Mentors sought to guide and nurture managers during NDIS changes

By Ryan Young, 15 June 2016 , Comments

It’s the biggest social policy reform since the introduction of Medicare and as with all nation-building reforms; the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will present a range of new opportunities and challenges for disability service providers like Northcott.

To help managers successfully navigate the transition to the NDIS, Northcott is recruiting mentors to guide and nurture managers throughout the organisation.

David Brettell has signed up to mentor a Northcott manager after a hugely successful career in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

“After 27 years of corporate life where profit was the focus, I had the joy of leading a team of 62,000 volunteers through the demands and exhilaration of Sydney’s Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2000,” he said.

“That experience opened my eyes to the value of community and catapulted me into the charity sector as CEO of two national medical research organisations.”

Mr Brettell said his desire to give back to the community and share his knowledge with those aiming to do good in the world motivated him to become a mentor.

“I’ve valued the lessons learnt from others and aim to share that learning,” he said.

“Another reality is that mentoring is also a stimulating and flattering experience for the mentor; watching people grow with one’s nurturing is hugely fulfilling.”

According to Mr Brettell, mentoring has many benefits and provides an opportunity for people to raise issues and seek advice.

“Self-confidence blooms, as does the fostering of individual growth,” Mr Brettell said of the mentoring experience.

“In turn, both impact significantly on one’s ability to get productive things done; we learn from, and thrive on, the experience and wisdom of others.”

Like Mr Brettell, John Preston is looking forward to taking part in Northcott’s Mentoring Program.

Mr Preston is a Regional Manager based at Northcott’s Parramatta office.

“I’m hoping that through the Mentoring Program I am exposed to new ideas and ways of thinking, while being given the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge,” he said.

“I think it’s great that the mentors are from outside the disability services industry and I’m hoping that they can provide new perspectives, focusing on customer satisfaction and efficiency.”

If you or someone you know would like to follow David’s lead and mentor managers like John please visit contact us for more information.

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