Dr Guy Turnbull

Thinker in Residence 2018

Guy Turnbull brings his international expertise in co-operatives and social enterprise business models to South Australia. Building on his consultancy with government, the private sector and the Thinkers in Residence partner organisations in July, Guy’s residency will focus on the development of the co-operatives sector across a range of industries in the state, with a focus on the care and social services sector in response to the roll-out of the NDIS.

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Read Dr Guy Turnbull’s  final report from his 2018 residency. This report holds invaluable insights into creating a co-operative state.

Watch Dr Guy Turnbull’s report comments HERE
Watch the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) CEO, Melina Morrison’s report comments HERE

Towards a Co-operative State: Securing the Social and Economic Prosperity of South Australia through corporate diversity


The Don Dunstan Foundation and the Thinkers in Residence Program hosted the return of UK Entrepreneur of the Year Dr Guy Turnbull for his residency between 12 – 30 November 2018.

Guy returned to South Australia following a successful visit during September where the concept of SA: A Co-operative State was explored through a number of Workshops, Roundtables, Masterclasses and One-on-One meetings.

Guy’s November 2018 Residency continued to explore opportunities for the development of co-operatives across a range of industries in the State, with a focus on the care and social services sector.

As a part of these Residencies, a range of events was held.

Presentations and resources are available below.

Measuring Co-operative Value | Guy Turnbull

Measuring Co-operative Value | Monash University


Social Impact Investment Case Study | Guy Turnbull


Access to Finance | Jane Arnott


Differently Abled Entrepreneurship Education | Guy Turnbull


Northern Region Care Co-Operative


The Circular Economy


Disability Employment


Social Procurement Workshop - Slides


Social Procurement Workshop – Summary


Care Sector Workforce


In his September visit, UK based co-operatives expert and award winning social entrepreneur, Dr Guy Turnbull (EY’s UK Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017), shared his insights in a series of workshops and his Thinker’s Oration.


Rapid Enterprise Development (RED) Workshop

How to develop a micro-enterprise through this practical one-day workshop with Dr Guy Turnbull, designed for people living with disability or experiencing social or economic disadvantage.

Masterclass on Co-operatives, Employee Ownership and the Care Sector

How to establish a care sector co-operative or employee owned business through this nuanced approach for various service providers.

Masterclass for SA Business Leaders on Co-operative Business Models.

The benefits, practical tools and specific legal and regulatory requirements for establishing a co-operative business in South Australia.

Thinker’s Oration

In his Oration, Guy shared his vision for revitalizing the role of co-operatives and social enterprise in South Australia.

This event was presented through partnership between the Thinkers in Residence program and the Shift.ed Impact Venture Series.


Thinker's Oration | SA: Towards a Co-operative State

Thinker's Oration | SA: Towards a Co-operative State (Presentation Slides)


Prior to commencing his Thinker’s Residency, Guy spoke at two events in Adelaide in July.

Entrepreneurs Week 2018

Guy gave a keynote speech at the Opening Event on The Rise of the Co-op: Unlocking the latent entrepreneurship in workers and industry. How could your business benefit?

The Thinkers Team also organised a number of sessions as part of this event.

Indigenous Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Economic Growth

Stories of successful South Australian based Indigenous entrepreneurs and some of the barriers that have been overcome along with the many triumphs these organisations have achieved throughout the journey. This session was about harnessing the visibility and success of these case studies to encourage the continuous development of Indigenous entrepreneurship and business culture in South Australia.

Entrepreneurship in the Purpose Economy 

How can the lens of social impact assist in identifying rewarding business opportunities in South Australia? This three tiered discussion looked at current social enterprise initiatives, challenges yet to be capitalised upon and opportunities for market differentiation through new purposeful business approaches.

  • A Briefing: Social Enterprise Initiatives in Northern Adelaide – A cluster of initiatives focused on social procurement, research and business networks to create lasting impact and economic regeneration.
  • A Challenge: Transport in the care sector – How drastic change encourages collaboration, shared value service models and coalitions of the willing and why we need entrepreneurs like you!
  • An Opportunity: The Beyond Bank BCorp Story – How to measure and verify positive social impact through the BCorp model.

Co-operatives and New Market Opportunities

Could your company benefit by being part of a thriving co-operative? This session outlined the benefits and practical tools for establishing a co-op. Co-operatives and mutual businesses unlock latent entrepreneurship in industry through collaborative behaviour, so businesses can become more sustainable and reach up and down the supply chain. They can be a vehicle to drive jobs growth, provide lower costs to consumers, and better services. S.A. has a proud history of well-known business successes. Dr Guy Turnbull (UK) outlined current opportunities and practical steps for SA businesses, with other local case studies presented.

Adelaide Festival of Ideas

Guy gave the keynote address on Driving On Purpose: Ethical enterprise and democratic business ownership models shaping who’s at the wheel.


See below for resources associated with these events.

Entrepreneurs Week 2018 Keynote Address by Dr Guy Turnbull | The Rise of the Co-op: Unlocking the latent entrepreneurship in workers and industry.

Dr Guy Turnbull | The Rise of the Co-op: Unlocking the latent entrepreneurship in workers and industry. (Presentation Slides)


Indigenous Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Economic Growth

Entrepreneurship in the Purpose Economy 

Co-operatives and New Market Opportunities

Adelaide Festival of Ideas Keynote Address by Dr Guy Turnbull | Ethical enterprise and democratic business ownership models


Guy has been involved in the co-operative and social enterprise sector since 1988 and is a Social Entrepreneur and Former Managing Director of Care & Share Associates (CASA), an employee-owned social enterprise he helped to found in 2004.

He previously worked across the UK as a social economy consultant, specialising in business planning, social franchising and replication, programme leadership, training, research and strategic planning. His recent achievements include driving the growth of Care & Share Associates Ltd from a start-up pioneering social franchise to a £17m employee-owned social enterprise and creating ‘RED’ (Rapid Enterprise Development) Workshops, an innovative training approach to social enterprise development with people with a disability.

In 2016 Guy’s work in the care sector was recognised by the Great British Care Awards, where he was national winner in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Care’ category. He was also the winning UK national finalist in the prestigious global competition, ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’. In 2017 his work was recognised by Social Enterprise UK through the award of an Honorary Fellowship.