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July 8, 2014

In a recent interview conducted by Commonwealth Bank, Lee Broomhall (CEO of Workpower) talked passionately about building a sustainable organisation that can reinvest its profits to create even more opportunities.

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A world of opportunity!At Workpower, we create opportunities for people with disability and people with mental illness, and support families and carers.

Since 1992, we have created opportunities for thousands of people, helping make a difference in their lives.

Who we are

Who we are

Workpower’s commercial businesses employ people with disability who work alongside industry professionals. Today, Workpower operates in many various industries including land management, wholesale nursery, fire equipment servicing, grounds maintenance, warehousing and storage, packaging, hospitality and catering, web design, electrical testing and office cleaning.

Our disability employment services support people to find and maintain employment in the open labour market and as a result we are helping hundreds of employers to understand and value the benefits of increasing diversity in their workplace.

Workpower supports families and carers by tailoring services and respite options to meet the individual needs of each person, their families and carers. We work in partnership to plan and choose the right support and services needed at the time.

A copy of Workpower’s Annual Report 2013 is available for download.[6.3mb]

Our Vision

Our Vision

In 2011 Workpower launched its Strategic Plan, Workpower 2015: People Choose Us.

The plan provides the links to Workpower’s purpose of creating opportunities for people with disability and people with mental illness, their families and carers.

It provides a broad outline of Workpower’s strategic direction and objectives, including its service delivery model, leadership and governance framework and strategies for long-term economic sustainability.

At the core of everything we do is the key principle that the individual is at the centre of our service design, development and delivery. With that in mind, if you choose Workpower we will work with you to open up a whole new world of opportunity.

A full copy of Workpower’s Vision is available for download here. [207kb]

A condensed copy of Workpower’s Strategic Plan 2015 can be downloaded here. [66kb]

Our Values

Our Values

At Workpower, our core values guide the way we work with you, and with every person or organisation who chooses Workpower to provide a service or to purchase a product from us.

We hope your experience with Workpower is everything you hoped it would be.

Positive outcomes for people with disability and people with mental illness
The reason for our existence and the focus of our work

Commitment to business success
Understand our business customers’ needs and give them a valued experience

Collaborative working relationships
Work with others to build sustainable success

Quality work performance
Accept responsibility for our work, establish and aim to achieve high standards of performance

Professional conduct and integrity
Conduct ourselves in a professional manner at all times

Leadership at all levels
True leadership is about example. Understand the powerful influence of our own behaviour

A safe and healthy workplace
All employees work together to achieve a safe and healthy workplace

Environmental sustainability
Conduct ourselves and our business to minimise environmental impacts and our ecological footprint

Our People

Lee Broomhall
Lee Broomhall - Chief Executive Officer

Lee has been employed with Workpower since early 1997 where she commenced working directly supporting people with disability, particularly those with high support needs. Lee has worked across all areas of the organisation; heading up Disability Employment Services and managing Workpower’s disability enterprises for several years. With qualifications in business management and human services, Lee has previously held executive roles including Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer, and was appointed CEO in August 2012.

Vikki Lahore
Vikki Lahore - Executive Manager

Joining Workpower in 1993, Vikki is the Executive Manager responsible for Workpower’s community support and respite programs. Having previously been influential in the development of Workpower’s alternative to employment service and establishing the respite programs, Vikki’s passion for community inclusion and individualised services ensures this significant area of growth is supported to achieve the best possible outcomes for participants, their families and carers.

Peter May
Peter May - Executive Manager

Joining Workpower in 1997, Peter is the Executive Manager responsible for business development, service expansion and social enterprises. Peter holds a Bachelor of Business (Horticulture) and his expertise in business development has created many opportunities for people with mental illness. Peter’s previous responsibilities have included oversight of Workpower’s horticultural division, which operates successful businesses in land management, property care and a plant production nursery.

Ron Carr
Ron Carr - Chief Financial Officer

Ron has been employed with Workpower since early 2005 where he commenced as Accountant and headed up the finance and administration teams for several years. Ron has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a Member of the Institute of Public Accountants. As Workpower’s CFO, Ron is primarily responsible for managing the financial risks of the organisation and for financial reporting to the executive.

Shane O’Connor
Shane O’Connor - Executive Manager

Shane is the Executive Manager responsible for Workpower’s community employment service. Prior to a 12 month break from the organisation, Shane had a 20 year career with Workpower, in senior roles in corporate services and commercial operations. With qualifications in accounting, business management and human resource management, Shane held the position of CEO for eight years where his leadership was instrumental in the significant diversity achieved by the organisation.

Our Board

Michael McNulty
Michael McNulty - Chairman & Finance Director

Michael McNulty is a senior partner of Deloitte with over 20 years’ of professional experience. He is the Managing Partner of the Perth office and the Lead Partner within Consulting Services. He specialises in large scale transformation and business improvement projects and has led major technology change programs. Michael joined our Board as Finance Director in 2007 and was appointed Chairman in 2013.

Sue Slavin
Sue Slavin - Deputy Chair

Sue Slavin is a strategic leadership consultant and coach who heads up her own company. She brings a wealth of experience from her nine years as CEO of a large Western Australian public training organisation, and has demonstrated skills in organisational transformation and strategic forecasting to achieve objectives. Sue joined our Board in 2006 and was appointed Deputy Chair in 2013.

Marie Mills
Marie Mills - Director

Marie Mills is the founder and Managing Director of Mills Wilson – working with private and public sector clients in reputation management; issues and crisis management; marketing communication; stakeholder and community relations; and corporate training. Marie is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and a Member of the Institute of Company Directors. Marie joined our Board in 2003.

Jacquie Thomson
Jacquie Thomson - Director

Jacquie Thomson is the General Manager Grants and Community Development at Lotterywest and a member of the executive team. Jacquie joined our Board in 2005 and has held the positions of Chairperson (2008-2010) and Deputy Chair (2010-2013).

Ken Jagger
Ken Jagger - Director

Ken Jagger is the CEO of AdventBalance, a non-traditional law firm that combines the expertise of outside counsel with the best qualities of a sophisticated in-house team. Ken joined our Board in 2006 and held the position of Chairman from 2010 to 2013.

Helen Granville
Helen Granville - Director

Helen Granville commenced her career in nursing before gaining her teaching qualifications. She has worked in the disability sector since the early 1990s and acquired considerable policy and service delivery experience working in local and state government, and in the not-for-profit disability sector. Helen has a 26 year old daughter with an intellectual disability and intimately understands the issues that families and carers experience. Helen joined our Board in 2013.

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