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Read stories from Fairley Leadership Program graduates:

Rebecca Lorains

Fairley taught me to be more measured - more practical in my approach.

Rebecca Lorains

How would you describe yourself as a leader?

I have been a natural leader since I was young. I understood from a young age, that if I wanted to change things, I had to step-up and influence people and then lead.

 

When you started the Fairley Leadership Program, what were you doing in terms of employment?

I was Director of Families and Counselling and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Primary Care Connect.

 

What are you doing now in terms of employment?

I’m the Chief Executive Officer at Primary Care Connect.

 

Is there a main point you took from the Fairley Leadership Program that has helped you in your employment/community involvement?

Fairley taught me to be more measured – more practical in my approach, and I really understand the importance of listening well.

I learnt how important it is for a successful team (in anything) to have different types of people. The five “D’s”:

  • dreamers
  • designers
  • decision-makers
  • do-ers and
  • developers.

Would you recommend participation in the Fairley Leadership Program?

I would encourage anyone who has a passion for their community to do it. It is a big time commitment but is definitely worthwhile. I would stress that it is not a professional development course, but that it is for people who are genuinely interested in giving back to their community.

Tricia Quibell

The connections I have made have been invaluable, professionally.

Tricia Quibell

How would you describe yourself as a leader?

Not autocratic. I’m an inclusive leader who gives staff opportunities for growth. I don’t jump in and try to solve staff problems. I let them take responsibility and make them accountable, but provide supper where it’s needed.

 

When you started the Fairley Leadership Program, what were you doing in terms of employment?

I was the Deputy Regional Director or Berry Street.

 

What are you doing now in terms of employment?

I’m the Health, Wellbeing and Special Services Manager (Goulburn) for the Department of Education.

 

Is there a main point you took from the Fairley Leadership Program that has helped you in your employment/community involvement?

Completing the program gave me the ability to tap into the cohort and I was able to encourage two more people to come on the Goulburn Murray Local Learning and Employment Network Board.

 

Did participation in the Fairley Leadership Program change you in any way?

It took me from a position of comfort and made me think about where I want to be work-wise. It gave me the courage to ask whether I was satisfied in my work-role (pre-Fairley).

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