Making a difference becomes a mission
STEPHEN Hare left the mining industry on the cusp of the boom that made many of his former colleagues very wealthy, but the former state National Trust chief executive has no regrets about trading the corporate world for the not-for-profit sector.
Hare had 25 years with international accounting houses, and a high-level position with a major mining company before taking the National Trust job about eight years ago— lured by interest as a long-standing board member and a personal desire to step off the corporate treadmill for a while. He took a pay cut of about a third and intended to stay only a short time but ‘‘ the mission took over’’ and seven years later he was still there. ‘‘ The mission does tend to capture your imagination at the expense of other things,’’ he says.
After leaving the Trust last year he considered returning to the business world, but felt he might have been typecast by his time in not-for-profit. In the end he stayed within the sector, taking what he regarded as a challenging role as general manager of the Victorian Bar. CAROLYN Moorshead has been head-hunted into and out of the not-for-profit sector. The former retail marketer took a job with the Spastic Centre because it presented an opportunity to change industries. She was head-hunted back into the private sector, to work for building and architectural groups for several years, before being sought out for her current job as business development manager for Seeing Eyes Dogs Australia. The hook was her love of dogs, but she also finds it professionally stimulating.
‘‘ You can’t really rest on your laurels in a situation like this, there’s no bucket of money to pay your wages and fund the organisation. You have to go out and find it, and that’s quite an adrenalin rush,’’ she says.
Moorshead says she would be disappointed if future prospective employers saw her not-forprofit employment as a black mark, but is prepared to risk that because she loves her job. ANNA Kopinski, a successful former banker who set herself a 10-year goal to move into a not-for-profit job, speaks glowingly of her sixmonth-old role as a manager of donors and bequests with a national gallery. ‘‘ I have savoured every day,’’ she says. ‘‘ I enjoy building the relationship with donors, as it means that I amalso contributing to the enrichment of the community.’’