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New CEO Tom Scarborough Works for are-able

Are-able welcomes new CEO Tom Scarborough to the helm!  Tom joined are-able as CEO earlier this month after 5 years at Australian Red Cross where he served  as National Director of Commercial Operations.  Tom has also worked for Centacare and is well-versed in all areas of business, developing skills and experience while managing his own businesses for 14 years before transitioning to the not-for-profit sector.

Tom’s decision to move into humanitarian services was driven by his desire to help others and give back to the community. He brings a wealth of experience in JobActive and Disability Employment Services, NDIS, social enterprises, new apprenticeships and registered training organisations.

Tom has been impressed with the are-able culture and vision, “As the newly appointed CEO of are-able, I feel privileged to represent an organisation which has a strong community focus, with such dedicated and passionate staff, all working with the same vision.

Tom has spent considerable time with founding CEO Mick White gathering some background on are-able and its rich 30-year history.   As the new CEO Tom will proudly continue Mick’s legacy of making a profound contribution to improving people’s lives within our community.

Tom said “Being new to the organisation has provided me the benefit of a ‘fresh eyes’ approach to assessing our future direction and resource-based capacity to deliver on our strategy”

are-able has more than 360 staff across offices in Warrnambool, Geelong Portland, Hamilton, Colac, Ballarat, Bendigo, Maryborough, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Mildura, Ararat, Castlemaine, Stawell, Horsham and Mt Gambier.

Tom said “It is not a time for us to be complacent, we have a very important job to do for the community,  over 4.4 million Australians identified as living with a disability, that is 1 in 5 people.”

Mr Scarborough’s background in commercial business balanced with 18 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, holds him in good stead to lead are-able as the CEO. Tom completed his MBA through Griffith University in 2017 and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

“I am looking forward to a very bright future with are-able as we work to build all-inclusive communities that embrace, and value those with disability and disadvantage.”

“Adding value to communities and improving people’s lives!”