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Kenneth See

KENNETH SEE

Director, Board of Management at Cystic Fibrosis WA (CFWA)

Awarded a BankWest Foundation / AICD scholarship for The Role of the NFP Chairman, 2016


What sort of work does your organisation do?

CFWA is founded to support CF Families with direct in-home physiotherapy and special needs, education and information on diet and lifestyle, fundraising for medical research and advocacy before Government and the Community toward "... lives unaffected by CF".

Describe a typical day's work.

My role as a Director is to provide the Staff and Membership of CFWA with mature and strategic consideration and leadership on issues impacting the development and delivery of services and to plan for a sustainable future with growth toward “... lives unaffected by CF.” My activities which culminate in the monthly Board meeting, include private reading and awareness ranging from local political and economic issues to international developments influencing life in the interim while focused on the drive toward a cure for CF.

What are some of the key learnings from The Role of the NFP Chairman?

As a volunteer Board, time must be employed efficiently. The course suggested structure and direction, calendarised reviews and the fine line exercise of control, encouraging creative thought within an accountability framework.

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

The Board recently reviewed its structure, accountability framework and diary of events and adopted change to ensure efficient and professional leadership at the strategic level.

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

Arising from my professional role as the General Manager of an industrial NFP organisation and through the network of Rotary International, I sought opportunities for community participation at Board level and successfully nominated for election to the Board of CFWA in 2015.

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

By its own actions, the Sector has to emerge from its genesis to achieve recognition across the Community, Government and Business as professionally led and qualified to provide services where benefits are mutual rather than profit orientated.

“NFP” is a taxation classification but some still hold the outdated view of the whole Sector as a low-cost, low-quality, interest-based collective of struggling organisations.

What is something interesting / unique / unusual about you?

I maintain the simple values of empathy with folk needing but also wanting to work in their own way every day in their community for the common good.


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"As a volunteer Board, time must be employed efficiently. The course suggested structure and direction, calendarised reviews and the fine line exercise of control, encouraging creative thought within an accountability framework."


ABOUT KENNETH:

Ken has executive experience in Public Sector and Non-Government Organisations managing people, property and projects in changing environments. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Cystic Fibrosis WA and an established member and volunteer of the National Trust of Australia (WA).

In 2016, ASF awarded Ken a scholarship to attend the AICD's The Role of the Not-for-Profit Chairman course, part of the Bankwest Foundation Community Leaders Scholarship Program.

ABOUT CFWA:

Annual revenue / size:

Medium - $250,000 - $5m pa

Segment of NFP sector:

Health

Operating in:

WA

Website:

http://www.cysticfibrosis.org.au/wa/