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Doug Taylor – CEO United Way Australia

Doug Taylor's interest, passion and advocacy for creating positive and lasting change in local communities started many years ago as a teenager volunteering with various not for profits.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Ministry and Diplomas in Theology and Volunteer Management, Doug started working with a number of community groups, realising very quickly that entire communities need to be mobilised in order to address the social issues of today.

Doug joined United Way Sydney in 2007 and in his role as CEO and Non Executive Director he is focused on developing the Community Impact strategy that addresses the education, income and health needs of local communities and instigated the Common Cause Strategy in Sydney (www.commoncause.com.au). This work has culminated in a number of Collective Impact strategies and ReadLearnSucceed. He has played a leadership role in nationalising United Way’s work which resulted in him becoming United Way Australia’s inaugural CEO.

He is frequently engaged to advise United Way members internationally, has helped developed the organisation’s Asia Pacific Corporate strategy and is a Member of the United Way Worldwide Membership Accountability Committee. He has also chaired the United Way Worldwide Professional Council and has sat on the Commonwealth's Volunteer Policy Advisory Groups and is a Board Member of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Chair of Sandpit (formerly Emerging Leaders for Social Change). Doug also completed Post Graduate studies in Management and the Sydney Leadership program in 2004.

Prior to working with United Way, Doug was the Head of Community Partnership at WorkVentures, responsible for its Digital Divide and Community Economic Development programs. He helped establish a network of Technology Centres for social housing tenants, scaled up a PC recycling program that has provided IT access to 10,000 low income families and not for profit organisations and launched an innovative enterprise program in South Western Sydney that engaged all levels of government, corporations and philanthropic foundations. In 2005 he also led a team that received the Prime Minister's Business Community Partnership award for longevity with Microsoft Australia.


Jenny Riley - National Community Impact Manager

Jenny Riley is the National Community Impact Manager for United Way Australia responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the Community Impact strategy. Her role is to work with cross-sector partners and stakeholders to ensure the agency’s impact goals in education, income and health are achieved.

Jenny started at United Way at the beginning of 2013 bringing over 15 years of experience from local, national and international contexts. She has worked for government, local community organisations and global not for profits including Oxfam Australia, Plan International and World Vision. In 2003 Jenny was an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development in Sri Lanka, following this she spent 7 years working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

Jenny is an experienced strategic planner, a Certified Project Manager (Prince2) and has experience in Collective Impact, Theories of Change, Impact Mapping and Logical Framework models and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Geography) and a Masters of Development Studies from the University of Melbourne.