Dr May Lam

Senior Fellow

Dr May Lam has worked in policy, research and strategy for 30 years, with a focus on services for people who are unemployed and disadvantaged in the labour market. After teaching at Melbourne and Monash Universities, she worked for 14 years at Jobs Australia, the national peak body for not-for-profit providers of employment, training and community services, where she was Policy Manager and Deputy CEO. She has also worked for the private company Ingeus in the UK, the Department of Work and Pensions (UK), the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Marist Youth Care, and other organisations, on various projects related to service design, development, procurement, contracting and performance reporting. More recently she has worked for the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation. Her research, policy and advocacy interests join around the need to reform employment services, choice and voice for service users, service innovation, collective impact, and better ways to use data to inform evaluation, government funding and social investment by philanthropy.

May is currently Chair of Youth Development Australia and was a contributor to its National Youth Commission on Youth Transitions and Unemployment. She has previously been Deputy Chair of the Board of Adult Community and Further Education in Victoria, and Chair of Writers Victoria.

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