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Leadership & Governance
There’s no doubt about it: the NDIS presents huge challenges for everyone in a leadership role. The next few years will require significant change management, and the central challenge will be one of leadership.
While the NDIS does not change the role of Boards or the key issues of governance, the issues of risk, strategy and stewardship assume a greater degree of difficulty and urgency.
If you want to stop talking about leadership and governance in a generic way then work with DSC to put it into the context of NDIS and focus on what matters.
LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE
NDIS SUBJECT MATTER SPECIALISTS
DSC's Subject Matter Specialists are sector leaders in their fields.
Vanessa is the calm in the NDIS ‘storm’ at DSC. You want Vanessa on your side when the going gets ‘people tough’, the really hard part of NDIS change. Aside from being a Director at DSC, she is an Associate of Melbourne Business School in Executive Education. Vanessa is a consultant, trainer and executive coach to commercial, government and community sector organisations in the areas of leadership, management and organisational development.
Vanessa holds a Masters in Organisation Dynamics and is one of only a few hundred people in the world qualified in Process Work (after training for 15 years in Process Oriented Psychology) and is accredited in ‘The Leadership Circle’ methodology. Vanessa has an endless thirst for exploring what makes individuals and organisations tick and if anyone can assist in developing successful leadership approaches for the NDIS, it’s her.
Vanessa is a Subject Matter Specialist in Leadership & Governance.
Roland’s three decades of disability experience and insistence with doing thing better have earned him a reputation as one of the sectors foremost truth-tellers. He thrives on straight-talking, finding hidden business opportunities and providing insights into things that matter in disability.
Roland worked extensively on disability deinstitutionalisation, and has lectured on the politics and history of disability. From 2012-2014, he consulted on NDIS design for the National Disability & Carer Alliance and was the winner of the 2002 Harvard Club Disability Fellowship. Roland has held leadership roles in some of Australia’s best known disability organisations and is now one of Australia’s most knowledgeable NDIS consultants and trainers.
Passionate, persistent and pugnacious. Lee’s a long standing pioneer of the NDIS, having worked at the NDIA between 2013 and 2017 on scheme design, governance, LAC contract management and engagement. Lee has a truckload of experience working across NFPs and government, in the advocacy, compensation, health, justice and disability areas.
Lee has unique knowledge of the grey areas at the intersection of the NDIS and justice systems with unique insight into catastrophic injury, ABI, evaluation of capacity for decision making in disability, litigation, and guardianship. Lee has lived experience of disability, including support of family members with psychosocial disability.
Leighton a consultant, facilitator, parent, former academic, self-confessed cricket tragic and committed bush walker. When he is not tramping through the bush somewhere, he is using his many talents to assists organisations with strategically important projects. Leighton is extremely passionate about creating a society that includes, values and amplifies the voice of people with disabilities. His work is deeply informed by his experience as the father of a young man with complex disability support needs.
Leighton is a member of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Agency’s Intellectual Disability Reference Group, a qualified Company Director, and a University Associate with Curtin University’s School of Occupational Therapy & Social Work. He has spoken at numerous national and international conferences, and has worked with service providers and government agencies in Australia and Canada.
INSIGHT IN ACTION
The evidence shows that shows autonomous teams lead to lower costs, more satisfied and engaged staff, and better outcomes for clients. Rob Woolley explores what it will take to make the future of the disability sector workforce a reality.
Regardless of how successful you have been in the past, the ambiguous and uncertain NDIS environment is likely to require a vastly different leadership approach. Vanessa outlines the best available models for assessing your business environment and responding appropriately.
This self-assessment checklist has been developed by Dee O'Donnell from DSC and is based on eight governance principles. On completion of the checklist, you will have a set of principles and a prioritised action list that can then be implemented.
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