Why we do this work

Australians under the age of 25 experience the highest unemployment rate in the country – more than double the rate of job seekers over 25 – and historically face the worst in financial crises and recessions.

Unemployment affects our community disproportionately and now, more than ever, Australia needs innovative employment pathways for young and disadvantaged jobseekers.

Only 6% of refugees have a job six months after they arrive in Australia

More than 40% of young Indigenous people are not in Education, Employment or Training

Almost 70% of ex-offenders in QLD are unemployed 6 months after release

Only 48% of working age people with disability are employed

Only 10% of people living on the streets have some work

Those with a mental illness are 20% less likely to have a job

Well-run work-integrated social enterprises have been shown to produce higher and better employment outcomes than mainstream employment services for people experiencing significant disadvantage.

They increase economic productivity, inclusion, capital and wellbeing – for both individuals and communities (see report by Westpac Foundation on people-centred employment).

The White Box way

White Box Enterprises is the only organisation in Australia building large-scale jobs-focused social enterprises, from the ground up and through national replication. Our whole reason for being is to get people into meaningful, long-lasting work.

White Box Enterprises identifies real market gaps, scales business opportunities to develop sustainable, commercially competitive models and creates supported jobs for disadvantaged Australians.

 

Our approach is three-fold:

Research and evaluation

White Box is proud to partner with the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) at Swinburne University, which is evaluating the White Box model and its progress in achieving employment outcomes for young, disadvantaged job seekers.
Read the interim report.

Leadership Team

Luke Terry

Co-Founder and CEO

Angharad Lubbock

Programs Director

Geoff Zippel

Ventures Director

Alex McDonald

Advisory Services

Michael Grogan

CFO

Josh Ackman

GM – WB Finance

Board

Keith Rovers

Chair

Keith is MinterEllison’s Pro Bono & Community Investment partner, using his commercial experience and interest in responsible business and sustainability to help not-for-profit, emerging social enterprise and social procurement clients. He strives to create shared value, collaborating across the corporate, government, not-for-profit and education sectors to develop innovative approaches to social issues.

 

Melissa Cameron

Director

Melissa began her career as a corporate lawyer, before moving into investment banking, working at top-tier firms in Australia, the US and Hong Kong. She is a trusted advisor to regional and multinational clients and works closely with senior management teams on best practices, succession planning and recruitment.

 

Simon Freeman

Director

A qualified chartered accountant, Simon moved to Australia from the UK in 2004 and has since worked for a variety of financial institutions in banking, funds management and private equity. He became CEO of the Paul Ramsay Foundation in 2015 and is currently CFO of the Judith Neilson Family Office.