Tara Anderson takes helm at Social Traders


There’s been a changing of the guard at Social Traders former Executive Director of Strategy and Growth Tara Anderson taking the helm as CEO. 

Tara takes on the position following Mike McKinstry’s decision to retire after a two-year stint.

Social Traders said in a media release that the board respected Mike’s decision and thank him for his contribution to the organisation. 

“The Board are confident that Tara will bring continuity to the role through her strong knowledge of Social Traders operations and relationships across the social enterprise sector,” Social Traders said about Tara’s appointment. 

“Tara brings significant international experience across social enterprise, charities, and for-purpose intermediaries in the UK, Europe and Australia.” 

Tara has experience in strategy, business development, innovation, marketing and cross-sector collaboration at executive and Board level. 

“She has led large scale collaborations, designed and implemented organisational-wide strategies for growth and diversification, and repositioned brands for increased impact.”

Social Traders Chair, Sally Powell said: “The Board of Social Traders is delighted to appoint Tara Anderson as the organisation’s third Chief Executive. Our Board was inspired by Tara’s passion, advocacy of the social enterprise sector and strong alignment with Social Traders’ values and aspirations. Tara is an outstanding visionary leader who brings extensive international experience that will support our dedicated team to grow the Australian social enterprise sector.”

“It is an exciting time to position social enterprise as a unique solution to our nation’s current economic and workforce challenges. Australians are increasingly expecting more socially responsible strategies from government and the business community, and social procurement provides that sustainable solution for a more inclusive and equitable Australia. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Tara leading the organisation at this important time.”

Tara said it was a privilege to have the opportunity to work with the Board to lead Social Traders “in its next phase of development.”

I have always been energised by the opportunities that are unlocked by the social enterprise model – using business to create social impact. With the social enterprise sector in Australia maturing rapidly, and the business world increasingly focused on its responsibility to communities and the environment, it’s a great time to be at the frontier of social procurement and social enterprise development.” 

On thanking Mike for his tenure, Sally said: “Together with a loyal and dedicated team, Mike has led the continued growth and awareness of social procurement that is delivering social impact through jobs, skills and training along with profound levels of community impact. 

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