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Darren Webb

DARREN WEBB

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Be Inspired Foundation (BIF)

Awarded a Bankwest Foundation / AICD scholarship for Advanced Not-for-Profit Governance, May 2018


What sort of work does your organisation do?

The Be Inspired Foundation (BIF) creates access to wellness for 0-18yrs old, disadvantaged Australians living with chronic disease, disability, cancer or major trauma, by providing funding for evidence-based integrated health services that includes exercise rehabilitation, dietary advice and psychology-based counselling.  BIF assists beneficiaries to reach maximal medical improvement and reduce permanent impairment by empower beneficiaries with long-term strategies to manage their conditions and to improve their quality of life.

Describe a typical day's work.

My “typical” workday can include tasks spanning a number of different organisations which I work for or represent in a variety of professional capacities. Within my volunteer role at the Be Inspired Foundation as Director of Strategic Partnerships, I actively develop individual and organisational partnerships to further the vision and mission of our Not-for-Profit organisation. This often includes meeting with external organisation management to outline BIF and investigate opportunities for financial, in-kind or promotional support. I also regularly speak with potential and existing beneficiary referral partners, including GPs, medical specialists and clinic management, to promote brand awareness and collaboratively create referrals for our active rehabilitation scholarships. 

Further to this, I run a health-tech start up business called Webble Guys, which arose from my earlier PhD research into reducing sedentary behaviour health risks in office-based populations, and I also work part-time at Black Swan Health.

What were some of the key learnings from the Advanced Not-for-Profit Governance course?

I was fortunate in being able to complete the two-day course with a really seasoned group of board members from a wide variety of NFP organisations. We had some very insightful discussions about the governance course content, however one thing that particularly stood out for me was that amongst all the strategic planning and execution, policy and procedural documentation, we collectively agreed that effective board governance was a product of human engagement. Or as someone succinctly said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

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

I found the two days of the course beneficial in widening my own depth of knowledge regarding NFP governance, and plan to complete complimentary director courses in coming years.  Like most of our board, I am a strong believer in ongoing professional development and have relayed course scholarship opportunity information, which a number have indicated they will apply for.

Discussion among our particular course intake also led to the identification of organisations and individuals to approach for BIF support opportunities.

One administrative value-add unearthed by the course, has led to BIF investigating board management software to make board governance activities more effective and efficient

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

A former colleague and fellow health professional invited me to find out about a new Not-for-Profit organisation he was planning which aligned well with my career interests and altruistic ethos.  Having seen his inspirational fundraising efforts before, combined with knowing a couple of the other potential board members, I knew we could achieve amazing things together.

While we’ve only been operating for a few short years, we’ve already received a great deal of support from a wide range of organisations and individuals, from which we’re all excited to grow the Be Inspired Foundation into a unique and inspiring organisation.

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

Not-for-profit organisations would greatly benefit from increased recognition of the enormous role they play in supporting those in the community who risk being isolated due to socio-economic, health and many other challenges. Australia like many other countries has a wide diversity of financial capability among the population, and instilling values of selfless giving (not just financial) in current and future generations will increase awareness and boost the value of NFPs.

There also needs to be wider understanding among the Australian population that all NFPs essentially need to run at even a basic profit in order to be sustainable and be impactful to their stakeholders. Small charity-based organisations shouldn’t be expected to run with the limited budgets that they often do, and 100% managed by unpaid volunteers. Our AICD Advanced NFP Governance course group actively discussed the term “Not-for-Profit” which is perhaps a bit of a misnomer in today’s economic reality.

I believe it’s an honour to contribute to an NFP organisation such as BIF, and I would hope more people would investigate NFPs as a part-time career experience or full-time employment choice.

What is something interesting / unique / unusual about you?

After completing my PhD in Public Health, I now co-manage a health-tech start up based on my research in preventing health issues associated with sedentary behaviour.  More about that here: https://thelink.space/successstories/webble-move-webble-guys/

I previously played snare in a pipe drum band and later drums in a contemporary jazz band. I still play guitar so I’m technically still a proper musician.


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"I was fortunate in being able to complete the two-day course with a really seasoned group of board members...we collectively agreed that effective board governance was a product of human engagement. Or as someone succinctly said, 'Culture eats strategy for breakfast'."


ABOUT DARREN:

Darren is a passionate advocate for workplace health and wellbeing. As the Director of Research at Webble Guys Pty Ltd, his multi-disciplinary research focus is on preventative workplace health and the utilisation of computing technologies that enable it. Darren currently contributes to two not-for-profit organisations: Black Swan Health and Be Inspired Foundation.

In 2018, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the AICD's Advanced Not-for-Profit Governance as part of the Bankwest Foundation Community Leader Scholarship Program.

ABOUT BIF:

Annual revenue / size:

Small - $80,000 - $250,000 pa

Segment of NFP sector:

Health

Operating in:

WA

Website:

www.beinspiredfoundation.com.au/