Hello From The New CEO – Tony Morley
In 1997 after a successful career in the commercial world with the likes of Shell, Mobil and Argyle Diamonds (Rio Tinto), I wanted to “give something back” to the community so I started as a volunteer with Activ Foundation and CLAN. Who would have thought that I would still be “giving back” some 18 years later.
After running camps for Activ Recreation for 18 months, I moved to Kids’ Camps 2000/2001. Later, in collaboration with a wonderful team of staff, I was able to transform RUCSN (now CHILD Australia) in the pre-eminent children’s support agency in WA. I left RUCSN in 2001 and accepted the challenge to try to keep Noah’s Ark afloat and viable – within a 3 year contract! Having won sponsorship from Movies By Burswood, Cliff’s Natural Resources, All Ford Day, and others, as well as securing significant funding from NGCS to expand and diversify the role of Noah’s Ark, the Board decided to move in a different direction and ended up being taken over by ILC (Independent Living Centre).
I then moved back to Kids’ Camps as CEO and I’ve enjoyed the last 4 years and scored many successes – securing a Charity Partnership with McDonald’s Community Cinemas, becoming a beneficiary of the Central Park Plunge, building a fleet of 3 buses plus the wheelchair bus, etc and improving the financial stability and sustainability of the organisation.
And now I’ve taken on the CEO role in VIP. There’s a lot to do, particularly around improving the financial position of VIP, and I am excited at being given the opportunity to lead the organisation into a sustainable position. Thankfully we have a good base to build on – VIP has a great reputation in the disability field, and we have a great team of staff and Board Members to start with.