LEADERSHIP

Benefit Capital Executive

Bessi Graham
Co-CEO
Bessi Graham is the co-founder of The Difference Incubator (TDi) and Benefit Capital.

As an investor, entrepreneur, business owner, company director, speaker and writer, Bessi’s passion for using business as an agent for change is internationally recognised.

For the past 20 years she has focused on unlocking capital to deliver positive social and environmental outcomes in Australia and the Pacific.

Bessi has supported and built the capacity of hundreds of SMEs in Australia and the Pacific.

Recognised by the Australian Government with a ministerial appointment to the Committee for the Accelerating Commercialisation and Incubator Support Initiatives (Department of Industry, Innovation and Science); and advisory roles to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for the Emerging Markets Impact Investment Fund (EMIIF) and Pacific RISE.

Bessi was also the architect of the first investment readiness fund for the impact investment space in Australia - now run by Impact Investment Australia (IIA) as the Growth Grant with further funding from the Department of Social Services (DSS) $7m Australian Government Sector Readiness Fund (SRF).

Bessi has experienced first-hand many of the issues that innovative organisations experience in their life cycles – she is an adept problem solver who will make the time to listen to you.
Paul Steele
Co-CEO
Paul Steele is the co-founder of Benefit Capital and The Difference Incubator (TDi). 

Paul is the CEO of donkey wheel foundation since 2010, where he has facilitated and supported change makers and the ecosystems that enable their work. 

Through his work at Benefit Capital, Paul has helped SMEs access $120m AUD in capital.  

Paul was the Deputy CEO and COO (as well as Company Secretary) at World Vision Australia, and Strategic Projects Consultant for World Vision International where his innovative approaches were applied to the aid and development sector. Paul’s work focused on using social enterprise to deliver good outcomes in aid and development across IT, logistics and HR.

He was awarded the Australian-Davos Connection Leadership Award in 2006.

Paul is an internationally recognised authority on social innovation and change, entrepreneurship and impact investing. 

Paul was the ‘hands on’ driving force behind the renovation work of the heritage listed donkey wheel house in Melbourne, which led to the creation of Ethical Property Australia (EPA). He also co-founded Good Places Properties in Atlanta.    

Paul graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and completed AICD’s course, Mastering the Boardroom. 

He was on the advisory committee for the Field Guide to Impact Investing. As a member of the Australian Advisory Board to the Global Social Finance Taskforce, Paul contributed to the global uptake of impact investing.  

Paul has expertise in corporate governance as a director/chairman of the boards of not-for-profit organisations, commercial entities and ASX-listed companies.

There is no problem or opportunity that Paul cannot walk through with you in order to shape an authentic, bespoke and creative solution.  
Amanda Bartley
Principal
Amanda Bartley is Principal at Benefit Capital and brings over 25 years’ experience collaborating with and advising clients across government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

Amanda identifies opportunities for positive impact through responsible business, creating shared value, social innovation and intrapreneurship.

Amanda was previously a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she held leadership roles across assurance, human capital, corporate responsibility and consulting.

As Director in the PwC Social Impact Advisory practice, Amanda supported clients to build trust through positively impacting their consumers, community and environment.

When leading the PwC Corporate Responsibility team, Amanda was responsible for the design, delivery and measurement of PwC's societal relevance strategy, including the PwC Foundation.

Amanda completed a secondment to the Australian Human Rights Commission as the Senior Adviser to the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner and attended the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women as part of the Australian Government delegation.

Amanda has studied Executive Leadership at INSEAD Singapore, has completed Master of Education and Bachelor of Accounting and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand.

Amanda will be able to help you see how your organisation can make a positive social impact, as part of achieving your business aims and goals.
Brad Graham
Director of Design & Innovation
Brad Graham is the Director of Design and Innovation for Benefit Capital.

For almost a decade Brad has worked with Benefit Capital and The Difference Incubator (TDi) to bring methods of design and innovation to SMEs to enable them to better tackle complex social challenges.

During this time Brad completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Social System Design.

Over a 12-year period Brad gained experience and expertise in strategy and design, consulting with the Australian firm 2nd Road working with an extensive range of large government, commercial and NGO clients.

Brad brought strategic dialogue and insight to the Argyle Diamond Mine management team as they sought to significantly extend mine life and create over $1 billion in new business value.

Brad also played a significant role in bringing design thinking and capability in strategic dialogue to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Through the Integrated Tax Design project, the ATO wanted to transform its view of taxation from that of a technical and analytical problem to approaching it as a complex social challenge.

Brad will help you be able to apply design and design thinking to your context.
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