Chief Innovation Officer

Chris Vanstone

Chief Innovation Officer

Chris started his career designing biscuits and razors before transitioning into social innovation almost 20 years ago. As our CIO, he develops our internal and external social innovation practice, develops new approaches to stuff we’ve never done before, and connects people and projects.

Naturally curious and always up for an adventure, Chris’ superpower is making sense of the world around him, and is especially skilled at spotting patterns in what we do, and weaving stories around them. His goal is to democratise innovation, and is always striving towards new ways to get important concepts into the world in ways that people understand.

A recent highlight is his work with the Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Corporation, an initiative focused on supporting community members in Coober Pedy to create cycles of advantage. He hopes it will lead to more good things for young people in Coober Pedy, and more local Aboriginal run businesses.

Outside work, Chris is passionate about his son, finding music he’s never heard before and learning to cook everything (recent highlights include bread, fermenting and Mexican cuisine).