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Social Traders appoints Tara Anderson as Chief Executive Officer

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Social Traders CEO, Mike McKinstry has decided that it’s time in his career to retire. The Board respect Mike’s decision at this point in his life and thank him for his contribution to Social Traders.

Following Mike’s retirement, the Board is delighted to announce that Tara Anderson has been appointed as its next Chief Executive Officer.

Currently the Executive Director of Strategy & Growth at Social Traders and a member of the leadership team, 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.

“It has been a pleasure and delight to work with the Board and all of the Social Traders team over the last two years. From a personal point of view, it now feels time to enjoy the next stage in my life,” said outgoing Social Traders CEO Mike McKinstry.

Tara brings significant international experience across the social enterprise, charities, and for-purpose intermediaries in the UK, Europe and Australia. Tara’s career has spanned strategy, business development, innovation, marketing and cross-sector collaboration at executive and Board levels. She has led large-scale collaborations, designed and implemented organisational-wide strategies for growth and diversification, and repositioned brands for increased impact. Tara will begin in her new role in October.

“It’s 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,” said newly appointed CEO Tara Anderson.

“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. I’m excited to continue working with the exceptional Social Traders team, our members and our partners, to make social enterprise and social procurement business as usual.”

Social Traders Chair, Sally Powell said that the Board of Social Traders is delighted to appoint Tara Anderson as the organisation’s third Chief Executive and that they were inspired by Tara’s passion, advocacy of the social enterprise sector and strong alignment with Social Traders’ values and aspirations.

“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.”

“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. Our Board farewells Mike and extends our sincere thanks for all that he has contributed to the organisation. Mike leaves a strong foundation for Tara to advance our mission to grow and develop the Australian social enterprise sector,” she added.

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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