Fiona Kelly

Fiona Kelly new
Chief Executive

Following an extensive interval as acting chief executive, the board of directors of UnitingCare Wesley Bowden appointed Fiona Kelly CE from June 2017. She brings with her a track record of more than 25 years and consistent success in management and executive level positions across the disability, health, justice, community and corporate sectors. She commenced her career as a psychologist before transitioning into government services in management and leadership roles.

While working in the disability sector she led regional services and established state wide programs providing specialist clinical services to persons who were most vulnerable to being placed in out-of-home and institutional care. She also took leadership roles in the area of policy and planning of services across both the government and non-government sector and, in 1992, took a lead role in the realignment of disability services across the northern region of Adelaide.

Subsequently, Fiona was seconded to work in the South Australian Attorney General’s Department to lead a reform project to improve the health, mental health, disability and criminal justice sectors’ responses to persons with mental impairment who were involved with the criminal justice system.

In 2008 a change in direction saw her move to the United Arab Emirates to take the role as executive director in a management consulting company. Fiona’s work in this role took her across the Middle East and North Africa working with local, regional and multinational companies to effectively undertake organisational restructures and culture change.

In mid-2011 Fiona returned to Australia to take up the role of general manager at UCWB. Beyond her ex-officio membership of the UCWB board, she has previous board experience with Leveda and Westside Housing Association, and is a current board member of Shelter SA and Together SA.

UCWB’s chair, Ms Alison Kimber said, ‘Fiona’s notable experience, sector-wide connections and standing in the community as an entrepreneurial, collaborative and creative leader marked her out as the ideal person to take us into a new era.’ ‘Fiona said she is delighted and honoured to be taking up the full role of CE.’ ‘I want to acknowledge the great success of the whole organisation, board and staff, team in building UCWB into such a vibrant not for profit. It’s an exciting time to lead the organisation in this high profile and critical role. We know Fiona will meet the challenge with finesse.’

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