketing, Communications, Finance, HR and Operations. Previously, she led recruitment assignments across the Commercial, Health, Financial Services, Sales & Marketing sectors. Michelle brings recruitment expertise, plus insights in fundraising and philanthropy, having managed capital and major gift programs from feasibility and strategy through to implementation and ‘the ask’ to confirm transformational gifts. Michelle is a Director, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Foundation, Trustee of Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) and proud member of Melbourne Women’s Fund. Michelle Varcoe, together with Jenni D’Orival and Callum Paterson at Gembridge add tailored recruitment services, plus insights, know-how, and networks across the ‘for purpose’ sector.

Social Policy Lead

Name: John Spierings
Organisation: Environmental Leadership Australia
GoodWolf Projects: University of Melbourne

Dr John Spierings is a social policy research consultant and analyst who has been at the centre of policy making and strategic activity within government as well as in the not-for-profit and philanthropic communities. His recent projects include developing a strategy for the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions to enhance on-shore med-tech manufacturing in the wake of COVID-19; and working with the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation on a strategic framework around youth employment and specific opportunities for growing decent work for young people in NSW.

John was Executive Officer at the Reichstein Foundation (2013-2020), a family-based philanthropy investing in environmental sustainability; social justice and the law, and projects to promote economic rights and reduce inequality. Prior to that appointment he served for nearly five years as a senior policy adviser to the Hon. Julia Gillard, in her roles as Deputy Prime Minister and Prime Minister. In the PMO he had responsibility for higher education, skills, employment, industry, innovation, science and research policy co-ordination. He was the chief researcher and policy advocate in education and training at the Dusseldorp Skills Forum for a decade (1998 – 2008). John’s PhD is in Australian economic history, focused on business management in Australia between the wars. He has previously worked at Adelaide, Monash and Melbourne universities. He was a Councillor at the City of St Kilda between 1990 and 1994, being Mayor in 1992-93. John currently serves as a non-executive Director of Environmental Leadership Australia and Market Forces; and is a member of the Sustainability and Environment Committee of The Myer Foundation and the Climate Change Steering Group of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network.