Cara Nolan

Cara Nolan


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Cara combines a strong background in research and analysis with an aptitude for communication that is clear and targeted. With an academic background in biochemistry and global issues and practical experience in social entrepreneurship and international development, Cara brings a cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach to problem solving. She has experience in policy evaluation, strategy development and implementation across education, health and human services.

Influential work

  • Contributed to improved outcomes for remote Indigenous communities through an influential review of Commonwealth involvement in remote Indigenous housing
  • Built a complex statistical model to archetype UK universities based upon size, shape and performance, to inform university strategic planning
  • Reviewed the operating model for a state government department to significantly reduce workload pressures and improve performance
  • Conducted initial business planning, marketing and implementation to establish a network of professional co-working spaces across Australia
  • Built the evidence base for effective community health programs in rural Uganda through managing core components of data collection and analysis for a large scale impact evaluation.

Outside of Nous

Prior to Joining Nous, Cara worked on impact evaluations of education, rural health and poverty reduction programs in Uganda and Vietnam. She has also conducted research on statistical genomics at the Queensland Brain Institute, and co-founded an organisation that provides education on social entrepreneurship to young people across Australia.

She currently sits on the advisory board of Marist 180 and the board of IMPACT Youth Social Enterprise.

Cara holds a Bachelor of Science (biochemistry and molecular biology) and a Diploma of Global Issues from the University of Queensland.

In her spare time...

Cara is an outdoors enthusiast, and can often be found trail running, swimming and climbing in nearby national parks.