We sat down with Achieve Australia’s Executive Leadership Team to find out what they’re passionate about and what’s in store for the future at Achieve.
First up, we met with Acting CEO and Chief Financial Officer, Brent Pitts.
So Brent, tell us, what you’re passionate about?
I’m passionate about inclusive leadership, which is people-oriented and has a focus on developing people’s strengths and opportunities in the workplace at all levels. I want to empower our people to do their very best at work and help to develop their careers so that we can continue to support people with disability to live a full life in the community.
How did you come to work in the disability sector?
I’ve had a very diverse career, from financial services, agricultural chemicals, transport, dairy industry, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and more recently the Not-for-Profit sector or Profit-for-a-Purpose. I’ve worked in large multinational companies across Asia Pacific and on returning to Australia in 2012, I felt that I wanted to use my broad commercial General Management skills to give back in the not-for-profit space. After working for the McGrath Foundation, I joined Achieve Australia as the Chief Financial Officer. I’m passionate about what we do and why we do it. It all comes back to people with disability and their families at the end of the day.
”Our passion is social inclusion for people with disability and by continuing to have an inclusive and supportive workplace culture, we can help to create an environment where we realise this each and every day when we come to work.Brent Pitts
As Acting CEO, how will you lead the organisation?
My aim is to continue to develop our teams so organisationally we are fit for the future. This means ensuring that all staff at Achieve have clarity about their roles to deliver the best outcomes for the people we support. Our passion is social inclusion for people with disability and by continuing to have an inclusive and supportive workplace culture, we can help to create an environment where we realise this each and every day when we come to work.
What’s in store for the next 12 months at Achieve?
We need to be ready to operate in a deregulated sector in the future so ensuring that we have an efficient organisation and effective growth strategy will be crucial to our success. This will also support the organisation to continue to develop and innovate within our services.
How will we continue to be NDIS ready?
The disability sector in Australia is still evolving with the new changes introduced by the NDIS. By continuing to innovate and further develop our internal processes and systems, we can ensure that we’re able to meet and ultimately exceed expectations in our delivery of services for the people we support and their families.
What do you think makes a good workplace culture within an organisation?
At Achieve we’re continuing to develop an inclusive and supportive workplace culture. We want our employees to feel clear about their purpose and be empowered to make a difference. Together with clarity of role, purpose and direction, this ultimately leads to better outcomes for people with disability.