PHIL PRESTON

As a born and bred Tasmanian, Phil left the ‘Apple Isle’ for Sydney to work in the investment industry for 19 years. He oversaw $50 billion of investments before leaving that comfortable life in 2007 to find better ways of tackling social and environmental challenges.

In his early work – bringing business and community interests together – he found that individuals and the businesses and organisations they work with can contribute something great, and his purpose is to help realise that potential.

While philanthropy and corporate social responsibility programs sound good, they can only do so much, and Phil helps businesses align profitability with social purpose as a means for driving and sustaining change at scale.

In 2013, he was invited to join Harvard Business School’s Professor Michael Porter and Mark Kramer in Boston to advance the application of ‘shared value’ principles, where business use the profit motive to help address social and environmental challenges. He has since become a leading practitioner in this field, including authoring the book, Connecting Profit With Purpose.

He works with small-medium enterprises through to multi-national corporations and everything in between, with his client list including Bendigo & Adelaide Bank, Challenger Group, GPT, IAG, JLL, NRMA, QBE and Westpac. Plus he’s worked extensively with not-for-profits, peak bodies, associations and all levels of government.

As a speaker and facilitator, he distills years of experience into actionable learning, making use of storytelling, audience interaction and a splash of dry humour for a journey of insight and inspiration. Phil’s worked on big stages, basketball courts, in boardrooms, the back of Bourke (literally) and more recently online!

Outside of work he is enthusiastic about coffee, chocolate and trail running!

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