13/01/2017 - 14:55

Kira appoints new chief

13/01/2017 - 14:55

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Local disability services provider Kira has appointed not-for-profit executive Vik Jeyakumar to lead the organisation as its new chief executive from February 6. 

Vik Jeyakumar says he will leverage his 20 years of community services experience in his new role at Kira.

Local disability services provider Kira has appointed not-for-profit executive Vik Jeyakumar to lead the organisation as its new chief executive from February 6. 

Based in Perth’s northern suburbs Kira was founded in 1992 and is funded through the Disability Services Commission, providing individualised programs tailored to the needs and outcomes of people with a disability.

According to the most recent publicly available financial report Kira recorded a total income of around $3 million (June 2015), which would rank the organisation 52nd on the BNiQ Search Engine of charitable organisations in WA.

Net assets totalled just over $2 million.

Mr Jeyakumar will apply 20 years of community services experience to his new position at Kira and leave his current role overseeing regional WA operations at Life Without Barriers, another disability services provider that also helps people with mental illness, the homeless, as well as refugees and asylum seekers.

He has also had significant involvement in leading the Life Without Barrier’s change management program, has held senior executive roles at Youth Futures WA and was also the deputy chief executive at the Youth Affairs Council of WA, the WA peak body for youth services.

For the last three years allocated zones in the state have been trialling either a commonwealth or WA-administered model of a disability insurance scheme.

As the state already had a scheme prior to the federal government announcing the introduction of a National Disability Insurance scheme (NDIS) in 2014, trials of both models ran concurrently from 2014 to 2016 to determine which model, or a hybrid model, would be best suited for people in WA.

In December last year it was decided that the state would stick to its original model.

As the state prepares the transition to a full WANDIS scheme of the NDIS state-wide from July this year Mr Jeyakumar said he looked forward to working with Kira Incorporated during a period of change in the sector.

“Joining Kira feels like the completion of a full circle for me as I will return to work alongside many people I worked to support at the beginning of my career two decades ago,” he said.

“The serendipity of this situation reinforces my aim to help lead Kira into the changing world of community services and I look forward to working closely with the Kira Council to continue achieving excellent outcomes for the communities we work with.

“My guiding approach to community programs and solutions is always on the importance of person-centred practice, which aligns closely with the founding vision of Kira.”

Kira chair Louise Forster said Mr Jeyakumar’s skill set would be beneficial to leading the organisation in 2017.

“Vik brings a balance of strategic business skills to our organisation alongside a disability-focused and person-centred approach, which is exactly what Kira requires to remain relevant now, as well as to strengthen and grow in the future,” she said.

 

 

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