Suicide prevention organisation, Roses in the Ocean’s General Manager Operations and Quality, Kathy Poulton, has won the 2020 McCarthy Mentoring Executive Scholarship.
Sadly, the scholarship comes at an extremely busy time for Poulton as her and her team quickly develop new resources for those in isolation and provide support to crisis services and government bodies who are managing overwhelming demand.
Yet Poulton is more appreciative than ever to have won the scholarship that has been running for eight years. The scholarship offers executives working in not-for-profit or for-purpose organisations a six-month Executive Mentoring Program valued at over $10,000.
“The need for support is so important for so many people right now. For me, having an independent advisor who can provide guidance and a different perspective at such a critical time is amazing.”
“We’ve been growing and evolving at a rapid pace since I started with the organisation two years ago. I’m always learning and am very excited about having my mentor as a sounding board to discuss how I can help others in different and better ways,” explained Kathy Poulton.
As Australia’s leading exponent of lived experience of suicide, Roses in the Ocean collaborates with government and non-government organisations building a trained and supported workforce of empowered individuals with personal, lived experiences of suicide who can provide expertise and skills to all aspects of suicide prevention.
Kathy will be supported by executive mentor, Naomi White, who will draw on her extensive senior executive experience and leadership specialist expertise as MD and Founder of Metamorph Co consultancy.
McCarthy Mentoring’s Executive Director, Sophie McCarthy, said Kathy is a passionate, talented leader doing extraordinary work in very tough times.
“We are delighted to support Kathy through this year’s Executive Mentoring Scholarship. We know the difference mentoring can make to leaders confidence and capability when they have a confidential, independent advisor to test ideas and discuss key issues with. By offering the scholarship, we hope to help leaders affect even greater positive change in the community.”
Roses in the Ocean teaches people it’s okay to reach out to others for support. For anyone who needs help, please contact any of the support services listed here.
Kathy Poulton, General Manager Operations and Quality, Roses in the Ocean (L) and executive mentor, Naomi White, MD and Founder, Metamorph Co (R)