Two for One: 121 Care Appoints Two Women as CEO

CEOS Kym Chomley and Feda Adra

Award-winning executive Feda Adra has been appointed co-CEO of 121 Care, joining current CEO Kym Chomley to share the same role for the Sunshine Coast not-for-profit organisation.

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121 Care would benefit from both Ms Adra and Ms Chomley’s expertise, forging a strong relationship to provide the organisation with a robust and sustainable future. Ms Adra, former CEO of Be (formerly ComLink), has a wealth of knowledge and experience in aged and community care whilst Ms Comley has an extensive experience in disability.

121 Care President Faith Baigent was confident in appointing the power duo for the shared CEO role.

“Together, Kym and Feda share six decades of senior management experience that are complimentary 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 complimented by Feda’s strengths in people and culture, resource development, innovation and marketing,” Ms Baigent said.

“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,” she added.

From left to right: 121 Care President Faith Baigent, Ms Adra, and Ms Chomley

Ms Baigent also shared that 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 Baigent shared.

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.

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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.

“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.”

About 121 Care

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121 Care is an independent registered charity and not for profit organisation. This year, the business is projected to turnover $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 coordination services for people with physical, intellectual and psychosocial disabilities.