Ready Set 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. That number has grown to over 1,500 jobseekers a year attending personal or virtual fittings, as well as individual coaching sessions to enhance job search and interview skills, through our Career Support Program.
As demand for our services continues to increase, our goal is to IMPACT 5000 job seekers each year by 2023 with clothing, job search coaching, and individualised connection to other services, professionals and organisations that can help them on their journey.
Ready Set’s services and holistic approach 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.
We are an independent not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that relies on benefactors, supporters and our own fundraising to cover our operating expenses. We were the first Victorian service to welcome clients of all genders, and in the past ten years have impacted over 30,000 people including our clients and their families, saved around 175,823 items of clothing from landfill and amassed 77,254 volunteer hours.
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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.
Edmund is the Deputy Company Secretary of a major Australian profit-for-member superannuation fund. He holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA) and is a Fellow of the GIA and the Chartered Governance Institute. In his current role, he provides governance advice and company secretarial support to the Fund Board and numerous Board Committees.
Edmund is also a qualified Australian lawyer with over a decade of in-house experience. He has excellent regulatory, litigation, employment law, privacy and mergers and acquisitions experience.
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 jobseekers.
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 Ready Set
Simone Caylock is a Partner at Rigby Cooke Lawyers (Rigby Cooke) working within the Workplace Relations team, she joined the Ready Set 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.
People & Culture
Liam joined the Ready Set 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 Ready Set 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 Ready Set, particularly regarding our volunteer workforce.
Disability & Mental Health Industry advice
Margot started volunteering at Ready Set in 2017 as a career coach and two years later she became a volunteer member of the Ready Set Board.
Margot holds a Master of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma of Marketing, Bachelor of Commerce, GAICD and FAHRI and is an accredited executive coach.
Margot is currently the General Manager, People and Culture at Nextt, a disability and mental health services provider.
Passionate about the work she does at Nextt and Ready Set, Margot is proud to be part of organisations making a positive impact on the lives of less advantaged people in our community.
Charlotte joined the Ready Set board in late 2021. She is currently the General Manager of Fundraising & Growth at Leukaemia Foundation following 6 years as Chief Fundraising Officer at Movember. She brings over 20 years experience in the non-profit sector and a personal commitment to making a sustainable, positive impact on society.
Charlotte is passionate about the multi-faceted work of Ready Set and its potential to support those who find themselves with multiple barriers to employment.
Cynthia Kralik recently moved out of almost 30 years in international education where she led large teams and portfolios globally in senior executive roles at the commercial arms of RMIT and Monash universities. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been both a Deputy Chair and Chair of a not-for-profit organisation.
She is passionate about all aspects of leadership and relationship building and is motivated by the opportunities that innovations and change can bring to an organisation and its people. She enjoys embarking on new challenges, tackling problems, and finding solutions that are in the best interests of all involved.
Cynthia first came into contact with Ready Set 10 years ago as a volunteer and over the years has observed the enormous impact of this organisation.
Cynthia is genuinely excited about joining Ready Set as its CEO and re-engaging with this wonderful organisation and its team where she hopes she can make a valuable contribution.
A founding volunteer of Ready Set and Volunteer Representative on the board, Julie is deeply committed to the continued growth of our organisation and the integrity of our service.
After a successful career in fashion retail and recruitment, Julie was gaining enormous personal satisfaction at Ready Set. Wanting to take this further, she attained Diplomas in Community Services Work, Case Management and a Certificate IV in Community Services Work.
Julie worked in various roles in the welfare sector before moving to her current role at the Sacred Heart Mission Women’s House in St Kilda, where she sees first-hand the challenges faced by the most vulnerable in our community.
She believes passionately in the capacity of Ready Set to support people facing barriers to succeed in having the life they deserve.
Elizabeth Redfern was elected to the Ready Set board in August 2021 as Volunteer Representative.
Originally from the UK, Elizabeth moved to Australia from Hong Kong in October 2016 and commenced volunteering with Ready Set in 2017. She has over twenty years’ experience in the fields of publishing, marketing and communications, and business development. While in Hong Kong, she headed the Asia-Pacific marketing and communications teams for U.S. based law firms. She also established a boutique consultancy which provided bespoke marketing and PR services to SMEs and multinational companies in Asia.
Drawing on her corporate experience, Elizabeth has worked as an executive coach for the past ten years. Her work crosses industries, geographies and hierarchies and includes corporate and individual clients from professional services, media/PR, human resources, and education. She coaches on a wide variety of areas including career and leadership development, work-life choices and transitions including parental coaching, and communication and presentation. She has a special interest in helping high potential leaders, particularly women, build their personal brand and develop their executive presence and skills to board level. She is passionate about helping her clients change and transform to reach their fullest potential.
She currently volunteers at Ready Set as both a dresser and career coach and loves helping people restart their work journey. Along with her professional expertise, Elizabeth will bring the voice of the volunteers to the board, helping ensure strong connectivity between the volunteer base and the strategic decisions made by the board.
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