Fiona Jose appointed CEO of Cape York Partnership
Fiona Jose has recently been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Cape York Partnership.
Fiona has been working at Cape York Partnership since 2010, and is set to take over from current Chief Executive Duncan Murray at the end of the year. Her previous senior management roles have spanned across the sectors of business, not-for-profit and government, in Skytrans airlines, Education Queensland and Skill360 Australia.
In developing her leadership skills, Fiona sought out further educational opportunities. In 2015, she attended Harvard Business School to participate in their executive program, Authentic Leadership Development with the support of a Roberta Sykes Harvard Club Bursary.
The Indigenous executive education bursaries, awarded through the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation, Harvard Business School and delivered by the Aurora Educaton Foundation, have facilitated over 40 managers, entrepreneurs, and leaders from across Australia, to attend programs at some of the world’s leading universities.
Fiona shared that she found the five day intensive program of debate, learning and discussions challenging, and it provided her a sense of clarity on how to lead in a business which drives positive social impact. She believes that the program provided her with invaluable skills and confidence that she needed in order to smoothly transition into the role of CEO.
'I wasn’t 100% sure I wanted to or had the confidence in myself to,' Fiona stated. 'My time spent with leaders of the world and their recognition of my contribution and the complexities of my work gave me the space, time, energy and confidence to scope my clear purpose as a leader.'
Cape York Partnership is an Indigenous organisation, founded by Aboriginal lawyer, academic and land rights activist Noel Pearson, which aims to empower Indigenous people through economic engagement and partnership with governments, corporates and philanthropists. Co-chair Richie Ah Mat expressed that it was a long-expressed goal for the board that the organisation be led by an Indigenous person. “We are very pleased to have been able to appoint a new CEO from within our ranks,” Mr Ah Mat remarked, “Fiona is a passionate Indigenous leader with a strong vision on how to deliver on our agenda.”