Scope is delighted and overjoyed at the recognition of Dr. Jennifer Fitzgerald as the overall winner of the 2016 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year.

Appointed CEO in 2012, Dr. Fitzgerald is leading Scope through one of its most critical periods, as the disability sector responds to the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), steering the reformation of Scope from a traditional charity to a for-purpose social enterprise.

“I am determined to use my skills and knowledge to ensure the for-purpose sector remains a vibrant and sustainable choice for people with a disability under the NDIS,” said Dr. Fitzgerald in her acceptance speech.

Dr. Fitzgerald was also declared the winner of the Telstra Victorian Business Women’s Awards purpose and social enterprise category.

“The NDIS fundamentally alters the way disability service providers operate and Scope is in the process of tipping our business pyramid in response to this change. We are moving away from a centrally funded service model to managing thousands of time-limited contracts for a diverse array of services and supports provided increasingly in community settings,” said Dr. Fitzgerald.

“We are transforming every aspect of our operations from financial and IT systems to recruitment and customer service. At the same time, we will remain focused on our mission, to enable each person we support to live as equal and empowered citizens.”

Dr. Fitzgerald sees her win at the Victorian Telstra Business Awards as an extremely important milestone, but is quick to reiterate that there are still more hurdles to be overcome in disability services and inclusion.

“I see a future where people living with a disability are no longer seen through the lens of their disability.”

Photo: Louise Cramer and Jennifer Fitzgerald at Scope Boronia Lifestyle Options