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 2023, 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 ten years we have dressed, styled and coached over 8,500 unemployed Australians from Melbourne, Geelong, regional Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
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.
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
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.
Edmund is a qualified Australian lawyer with over a decade of in-house experience
with a major Australian healthcare organisation. Edmund also holds a Graduate
Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia
and is an Affiliate of the Chartered Governance Institute.
He has excellent regulatory, litigation, employment law, privacy and mergers and
acquisitions experience. In his current role, he provides governance advice and
company secretarial support to numerous boards.
Edmund is keen to support people to achieve their career goals, having managed
interns as part of the CareerTracker Indigenous Internship programme. He is
committed to Ready Set’s mission and making a positive impact on the lives of
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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Wendy Draayers joined Ready Set in February 2021.
She has worked for over 30 years in senior roles across the education, not-for-profit, community and business sectors within Victoria, nationally and internationally. Wendy is passionate about driving innovation and creating sustainable positive change at both an individual and community level. For many years, her work has focussed on education as the most effective way to achieve this. Most recently Wendy has been employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the International Specialised Skills Institute.
Wendy is very excited to be joining the Ready Set team as their new CEO and looks forward to working with the Board, employees, volunteers, and stakeholders to grow the organisation and support more clients to reach their full potential and build the life they dream of.
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