Rebecca Adam has recently joined DCA in a newly created role as Executive General Manager, Strategy and Projects. CEO Damian Lacey says, “We are thrilled to have Rebecca as part of DCA’s leadership team. Rebecca has joined us at a very exciting time as we have recently commenced a review of our strategic directions. Rebecca is making a most valuable contribution, bringing fresh eyes to this work. She will play a key role in the roll out of what is shaping up to be a significant new direction for us.”
Rebecca comes to DCA with a wealth of professional experience and personal insights. She is third generation deaf and all three generations have been involved with Deaf Children Australia. Rebecca says, “My grandmother was a qualified teacher who could sign so she taught the students and other teachers here during the war. My father, Mac Adam, looked up to her. My grandfather was a gardener and looked after the grounds. Mac was a student at these premises and he was on Deaf Children Australia’s Board for many years.
“When I was at university, I applied to DCA for funding, which was provided through the Nelson & Brook Educational Trusts. That funding helped me get through my law degree. I became a lawyer after many years of dreaming and a lot of hard work. DCA played an important role and was a very positive influence in my life. So my passion comes from many years of support from people and organisations around me.
“I am pleased to be able to give back to DCA through my corporate background and my experience in delivering services and working at a strategic level in a number of organisations. I am very enthusiastic about leadership and innovation in providing services to customers. As we work through our strategic planning, I look forward to finding out exactly what it is that deaf children need from us, and tailoring our services to meet those needs.”
Rebecca has been admitted to practice as a solicitor and barrister with the Supreme Court of Victoria and has worked at a senior level with IBM for many years. She is a Board member, International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) and has been Vice President, Victorian Deaf Society, President, Deaf Sports Australia and Director, Australian Caption Centre in the past. As Chair of the Legal Commission of the International Committee of Deaf Sports, she oversaw the successful delivery of the 2013 Deaflympic Games in Bulgaria.
Rebecca has also been a Member of The Australian Government Attorney General’s Disability Discrimination Act Standards Project, a Member of The Department of the Attorney General and Justice NSW Disability Council and National President, Human Rights Commission at the XIIIth Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf in 1999.