CEO Magazine has named the chief executive officer of RSL Care, Craig Mills, the Not-For-Profit Executive of the Year in its annual Executive of the Year awards.
Mr Mills was also named a runner up in the CEO of the Year category in the awards, which were announced last week in Sydney.
There were 600 entries from across Australia for the awards, which identify the achievements of aspiring and established leaders in 20 categories. This was the first year the awards had recognised the role of CEO in the NFP sector.
RSL Care said the NFP award recognised Mr Mills’s visionary and collaborative leadership style which had inspired its strategic reinvigoration.
Mr Mills was appointed CEO of RSL Care in March last year, having initially joined the organisation as a consultant in February 2012. RSL Care is a major not-for-profit provider of retirement living and aged care, with 29 retirement communities in Queensland and NSW.
Ahead of the awards Mr Mills spoke to Australian Ageing Agenda about leadership in the NFP sector, as well as the need for the broad aged services sector to speak to government with a strengthened voice.
Mr Mills said that while the National Aged Care Alliance (NACA), which represents aged services providers, consumers and related professional groups, currently provided a “good voice to government”, the body needed a “more formal structure and approach.”