John Swete Kelly appointed new CEO of Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association


Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association is pleased to welcome John Swete Kelly to the role of Chief Executive Officer. John commenced in the role on 30 January and succeeds Ray Epstein OAM who retired in December 2016 after 26 years with the Association, including 18 years at the helm.Photo of John Swete Kelly

John brings a wealth of leadership and executive management expertise to the role, having worked in the Defence and corporate sectors for many years. Through his work with national and international companies, family and private businesses, and government agencies, John has gained extensive experience across a wide range of areas including financial management, operations, marketing, human resources, information systems, strategic planning and business administration.

With a strong track record helping businesses identify and achieve their strategic goals, John is adept at implementing operational initiatives that ensure businesses grow and thrive.

Board President, Amanda Boland is delighted to welcome John to the CEO position.

“John’s leadership and business acumen will be invaluable in leading the Association into a new era. In light of our recent restructure and the many challenges faced by our sector, John’s expertise and drive will be vital in ensuring a strong future for us and our members.”

John’s appointment comes at a significant milestone in the association’s history – its 40th anniversary.

“I am honoured and excited to be leading an organisation that genuinely makes a difference to the lives of people with a disability. I look forward to working with Association members, staff, volunteers and key supporters to meet the challenge of continuing the Association’s long and vibrant history of providing quality services and building inclusive communities.

John’s previous roles and appointments include:

  • Chairman of Coraggio, and two of its advisory boards, where he works with senior leaders to improve their effectiveness.
  • Business Consulting Principal with Crowe Horwath, Brisbane, where he specialised in strategic and business planning, benchmarking, financial and non-financial performance reporting, and mentoring owners and CEOs of family and private businesses.
  • Managing Director, TAFE Institutes (Bremer and Moreton) and General Manager, TAFE Queensland
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