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Solve Appoints New CEO – Rosemary Nolan

“The best part of this organisation is the people – the staff, volunteers and the people we support.”

Pictured: Alison Muir, Development & Growth Manager (TAD) and Rosemary Nolan, CEO (Solve) at the 2019 ARATA Conference (Melbourne).

In September 2019, Solve’s former CEO, Doug Haig relocated to Queensland to support his wife, Jenny and her exciting new career opportunity based in Queensland. Utilising a suite of technologies and remote operating systems, Doug remained engaged as Solve CEO from a distance. Early this year, Solve’s Operations Manager, Rosemary Nolan, transitioned into the role of Deputy CEO. In April, Rosemary celebrated her 15th year with Solve Disability Solutions and shortly thereafter, Solve’s Board of Directors appointed Rosemary to the role of CEO, as Solve navigated the challenges of COVID-19 and moved into an exciting period of growth and development.

We as a team have delivered and changed so much during the massive transition brought about by the NDIS,” says former CEO, Doug Haig. “Alongside and during all these decisions Rosemary has been there as the my guiding and rational hand. Her confidence, depth of knowledge, and passion to further optimise our great organisation in times of change makes this transition very easy.”

Rosemary brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and dedication to the role of CEO.

Career History

Born in Sydney and raised in Geelong, Rosemary spent part of her teenage years living in the Netherlands and later moved to Melbourne to study at RMIT University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Food Science & Technology. After graduation Rosemary spent 12 years in Research and Development for major household food brands including Petersville, Kraft, Cadbury and Cascade Brewery before landing at Solve in 2005.

In addition to her professional attributes, Rosemary is also a keen watercolour painter and passionate sailor. Rosemary strikes a balance at sea with her family on weekends and holidays.

Pictured: Rosemary sailing at Merricks Yacht Club (Westernport Bay)

During her 15 years at Solve, Rosemary has held a number of influential roles including her first appointment as Fundraising & Publicity Coordinator, Business and Operations Manager, and now as CEO.

“Having come from the corporate sector, it has been really rewarding to work with the small but hugely passionate team at Solve,” says Rosemary. “Staff, volunteers and clients work so well together to solve really tricky problems with life-changing solutions for people with disabilities.”

Rosemary’s passion for her work at Solve stems from an encouraging history of familial volunteerism. Her father, John Hansford, was a volunteer for Solve and a former Board Member. John volunteered for Solve for 14 years delivering an impressive 191 custom solutions. Rosemary’s lived experience comes through her mother, Mary, who lost much of her sight 20 years ago. John created numerous clever inventions to help her be more independent in their home.

In addition to continuing her family’s generous legacy, Rosemary’s impressive track record at Solve speaks for itself. She has been part of a management team that has overseen over 100 staff and volunteers across Victoria, successfully transitioned the organisation through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and has acquired over $7M in fundraising and grants. Managing a state-wide therapy team she has ensured essential health service continuity during a global pandemic, and most recently, she has been the main driver in Solve’s expansion and relocation to Abbotsford where she looks to establish a new hub of innovation and tailored allied health services, including a new Freedom Wheels Cycling Centre and Solve Maker Space.

“After a challenging (three) years negotiating and finding our place in the NDIS environment, I am excited about the opportunities that are now opening up to us to help many more people live without limits,” says Rosemary.

Looking ahead

No stranger to change, Rosemary is leading the charge for change at Solve Disability Solutions, from growing organisational capacity to building an evolving network of dedicated and skilled volunteers, and fostering a diverse team of staff supporting people with disability across Victoria, and the extended TAD Australia network.

“Our new head office, the ILC – My Active Life program, and the working more closely with our teams across Australia will make so many things possible. There is a new energy in the team that is contagious and inspiring, and I’m looking forward to leading the team through the changes!”

To find out more about the exciting new developments at Solve, get in touch!

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