Our people

The CoAct executive team shares a passion for building stronger communities throughout Australia and together they deliver a wealth of experience and expertise across each business function.

Matt Little


Matt Little’s passion is building stronger communities throughout Australia. As CEO of CoAct, he is noted for his vision in understanding the needs of multiple stakeholders and developing robust partnerships that tackle unemployment and disadvantage. Matt is at the forefront of collaboration between the employment services sector, industry and community. He has created innovative workforce development initiatives with some of the country’s biggest employers that meet labour force needs and provide life-changing opportunities for unemployed Australians.

Matt Little’s reputation for effective cross-industry engagement has him in demand as a thought leader across the private and public sector. He regularly liaises with government on policy and is a board member of the National Employment Services Association (NESA).


Simon Brown

Chief Operations Officer

Simon has 15 years’ leadership experience throughout Australia and New Zealand, with positions in the public and private sectors. He has experience managing customer-focused services, especially building employer relationships across a multi-office environment. The majority of his leadership roles have encompassed strategic and operational management, change management, business improvement and business growth.


Sarah Emms

General Manager, Customer and Brand (acting)

Sarah is an experienced Marketer with over 15 years’ experience in brand management, customer centric acquisition & retention programs, designing & optimising digital marketing eco-systems and project managementWith experience across a broad range of industry sectors, Sarah’s strengths lie in a strategic approach, ability to develop meaningful relationships with peers and key stakeholders, a strong work ethic and a thorough knowledge of what marketing approaches will drive results.  


Kirsten Ibbotson

General Manager, Customer and Brand (parental leave)

Kirsten brings her extensive experience in marketing, innovation and passion for positive social change to CoAct. She has studied innovation at Stanford University and holds an MBA and Bachelor of Business. Kirsten has 8 years’ experience working in social innovation and designing programs to deliver social outcomes for Australia’s most disadvantaged. She also holds 10 years’ experience in senior marketing management, which has been gained working in Europe and Australia across both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.



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