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Gayle Craft

GAYLE CRAFT

Board Member at Richmond Wellbeing

Awarded a BankWest Foundation / AICD scholarship for an eLearning Short Course, "Effective Board Meetings", 2016


What sort of work does your organisation do?

Richmond Wellbeing provides support services, accommodation etc. to persons affected by mental illness and their families to assist them in keeping well and living fulfilled lives.

Describe a typical day's work.

Attend and contribute to Board Meetings, attend relevant training whenever possible and represent the organisation as required in appropriate forums.

What are some of the key learnings from the Effective Board Meetings short course?

Differing Board structures, best practice, workings and purpose of Board. Role of Chair and Board Members. Appropriate behaviour, what to expect in regard to meetings. How to be better prepared and add more value at meetings.

How has it impacted / changed / benefited your role and your organisation as a whole?

On a personal level it has provided me with an overall greater understanding. I have been empowered to contribute more at meetings, thus (hopefully) have added more value.

How did you come to be working in the not-for-profit sector?

I have an interest in this organisation as well as personal knowledge/understanding of the problems our clients experience. I expected to be retiring from the workforce in the near future and it was important to me that I remain mentally challenged in retirement. Therefore, when a Board vacancy became available, I applied. Desire to give something back to the community.

What do you feel is most needed to sustain and build the impact of the not-for-profit sector?

  • Interested, energetic, enthusiastic people with an understanding or willingness to learn about the organisation; who are then prepared to contribute their time and efforts to help sustain/ improve the operation/function.
  • Effective planning and management
  • Vision
  • Funding

What is something interesting / unique / unusual about you?

I have never used or needed an alarm clock and can wake up almost to the minute at the time I desire, just by memorising the time prior to going to sleep.

I have an uncanny ability to know when someone in my family (big family - 6 children) is going to call and will often say to my husband …’so n so’ will be phoning soon.


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"On a personal level it has provided me with an overall greater understanding. I have been empowered to contribute more at meetings, thus (hopefully) have added more value [to the organisation]."


ABOUT GAYLE:

Born and educated in the UK, Gayle has worked in various roles from managing a resort in Queensland to managing a contact centre in Perth and currently managing projects for the WA Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. She is also a board member of Richmond Wellbeing in WA.

In 2016, ASF awarded Gayle a scholarship to complete one of AICD's eLearning Short Courses, as part of the Bankwest Foundation Community Leaders Scholarship Program.

ABOUT RFWA:

Annual revenue / size:

Large - $5m - $25m pa

Segment of NFP sector:

Social Services

Operating in:

WA

Website:

http://www.rfwa.org.au/