The Thriving Communities Partnership appoints interim board of directors

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The Thriving Communities Partnership (TCP), a cross-sector collaboration which works towards the premise that everybody has fair access to the modern essential services they need to thrive in contemporary Australia, today welcomed its interim Board members to guide the company into the next phase of its development.

Pat McCafferty, Managing Director Yarra Valley Water, has accepted the role as interim Chair, alongside interim Board members Catie Moore (Partner), Sparke Helmore Lawyers, Cynthia Gebert, Victorian Energy and Water Ombudsman, and Ciara Sterling, Head of Community Inclusion, Yarra Valley Water. The interim Board benefits from the oversight and guidance of KPMG.

The TCP was established in 2017 and has now amassed support from over 150 organisations across corporate, community and government sectors. More than 20 founding partners have contributed funding and in-kind support to establish the entity and several collaborative projects are now underway, aimed at better support for communities.

Led by Ciara Sterling, interim CEO, the TCP has in the past year focused on building the structures necessary to support the success of a future platform for partnership. Supporting this direction has been pro-bono partner KPMG, where Mark Jones AM (Partner) has overseen the development of strategy and governance, alongside Catie Moore (Partner), pro-bono legal counsel from Sparke Helmore Lawyers. 

“Over the past six months I have worked closely with the TCP to design a governance structure, company strategy and sustainability model that is fit for-purpose. I believe that there has been sufficient progress achieved now to establish the TCP as an independent company.”

Mark Jones, AM

Following recommendations from KPMG, the TCP has assembled an interim board to provide strategic oversight while managing the appointment process for a future independent chair and appropriately qualified board of directors by 30 June 2019. The interim board consists of the following members:

“The Thriving Communities Partnership is now at an exciting point of growth and I am pleased to lend my support as interim chair for the next 12 months. We have a unique opportunity to effect meaningful and lasting change for the most vulnerable people in our communities.”

Pat McCafferty

Ciara Sterling said that with the input of the interim board, the next year would be focused on consolidating and building momentum together with the broader partnership group and focusing on delivering projects with measurable community impact.

“Over the last 12 months we have seen an unprecedented appetite for collaboration to create change for people experiencing vulnerability. There is now consensus that none of us can solve the complex issues that underpin vulnerability alone. With a high calibre interim Board now in place, and strong commitment and momentum from the collective, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a stronger community and stronger businesses together.”

Ciara Sterling

Over the next 12 months the TCP will commence its flagship project, the Vulnerability Hub - ‘a one stop, one story’ system of support for those at risk of hardship or experiencing vulnerability. The hub will provide a single-entry point to access all vulnerability support services across private, public and community-based organisations – simplifying pathways and reducing barriers to access, ultimately ensuring a holistic and integrated model of support.

Thanks to our Founding & Community Partners:

AGL, BondMRM, City West Water, EnergyAustralia, KPMG, NAB, Origin, Sparke Helmore Lawyers, South East Water, Suncorp, Telstra, Wannon Water, Yarra Valley Water, Consumer Policy Research Centre, Financial Counselling Australia, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, Good Shepherd Microfinance, Resilient Melbourne, Uniting, World Vision.

Media Contact: Matt Balfe, Thriving Communities Engagement Manager
Phone: 98721633

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