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I’ve been a member of AuSAE for/since…

I joined AuSAE in January 2007 after meeting James Visser at a conference in Sydney. After several session break conversations he convinced me of the benefits of joining AuSAE. Thanks James!

The most valuable thing about my AuSAE membership is…

As CEO of a regionally based organisation, peer networks and access to advice is limited. AuSAE helps fill some of these gaps through the web resources and new networks that I have established through events and forums.

Before I was an association executive I was…

Dare I say it? I was a public servant, and a disillusioned one at that. The conflict with the then policies of the day and my own values led me to make the move into the not-for-profit sector.

If I wasn’t an association executive I would be…

Too old to work and off fishing.

The thing that gets me out of bed every morning is…

My job: I can honestly say I love my work.

My career highlight would have to be…

Developing the vision for our future with the board and stakeholders, merging two organisations to create a new entity, and making it happen!

I love working in this sector because…

We work with people to help other people. Our bottom line is not about shareholder dividend, it’s about facilitating real change in the quality of life for individuals and families – strengthening communities and building resilience.

The trouble with some associations is…

They can lose sight of their mission. It’s important to always re-check your focus and affirm why we are here.

As a manager it’s important to…

Build a strong team and a strong culture. Give people the room to take responsibility and have a go. Be willing to guide and only direct when absolutely necessary.

The relationship between CEO and board is…

Critical to the success of both and an understanding of the respective roles is fundamental to this if the association is to achieve the strategic objectives of the board.

I am inspired by…

People with vision and passion. Those who bring a ‘can do’ approach to any task and are willing to have a go and listen to others ideas.

When I am not working you can find me…

Trying to juggle the needs of my family and my desire to go fishing or have a game of golf, with my commitments as District Commissioner for the Scouts.

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