Dr Andrew Young
CEO, Centre for Social Impact
Andrew has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Social Impact since early 2012. He is dedicated to improving the effectiveness of social impact across the social purpose, government and corporate sectors in Australia. He brings a systems approach and believes that the keys to improving social impact include an outcomes focus, evidence and measurement, collaboration and leadership development.
After completing a PhD in engineering at the University of Adelaide in 1995, Andrew worked as a strategy consultant with Andersen Consulting, providing strategy, business and marketing advice to large Australian and international companies. Seeking to use his skills for social outcome, he took up a role as head of marketing and fundraising for The Smith Family.
Andrew was appointed Chief Executive Officer of youth cancer charity CanTeen in 2004, winning the Equity Trustees’ Not-for-Profit CEO First Year Achiever Award in 2005. During his time at CanTeen, Andrew developed and delivered a 5-year strategic plan that greatly enhanced CanTeen’s recognition and influence. He grew the organisation from 30 staff to nearly 100 and lifted turnover from $4.5m to over $22m while re-defining CanTeen’s mission, introducing a new focus on research, advocacy and collaboration and greatly broadening the reach and impact of CanTeen’s work with young people living with cancer.
Building on discussions with CEO peers in other organisations, Andrew was a founding member of Emerging Leaders for Social Change (ELSC) - a group of emerging leaders with an interest in creating greater social impact through a stronger social sector and cross-sectoral collaboration.