Simon Schrapel

Simon Schrapel AM

Uniting Communities

Simon Schrapel AM

Simon Schrapel has enjoyed a 40+ year career of working in the Social and Community Services field in Australia and abroad in a range of practice, policy, planning and management roles. This has involved positions in local government, State Government and non-government organisations. He is currently the Chief Executive of Uniting Communities, a South Australia based community service agency committed to social justice and inclusion. Simon has committed to strong focus on place making and building inclusive connected communities through his career.

He has undertaken a number of leadership positions in sector peak bodies, advocacy groups and advisory boards. Simon was President of ACOSS from 2009 – 2013 having served as the Chair of SACOSS from 2002-2009. He is a past Chair of the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia, and Families Australia and current Chair of Foodbank SA. He served as a member of the National Compact Advisory Group and amongst other positions has been a member of the Prime Minister’s National Panel on Economic Reform, Premier’s Council on Suicide Prevention together with a host of other Government appointed boards. Simon is also currently the National Co-Chair of Anti-Poverty Week.

Simon was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia in 2017 for his services to children and family services and the community sector.