Director, Social Impact
Melanie Yap leads Ellis Jones’ social impact work. She heads an expert team delivering shared value strategy, social innovation, impact measurement, and initiative design projects, nationally.
Melanie has more than twelve years of experience working across business government and not-for-profit sectors to develop, implement and evaluate social impact strategies and programs.
She has also worked with businesses such as Marks and Spencer, Opal Aged Care and Virgin Media to codesign and implement shared value strategies, engaging both employees and supply chains globally. Her work with Marks and Spencer led to the development of a new factory-centred approach to worker training, that has now been adopted in UK, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, East Africa and China.
Melanie is a passionate social researcher and community engagement specialist. She has particularly strong experience working with culturally diverse communities. She honed these skills while working to implement Indigenous Justice programs for the Attorney-General’s Department and as a Child Protection Specialist for UNICEF Papua New Guinea, where she led the successful implementation of a range of child protection legislation in the field. More recently she has been working with the Greater Melbourne Cemeteries Trust to consult with Islamic communities to inform the development of new burial grounds.
An impact evaluation evangelist, Melanie has developed impact frameworks and conducted research and evaluations for both for profit and not-for-profit clients. These range from international organisations such as INSEAD and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to social enterprises and national schemes such as the Clean Energy Council and Future Energy Skills.
A qualified lawyer, Melanie worked as a senior legal officer with the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, to support Pacific island countries to implement a range of international legal obligations. Melanie holds a MA from the School of Oriental and Asian Studies (London) and a BA/LLM from the University of Western Australia.