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Kane Blackman appointed as new CEO

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We are delighted to announce the appointment of our incoming CEO, Mr Kane Blackman. 

Kane has an impressive executive and international career, having held a variety of senior leadership roles in private equity, resources, government and financial services.

He currently holds leadership roles in some of WA’s most influential disability bodies. These skills will be invaluable as we prepare ourselves for our next exciting phase of growth, and to effectively manage various challenges and opportunities within the sector.

Kane's most recent role, prior to this appointment, was as the Senior Executive responsible for Strategy, Customer and Stakeholder Engagement, and Governance for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, which is a State-owned enterprise with $7B in assets and annual revenue of $1.2B that provides insurance to 2 million customers, and care and support to people with disabilities. 

During this time, Kane has driven the Commission’s person-centred approach to improve the independence of people with disabilities. He led the introduction of lifetime care in WA which delivers $200M per year for the disability sector, managed reforms to improve customer experience, and oversaw a multi-million dollar disability/health research program.

As part of his role, he represented the Commission in Parliamentary Committees, Intra / Inter-Government working groups, and advised Ministers and the Government on various social and economic reforms. 

Kane’s earlier executive career experience included a resource company role as Vice-President for Business Support with diverse accountabilities across a portfolio of companies and jurisdictions. Prior to that, Kane held a senior advisory role at the private equity firm, the Sentient Group, and a General Manager (Operations) role at Rosslyn Hill Mining. 

Kane has also had a distinguished board career in the health and disability sector, as a Non-Executive Director for Therapy Focus, the State Government’s Future Health Research and Innovation Fund, and the WA Disability Minister’s Advisory Council. Kane is also Deputy Chair of the national advocacy organisation Rare Voices Australia and the Angelman Syndrome Association Australia, and President of the Leederville Sporting Club. 

Kane’s passion for the sector is informed from his lived experience as a father of a child with disability.  

Kane has completed a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Australia, as well as a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne. Kane has also completed the AICD Company Directors course as well as a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia. Kane is also a chartered company secretary. 

Mr Kane Blackman will join Good Sammy Enterprises from 14 February 2022. 

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