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Thursday 31 Aug 2017

Chair's report - August 2017

By: Julie Barrow

As you may be aware Peter Gartlan, FCRC’s Executive Officer, has decided to move on after seven years in the role. Peter came to FCRC at a time when the organisation needed strong leadership, a steadying influence and to rebuild the trust of members and stakeholders in FCRC. He departs the organisation in a much better place than he found it, which is all any EO can aim for and certainly leaves big shoes to fill. I’m sure members and colleagues join the Board in thanking Peter for his efforts and achievements.

With Peter’s resignation came the need for the FCRC Board to look forward and consider the future leadership for FCRC and our members. In previous Board updates we informed members that assist us in this work the Board engaged Horton International, specialist consultants in recruitment of management executives. With their guidance and expertise, extremely high caliber applicants were attracted to the role. Applicants were taken through a detailed interview and screening process consisting of first round interview with Hortons, second round with the Board subcommittee, and third round with the full Board.

In reaching a decision on the preferred candidate in no particular order the Board considered:
  • Previous experience in Executive Management
  • The values of applicants
  • Knowledge of peak body functions and advocacy skills
  • Experience in member based organisations
  • Transferrable knowledge from financial counselling or related sector
  • Stakeholder management styles; including with members, funders, industry and media
  • Strategic and innovative thinking
  • The ability to identify and attract diversity of funding for FCRC
  • The ability of the applicants to shift between inward focus on financial counselling and outward to connect our sector to other areas

At the end of this lengthy process the Board are pleased to announce that Dr David (Sandy) Ross has accepted the role of Executive Officer of FCRC.

With a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Relations, Sandy is a widely experienced strategic leader with an impressive list of career achievements including 13 years with the CSIRO Staff Association which later amalgamated into the Community and Public Sector Union and during his time there he progressed to the position of Executive Officer.

Sandy also worked as Industry Engagement Adviser and the Senior Investigations/Project Officer at the TIO over a five year period, and is very interested in the recent Rank the Telco report. He served on the Board of Uniting Care Regen from 2008 to 2016 and was Chair from 2013 to 2016 during which time he led significant financial growth in funding of the organisation.

As Chair, I would like to thank our Board for their knowledge, dedication and support during the recruitment process and most of all the members for trusting us in our roles to ensure a positive future for our profession.