The Sunshine Coast is home to another Australian first with Birtinya based not for profit ComLink appointing Michael Doneman as the organisation’s first Innovator in Residence.
ComLink CEO Feda Adra said Michael would become a part of the organisations senior management team as they work towards becoming a world leader in the Home Care and Community Services sector.
“This new role has become necessary in a volatile, crowded market place where our organisation is growing rapidly and we are constantly managing change in all aspects of our business. Our aim is to be the best in the World at what we do, and to achieve that we have to stay on the front-foot, future focused and continually innovating.
“We have to evolve as our community and our market place evolve and this purpose-designed position augments an already lively and creative team which is comfortable with change and committed to making a difference to those we serve,” Feda said.
Michael Doneman brings an eclectic background in creative industries, education, entrepreneurship and small business development to the new role.
“Michael’s unique balance of skills has helped the transformation of Nambour’s Old Ambulance Station in recent years from a ‘community arts space’ to a burgeoning social enterprise and he has also recently contributed to SCRIPT, the Sunshine Coast’s Advancing Regional Innovation Program.
“The position of Innovator in Residence is not new, but as far as we know this is the first time it has been created in the not for profit, or ‘profit for purpose’ sector. It’s no surprise this announcement follows the recent success of Australia’s first regional Social Enterprise Forum, hosted by the new Sunshine Coast Social Enterprise Network at USC’s Innovation Centre.
“It’s common these days to read of the need to educate for jobs which haven’t been invented yet and it seems that this is one of those positions,” Feda added.