Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence be­comes a mis­sion

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - CAREER ONE -

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.’’

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