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Blake Sinclair

BLAKE SINCLAIR

National Operations Director at the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)

Awarded a scholarship for ACU's Masters of Business Administration (Executive), 2014


What sort of work does your organisation do?

The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) is a NFP organisation which works with Indigenous high school kids to give them the skills, aspiration and support to finish school at the same rate as the national average.  AIME operates at universities across Australia linking Indigenous high school students with university students in a mentoring relationship designed to help the students tackle issues they may be facing as well as prepare them for the next stages of their education.

Describe a typical day's work.

My role is to work with all of our 20 university sites across the country and the entire program team to ensure that sessions are run to the highest quality. I work across all aspects of training, preparation and staff management to ensure we are achieving the best results as a team for the stakeholders we work with. I spend a typical day either at our office in Redfern answering emails, on the phone, in strategy meetings or out at university sites overlooking session days or meeting with university stakeholders.

What were some of the key learnings from the MBA Executive course?

The MBA Executive course at ACU has been life changing and the skills I have gained have enabled me to be a better manager and employee for AIME. The courses around Ethical Leadership, Change Management and Knowledge Management have been of most benefit to my current role with very practical skills acquired, which I can apply directly to my role. My most practical learnings have been focused around how I lead my team in a way, which is ethical, practical and authentic.

How has it impacted / changed / benefited your role and your organisation as a whole?

I think the course has benefited the organisation by being an added injection of knowledge and confidence from myself. I’m able to run training courses for my organisation on such topics as Change Management, Knowledge Management and Ethical Leadership.The course has given me extra confidence and skill to manage my team and try get the best out of myself and my team.

Studying and working full-time has been quite a balancing act, but I have managed to stay on top of my work and study. This has encouraged others within my workplace to take on Masters studies while they work full time..

How did you come to be working in the not-for-profit sector?

I used to work at CommSec and Colonial First State before joining the NFP sector.  I joined the NFP sector because of a desire to learn more about Indigenous Australia and use my skills and enthusiasm to be part of a rewarding job which changes the lives of the students we work with.  I wanted to take a risk and see what other jobs were out there and I’ve found working for AIME to be a rewarding and life changing experience.

What do you feel is most needed to sustain and build the impact of the not-for-profit sector?

I think it’s vital for organisations to share and communicate their success with the wider public in an effective way whilst staying highly accountable and transparent to all stakeholders.

What is something interesting / unique / unusual about you?

My work/study/life balance is really important to me, so I make sure that I surf or swim in the ocean every day before work.  I find it hard to have a bad day after getting in the water to start the day.


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"The MBA Executive course at ACU has been life changing and the skills I have gained have enabled me to be a better manager and employee for AIME."


ABOUT BLAKE:

Blake's current role is to provide program and training leadership across the entire AIME program nation-wide to ensure that AIME is delivering the highest quality program to all the stakeholders they work with.

In 2013, Blake was awarded a scholarship for ACU's Graduate Certificate and in March 2014, ASF awarded Blake a scholarship to complete the remainder of his MBA Executive course at ACU.

ABOUT AIME:

Annual revenue / size:

Large: $5m - $25m pa

Segment of NFP sector:

Education & Research

Operating in:

NSW

Website:

http://aimementoring.com/