Ardoch CEO, Lisa Jones

Lisa commenced in the role of Chief Executive Officer of Ardoch in January 2022, following various roles in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. She is an experienced senior executive and qualified lawyer, with a background in humanitarian action, strategic planning, legislative and policy development, and community engagement.

Prior to Ardoch, Lisa was the Managing Partner of Synergistiq, a consulting firm that strengthens and measures social impact, with a focus on education, employment and engagement. She worked closely with government, schools and students, to evaluate the impact of programs seeking to improve student learning outcomes and well-being.

Lisa spent 15 years undertaking political and humanitarian work with the United Nations and International Committee of the Red Cross, mostly in conflict or post-conflict situations. Her work focused on protecting civilians, advocating for the rights of women, children and ethnic minorities, helping people return and restore their lives, and supporting governments with post-conflict transition.

She subsequently spent nine years with the Victorian Government in emergency management. This involved collaborating with emergency management volunteers to develop and implement significant reforms in response to the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. Lisa championed a sector-wide diversity and inclusion framework to build a high-performing workforce and strengthen community connection, and designed new approaches for increasing community resilience.

Lisa is the Chair of Scarf, a social enterprise that supports young people of refugee and migrant backgrounds to gain access to opportunity through the hospitality industry. She is also a member of Leadership Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship Committee and former Chair of a school board.

Lisa holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an alumnus of the Williamson Community Leadership Program.