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First round of key speakers announced for the 2017 Festival!

April 12, 2017

The Social Impact Festival team are extremely excited to announce key speakers for the 2017 Festival!

To present a keynote lecture on homelessness on 19 July, we welcome Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh where she is Director of the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research. 

Bringing extraordinary expertise in the homeless healthcare, Dr Nigel Hewitt joins us on 20 July from London where he is Medical Director of Pathway. Pathway is the UK’s leading homeless healthcare charity, operating with a model of integrated care within NHS services, bringing together teams of NHS, local authority and voluntary sector professionals to improve healthcare for homeless people.

Our Centre for Social Impact colleague from Swinburne University, Professor Robyn Eversole, joins the festival for Impact School on 26 July. Robyn is the author of Knowledge Partnering for Community Development (Routledge, 2015)Regional Development in Australia (Routledge, 2016), and many other publications on participatory development, poverty, community engagement, development governance, local economic development and social enterprise.

For a conversation on Social Impact Bonds and their application for addressing homelessness, we welcome Jeremy King from Corrs Chambers Westgarth's Pro Bono & Community Program. Jeremy has advised on many social finance and impact investment initiatives in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland.

We're also thrilled to have many other contributors confirmed for all parts of the Festival program!

Submissions for contributing to the Festival are open until 28 April at socialimpactfestival.org/speakers

 

More information on key speakers can be found below.

Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick | Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland 
Former Joseph Rowntree Professor of Housing Policy and Director of the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York, Suzanne Fitzpatrick is currently Professor in Housing and Social Policy at Heriot-Watt University and Director of the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research. Read more and watch her speak on homelessness and housing.

Dr Nigel Hewitt FRCGP OBE | Pathway in London, UK 
An expert in homeless healthcare for over 25 years, Nigel Hewitt is Medical Director of Pathway and has been working with them since inception. Nigel has unparalleled experience, founding Leicester Single Homeless multi-disciplinary team and opening one of England’s busiest homelessness teams at UCLH. He was awarded an OBE for his work in 2006. Read more.

Professor Robyn Eversole | Deputy Director, Centre for Social Impact Swinburne in Melbourne
Robyn Eversole is an anthropologist at Swinburne University, previously Director of the Institute for Regional Development at the University of Tasmania. She is the author of many books and papers on participatory development, poverty, community engagement, development governance, local economic development and social enterprise. Read more.

Jeremy King | Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Melbourne
Jeremy is the Chairman of Corrs' Pro Bono & Community program. He actively advises not-for-profits, government, and social enterprises in areas of social finance and impact investment (including social benefit bonds). He is an outspoken advocate for innovation to address problems such as mental health issues, recidivism, and homelessness. Read more.

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