Independent and FREE - 2021 Best Online Publication

The power duo taking job-sharing to a whole new level

Independent and FREE – 2021 Best Online Publication (Qld Country Press)

The power duo taking job-sharing to a whole new level


'Extremely rare': the leadership decision that will take job-sharing to bold new heights

Do you have a news tip? Click here to send to our news team.

Buderim or bust: couple’s epic battle to shift from US

An Australian man living in the United States has revealed the many challenges - and huge expense - he faces to move to the More

The unique incubator growing our business ideas

Eight weeks of intensive mentoring will culminate in the live showcase and launch of The Refinery 3.0 business start-ups. The Refinery is an initiative of More

Why Boogie Bounce is soaring as Coast’s latest fitness craze

We all have fond memories of bouncing on the trampoline as children and now adults are jumping on the latest fitness craze to take More

Two of the region’s most experienced not-for-profit leaders have been appointed joint-CEOs of a disability service provider in the rarest of job-sharing arrangements.

Existing 121 Care CEO Kym Chomley has been joined at the helm of the organisation by award-winning executive Feda Adra.

121 Care employs 185 staff and is projected to turn over $12.5 million this year.

121 Care President Faith Baigent was confident the two women would forge a strong relationship to provide the organisation with a robust and sustainable future.

“Feda, the former CEO of Be (formerly ComLink), has a wealth of knowledge and experience in aged and community care that will be of tremendous value when combined with Kym’s extensive experience in disability,” Ms Baigent said.

“Together, Kym and Feda share six decades of senior management experience that are complementary and broaden the skillset that one CEO would traditionally bring to the role.

“Kym’s strengths in accounting, finance, IT, administration and organisational development are complemented by Feda’s strengths in people and culture, resource development, innovation and marketing.

Follow Sunshine Coast News on Facebook.

“CEO job sharing is an extremely rare form of leadership arrangement, done only a handful of times across the world – think Netflix, Oracle and Salesforce to name a few.

“Job sharing is done at lower levels in organisations, but rarely at an executive level, which is what makes this unique and even more exceptional in the not-for-profit sector.

“With Feda on board, we will now have twice the capacity and capability with a broader range of skills and experience that will be of immense value to the business.”

Ms Adra is the founder of Vitality Village, a health and wellbeing hub which is the first of its kind in Australia.

“121 Care will also be moving in to the new hub later this month and the team looks forward to working in collaboration with the other villagers at Vitality.”

Kym Chomley said 121 Care was adaptive and creative.

Co-CEO Kym Chomley said COVID-19 saw organisations like 121 Care realise the importance of being adaptive, flexible and creative through a continuously changing environment.

“This pandemic has taught us that we need to future-proof our business to withstand disruptions in an already crowded space, to continue as before would be foolhardy,” Ms Chomley said.

“CEOs have their work cut out for them. They need to focus on strategies to balance the immediate needs of the customers, employees and the communities they serve, with the need to be sustainable.

“By including a second CEO, we are preparing for the future, and I couldn’t think of a better person to share the role with than Feda. Our skills are very complimentary, we share similar values and have a mutual respect for one another.”

Help keep independent and fair Sunshine Coast news coming by subscribing to our free daily news feed. All it requires is your name and email. See SUBSCRIBE at the top of this article.

Ms Adra agrees.

Feda Adra is set to bring plenty of experience to the CEO role at 121 Care.

“Not all businesses would consider a role share like we have, but it is worth considering when you look at the benefits it brings. But for it to work, the parties in the chair must have aligned values, good communication and respect for one another,” she said.

“I would like to acknowledge the committee for placing their trust in us and for their progressive approach in determining the best outcome for the organisation.”

121 Care’s annual turnover has grown from $2 million in 2013, when the organisation was only delivering in-home supports for people with spinal injuries on the Sunshine Coast.

This year, the business is projected to turn over $12.5 million through the delivery of a wider range of services across southeast Queensland that include in-home support services, supported accommodation, supported independent living and support coordination services for people with physical, intellectual and psychosocial disabilities.



‘Put phone away’: drivers warned as cams rolled out

Roadside cameras that detect drivers illegally using mobile phones and not wearing a seatbelt will start appearing on Queensland roads. Transport and Main Roads Minister More

Golden sands: how beach ‘shack’ made its owner 100k a month

A beach "shack'' with water views from nearly every room has made its owner more than a million dollars in just over a year More

Meet the new face promoting our region

Visit Sunshine Coast has a new face promoting the region's many assets. Highly experienced tourism executive Kelly Ryan has started work in the key role More