Ben Hawthorn

Ben is currently an Executive Manager, Research, Design and Innovation at Ruah Community Services, a not-for-profit organisation that provides services across Mental Health, Housing and Homelessness and Family Services. Ben has had a diverse career having worked internationally and locally across various industry sectors from health and education to engineering and sustainability.

Ben also has a strong interest in social enterprise and digital ventures, having co-founded and advised a number of start-ups both locally and internationally and working with leading social enterprises that aim to address complex social issues. This has included the development of online marketplaces targeted at the NDIS, age care platforms and market entry for digital health ventures in the Asia Pacific region.

Outside of Ben’s busy schedule he enjoys a few creative pursuits, having recently co-produced a narrative podcast with ABC RN and published articles on social media platforms such as So Perth.  Ben also enjoys travel, immersing himself into new cultures, spending time with his family, and the odd surf or hike on the weekend.