We sat down with our new CEO Belinda, ex-CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities for over nine years and mum of 3 (and a cute Frenchie called Archie) to discuss everything from her favourite sporting team to her vision for What Ability over the next five years.

When did you first hear about What Ability? And what made you want to work there?

On social media – it really caught my eye with the amazing things it was doing and it also looked fun and different! Steve and I had connected through LinkedIn and I was really excited about the vision of the organisation and about the difference it could really make in the disability sector.

What were you doing before What Ability?

I was at Ronald McDonald House Charities for over the past 9 years as their CEO. Prior to that I worked in the sport and corporate worlds specialising in marketing, media and partnerships.

What has been the most memorable experience you have had since joining the team? 

What has been the most memorable experience you have had since joining the team?

There have been so many but to highlight two so far – spending the day at one of the NSW camps and our Melbourne launch day which was held at URBNSURF. Seeing the smiles, laughter and pure joy of the participants (and also their carers) really is priceless, and knowing that as we continue to grow it means we can just keep creating more of these moments for more people.

What Ability works closely with athletes, employing them as support workers and taking participants out to games. Who is your favourite sporting team?

I have lots as I love sport so much in general, but I guess the main ones would be Parramatta Eels in the NRL and the Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League.

What was your dream job as a kid?

I didn’t actually have one but I have always made sure that what I do is something that I love and that I am really passionate about.

What do you think is the biggest strength of this company right now?

I think the dedicated and passionate staff that continue to ensure that we are providing the best care and programs for our participants every single day and giving them so many opportunities in the community.

What are you hoping to achieve as What Ability’s CEO? And where do you want What Ability to be five years from now?

To continue to grow and ensure that we are the best community access provider in the country and being an advocate and voice for the disability sector. In 5 years time, doing more of what we do in more areas across the country and overseas.

To learn more about how What Ability supports and their families, please contact us at 1300 358 714 or email us at [email protected]