Following and extensive interval as acting Chief Executive, the Board of UnitingCare Wesley Bowden (UCWB) appointed Fiona Kelly CE from June 2017. She brings with her a track record of more than 25 years comprising consistent success in management and executive level positons 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 statewide 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 sectors 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 back in the SA Attorney-General’s Department to lead a reform project to improve the health, mental health, disability and criminal justice sector responses to persons with mental impairment who were involved in the criminal justice system.
In 2008, a change of 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 UNCWB Board, she has previous board experience with Levada and Westside Housing Association, and is a current board members of Shelter SA and Together SA.
UCWB Chair, 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.”