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The end of an era

Orana’s Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Mihalaras, is stepping down after 14 years at the helm. In August, Mr Mihalaras announced his intention to retire as CEO at the end of the year, ready to hand over the reins to a new person.

During Nick’s tenure as CEO, Orana has grown and matured significantly, establishing a reputation as a stable, secure, and well-respected disability service provider that has never strayed too far from why it was founded more than 71 years ago.

In his 14 years at Orana, Nick has witnessed significant changes, not only leading Orana in its preparation for the full implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), but also significantly expanding our services and programs to ensure its long-term financial stability.

“When I first arrived at Orana, I quickly realised that I had found an organisation where I could learn and give back and be inspired and challenged,” Nick said. “Every day I’m in awe of what this organisation accomplishes and thankful for the people I’ve worked with and for.” Nick continues.

“I will leave happy in the knowledge that Orana is a thriving organisation with great staff dedicated to supporting people with disability to be active members of the community and to live their best life.”

“Nick has achieved a lot over the past 14 years in his role as Chief Executive Officer,” said Orana’s Chair, Mr David Johns.

“Nick has demonstrated, particularly over the last eight years, with the introduction of the NDIS, that while it may be challenging at times, an organisation such as Orana can still remain true to its mission.”

“He has been in charge of the direction of the organisation, negotiated funding and implemented innovative projects that meet the needs of people with disability.” Mr Johns added.

Mr Mihalaras was appointed CEO of Orana in 2007 and under his leadership Orana has experienced extraordinary success and growth. “Nick’s leadership has been pivotal to the continued enhancement of Orana’s reputation as an ethical quality service provider.” Mr Johns added.

Nick came to Orana with a breath of experience in the health and disability sectors and has used his unique set of skills to great effect as CEO.

Nick will leave Orana in a great position with a very strong platform from which to take advantage of the many opportunities available.

“On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Nick for the collaborative, open relationship that he has developed with the Orana Board and wish him every happiness in his retirement.”

“As much as I enjoy working at Orana and the work we do, it is time for someone else to bring their ideas to take it to the next chapter.” Nick said

Orana’s Board is currently in the process of recruiting the next CEO. Nick will remain in his current role until a new CEO has been appointed to ensure a smooth transition.

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