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CEO of Ideology Group

Mentors in Sydney

Lisa Cotton


Ideology Group

Lisa’s career as CEO, Chair, NED, and at management level in commerce, social enterprise, impact investment, trade and tourism spans more than 30 years including 17 years governance board practice.

For the past 20 years, she’s worked at the forefront of philanthropy and social innovation.
From 2004 to 2011, she was Director Social Investment with Social Ventures Australia, and after that established The Funding Network. In 2017, she was named ‘Third Sector CEO of the Year’.

Prior to that, Lisa held executive positions in the private and public sectors including Director DDB advertising, Co-Manager for Gold Corporation’s Sydney Olympic Games licensing program and as Deputy Commissioner for the WA Pavilion at World Expo for the Western Australian Government.

Drawing insight from her cross-sector career, Lisa now works across the areas of impact investment, social enterprise, documentary films, and organisational strategy in an advisory and consulting role as CEO of Ideology Group.

She is Chairperson for the Kennards Hire Foundation, Non-Executive Director of Campbell Page, Non-Executive Director of Good Return, and a member of the Social Impact Hub Professional Impact Network and Sydney Mentor Walks.

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