SEFA has built a strong and experienced team who are passionate about social enterprise and understand the challenges that these organisations face. Our experience is drawn from social finance, investment banking and private enterprise.
Ben Gales, Chief Executive Officer
Ben has been the CEO of SEFA since April 2013. He has a wealth of experience in social finance. He was involved in the early sector development work in the UK in the late 1990s, and more recently he led the development of the initial Social Benefit Bonds (Social Impact Bonds) in Australia. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership.
Prior to joining SEFA, Ben was a Director at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, which he joined from NSW Treasury. During his time in NSW Government he was heavily involved in the scoping, development, and implementation of the first two Social Impact Bonds in Australia. He worked in the UK Treasury in the 1990s on a range of social and economic policy developments. This included the establishment of the Phoenix Fund, which supported social enterprises in disadvantaged communities and helped establish Community Development Finance Institutions (social finance providers) in the UK. He moved to Australia in 2008 from the US, where he had been a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley.
David Rickards, Executive
David was formerly the Head of Research and an Executive Director at Macquarie Bank. He coordinated a team based throughout Australia, Asia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom for over 16 years. David is an authority on global equities and capital markets, with particular expertise in strategic analysis and risk assessment. He has recently retired from working at Macquarie and is now devoting himself to the establishment and growth of SEFA, where he is Managing Director. Before joining Macquarie he was responsible for establishing the risk management company BARRA International in Australia. David is also a Director and Treasurer of Bush Heritage Australia.
Phung Spyrou, Senior Relationship Manager
Phung joined SEFA in July 2013 and manages our client relationships. She has over 10 years experience in banking, during which time she was involved in structuring financial solutions for her clients. She is keen to use her experience to assist social entrepreneurs in attaining both their social and financial goals. If you would like to discuss the ways that SEFA can partner with you to reach these goals, please don’t hesitate to contact Phung.
Hanna Ebeling, Relationship Manager
Hanna has recently come on board as Relationship Manager in our lending team. Hanna works closely with social enterprises to understand what makes them resilient, and how to structure loans to suit their needs. Prior to moving to Australia, Hanna acquired on-the-ground experience during two years in the Philippines where she ran an accelerator program for social enterprises on behalf of LGT Venture Philanthropy and wrote a business plan on affordable housing with United Nations and the Hilti Foundation. Before moving into impact investing, she built her corporate tool set over six years whilst working at HSBC, lastly for the Chief Investment Officer of Group Private Banking. Hanna is passionate about combining financial due diligence skills with a social purpose and has a soft spot for helping early-stage ventures find the resources they need.
Dick Boddeüs, Relationship Manager
Dick joined SEFA in November 2014. After finishing his studies in Management, Economics and Law Dick commenced his career at Rabobank in The Netherlands, working with Small and Medium sized Enterprises. He then moved to Triodos Bank, a European based bank, considered to be a world leader in banking on values. Triodos is one of SEFA’s founding partners and Dick took the opportunity to work on secondment to SEFA for six months in 2012. Dick returned to Australia last month to continue working with the SEFA lending team. Dick believes that it is important, maybe even crucial, to combine both financial returns and social outcomes. Values that he embraces include entrepreneurship, responsibility and optimism.
Sandra Kemp, Director of Operations
Sandra has worked in the finance industry for 15 years, the last 11 of which were with Macquarie Group in the role of Operations Manager, Macquarie Research. Sandra has extensive project management and operations experience in Australia and internationally. She has worked across the commercial and community/NFP sector and commenced her career with NSW Department of Land & Water Conservation as a Hydrologist. Sandra is currently completing her Masters of Information Studies and is using her extensive skills at SEFA to establish the business and processes that will support SEFA becoming Australia’s premier loan fund for social enterprises.