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Phil Hayes-Brown author

Phil Hayes-Brown was appointed Wallara CEO in 2010 after a 20 year career spanning investment banking, commercial law and sports marketing. His career included 12 years with the National Basketball Association where he finished as MD NBA Asia in Hong Kong, and a year as a GM with the Hawthorn Football Club leading all the Club’s commercial operations. The leap to the disability sector was primarily driven by being a carer of a family member with an intellectual disability, which caused him to reflect on what really mattered, and a growing desire to serve a social purpose. While he loved working with elite athletes and brands in major sports, it was time to take on a role which made a difference. At the time of his appointment as Wallara’s CEO, Phil recalls knowing little about the disability sector, and whilst the learning curve was steep, he was determined to bring a fresh commercial perspective to the organisation.