NEW Mpower CEO Kevin Mills has sat on both sides of the corporate world but says the community sector is where he gets the most fulfillment.
Mr Mills replaced Kerry Nelson as CEO and is the third to hold the position in the agency's 47-year history.
"I've sat on both sides of the corporate life," he said.
"One of the big drivers for me is community.
"I grew up in a large family and we were always at working bees or volunteering at something else."
Mr Mills grew up on a cropping farm near Horsham and became a certified practising accountant (CPA). He worked in Adelaide where he gained corporate experience with a focus on management accounting, leadership and strategy.
About 14 years ago, Mr Mills and his wife Melissa moved back to the Wimmera to be around family and to give their children a rural upbringing.
His previous roles include chief financial officer with Wimmera Uniting Care and CEO at Edenhope District Memorial Hospital and Rural Northwest Health at Warracknabeal.
Mpower is one of the south-west's largest not-for-profit organisations with 80 staff supporting more than 800 clients and Mr Mills says it already holds a great reputation for helping people to reach their potential and have meaningful community connections.
Mr Mills said the organisation was looking to engage in partnerships with similar organisations and complimentary services to enable a more holistic care for people with disabilities or for family units.
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"I think we can achieve better outcomes for all involved if we work together," he said.
He said staffing was also a challenge for the disability sector, particularly around allied health services.
"We need to work together to advocate for development pathways into our industry," he said.
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