CEO

Camilla Schippa

Camilla joined The Social Outfit as CEO in 2019, after a 20-year career in the field of international development and peace. Previously, she held the roles of Director of the Institute for Economics and Peace - which she led for the decade 2008 to 2018 - and Chief of the United Nations Office for Partnerships in New York from 2005 to 2007. Camilla has lived and worked in Africa, Europe, North America and Australia. She is a passionate promoter of the principles of multiculturalism, equity and social justice with a particular focus on migrant affairs and issues affecting children and young women.

Natalie Shehata, Retail Trainer at The Social Outfit and Founder of Tommie Magazine

 

RETAIL TRAINER & MANAGER

Natalie Shehata

Natalie joined The Social Outfit team in 2020, as our official Retail Trainer, working one on one with young people from refugee and new migrant communities, teaching retail skills with the goal to transition these young people into external paid employment.


Natalie comes to The Social Outfit with an 11 year career as an eco stylist, she is also the founder of ‘tommie magazine - the destination for creative Womxn with a conscience’, as well as the National Retail eco stylist for Save the Children Australia Op Shops. She is a strong advocate of decolonizing fashion, raising awareness on the issues of intersectionality within environmentalism and representation within the sustainable fashion space, by elevating the voices and work of BIWoC. Social justice, equity and representation are key issues within all facets of her work.

Meet Mariam Mohammed, our Project Coordinator!

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Mariam Mohammed

Mariam is The Social Outfit’s Project Coordinator. She is responsible for overseeing our community engagement programs.

Mariam is an entrepreneur, speaker, and facilitator. She is among the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence list, 40 under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians, a 2020 NSW Young Woman of the Year Finalist, and a 2021 7News Young Business Achiever of the Year Finalist.

Mariam is the co-founder of another social enterprise, MoneyGirl, and believes strongly in community-led solutions to social problems.

Timothy Goh

MARKETING & E-COMMERCE MANAGER

Timothy Jia Huei Goh

Timothy leads the day-to-day operations of The Social Outfit’s retail and online store, as well as overseeing marketing and communication at The Social Outfit. He deeply believes that slow fashion labels such as The Social Outfit can be a platform for championing the rights of marginalised people and showcasing the beautiful cultures that make up our community. 

 

SENIOR SEWING TECHNICIAN

Janette Namo

Janette assists with the effective running of the day-to-day operations of our manufacturing workroom, and produces high-quality clothing and other products for sale by The Social Outfit.

Joucelen Gabriel

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Joucelen (Joss) Gabriel

Joss manages our manufacturing workroom coordinating the development of our collections and guiding the sewing technicians to further develop their skills and confidence in Australia's fashion industry. Joss also guides the work of our volunteers and runs our Sewing School. 

 

PARTNERSHIPS & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Kate Clugston

Kate heads up fundraising and partnerships at The Social Outfit, to support the growth of the business and our social impact outcomes.

Kate's had a multi-faceted career in social enterprise start ups and performing arts as a fundraiser, community builder, and creative producer. Her super powers are in using storytelling to connect people around a shared vision of change to make BIG things happen!

Kate is passionate about slow fashion, slow food and the role of social enterprise to progress social justice and contribute to community wellbeing.

 

SEWING TECHNICIANS

We employ women from the refugee and new migrant community as part of our sewing technician employment program, making all of The Social Outfit's garments and accessories on site. These are paid positions, and for the majority of our sewing staff they represent their first job in Australia.

These placements run from 6 months to 2 years, and are designed to transition people into external paid employment.

Find out more about our community employment programs' impact.

Pictured here: Han.

 

RETAIL TRAINEES

We employ young people from the refugee and new migrant community as part of our retail training program, providing paid placements to learn retail skills and confidence in a supported Australian environment.

These placements run for 3 months and are designed to transition young people into external paid employment.

Find out more about our community employment programs' impact.

Pictured here: Nasima, Shrishti, Keziah & Haya.

STUDENTS

We offer community training programs in sewing and design free of charge for the new migrant and refugee community. Our sewing programs are often run in partnership with TAFE NSW, and our design programs are run in partnership with various settlement service organisations in Western Sydney.

These programs usually run between 4-10 weeks, and participants acquire measurable new technical and interpersonal skills, as well as confidence and information to access further training or employment.

Find out more about our community training programs' impact.

Pictured here: Han, Bec & Chika.

Working together towards our social mission:

Our manufacturing and retail operations account for 70% of our organisation's activities. Our training programs account for 30% of our organisation's activities.

All of our employees receive wages and entitlements in line with Australian Awards, and work in a safe and ethical environment.

We are a small and dedicated team, working in full and part time roles. During opening hours, there's always one or more of our staff on-site in Newtown. We also undertake work off-site, particularly in various parts of Western Sydney. We count many generous industry supporters within our extended team - find out more about the designers, brands and individuals who support our work.