After four foundational years at the helm, the Honourable Wade Noonan – a pioneer of social procurement in Victoria and passionate advocate of inclusive employment, announced he will retire from the Jobsbank Board, stepping down from his role as Chair.
Under his leadership, Jobsbank grew from a passionate start-up to a strategic, operational model that supports businesses to embed social procurement and create employment opportunities for Victorians with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
In announcing his decision “to hand the baton on”, Wade Noonan pointed to his confidence in CEO Dr Karina Davis and the dedication of the current board to take Jobsbank into the next phase.
“Wade is a pioneer and an inspirational leader, a passionate advocate of inclusive employment,” said Dr Davis. “He has been instrumental in the launch of the Social Procurement Framework and the establishment of an ecosystem that works for a fairer and more equitable Victoria – with jobs for all. On behalf of all the staff and all those who’ve worked with him over the years, we thank him for his vision and dedication.”
Jobsbank Acting Chair Sam Sondhi said, “The Board wishes to formally extend its deepest gratitude to Wade for his passion, unwavering commitment and amazing contribution to Jobsbank, notwithstanding the demands of his career and wishes him every success for the future.” Wade Noonan was in Victorian politics for over a decade, at a time of great change with record population and jobs growth. He served as the Minister for Police and Corrections and the Minister for Industry, Employment and Resources in the first term of the Andrews Government. He is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor External Relations and Partnerships at Victoria University. Jobsbank wishes Wade Noonan the very best for the future and is looking forward to an exciting next chapter. Jobsbank Deputy Chair Sam Sondhi will act as interim Chair of the Board and facilitate the succession planning.