Gillian Turnbull

‘I came to SVA from an international development background, but quickly discovered that Australia faces complex social challenges identical to those in developing nations. I’ve worked in some difficult environments, during times of extreme crisis, and yet there are those in Australia in equally dire circumstances. SVA gives me the opportunity to use my skills and experience in capacity building and strategic thinking on a daily basis to help shift the dial on Australia’s most pressing social needs.’

Gillian is a Director in the Consulting team, having joined in 2014, and leads that team’s work in employment. At SVA Gillian applies her strategy and outcomes management expertise to work on complex projects in some of the most challenging contexts across Australia.

Recently, Gillian has investigated the role of small business in kickstarting economic development on Palm Island; measured the full impact of disability employment, beyond just the numbers for WISE; and developed outcomes frameworks to help organisations measure how well their community investment strategies are improving the lives of disadvantaged cohorts across Australia.

Gillian draws on her experience with the Ministries of Finance in Rwanda and Sierra Leone, developing skills and building capacity for youth employment, to drive SVA’s thinking on how to leverage both private and public sectors to address the most pressing employment challenges.

Gillian started her career working as a consultant for Deloitte in London before moving to Jamaica then Haiti with the Clinton Foundation, where she worked closely with the Ministries of Health on strengthening the health systems providing care and treatment to HIV positive pregnant women and new born children. She subsequently worked with Tony Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative in Rwanda (and a short time in Sierra Leone) before making the move to Melbourne.