Media release

New Chair and CEO to navigate Job Centre’s next chapter

Seasoned Director John Stewart to join as Chair and Interim CEO Deborrah Lambourne appointed as CEO

Sydney, Australia – Thursday 3 October 2019. Job Centre Australia Chair David Alexander today announced highly experienced ASX and for purpose Director John Stewart has been appointed by the Board as Chair, effective from the October AGM, to guide the next stage of Job Centre Australia.

“John’s extensive healthcare governance background, combined with Director and Chair roles in start ups and global aid organisation Unicef, will be of great benefit to Job Centre,” David said. “His service to employment organisations at board and CEO level, along with his accounting origins and transformation expertise, will support Job Centre’s next stage.”

John stated, “I’m delighted to be joining Job Centre Australia at such an opportune time and look forward to supporting the vision of communities where all people can achieve their potential. I’d like to take the opportunity to acknowledge David Alexander’s solid leadership and generous service. Under David’s Board tenure of 16 years, including the last three as Chair, the organisation has experienced unprecedented change such as expansion into Queensland and the ACT, growth in the organisation’s cash reserves, and collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the development of Job Centre’s Reconciliation Action Plan and with the Board and executive on Strategy 2021.”

David also announced the appointment of current Interim CEO Deborrah Lambourne as permanent CEO, following a comprehensive CEO search process.

Deborrah brings an extensive operations and financial leadership background at senior executive and board level in education (children and youth), aged care and financial services. She has a strong grasp of person centred support and exposure to Government funding and policy frameworks. Her regional Australia origins and frequent travels for board roles, along with early nursing training and working with children with disability, give her relevant insights into Job Centre operations.

According to David, ‘Since her April appointment, Deborrah has carried out the Interim CEO role with professionalism, commitment and a focus on continuing to transform Job Centre to meet the challenges of growth in the marketplace, communicate the Board’s vision, ensure all staff are empowered and focused on helping vulnerable people, and search for future growth opportunities. We’re delighted she’s been successful in a competitive search process to take on the permanent CEO role and collaborate with the Board and Chair John Stewart to chart the organisation’s future.”

Deborrah stated, “I’ve thoroughly relished my time as Job Centre Australia Interim CEO and am thrilled to be continuing in the permanent CEO position. I’m grateful for the warm welcome and helpful information sharing from our 150+ staff and to the Board for their ongoing support. Job Centre Australia has strong foundations from its 30 year history, a wonderful team at both the staff and Board level, and a real commitment to person centred support. The organisation has a solid strategic vision and is ready for its next leap forward.”

About Job Centre Australia: With origins from 1990 and a vision of ‘communities where all people can achieve their potential’, Job Centre Australia is a community services organisation providing training and support services from 32 sites in Queensland and New South Wales. Living by our values, our approach focuses on person centricity, community , outcomes orientation, collaboration and responsiveness, we create opportunities for development, empowerment and enhanced independence. We build people’s capability and strengthen communities through fostering awareness of diversity benefits, employment and education, active engagement with local partners and customised support. With funding from Government programs and corporate assistance, key relationships include the Department of Social Services, National Disability Insurance Scheme, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. McDonald’s Australia, Accor Hotels and Clubs NSW. Particular strengths are our regional footprint, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community collaborations, employer partnerships, Government relationships, values based approach, expertise with vulnerable youth and innovation.

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For further information, please contact Job Centre Australia.
Michelle Weaver, Job Centre Australia, Marketing and Communications Manager
E marketingdepartment@jcal.com.au       M 02 4322 5511

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