Ben Gales

Ben was formerly a Director at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and has also worked in NSW Treasury, in venture capital in the US and UK, and in the UK Treasury. Ben brings to SEFA his extensive knowledge of social investment, having been involved in the development of Social Benefit Bonds in NSW and establishing the Phoenix Fund in the UK to support small enterprises in disadvantaged communities. He also has experience of small business equity investment from his time in venture capital in Silicon Valley in the US and Cambridge in the UK. Ben worked with small to medium size organisations and he is aware of the growth challenges and opportunities. This experience equips him well for understanding the needs of emerging social enterprises.