Getting to know the LBG team and members - Tara James

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Name: Tara James

Position: Senior Consultant, Corporate Citizenship

When did you join the LBG/Corporate Citizenship team? Originally in 2010 in London, and was with the team for around three years. As of January 2017, I’m excited to be re-joining, though this time here in Australia! In between, I worked with Royal Mail Group through their privatisation, moved back to Australia, and had a baby girl (who is somehow now a toddler…).

Describe your job in one sentence: Helping people make their businesses stronger.

Career highlight to date: Through the course of my time in CSR, I’ve been lucky enough to meet some truly inspirational individuals who have seemingly infinite capacity for assisting their communities. It is inspiring seeing just how much some people give, for no personal gain – and just how much one person can achieve (in addition to their day job!).

Three things you can't live without: My daughter’s cheeky grin, music, the great outdoors.

What's on your bucket list? There are a lot of things I would love to do, including seeing a lot more of the world, however there aren’t too many things that are an absolute must for me. Raising an awesome daughter is probably the main one.

What is the last book you read? Thrive, by Ariana Huffington.

What is your dream holiday location and why? My favourite places have been ones I have stumbled across, generally out on walks in the middle of nowhere, and generally involving food. For example a “restaurant” at the back of a small homestead in Croatia where we had homemade lemonade, sun-ripened tomatoes and freshly baked bread while overlooking a vineyard. So I suppose my dream location would be somewhere with good views and good food – it’s relaxing (and tasty).

What do you feel most passionate about? My family.

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FAST FACT

  • In 2016 our members contributed $236M to the community and 0.14% of total revenue on average

     

  • LBG members have
    an average of
    4 full time staff
    members dedicated
    to community
    investment activities

  • LBG members on average contributed 0.56% of pre-tax profit to the community in 2016

  • In 2016 our members contributed $831 per employee on average

  • Employee time made up 10% of contributions by our members in 2016

  • Social Welfare causes received the majority of member contributions in 2016

  • In 2016 on average 11 hours per employee was contributed to the community

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

  • Jawun.jpgLBG members NAB, Woodside Energy & Wesfarmers support employees on five week secondments assisting Indigenous organisations with economic and social development projects.

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  • ANZ_case_study.jpg "Seeds of Renewal" is a grants program, supported by ANZ, which aims to contribute to building thriving communities in regional Australia.

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  • TUK.pngDatacom helps make the internet safer for kids through ThinkUKnow, an internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers.

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  • Essendon_EFC_Dyson_Heppell_and_Friends.jpgThe Essendon Football Club aims to strengthen communities through sport, and a key partnership is with the Tiwi Bombers Football Club located 80 kilometres North of Darwin. 

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  • Heart_Foundation_photo_small.jpgThe Medibank Community Fund and Heart Foundation partnership was born out of a shared 'For Better Health' philosophy to encourage healthy eating, more physical activity and greater community connectedness.

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  • National_Gallery_Ab_art_062.jpgIn 2009, the National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers Limited established the Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship program 

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  • Optus_casestudy_small.jpgOptus partners with The Smith Family to deliver 'student2student', a unique program that has helped many students to significantly increase their reading skills.

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  • OF_logo_new_white_small.pngOrigin Foundation supports Youth Off The Streets with skilled volunteering and financial support of the The National Scholarship Program and Dollars for Scholars Program. 

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  • Jawun.jpgLBG members Woodside Energy, NAB & Wesfarmers support employees on five week secondments assisting Indigenous organisations with economic and social development projects.

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  • josh_kennedy_kg_small.jpgWest Coast Eagles FC inspires high school students in the Pilbara with "Kicking Goals", a curriculum-based mentoring program in partnership with BHP Billiton and Swan Districts Football Club. 

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