Ready Set (managed by Wear for Success) was established as Wear for Success in 2011 by a group of dedicated individuals, many of who are still involved. They recognised that helping people experiencing economic hardship through unemployment prepare for job interviews can significantly improve their psychological, physical and financial well – being, they knew that increased confidence could ultimately enable greater participation in life and an increased sense of social inclusion.
Fitting out a small warehouse in South Melbourne, they collected donations and sought out oversupply from retailers and began styling and providing clothing to jobseekers in need from across Melbourne.
The goal was to provide a service to all genders, providing individuals who did not own and could not afford suitable clothing to wear to job interviews with the items they needed. Having the “tools” to look the part not only impacted the individual’s confidence, but also affected employers’ perceptions of the potential employees they were interviewing.
In our first year, 175 jobseekers walked through our doors. In 2019, that number grew to over 1600 jobseekers, many of whom received individualised coaching through our Career Support Program as well as clothing.
In 2018 we also began a mobile service to deliver assistance to jobseekers in Geelong and regional Victoria.
As demand for our services continues to increase, our goal is to IMPACT 5000 job seekers each year by 2022, and to expand Ready Set’s offering to include clothing, job search coaching, and an individualised connecting service.
Ready Set’s services – clothing, coaching, and connecting - enable us to respond to the unique challenges and needs of each jobseeker, and ensure that jobseekers are not disadvantaged by the gaps that exist between social, charitable and other services.
Our clients come in as jobseekers and leave with the confidence to realise their dreams and change their own lives – and with it create a better future for their families and their communities. That’s why we know that our job at Ready Set isn’t to get people jobs; it’s to give them the confidence to do that for themselves.
Ready Set is managed by Wear for Success, a registered charity. We were the first Victorian service to welcome clients of all genders, and in the past seven years we have dressed, styled and coached over 6000 unemployed Victorians from Melbourne, Geelong, and regional Victoria.
David inspired and developed the rapidly growing lululemon Australia and New Zealand, taking it from 1 Store in 2007 to 30 Stores in 2014.
He held roles in Companies as Managing Director for 5 years at Jeanswest Australia, before gaining invaluable international retail experience in the USA market working for Express, a division of the Limited as Executive Vice President (EVP). David then took on the CEO role of a global surf wear company, Rip Curl for six years.
Since he left lululemon in 2014 he is an active investor in a number of start-up brands to establish themselves in the Australian retail market, Director and Investor of Bailey Nelson, Investor of Damselfly, Laneway Greens and Chairman of Wear for Success.
People & Culture
Liam joined the Wear for Success board in 2016 and is also the Chief People Officer at Aurecon. As part of Aurecon’s global leadership team he leads the People team, which focuses on providing solutions that enable Aurecon to attract the best talent and develop their people to meet our client’s current and future challenges.
At Aurecon his team partner with the Aurecon leadership team to execute culture change, organisational and leadership development strategies, and programmes such as the award-winning Mind Matters programme, which won the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Award for Mental Health in the Workplace and the Māori cadet programme, which won the Māori and Pacifica Diversity award at the ‘Young at Heart’ Youth Employer Pledge Awards.
He loves the impact Wear for Success has on so many lives. The combination of his professional background and his passion for seeing people succeed enables Liam to make a positive contribution to Wear for Success, particularly regarding our volunteer workforce.
Corporate and NFP Partnerships and funding
Margot is an innovative and highly commercial executive HR leader. She has diverse experience leading national and global HR teams for corporate and not-for-profit organisations spanning employment services, higher education, technology, transport & logistics and financial services.
She has built organisational capability and created thriving cultures and she is passionate about enabling organisations to reach peak performance through highly engaged and motivated employees.
Margot leads the People and Culture function as Executive, People and Culture at Wise Employment, a national not-for-profit employment services provider, which connects and empowers job seekers and employers.
Margot joined the board as a Non-Executive Director at Wear for Success in 2018, where she also volunteers as a career coach, helping clients build confidence; supporting people on their journey towards employment and to realizing their potential.
Passionate about the work she does at Wise Employment and Wear for Success, Margot is proud to be part of organisations making a positive impact on the lives of less advantaged people in our community.
Chief Executive Officer
Jodie has been employed at Wear for Success since 2014, initially joining to develop the career support program and build relationships with key referral agencies before taking on the key leadership role. Having commenced as a Saturday volunteer dresser in 2011, she continues to volunteer as it offers close contact with the clients and the opportunity to see first-hand the joy our service brings.
Jodie has worked for over 12 years in the community sector in roles allowing her to focus on people and service, things she is passionate about. A people person with a varied career spanning not-for-profits, telecommunications and digital media, Jodie has always been drawn to roles in customer service, marketing and account management.
She is focused on providing strong leadership and establishing strong relationships and collaborations that will benefit Wear for Success and allow us to deliver an outstanding service to people in need, breaking down barriers to employment.
Treasurer / Financial Controller
A board member since 2016, Peter is a Chartered Accountant, business advisor and Director at Hall Chadwick Melbourne. He leads the firm’s finance, human resources, IT infrastructure and general management. He also manages the offshore outsourcing team and turnkey services offered in the Back Office Support team.
Peter has over 30 years experience as a Chartered accountant, both in industry and professional practice, including ten years running his own accountancy practice. Peter became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in July 2008. Outside of work Peter has been actively involved in an array of community service groups, business chambers, sporting clubs and charity organisations over many years. In addition to sitting on the board, Peter volunteers as Treasurer and manages the financials for internal reporting requirements and ANC compliance.
Through Peter, Hall Chadwick provide much valued pro-bono accounting services to Wear for Success.
Marketing, Brand & Communications
Dimity is a corporate affairs professional working in banking, responsible for media relations, communications, and stakeholder engagement.
Admitted as a lawyer, she has worked across Australia, Europe and China in corporate law firms and not-for-profit legal centres, advised on the communications for the European Union’s youth unemployment and justice strategies, and previously ran corporate affairs for the Asia-Pacific’s insurance professional standards body.
In addition to her role on the Wear for Success board, Dimity is Communications and Partnerships Director of Interns Australia, the peak body representing young Australians undertaking internships and work placements.
Julie is a founding volunteer of Wear for Success. She was appointed to the Board in 2015 where she performs the role of Volunteer Liaison and is committed to maintaining the integrity, transparency, prosperity and growth of the organisation.
Julie recently completed studies relating to the community services and welfare sector, and is currently working as a Social Worker at the Salvation Army Crisis Contact Centre and The Sacred Heart Mission Women’s House both located in St Kilda. She finds the work challenging yet rewarding and complimentary to the work we do at Wear For Success.
She is passionate about our volunteers and the vital part they play in the charter of our organisation. In addition to her board role she continues to volunteer in the showroom herself, to remain in close contact with the volunteer force and stay connected to the clients we support.
Michelle is a strategy professional running her own business consulting to businesses of all sizes and industries. She provides independent advice on strategy development, execution, and business transformation by conducting an external and internal assessment of where to play, how to win and what is needed to drive business performance. Michelle has more than 20 years of global experience in top-tier financial services organisations including NAB, ANZ, Credit Suisse, Citigroup and Westpac.
She has been a volunteer career coach at Wear for Success since 2015 helping people be the best that they can be and joined the Board in 2019. Michelle is continually inspired by the people she meets and takes great delight in guiding them on their career journey. She has a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance, a Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition, and a Bachelor of Commerce.
Director, Culture Co-Lab
Naomi is founder of Culture Co- Lab, a boutique consultancy who partners with clients to help them align, learn and grow. Naomi works across diverse industries with executives, leadership teams and professionals to develop strategy and align culture, customer and employee experience. Underpinning her work is a generative, human centred approach that values all stakeholder perspectives. Prior to this, Naomi’s 20+ year corporate career involved working in human capital and organisational development consulting roles across ANZ, HK and the UK. She has consulted with a broad range of organisations including NFP, Government, Corporate who have a local, regional and global remit. Her most recent corporate role was Head of Culture, Customer and Employee Experience with Telstra. Naomi has an Executive MBA and a Graduate Certificate in Change Management, both from AGSM, UNSW and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from University of Queensland.
Naomi began as a Ready Set volunteer stylist/dresser before working closely with the Board in 2019 to develop the #IMPACT5000 growth strategy to uplift impact from helping 1500 people to 5000 people p/a over a 3 year cycle. It’s an exciting time for Ready Set, and she feels privileged to enable this journey with them.
Simone Caylock is a Partner at Rigby Cooke Lawyers (Rigby Cooke) working within the Workplace Relations team, she joined the Wear for Success board in January 2020. She is an Accredited Workplace Relations Specialist with over 20 years of broad advisory and litigation experience in all aspects of employment, industrial relations and equal opportunity law.
Simone represents and advises employers and senior executives across a range of industries including professional services, manufacturing, transport and health.
Prior to joining Rigby Cooke, Simone was the National Workplace Relations Manager of Australia’s largest employer association and a director of its specialist employment law practice. She has also worked in international law firms and the Workplace Relations/Industrial Relations teams of organisations such as Amcor and Telstra.
Simone is described by many of her clients as a trusted business partner. This is a result of her combined legal/industry background and personal emphasis on working closely with each individual client to provide technically sound, practical and commercial solutions to their immediate and long-term employment challenges.
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