CEO Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald AM to step-down from her role in early 2022

After 10 years as Scope’s CEO Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald will be stepping down from her role in early 2022.

On behalf of the Board and organisation, Scope Chair Professor Sanchia Aranda thanked Jenny for her outstanding leadership and service to the Mission of Scope through extraordinary times.

“She leaves an indelible legacy, not just on the organisation, but on the wider community,” said Professor Aranda.

“She took on the mantle of CEO at the start of a significant period of disruption and reform. She led the organisation through transformation, and has established a strong foundation for Scope to thrive in the NDIS environment.”

Jenny noted that Scope is a very different organisation today than the one she joined over a decade ago.

“It has been both an honour and privilege to lead Scope through one of the most significant periods of change in our history” she said.

“I am particularly proud of how Scope has transformed into a growing commercial and customer focused organisation, and still remained true to our Mission and Values.

“We continue to be seekers and creators of evidence; innovators who find solutions to improve the lives of the people we support; and thought leaders who seek to challenge and push aside the barriers to true social inclusion and citizenship for all Australians with a disability.”

Professor Aranda said Jenny’s notable achievements included the successful tender to the Victorian government for 41% of their SIL services, and the subsequent transition of those services to the NDIS. This year she also oversaw the expansion into New South Wales and the transfer of additional SIL services from Uniting VIC/TAS, growing Scope’s national footprint.

Most recently, she steered Scope through the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this very challenging season, Scope is emerging stronger than ever, once again demonstrating leadership particularly through facilitating access to vaccinations and health information.

During her tenure, she has been a champion for people with disability and their families, through strategic advocacy with government.

For her contribution and service to people with disability, Jenny was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honour Roll.

Having led Scope through significant transformation, Jenny feels confident it’s the right time to hand the baton to a new CEO for this next phase of growth.

Scope’s Board is now in the process of recruiting for a new CEO over the coming months.