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Sinead Hourigan's reflections on two years as Board President

 Time certainly flies when you are having fun.


As my term as RCSA’s president draws to a close in November, I wanted to reflect on and share with our valued members, colleagues and friends some of my fondest memories and learnings during this time.


It’s been such a pleasure to act as RCSA’s president and work with such a special group of people who are truly ‘leading in the world of work’.


For the past two years, I’ve been fortunate to speak with RCSA CEO Charles Cameron for an hour every Monday afternoon to discuss strategy, policy positions, advocacy and any other topical issue which comes up in our weekly meeting.


It’s these catch ups I will reflect back on fondly, as they provided me with a real opportunity to get to know our CEO and provided a unique platform for us to push each other in the right direction to get the best outcomes for our members, our RCS-A team and our industry as a whole. 


For anyone who doesn’t know Charles; he loves a sporting analogy and is a confirmed cricket tragic. It’s with this in mind I’ll combine two of his favourite things with the words of Rahul Dravid, “what drew me towards team sport was the camaraderie and the friendship. The chance to celebrate victory and success with a group of other people is something I have always enjoyed doing.” 


This quote perfectly reflects how I have felt working with RCSA as it shows what the difference a great team can make. The commitment and passion this team displays for our industry every day is second to none.


Another exceptional memory was the two day strategy session we held for the Board and senior leadership team earlier this year in RCSA’s new and much improved offices.

Taking on the role of President taught me many things, but the most important thing I learned over the past two years was that my opinion always needed to come last and for all of my fellow A-type personalities out there, you will appreciate that this can be a challenge! 


I spent the two days scribbling ideas furiously on whiteboard walls, covering everything from superannuation thresholds for temporary workers through to the ever-pervasive double-dipping issue.


I walked away from this experience with the conviction and confidence that we have a strong group of people with a variety of ideas and a willingness to share them.  I feel confident that we have an energised and passionate board who will continue to lead our members in the right direction for many years to come. I’m proud and humbled to have had the opportunity to be part of it.


There have been many great achievements for the association this year and they all deserve a mention.


They range from the influence the RCSA has had in the changes made to the remuneration threshold for 457 visas for recruitment consultants to the amendments under consideration for the South Australian Labour Hire Licensing.