Equity Trustees CEO of the Year Award
3 December 2007 at 1:15 pm
2007 Equity Trustees’ Not for Profit CEO of the Year is Jillian Weekes, CEO of the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Weekes heads the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which delivers innovative programs that aim to brighten the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children and their families.
Equity Trustees says Weekes has won this year for her efforts in building outstanding brand awareness in a crowded Not for Profit space, for achieving an average annual revenue growth of 20%, and developing exceptionally strong partnerships within the healthcare system and with the private sector.
Starting as CEO in 1997, Weekes has grown Starlight and its services.
She has kept the Starlight team and stakeholders focused on delivering the best possible outcomes for the children and their families, at the same time raising sufficient funds to carry out the organisation’s work.
Weekes has built an organisational culture that has formed a solid platform for Starlight values and set up the Starlight Academy to train and develop the Starlight team to ensure they are the best they can be.
Over the past seven years, she has developed an extremely successfully NFP-corporate partnership with Caltex Australia. Together, Starlight and Caltex have worked on numerous awareness-raising activities and events and raised a substantial amount of money.
Equity Trustees says Weekes also has amazing vision. In 2005, Starlight’s programs were reaching one in three seriously ill and hospitalised children. She set Starlight the goal of reaching ‘three out of three’ children and their families by 2010. As part of achieving this ambitious goal, she won Board support and secured government funding to design and build a new online community for seriously ill and disabled young people.
As Part of the Award, Jill Weekes has won a $20,000 study scholarship sponsored by AON.
Other award winners are:
– Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art won the 2007 Significant Innovation Award
– David Terrance (Terry) Houghuet-Pincham, CEO, depressionNet, won the 2007 First Year Achiever Award
– Doug Paling, CEO, Foodbank of Western Australia, won the 2007 Long Term Achiever Award
– Jo-anne (Jo) Boland, General Manager, Animal Aid, won the 2007 Judges’ Award
For more information go to: www.notforprofitceoawards.com.au/website/winners.asp