The BCS Executive Team brings decades of diverse experience, innovative thinking, industry knowledge and a history of delivering quality community services to their work at BCS. Each individual member brings specialised expertise to the team. They all share a common commitment to furthering a socially inclusive community, strengthening community capacity, sharing knowledge and expertise (both internally and across the sector) and affecting positive change.
The Executive Team, along with BCS employees, share a strong vision for an inclusive, connected community. This vision is evident in the inspirational work that BCS undertakes within the community on a daily basis.
BCS has a proud history which spans over 40 years. The Executive Team builds on BCS’s history of innovative service delivery, flexibility, accountability, sustainability and promoting equity and respect in all of the work that they do. The future of BCS is strengthened through a solid commitment to our people, participants and the community.
Chief Executive Officer
Dira’s role is to lead and guide the organisation to achieve its strategic intent and realise BCS’s Vision of an inclusive and connected community. Dira’s work helps to maintain and grow BCS’s partnerships and collaborative approach to its work.
Dira has worked in the community sector in the ACT for the past 28 years. She was appointed to her current role in 2008 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the not for profit sector. Dira works together with government, business and community organisations to achieve outcomes for our community.
As a Belconnen resident, Dira wanted to be more involved with, and contribute to the community in which she lives. She was attracted to the diversity of programs and services offered at BCS and to the creative nature of the organisation. She says that this is her dream job.
Dira looks forward to progressing the work of the West Belconnen Local Services Network In partnership with the West Belconnen Community. She is excited by the continuing development of OneLink with Woden Community Service and she is proud to lead our excellent team of employees and volunteers here at BCS.
Executive Manager – Business and Infrastructure
Karyn’s role is responsible for financial operations and management, budgeting, investments, contract management, administration, ICT, and facility management.
Karyn’s skills and experience have developed over 20 years, from working in small to medium businesses in the private sector, in a professional representative body, and for the Commonwealth Government. The skills and experience she brings to BCS include: strategic planning, business strategy, financial management, budgeting, IT management and marketing and communications.
Karyn was appointed to this position in 2008. Having lived in the Belconnen area since 1997, she was very keen to apply her skills and experience to support a local organisation that does amazing work to enhance the lives of people in Belconnen.
Karyn looks forward to working closely with Senior Management at BCS to identify opportunities for growth, to promote sound financial decision making and to ensure that BCS has the resources to achieve its vision of an inclusive connected community.
Executive Manager – People and Culture
As Executive Manager of People and Culture, Mandy contributes to the development, implementation and oversight of the functions that enable BCS’s people to:
Mandy has held this position since 2008. She holds qualifications and professional membership as a HR Practitioner. Mandy as spent over 15 years working in the HR field in senior roles with community organisations and local government.
Mandy chose to work at BCS because of the personal satisfaction she finds by working in a sector that makes a valuable contribution to the community, addresses social justice issues and advocates for change to improve the lives of others.
Mandy regards our people as being BCS’s most important asset. She looks forward to growth and change within the sector as a result of the many reforms that have commenced and will to continue to evolve. She is excited by the opportunities for our people to learn and develop their professional skills and goals as new opportunities evolve during these changing times.
Executive Manager – Programs and Services
The role of the Executive Manager Programs and Services is to oversight the delivery of programs offered by BCS. Currently the main focus of this role is change management as the services respond and change in response to significant government reform.
Jenelle was appointed to this role in 2013 and has worked in human services and the community sector for her entire career. She has held senior and executive management roles for the past 20 years and has extensive experience in the fields of disability, community aged care, mental health and out-of-home-care services. She has broad experience of working within government as well as non-government organisations and she continues to maintain a passion for her work.
Jenelle says that she chose to work at BCS because it has a great reputation and has the community at its heart, “I know that working with BCS will not only allow me to work with fabulous and committed people but will also allow me to continue to develop services to make our community a better place to live.”
Jenelle looks forward to BCS making the new government reforms work for our participants to help them live better lives. It’s her mission to see BCS thrive in the new and challenging business of support services. She also looks forward to BCS maintaining its lead in the service sector and keeping its role as an integral part of the ACT community.