Sheryl CarmodyExecutive Director, Mission and Culture
Sheryl has been involved in the community sector in Perth for nearly 40 years with a focus on people who are faced with serious levels of disadvantage. Her professional social work and senior management roles have included research, service delivery, management of innovative projects, workforce supervision and development, organisational and cultural development, partnerships and sector reform work.
Over several decades, working for Ruah Community Services in various senior management roles and establishing its mental health division, she became one of the leaders in WA in getting the recovery vision for mental health on the policy and practice agenda. She has contributed to a broad range of other reform activities, developing a range of innovative community models which included early intervention for young people and children, peer led and Aboriginal specific programs. Sheryl has had a parallel journey and passion for spirituality to sustain and nurture her work in the community and to awaken to the ecological challenges our generation faces. This has included post graduate studies in theology and mission and the pursuit of ongoing spiritual and ecological identity formation opportunities. For her, in the workplace, this brings a strong focus to organisational mission, values, culture, sustainability and spirituality, so that staff experience a positive and supportive environment to carry the organisation’s mission and values into their work activities for the benefit of people and communities.