Our People

Co-Founder and CEO

Shaun Christie-David

Shaun Christie-David combines 15 years of experience of working with vulnerable communities, with social enterprise knowledge and extensive corporate sector experience. Prior to founding Colombo Social and Plate it Forward, Shaun set up the Aboriginal Health Television Network with the Federal Government – a channel dedicated to improving the health literary of First Nations people. He has worked with at-risk youth at the Raise Foundation, is the Chief Growth Officer for The Beard Season and the founding board member for The Dental Truck.
Board Member

Paul McCrory

Director Facebook Australia and New Zealand
Paul is an Executive with over 20 years leadership experience in the Data, SaaS and advertising industries. He has a true passion for people and focuses on driving impact through diversity.
2021 Graduate

Brendan

For the first time in over 20 years, Brendan is ready and willing to see his family again. Ability Social has made him feel worthy and proud of who he is.

Ability Social has given him the confidence to work and converse with people after years of feeling like he was unable to do normal, day-to-day work tasks.

"The surprise for me is being able to work among people again after so long of being isolated and afraid. Ability Social has given me the confidence that I can find a job anywhere."
"Ability Social has given me purpose. I love waking up every day being able to learn and cook in the kitchen. It has given me the confidence to learn new skills and feel positive about the future."

Co-Founder, COO and CFO

Peter Jones-Best

Peter Jones-Best has extensive experience in all facets of the hospitality industry including work in hotels, bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants and gaming. He has over 5 years of international experience in the food and beverage business in Canada, USA and the UK. He has managed some of the world’s most recognised venues across the UK and Sydney, and is skilled at managing multiple large hospitality venues, staff and operational processes.
2021 Graduate

Sonya

Sonya did not know how to cook before starting the Ability Social program. Now Sonya is cooking for her whole family, including 6 children and 4 grandchildren. She can proudly say to them, ‘If I can do it, you can as well.

"This has been the best thing to happen to me. My children are proud."

Board Member

Arjun Bisen

Arjun has over a decade of experience at the intersection of technology, social impact and foreign policy. He is currently an advisor on technology policy and product for Google Search.
Chair

Sam Mostyn

Sam Mostyn is a non-executive director and sustainability advisor, recognised across Australia for her work as a pioneer of gender inclusion and equity, and leadership in sustainability, sport, the arts, policy and civil society. Sam’s other board roles include Mirvac, Transurban and the Centre for Policy Development.
2021 Graduate

Hewitt

Hewitt’s Aunties and family applaud him every morning when leaves for work. They are incredibly proud of him, as he lives his dream of becoming a chef. As the only person in his extended family to have steady employment, Hewitt is an inspiration to many.

"Ability Social has given me purpose. I love waking up every day being able to learn and cook in the kitchen. It has given me the confidence to learn new skills and feel positive about the future."