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I had the pleasure to work briefly with David Carvosso and experience his generosity and passion for National Seniors.

However, having been in the role of Chief Executive Officer for such  a short time, I feel it is much more appropriate to acknowledge his achievements in the role of chairman through those who worked side  by side with him on the board.
This is their tribute.

– Dagmar Parsons.

It has been said that a goodbye isn’t painful unless you’re never going to say hello again. So we wish David Carvosso farewell as he retires from his position as both chairman and director of the board of National Seniors Australia, knowing that his dedication and commitment will not cease as he remains active in WA Zone 108, and continues as a member in the WA Policy Advisory Group (PAG).

David took the helm at a time of upheaval, review and renewal, putting aside his own doubts of his ability to fulfill the role.
He did so with total commitment and fidelity and has worked hard, building on firm foundations, to ensure the organisation
is strategically placed to fulfil its role, now and into the future.

During his stewardship, David directed some very significant changes, particularly in matters of governance.

He wanted the organisation to be more representative of its members and also to tap into the talent of those who are not actively involved in zones or branches. The constitution was revised and updated to become more democratic, with greater participation through National Council and PAG members at twice yearly meetings with the board.

A strategic plan for NSA was developed and widely distributed, becoming enshrined throughout the organisation with the board, as well as staff, being measured against the plan on a regular basis. This has positioned NSA for its next growth phase which is intended to be transformational, all the while being more representative of our diverse membership, giving a stronger independent voice to the over 50s.

The board has a diversity of talents with expertise from marketing to law and everything in-between. There is no tokenism in our gender equity. David no longer has to bemoan that only ‘suits’ are applying. As he said to one well qualified male: “I wish you wore a skirt!” We have gender balance and representation of the states and territories.

During his time at the helm, David has represented National Seniors in all manner of forums – state and federal, government and non-government.

In April 2013, he represented both National Seniors and Australia at the Global Ageing and Vision Advocacy Summit in Barcelona, giving our voice to global policy combating eye diseases such as macular degeneration.

But it has not been all work and no play as David really enjoys nothing more than spending some time crabbing in the various rivers and estuaries around Perth, ‘guarding’ his particular haunts from other fisher folk. Another of David’s passions is aircraft. Just ask him and you will find no-one better to explain the various planes in our skies today. He truly is an avid enthusiast.

David has spent considerable time travelling around our vast country, often in collegiate company, making sure our voice is heard above the media and political rhetoric.

In short, if we had to sum up just three or four of David’s runs on the oversight scoreboard for National Seniors, what would they be?

1. The hard-fought Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) reforms;
2. The establishment of the Financial Information Desk after the government discontinued funding for the former National Information Centre on Retirement Investments (NICRI);
3. Constitutional reforms ensuring the ongoing viability of National Seniors, aligning the organisation to best practice in good governance; and
4. The acquisition of the insurance business which has made  a material contribution to the revenue stream of NSA.

The list could go on, but you get the picture.

So finally, for the lad who started out with his first school holiday job weighing and packaging flour, sugar, biscuits and the like, to leading a highly reputable lobby group, providing both services and the voice of its members, while ensuring viability and sustainability, we say ‘well done, mate’.

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2016 edition of 50 something magazine. 

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