About Us 2017-10-05T12:29:02+00:00


Community Four is a Not for Profit, DGR1 registered community organization. Established in 2016, we are a team of social innovation professionals from the humanitarian, education and corporate sectors. We use our unique approach of Symbiotic Innovation to support diverse community led groups to unite and create solutions to complex social challenges.

Our Vision is one in which we, the community, recognize and value immensely our interdependence and diversity as essential elements of our collective well-being.

Our Mission is to unite our diverse communities through extra-ordinary experiences of shared humanity, engaging and expanding community interdependence to overcome our common challenges.


Gavin Ackerly, Chief Executive Officer

Gavin is the founder of the Symbiotic Innovation model of social assistance. He is a Churchill Fellow who has worked for over a decade in empowerment services with new and emerging community members. He was the Director of Empowerment and Innovation Hub at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre for 9 years. He later served as the Executive Manager of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, and most recently, as a strategic consultant to several community led organisations, including the Islamic Council of Victoria.



Chanelle Burns, Chairperson

Chanelle is an accomplished and innovative Social Worker with 10 years experience. She has held casework positions with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), Anglicare and DHS. She worked in leadership at the ASRC as the Justice Director and as acting GM and CEO.

Chanelle currently works at Foundation House as a Counsellor Advocate with children and families from refugee backgrounds and is also on the board of 100 Story Building. Whether direct or governance level practice, Chanelle is committed to finding collaborative and respectful ways of working alongside people. She brings integrity, transparency and a passion to her role as Chair.


Dr Arthur Shelley, Director

Dr Arthur Shelley is a capability development and knowledge strategy consultant with over 30 years professional experience. He held a variety of professional roles including managing international projects in Australia, Europe, Asia and USA.  He has facilitated courses in Masters programs on Executive Consulting, Leadership, Knowledge Management, Research Practice and Entrepreneurship. Arthur is the author of three books and a regular speaker at international professional development events. He has worked with a wide range of organisations including NASA, Cirque du Soleil, World Bank, Cadbury, Singapore government, education and research centres in several countries and not-for-profits.


Beverley Kennedy, Director

Bev is the director of B.E.V Consulting Pty Ltd and a registered Counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association. She facilitates leadership development with the Wesfarmers Group, Financial Services, Hospitality and Local Government from Frontline Staff to Senior Executives. As a Counsellor she works in the field of Personal Development and Addiction. Her working approach and focus with her clients is understanding and aligning ‘who you are to what you do.’



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“Being a citizen is not about whether you belong. It’s about what belongs to you”
Zrinka Bralo, The Forum, UK
“There is no systemic solution to a systemic challenge.”
Josh Harvey, UNICEF Innovation
“We want to reverse the approach and we want to start from what already exists, instead of building up something ourselves.”
Sonia Ben Ali, Urban Refugee, Paris
‘”What can we do next?” was a common discussion we would have.’
Robert Hakiza, YARID, Uganda
Innovation that does not involve the people it is meant to assist is not innovation – it is, in fact, part of the problem.
Gavin Ackerly