For immediate release 25 November 2015
Two Public Sector Stars Take Out Leadership WA’s Most Prestigious Awards
Winners Announced: Perth Children’s Hospital head Professor Frank Daly and ECU’s Professor Colleen Hayward
TWO of Western Australia’s brightest public sector stars were awarded the state’s most prestigious leadership honours, at a Leadership WA ceremony in Perth last night.
Professor Frank Daly – acting chief executive of the Child and Adolescent Health Service and responsible for leading the $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital Project – took out the Distinguished Fellow Award for 2015. While Professor Colleen Hayward – head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University’s Centre for Indigenous Education and Research – received the Honorary Fellow Award.
The awards acknowledge leaders who have shown exceptional levels of leadership, community contribution and support of the work of Leadership WA.
Michael McNulty, chairman of Leadership WA, said: “The Distinguished Fellow Award and Honorary Fellow Award winners both embody the core values of Leadership WA – ethical leadership, respect for diversity, accepting and guiding change, and community service.”
Mr McNulty said was delighted to recognise Professor Frank Daly as the Distinguished Fellow. “Frank is responsible for leading the $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital Project which is underway and due to open next year,” he said. “It is also my privilege to name former Leadership WA board member Colleen Hayward as this year’s Honorary Fellow. Colleen is an exceptional woman and has been formally recognised many times for her long-standing work on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.”
Professor Daly said he was not sure he deserved to be singled out, as so many Leadership WA fellows provide inspirational leadership to WA communities. “Leadership WA is important to me personally – the Signature Program 2010 gave me the confidence to take on greater leadership challenges and to understand the value that leadership can provide,” he said. On leadership lessons learnt, Professor Daly said: “Great things will happen when your personal values are aligned to the values of the team you are leading. Bring energy and an open mind to problems. Think about people. Be prepared to be courageous and take risks, there are times when resilience is important.”
Professor Colleen Hayward said being awarded the 2015 Honorary Fellow was unexpected and truly humbling. “Nowadays we hear lots about leadership, but too often the development of leadership capability is left to chance or we rely on a mentor as though a single person could be all things on the question of leadership,” she said. “The programs offered by Leadership WA leave nothing to chance. They are tailored to need and each is challenging – causing people to really assess their thinking, to reflect on their views and to sharpen all they do in the leadership space. They do this while introducing participants to new experiences, the likes of which they would be unlikely to otherwise get. That the programs are supported by so many high-profile and accomplished leaders speaks volumes for the support Leadership WA enjoys. I have long been a supporter of Leadership WA and all it does.”
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About Professor Frank Daly
Professor Frank Daly works for the Department of Health in WA and has been the acting chief executive of the Child and Adolescent Health Service and Perth Children’s Hospital commissioning since May, 2015. CAHS comprises three areas of service delivery: child and adolescent community health; child and adolescent mental health; and the Princess Margaret Hospital. He is also responsible for leading the $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital project which is due to open in 2016.
Prior to this role, Frank was chief executive of the South Metropolitan Health Service. He is also a trained doctor and has worked as an academic at the Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine, University of Western Australia and Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research.
His leadership journey started when he established the first clinical toxicology services in WA more than a decade ago and subsequently became head of the Emergency Department at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) from 2006 to 2008. His other roles have included leading clinician engagement in health service innovation, quality and safety and service improvement. He was director for Clinical Reform at RPH and the state Executive Clinical Lead for the Western Australian Four Hour Program.
Frank completed the Leadership WA Signature Program in 2010. Since then he has worked with Country Arts WA, the Conservation Council of WA and mentored a number of young leaders.
David Russell-Weisz, director general of the Department of Health of WA, nominated Professor Daly for the award.
He said Professor Daly led major reconfiguration of health services in the south metropolitan area. “He ensured patient safety and the smooth transition of services and staff across multiple hospital sites,” said Mr Russell-Weisz. “This was a mammoth task, which saw him working in the frontlines with staff after hours and at weekends, supporting them at difficult and critical moments in the transition program. The system has great confidence in Frank, so much that he was chosen to lead the complex commissioning of the Perth Children's Hospital and running of the Child and Adolescent Health Service.”
“Although Frank is an experienced doctor, he continuously seeks to improve his leadership and knowledge of administration. In 2014, Frank completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Program as well as an international study tour of US high performing health services with the Kings Fund (UK).”
About Professor Colleen Hayward
Professor Colleen Hayward is a senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout the south-west of WA. She comes from a teaching family, with both her parents and two siblings having been teachers – her father was the first Aboriginal teacher, and principal, in WA. She is Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University’s Centre for Indigenous Education and Research and concurrently holds the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equity and Indigenous across the University.
For more than 30 years, Colleen has provided significant input to policies and programs on a wide range of issues, reflecting the needs of minority groups at community, state and national levels. She has an extensive background in a range of areas including health, education, training, employment, housing, child protection and law and justice. In much of this work, she draws on her qualifications which include a Diploma of Teaching, a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development and a Post Graduate Certificate in Cross Sector Partnerships from Cambridge University.
Among her many achievements, Colleen has been recognised for her long-standing work for and on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia by being named a finalist in the national Deadlys Awards in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health (2008) and by winning the 2008 National NAIDOC Aboriginal Person of the Year Award.
Colleen is also a recipient (2006) of the Premier of WA’s prestigious Multicultural Ambassador’s Award for advancing human rights and anti-racism in the community and is the 2009 inductee into the WA Department of Education’s Hall of Fame for Achievement in Aboriginal Education. In 2011, she completed her term as a foundation member of the inaugural Board of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.
In 2012, Colleen was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame, was recognised as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia and made a Western Australian Ambassador for Children and Young People. In 2015, Colleen was named as one of WA’s 100 most influential West Australians and was a finalist in the Aboriginal Award category of the 2015 Western Australian of the Year Awards and the Australian of the Year (Western Australia) Awards. Furthermore, in 2015, Colleen awarded one of Murdoch University’s Distinguished Alumni for her work in the areas of Equity and Social Justice.
Colleen recently co-authored a book entitled: Teaching Indigenous Students: Cultural awareness and classroom strategies for improving learning outcomes, released by Allen & Unwin.
Background: Leadership WA Awards
The annual Leadership WA Awards acknowledge leaders who have shown exceptional levels of leadership, community contribution and support of the work of Leadership WA.
Distinguished Fellow Award is for Fellows of Leadership WA who have actively engaged and made a significant contribution to the Western Australian community. In order to be eligible nominees must meet the following criteria:
· be a graduate of a Leadership WA program and maintained Fellow membership status for five years or more;
· have made an outstanding and enduring contribution to the Western Australian community; and
· embody the core values of Leadership WA; ethical leadership, respect for diversity, accepting and guiding change and community service.
2013 Distinguished Fellow Award – Justine Colyer, CEO, Rise Network
2014 Distinguished Fellow Award – David Thomas, General Manager, R2R Services
Honorary Fellow Award is for Western Australian leaders who have made a significant and enduring contribution to Leadership WA.
In order to be eligible nominees must meet the following criteria:
· be a leader living in Western Australia;
· have made a positive impact on the work and/or governance of Leadership WA over five years or more;
· embody the core values of Leadership WA; ethical leadership, respect for diversity, accepting and guiding change and community service; and
· nominees need not be graduates of a Leadership WA program.
2013 Honorary Fellow Award – Dr Walter Cox
2014 Honorary Fellow Award – David Rose, Independent Consultant, David Rose Consulting