Why Governance, Why Young Leaders
The challenges we are facing in the Aged Care and Community sectors today are not unique, yet they are unprecedented for their time – reduced funding, external competition, changing legislation, higher accreditation standards, new and diverse care needs; and improved services and outcomes with unchanging resources, are but a few of them. We need strong and effective “leadership at the top” and governance to succeed in these challenges.
The knowledge, experience and voluntary contribution of established Board leaders is steering us through these times. However, we also need the leadership of change – to inspire and invite the new and different perspectives, solutions, networks, cultures and energy of people who are not yet in the Boardroom – talented, diverse young people (under 40 years old) who have raw leadership quality and potential, business and professional excellence, an aptitude for innovation; and the desire to make a unique difference in the community.
With only 12% of publicly listed Board Members being under 40 years of age (Read about it in our White Paper), young people’s voices are yet to be adequately represented in the Boardroom. The reasons are many and include lack of inclusion and opportunities, no Board experience; and less business experience, affiliation and influence.
We are proud that over 41 community organisations (Community Partners), and some of WA’s most senior community leaders are championing the case for young leaders to come into our Boardrooms. The investment they are making is for a generation – for not only will these young leaders be the visionaries of today, but the leadership foundation of tomorrow.
At the beginning of 2019, Community Partners have sponsored 140 scholarships (over 7 years) for the Emerging Leaders Governance Program inviting some of Australia’s most talented young professionals to commence their leadership and governance journey.
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2020 ELGP Participants revealed
In our eighth year of the program, we are delighted to reveal the participants of the 2020 Emerging Leaders in Governance program. Many of these participants are provided with scholarships to attend the program due to the funding provided by Community Partners. As you’ll read below, this group has exceptional professional skills and a keen […]
What have we achieved? 2019 Annual Report Released
We are excited to share the 2019 Annual Report for the Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards program. Thank you again for all the support of Community Partners who make this program a reality in our sector! […]
Is a merger right for my board? A guide for not-for-profit boards considering mergers and other forms of collaborations
Everyone is talking about mergers …but is a merger right for my not-for-profit board? If you have ever considered this question – your board is certainly not alone. Close to a third of Australia’s not-for-profit (NFP) Board Directors have discussed a merger as a potential form of collaboration at some point in the organisation’s history. […]