“Vocation is where your deep gladness meets the world’s great hunger.” Frederick Buechner
Business Experience and Background
A former state government senior executive from 1999 to 2011, Wendy held various State Director positions, with responsibilities at different times for aged care, rehabilitation, community services, palliative care, rural health, disability, mental health, alcohol and drugs, and correctional health.
For ten years prior to this, Wendy managed a policy development unit and several multidisciplinary teams of health professionals providing aged care and rehabilitations services. She began her working life as an occupational therapist, spending 12 years in clinical positions in NSW and Tasmania working in the areas of developmental disabilities and vocational rehabilitation.
Wendy’s roles over her extensive career have seen her manage services employing up to 1,200 staff and budgets of $250 million, steer government service reform, implement new legislation, set up new services, restructure existing services, form partnerships and manage contracts with private and non-government organisations, advise government ministers, mentor staff and support emerging leaders.
Wendy is currently employed in a part-time academic role at the University of Tasmania coordinating the Master of Health and Human Services Course and lecturing in leadership, governance and change management. She is also pursuing research interests in the benefits of postgraduate education and collaborative leadership.
Having graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (August 2013); Wendy is serving as the non-executive director on three boards as well as serving as Managing Director of WJQuinn Consulting Pty Ltd. This Company provides a range of consultancy services specialising in leadership and vocational coaching.