Ruth Dearnley, Managing Director (Principal Consultant)


Ruth is a social change strategist. With academic qualification in social anthropology, she is passionate about understanding how change happens. As a consultant and adviser she has built and implemented robust frameworks for measuring advocacy and influence, increasing public participation in social justice issues by helping organisations address the ‘values-action gap’, and improving organisational efficiency and effectiveness.

Ruth has held senior leadership, advocacy and external affairs roles in INGOs, NFPs and business associations across the UK, Australia and southern Africa - specialising in labour exploitation, child protection, ethical consumerism, and international and community health. Before founding Influence Global, she led World Vision Australia's public advocacy department. Ruth is currently CEO of Birth for Humankind. She is Acting Chair of Stop the Traffik Australia, a member of Darebin City Council's Womens' Advisory Committee, Melbourne Women’s Fund and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Partners, Consultants & Collaborators

Collaboration is critical to achieving social change. We draw on a global network of highly experienced, independent professionals and agencies, to find the appropriate attributes to suit our clients needs. Our partners include: 


Mono Design

Mono Design specialise in branding, graphic design and illustration. Clients over the last 20 years include: RMIT University, BRW Magazine, Allen & Unwin, CFA (Country Fire Authority), Parliament of Victoria, City of Moreland, City of Darebin, City of Knox, City of Glen Eira, City of Whittlesea, McREL International, Bank MECU as well as many more. Mono Design is led by Matt Clare, who has experience in the advertising industry, as creative director, graphic designer and illustrator, and as a lecturer at NMIT (now Melbourne Polytechnic) and Shillington College.

Most recently, Influence Global has worked collaboratively on Banyule Community Health’s visual identity refresh and communications content development. View their work.



Embode provides consultancy to NGOs, UN, Corporate and other agencies in the specialist areas of social protection and development, business and human rights and organisational analysis. They have a particular specialisation in child rights and protection.  Influence Global has worked collaboratively with Embode on projects related to qualitative research and evaluation.

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The Social Economy Group

The Social Economy Group is a social-purpose consultancy that works with international civil society organisations, non-profits, philanthropists and impact businesses to deliver change. They accelerate organisational learning, clarify strategic choices, and clear obstacles.  They  measure our success by how our clients achieve greater impact, more sustainably. Influence Global works collaboratively with The Social Economy Group team to achieve the best outcomes for clients.


Emma Pritchard: Evaluation specialist

Emma is a highly regarded Monitoring and Evaluation expert, specialising in the not for profit, Victorian community legal and international development sectors. Her evaluation practice extends from community-level to large scale, multi-country projects (including in Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam).

Recent clients include: Victoria Law Foundation; Fitzroy Legal Service; Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner; Law Access Ltd; Justice Connect; WEstjustice, Western Community Legal Centre; Northern Community Legal Centre; Eastern Community Legal Service; Women's Legal Service Victoria; UNICEF Thailand; Breathe Project.


Lisa Hodson: Writer; Editor; Communicator

Lisa is a writer, editor and social observer with experience in publishing, higher education and international development sectors. She has 20 years’ experience managing, collaborating and problem solving with creative teams on written and visual communication projects.

Using clear and simple language, Lisa is adept at turning complex material into engaging and informative communications for target audiences. Her specialities include: writing; structural editing; proofreading; stakeholder management;and change communications.


Christine Vrahos: Social Marketing Specialist; Public Campaigner

With a Master’s degree in Marketing and 17 years’ experience in not-for-profit public campaigning, communications and social marketing, Christine excels in creating innovative ways to engage diverse audiences.

From 2009-2017 she led World Vision Australia’s public engagement work on Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, including Theory of Change and campaign design, to tactical delivery. Her proudest moment was achieving international recognition for the development of the First 1000 Days campaign video, which was then translated into 15 different languages to promote breastfeeding around the world.

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Tiff Kwan: Graphic Designer; Event Producer

Tiff's aim in life is to bring joy through spectacle. She is not just any graphic designer and event planner, she creates and produces experiences where people can escape from their every day realities and leave feeling completely in awe, invigorated, and inspired.

She has worked for the likes of Coca Cola Christmas in the Park (NZ), The Court Theatre (NZ), World Vision (AUS) and The Salvation Army (AUS).

View her work.

Joelle Stoelwinder

Joelle Stoelwinder: Education writer; Curriculum developer

Joelle is an acclaimed educator, with extensive experience designing and delivering training and curriculum resources in a wide variety of contexts. She has specialised in developing and delivering training and education resources for primary and secondary school teachers and their students, with focus on global poverty and international development issues. She has published and presented extensively at conferenced. She is a qualified teacher, former workplace trainer and holds a Cert IV Training and Assessment.

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Elissa Hill: Communications Specialist

Elissa specialises in health and not-for-profit communications. Her experience has been cultivated through a combined 12 year career as a postgraduate-qualified public health practitioner and communications professional, working with a diverse range of organisations from big-name NGOs like the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada, to small social enterprises. Elissa is skilled in communications strategy and planning, writing, social media, and knowledge translation. Her passion is working with organisations that are making the world a better place.  

View her work.

Do you have a unique skill set that could enhance Influence Global's vision of building a global network of businesses, social enterprises and NGOs committed to delivering social impact? Send an expression of interest to Influence Global, Attn: Recruitment.