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Richard Plumpton


Richard has spent over 20 years finding effective ways to make sustained change happen – both in the corporate and non-profit sectors.

Originally from the UK, Richard began his career working with a number of marketing agencies where he ran multi award-winning campaigns for globally renowned brands like The Guardian, Reebok and Unilever.

After moving to Australia in 2002, Richard worked for The Coca-Cola Company for over eight years.  During this time he assumed executive roles including the Director of the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation and the South Pacific Director of Sustainability.

 In 2011 Richard joined The Climate Institute as Development Director and in 2015 founded 2iis Consulting.  The same year, Richard commenced working with Philanthropy Squared as a consultant.


What attracts you to work in the non-profit sector?

Two things; firstly, the opportunity to work with a wide range of organisations all striving to find solutions to some of the world’s most challenging issues. Secondly, the passionate, smart and driven people I get to work with on a daily basis.

Non-profits to watch?

I’m loving the continued evolution of the many social enterprises and for-purpose businesses that have sprung up around Australia in the last five years. As an example of the way this area is beginning to truly become mainstream, my favourite local café is a social enterprise that offers a motorcycle workshop, café and restaurant all geared towards social change in the community.

Next big trend in the sector?

Two areas that appear to be rapidly shifting are the way that digital technology is being used to measure and demonstrate impact; along with the continued rise of social impact investment as a mechanism to drive systemic change. I’m also keeping a close eye on how shared value develops in the Australian corporate sector.