Agile recruitment pays off for cancer care charity


A South Australian cancer charity has successfully recruited three Women on Boards members to its board after posting the openings on WOB’s vacancy board. 


Cancer Care Centre Director, and WOB member, Lidia Pargaliti initially posted the roles on the vacancy board as a free listing on the Basic Plan, then opted to upgrade the listing to a Standard Plan. 

As part of the Standard Plan the job was then posted at the top of the board and targeting emails were also sent to skills-match candidates. 

“It really worked,” said Lidia. “I'm happy to say that we recruited three new board members from the campaign, and all three were officially voted in at our AGM a few weeks ago.”

“With three new board members, plus myself, that makes 4 members of Women on Boards represented on our board! And makes our board an even 50/50 male and female gender split.

“As a not for profit, supporting people with cancer, we are thrilled to have such high calibre representation to assist our mission going forward.”

The three new board members are Ruth Ottewill, Suzanne Delaney and Usha Rajagopalan. 

WOB’s Ruth Medd said when it comes to recruiting directors, not-for-profits sometimes need to think outside the square. “Not-for-profit boards need to be agile in how they recruit,” she said.

The Post a Position Standard Plan provides you with the security of having your position critically reviewed, pinned to the top of the WOB Vacancy Board and put first in the queue on the weekly vacancies email. 

“This is an excellent option if your organisation is seeking to improve the gender balance on the board, working to a tight timeframe or to simply take some of the work out of director recruitment,” said Ruth. 

Cancer Care Centre is an Adelaide-based community based organisation providing complementary care services in the support of people affected by cancer. 

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