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Vern Hughes

Vern is Director of Civil Society Australia, and has been Director of the Centre for Civil Society since 2007. He has been an advocate for civil society in Australia since 1988.

Vern has been a writer, practitioner and networker in community, church, social enterprise and cooperative movements. He is a former CEO of South Kingsville Health Cooperative (Australia's only consumer-owned primary health care centre); Director of Hotham Mission in the Uniting Church; Founder of the Social Entrepreneurs Network (Australia and New Zealand); and Director of the Cooperative Federation of Victoria.

He is an Adjunct Fellow in the Faculty of Business and Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University.

He is also a historian and researcher on civil society, social policy and political reform issues.