Anne Bryce – Chief Executive Officer
Anne Bryce has spent over 30 years working within the Disability, Human Services and Health sectors. She has been with Achieve Australia since 1997. Following a variety of management roles, she was appointed CEO of Hornsby Challenge in 2003 (later renamed Achieve Foundation) and led the organisation through significant growth and a merger with The […]Read More
Anne Bryce has spent over 30 years working within the Disability, Human Services and Health sectors. She has been with Achieve Australia since 1997. Following a variety of management roles, she was appointed CEO of Hornsby Challenge in 2003 (later renamed Achieve Foundation) and led the organisation through significant growth and a merger with The Crowle Foundation in 2009 – growing the organisation from a $4.5 million service provider in 2003 to a $20 million enterprise by 2009 and a $33 million company today.
In January 2016, Anne led another merger with Northern Rivers disability services provider ON-FOCUS. This expanded Achieve’s geographic footprint and added $5 million in revenue and 75 employees to the business.
Thirty years ago Achieve became the first non-government organisation in New South Wales to devolve residents from its own Large Residential Centre (LRC). Building on this legacy, Anne has led the devolution of more than 100 people out of multiple LRCs.
In 2014 Anne led the devolution of the LRC called the Crowle Home and closed the site. The project was undertaken in order to improve the quality of life of former residents and involved
negotiations with multiple levels of government and stakeholders – including the local community and families of people who had lived in the Crowle Home for almost their entire lives.
In order to fund the transition of residents from the LRC to homes in the community, the real estate asset was leveraged from a book value of $6 million, with the investment of approximately $1.5 million to realise an ultimate sale value of $37 million.
The sale and redevelopment of the vacant site not only funded community housing for the former residents of Crowle Home, it also purchased Platinum-level, fully accessible apartments in the resulting commercial development – thus achieving social integration for the people Achieve is supporting. The surplus generated by the sale of the site also significantly strengthened Achieve’s cash position, preparing it well for the transition in July 2016 to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
- Board Member of National Disability Services (NDS)
- Chair of the NSW Division NDS
- Chair of the national NDS Accommodation & Housing Sub-Committee
- Chair of the NDS (NSW) Accommodation & Housing Sub-Committee
- Member of the NDS Audit & Risk Committee
- Member of the Australasian Housing Institute
- Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Member of Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni
- Member of the University of Technology Sydney Alumni
- Diploma in Community Organisation Management
- Certificate in Social Welfare