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Alan Ross

ALAN ROSS

Non-Executive Director at Rosewood Care Group

Awarded a Bankwest Foundation / AICD scholarship for The Board's Role in Mergers and Acquisitions in the Not-for-Profit Sector, April 2018


What sort of work does your organisation do?

Rosewood Care Group (Inc) provides premium residential facilities and specialised care for older adults who require assistance in managing their everyday duties. We have been offering quality, aged-care services for decades, and continually strive to develop our facilities in order to keep contributing to the senior citizen community in Western Australia.

Describe a typical day's work.

In my day job, a I am an architect, and a builder. I spend about 10 -20 hours per month on Board and governance related work for Rosewood.

What were some of the key learnings from The Board's Role in Mergers and Acquisitions in the Not-for-Profit Sector?

M&A for not-for-profit organisations have rather different motivations and therefore different measures for action and success than is the case with for-profit organisations. As a result, the understanding of preparation and diligence required in the negotiation and assessment phases of the process is key to a successful outcome.

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

Our organisation is in a particular phase of growth and change that will define our sustainability. A key to development of a broad-based engagement with our community will be M&A engagement with other groups that have expertise in areas that are not currently our core activities.

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

I have had a long interest in the development of aged care facilities as an architect, and was invited to join this group as they were embarking on an ambitious building program.

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

A cultural understanding among talented leaders in the sector where they can not only bring the fruits of their privilege to contribute to our common good, but that by so doing they can gain personally, professionally and socially. The NFP sector deserves the skills and talents that are so strongly aspired to in the private, commercial and public sectors, and with excellent governance and administration can deliver efficiencies and positive social outcome that make all our lives better.

What is something interesting / unique / unusual about you?

I am a fairly ordinary person who had the astonishing good fortune to grow up in mid century Australia, when excellent education was cheap, when leadership and government and the media were comparatively transparent, honest even; and the value of social service was appreciated. I doubt I am so unusual among my peers to hope we can help promote those sort of values here forever.


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"The NFP sector deserves the skills and talents that are so strongly aspired to in the private, commercial and public sectors."


ABOUT ALAN:

Alan has maintained a strong involvement in community activities over many years as a member of the east Fremantle Yacht Club (Building Committee), as well as a wide range of local community groups such as City of Fremantle North Ward Precinct Group and the Friends of Bushy Hill. 

Alan has worked as an architect for many years and joined the Rosewood Care Group board as a non-executive director to apply his skills in a community sense.

In 2018, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the AICD's The Board's Role in Mergers and Acquisitions in the Not-for-Profit Sector as part of the Bankwest Foundation Community Leader Scholarship Program.

ABOUT ROSEWOOD:

Annual revenue / size:

Large - $5m - $25m pa

Segment of NFP sector:

Social Services

Operating in:

WA

Website:

www.rosewoodcare.org.au/