This is Howe to in­no­vate

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Manning Metropolitan - Su­sanne Reilly

SOUTHCARE chief ex­ec­u­tive and 2014 Tel­stra Business Women’s Award Business In­no­va­tion Award fi­nal­ist Nicky Howe says women do not have to choose one role over another.

“We can be a mother, wife, sis­ter and business woman, th­ese are not mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive roles,” she said.

The Man­ning not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, un­der the guid­ance of its in­spi­ra­tional chief ex­ec­u­tive, launched a so­cial in­no­va­tion project aimed at en­gag­ing young lead­ers to par­tic­i­pate on aged and com­mu­nity boards. It is for that rea­son Dr Howe was named a fi­nal­ist.

“En­gag­ing Young Lead­ers on Aged Care and Com­mu­nity Boards is a so­cial in­no­va­tion project de­vel­oped to in­crease the lead­er­ship and gov­er­nance ca­pac­ity within the not-for-profit sec­tor by en­gag­ing young peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions in a sec­tor wide col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach” she said.

The pro­gram was de­vel­oped and de­liv­ered by Dr Howe and ex­ter­nal business part­ner Ali­cia Cur­tis and was de­liv­ered by Southcare in col­lab­o­ra­tion with over 20 or­gan­i­sa­tional part­ners.

“As a re­sult of this pro­gram, Southcare is gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion as an in­no­va­tive, col­lab­o­ra­tive or­gan­i­sa­tion that is lead­ing the sec­tor by ad­vo­cat­ing for and in­vest­ing in the ca­pac­ity of young lead­ers and im­proved board gov­er­nance,” she said.

She said by be­ing nom­i­nated as a fi­nal­ist en­abled her to be a role model for other women and share how women can achieve what­ever they want if they put their minds to it.

■ Other lo­cal fi­nal­ists in­clude Deb­o­rah Pearcey (Ren­o­va­tion Con­cepts, Como), Nina Hob­son (Merid­ian Ser­vices Bur­swood) and Rabia Sid­dique (South Perth res­i­dent, WA po­lice).

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Southcare chief ex­ec­u­tive Nicky Howe is a fi­nal­ist for the Tel­stra Business Women’s In­no­va­tion award.

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