A little team of go-getters help to make Awesome exists. 10 Trustees and a Dean meet every month with $100 in their pocket, it adds to a kitty of $1000, to give a boost to awesome ideas that need it.
But they are not alone Nicola Pitt adds her flair to our blog posts and announcements by interview each winner every month — super star! And Casey Addinsall added her sparkle back in the days of launching this Adelaide Chapter.
Meet the Trustees
Dr Kristin Alford
Matthew is a connector. Professionally he specialises in strategic creative engagement, for Ecocreative. This business was South Australia’s first creative consultancy with the coveted B-Corporation certification, though Matt has been working in ‘sustainability’ at least 10 years before it was fashionable or 10 years since it fell out of fashion (depends on who you ask). The Awesome Foundation is one of Matt’s many passions as a volunteer. He is also a member of Conservation Council’s executive (with a passionate focus on social enterprise); co-founder and Chair of Landscape Partnerships a stewardships-focused NGO in the Flinders Ranges; and Director of Engagement and Experience for TEDx Adelaide. Matthew lives with a little black dog called Betty and three humans (he’s father to two of them).
Over the last 12 years, Geoff has successfully grown and sold six technology businesses. Geoff’s unique skills in digital marketing, sales and entrepreneurial thinking make him one of Australia’s leading business consultants. As a passionate social entrepreneur, Geoff is a supporter of the not for profit ‘Startup Adelaide’ and is an advocate for technology startups in Adelaide. He has enjoyed sharing his entrepreneurial experiences by hosting over 50 free public workshops in Adelaide. He also keynotes at conventions, seminars and guest lectures at universities. Geoff loves supporting the Awesome Foundation because it is such a streamlined, efficient, direct and immediate way to provide real support to great local citizens who deserve it.
Clare currently works as a grant manager for the Wyatt Trust, a 130-year-old philanthropic organisation assisting South Australian’s in the areas of employment, education, housing and financial wellbeing. She has a background studying Social Work and Behavioural Science and has volunteered in a range of roles from mental health, to events, to imagination and craft play with kids and families. Throughout her work, she has been involved in creating a financial literacy program for young people, collective impact initiatives and social capital and impact investment projects. In Clare’s spare time, she likes to play netball, basketball and Gaelic football (depending on the season!). She is a country girl at heart but lives in the city at the moment, and is keen to find ways to connect with like-minded people to help others and make new connections around Adelaide.
Matt is a structural engineer with a vision to make the world a better place, one day at a time. After 15 years of working for Big Corp and helping fund many online start-ups, he decided to give it a crack for himself and has not looked back for a minute. His passion for crowd funding small organisations led him to find the Awesome Foundation, and Matt loves being part of a philanthropic movement that helps bring joy, comfort, and pleasure (to name but a few things) to the local and wider South Australian community. Matt has a fancy sock subscription, likes to rescue shelter animals and is continually inspired by the ideas submitted to the Awesome Foundation.