Current and Emerging Opportunities in the Social Housing Sector
Following a short segment to conduct our AGM, Liz Forsyth and Ruth Lawrence will lead an exploration of current and emerging opportunities in the social housing sector. Liz and Ruth will draw on their strong understanding of the sector and relationships with key leaders to share their insights about the changing role of Government and how this is likely to impact the area of social housing. Liz and Ruth will address issues such as sector capacity, changing policy priorities, potential opportunities for new services and investment and what the sector can do now to be ready.
DATE: Monday, November 28, 2016
(includes morning tea & light lunch)
Level 38 – International Towers Sydney 3,
300 Barangaroo Ave, Sydney
RSVP: Monday, November 21, 2016
REGISTER ONLINE NOW AT: www.churcheshousing.org.au
or click here to go directly to the registration page.
Prior to KPMG Liz held senior and executive positions in the Commonwealth Department of Community Services and Health, the NSW Department of Transport and the NSW Department of Community Services. Liz has extensive experience in working with senior bureaucrats, politicians, and a range of stakeholder groups including non-government service providers and consumers
Liz’s driving passion when working is health and social policy reform. Her work predominantly focuses on issues related to disadvantage, disability and vulnerability, covering the many and varied aspects of the health, human services and aged care portfolios at both state and national levels.
Liz is recognized within government and the not-for-profit sectors as a highly experienced thought leader with expertise in policy development, implementation and evaluation. Liz is at the forefront of the major social policy reforms underway across Australia, including reforms in child protection, disability services, domestic and family violence, social housing and aged care. She has also been active in exploring new regulatory models and person centred service delivery in human services. She has also helped design the market architecture and levers for new market driven contestability and commissioning arrangements in disability services.
Ruth is the Associate Director for Human Services Advisory.
Dr Ruth Lawrence is an Associate Director in the Health, Ageing, and Human Services Advisory practice in Sydney Australia. Since joining KPMG in October 2012, Dr Lawrence leads KPMG’s stream on social impact measurement and impact investing. Ruth works with a team from across to KPMG to assist government and not for profit organizations plan for social investment, assess their readiness to participate in social investment transactions, connect these organisations to investors, and develop business cases on social impact investment. In addition to her social investment work she conducts program evaluations and reviews of human service organisations.
Dr Lawrence has over 10 years’ experience as an advisor to Government in a range of government agencies. Prior to joining KPMG, Dr Lawrence worked in NSW Treasury on Australia’s first Social Benefit Bond and ran the procurement process. At Treasury, she worked in the Expenditure Review Directorate, and conducted a number of whole of government expenditure reviews.
Her experience in government includes senior advisory roles in strategic policy and research not only in NSW Treasury, but also in the Department of Justice and Attorney General, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, and the Commission for Children and Young People. She has a background in human services as well as training in research methods including her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.
In her work at KPMG Ruth and the team assisted the Victorian Government, redesign their homelessness services; recently Ruth has worked in the ACT developing the ACT Community Services Industry Plan which involved working with organisations to consider their sustainability into the future.