#LBG2017 Panel announcement - CCI in a global context

In this philosophical discussion moderated by Sara Parrott, panel members will consider some of the global issues impacting business and implications for corporate community investment. Drawing on key insights from the Edelman Trust Barometer, and the Global Peace Index, panel members will deliberate how to preserve a company’s social licence to operate, and invest in social issues previously considered no-go areas. Join the conversation with live polling and audience Q&A throughout the panel discussion.



Steve joined Edelman Australia as CEO in March 2016.  Having over two decades of consultancy and in-house experience on brand and corporate assignments, prior to that he worked in six different Edelman offices.  Most recently, in the UK where he was COO of Edelman UK & Ireland, leading the day-to-day operations of over 600 staff across three offices.   

Steve’s consultancy expertise is focused on brand building and re-positioning, influencer programming, social licence to operate and organisational design. Steve enjoys being very hands on, providing counsel and advice to organisations including Samsung, Shell and Bayer. His experience ranges from C-Suite advisory, introducing a new vaccine for Sanofi, working with Unilever to reinvent a food brand, wrestling with Captain Morgan, literally, and executive profiling.

Combining his passions in economics, anthropology and science drives Steve to deliver ever evolving communications programmes that drive trust and maintain licence to operate.


Alistair Gee is the Chief Operating Officer of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). Amongst other things, IEP calculates the economic value of peace, currently $14.3 trillion, and assists governments and institutions in realizing that value. Alistair has had a range of roles over the past two decades devoted to growing investment and philanthropy in international development. He has spent 11 years as a CEO for organisations which have raised over $100m and has founded organisations, such as the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction. Alistair has served on over a dozen boards and finance committees, including as Chair of the Australian Council for International Development’s Advocacy and Public Policy Committee and Co-Convenor of Make Poverty History, a campaign of over 100 organisations which helped convince successive governments to triple the aid budget between 2005 to 2012. Alistair has also practised as a lawyer.


Mike Tuffrey cofounded Corporate Citizenship – now comprising a team of 45 specialists across six locations worldwide - and has led the growth and development of LBG over the last 20 years.

Originally qualifying as a chartered accountant with KPMG, his career has encompassed leadership roles in the charity sector as well as public service as an elected member in London government. Today he provides strategic consulting services to corporate clients and serves in pro bono roles as treasurer of the New Economics Foundation, trustee of The Restart Project and adviser to the Green Alliance.

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Sara has more than twenty years’ experience in corporate responsibility, stakeholder relations, communication and marketing, with both corporate and community organisations, holding staff and board positions.

She is Executive Manager of Suncorp Group's corporate responsibility function, leading the development of environmental and social responsibility strategy group-wide.

Sara's previous roles include Goodstart Early Learning as General Manager, Strategic Communications and Xstrata Coal, as Manager of Community Relations. She was also Global Leader of Community Engagement for Babcock & Brown, a global investment firm, where she managed B&B’s contribution to the community, including 23 community partnerships world-wide and established the firm's global sustainability policy and framework. Prior to B&B Sara was National Manager of the Ernst & Young Australia Foundation and Chair of the Ernst & Young Australia Corporate Responsibility Task-group after being Northern Region Marketing Manager with Ernst & Young Australia.

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