CINNAMON EVANS: Chief Executive Officer, CERES & Chair, SENVIC
Cinnamon brings 30-years’ experience and leadership expertise in the not-for-profit and social enterprise sectors. She is SENVIC’s inaugural Chair and CEO of CERES, Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre and urban farm located on 4.5 hectares in Melbourne’s inner north. CERES is home to multiple social enterprises including: a market, an organic grocery, cafés, a community kitchen, an organic online supermarket, a sustainable timber supplier, a permaculture and bushfood nursery and is one of the largest sustainability education providers in Victoria.
Cinnamon is particularly passionate about the role of social enterprise in delivering environmental and social change, having experienced first-hand the transformative power of this movement. She is skilled in group facilitation, holding space and public speaking and has formal tertiary qualifications in education and environmental science. She has also studied collaborative management and group facilitation, and has provided community engagement and facilitation services to the not-for-profit, government and industry sectors.
Cinnamon is a member of Moora Moora Co-operative Community, a residential, off-grid, eco-village in the Yarra Ranges. She is a student of yoga philosophy and practices asana (postures) and kirtan (chanting) as regularly as possible.