Living My Way Ltd
Have you always worked in the NFP/ForPurpose sector? What inspired you to join the sector, and what do you find most rewarding about it?
Only since arriving in Australia in 2012. In the UK, I was involved in a number of public sector community regeneration programs. Working within the NFP sector in Australia has been a natural and exciting extension of that work, providing greater life opportunities for people who have been robbed of those opportunities in the past. Rubbing shoulders with my purpose driven colleagues in the sector and supporting great outcomes for the people we serve are the things that get me out of bed every day.
What is the greatest challenge you have experienced as a leader in the NFP sector?
Probably leading through change. There has been a strong reform agenda in every sector I’ve been involved with here in Australia, but particularly the disability and community services sectors. Gearing up for these changes is a real challenge in terms of keeping everyone happy at the same time – your clients, your funders, your team, your Board – mission impossible sometimes but we do the best we can.
What do you see as the critical to leadership and the future of the sector?
I think the smart organisations, and leaders, are getting back to basics – really understanding their core purpose and core business, understanding the difference they can make in peoples lives and developing contemporary solutions and services around those things.
If you could mentor someone who is just starting out in your field, what advice would you give them?
Choose a career where there’s a high certainty that you’ll be replaced by AI and retire early 😊. Just joking! Winston Churchill once said ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it’s the courage to continue that counts’. This is always my mantra, don’t get over inflated by current wins, there could always be something nasty lurking around the corner, but equally dust yourself down after a fall, learn from it and know the sun will break on a new day.