Les Hems is a research consultant for CSI and the Director of Research and Development at Tomorrow's Agenda Research Institute and is a Re a and at .
Les was CSI’s Director of Research from December 2009 to March 2013. He has spent the past 20 years undertaking a range of major initiatives to develop the evidence base for third sector research, policy and practice both in Australia and the UK.
Les has been responsible for CSI’s recent research on impact investing and social finance including assessing the feasibility of implementing social impact bonds in New South Wales and the actions needed to create a capital market for social investment in Australia.
His research career commenced at Aston Business School. In 1994 he established the research team at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, in 1998 he became a principal researcher for the Johns Hopkins University Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project, and in 2000 he established a new research centre at University College London which became part of the Institute for Philanthropy.
Prior to joining CSI, Les played a pivotal role in a number of UK government initiatives including the first National Survey of Third Sector Organisations.