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Our Program Facilitators: The brilliant people behind the Impact Academy.

Applications are now open for our next IA 10 program, starting in February 2019.

The 20 week program consists of weekly learning modules focused on business development and delivering your impact, facilitated by the best of the best.   The people and businesses involved in Impact Academy are key  to our successful program.   We are talking, top notch, globally recognised founders, CEO’s, industry leaders & change makers.  They’re all busy being amazing but still choose to spend their time with us, helping, guiding and shaping  your impacting businesses.

Let us introduce just some of the facilitators and businesses delivering our IA 10 program:

Kevin Finn, the founder of ‘The Sum Of’

Branding Workshop

Kevin is an internationally recognised designer with 20+ years professional experience. He is founder of ‘The Sum Of’, an independent design practice focusing on branding and strategy, applying this focus towards helping shape some of the most exciting and diverse businesses, ranging from SBS (the world’s most multicultural broadcaster) to de Bono Global (the management company representing Edward de Bono’s life’s work) where he has been a design consultant and a member of their Global Advisory Board.
Kevin has won numerous national and international awards, including a prestigious ‘Yellow Pencil’ at the international D&AD (Design & Art Direction) awards in London, as well as a Judges Choice at TDC (Type Directors Club), New York.
He has also judged numerous national and international awards, including judging D&AD in London on two occasions. He is regularly invited to speak at conferences, events, design schools and business leader forums and has spoken all over Australia, as well as Singapore, Kuala Lumper, Bangkok, Goa, New York, Dublin and Amsterdam.
He was also the first speaker at the inaugural TEDxBrisbane.



Ben Johnston, co-founder and CEO of Josephmark



Josephmark is a global venture studio with over a decade of experience in designing, building and growing validated ventures across a multitude of industries. Now working across three continents, JM’s work has raised tens of millions of dollars and won numerous awards and App Store features – all the while developing a diverse venture portfolio of their own to rival some of the best VCs in the world.
Ben and his team have had a unique journey if you compare it with what we might understand to be the traditional digital agency. Their success comes from Twitter acquiring one of their very first ventures, We Are Hunted; to fending off four large American agencies to win the Myspace redesign; to partnering with Red Bull, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and various other companies to launch a string of successful initiatives; through to working with South America’s richest entrepreneur, among many others.
We’d argue that CEO and co-founder Ben Johnston is one of the most creative minds in this country – if not, the world – and just like the many other brilliant people involved in this program, he shares his time to help cultivate social enterprises.


Neil Davidson, the founder of Clandestine Design Group

Design Thinking and Rapid Prototyping Workshop

Before taking up the challenge of founding Clandestine Design Group, Neil was the Creative Director at CMD, a Tier 1 Australasian based consultancy he worked at for 14 years. At the end of 2014, Neil founded Clandestine Design Group (CGD) whose mission is to covertly, collaboratively and creatively help entrepreneurs, businesses and venture partners with innovative design driven strategic and tactical processes. The firstborn from Neil’s collaborative efforts was the AUXILIARY Product Design School whose students work in a real consultancy, for real clients, on real projects, delivering commercially viable outcomes to industry standards.

Also in 2014, Neil was humbled and honoured to have be asked to take up a 3 month part time contract assisting the icon Sunbeam Australia as their interim Design Director.


Tim Jack Adams, the founder of ‘GreenX7’

Entrepreneur Health, Wellness, Mindfulness and Resilience Workshop


Tim Jack Adams has made it his purpose to inspire and support individuals and teams to reconnect to recharge and shine more positivity and meaning into people’s lives.  Committed to changing the health and wellbeing of the community around him, Tim founded GreenX7, a health and wellness framework offering tangible tools to enhance connection and quality of life for individuals, teams and companies creating positive change in the lives of thousands of people at home and abroad.

Tim continues to collaborate with stakeholders to enhance wellness and inspire individuals to value self, others and the natural environment to support in reversing the alarming rise of mental and physcal illness through keynotes, face to face workshops and utilising tools such as the ‘Play for your life’ cards and the GreenX7 App.


Mel Deacon, founder and CEO Elevate

Marketing, Comms, PR, Digital Media, Social Networks Workshop

Mel is the founder and CEO of Elevate Communication. She started the company in 2007 and has built it into one of the most successful, independent communication agencies in Australia. Recently winning the ‘Australian Small Consultancy of the Year’ award for the second year in a row by the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

In a career spanning more than 20 years, Mel has worked for some of the world’s top companies and brands in Europe, Australia and New Zealand including Diageo, Westpac, Domino’s Pizza, Frosty Boy Australia and the Surf Life Saving Foundation to name a few.

With an enviable network of contacts worldwide, Mel specialises in issues and reputation management, stakeholder engagement and strategic communication advice and management.

She is on the Board of Directors for the Public Relations Institute of Australia, representing the Queensland arm of communications and public relations. She is also a professional member of  the Registered Consultancy Group and the Professional Conference Organisation Association.

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