This month we caught up with Bec Lyons, Coordinator Community Experience at City of Charles Sturt about her career, the leadership excellence awards and what she is looking forward to working on in the future.
What is your role and what does it entail?
I’m responsible for the strategic leadership of the Community Experience team across 5 Libraries in the City of Charles Sturt. A key part of my role is coordinating operations across community facilities and our frontline teams and driving business improvement projects to ensure our community has access to resources and opportunities to learn and connect.
What is your career background?
I’m passionate about leading dynamic innovative teams, implementing change and creating spaces that reflect their specific place and people. I’ve been privileged to have spent the last 20 years working in a diverse range of roles across the arts, community development, disaster resilience and local government sectors. I have edited an arts & culture magazine, established not-for-profits, curated arts and literary festivals, launched youth radio shows and run community facilities including community centres, turtle conservation centres, community swimming pools and libraries.
One of the most rewarding challenges of my career, and what truly shaped me as a leader, was when I moved to Sri Lanka to work with AusAid. I spent over a decade leading disaster resilience and community cultural development projects following the Indian Ocean Tsunami.
You were awarded Emerging Leader of the Year at the 20th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards earlier this year – what advice would you give to someone thinking of nominating for a leadership excellence award?
Believe in yourself! To say I was humbled by the experience is an understatement. Being recognised through the Leadership Excellence Awards gave me a huge boost of confidence and the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate my leadership journey.
Can you share with us any exciting projects you’re currently working on?
We are set to open our first integrated community facility, Ngutungka West Lakes, in early 2022. This is the first time we have brought together our Library and Community Development teams under one roof to provide a seamless community experience through the integration of our services, activities and programs. It is an exciting time for our organisation and community and I’m so proud to be a part of it.
The beginning of a new year is fast approaching, do you have some future goals in the pipeline?
We have recently started engaging with stakeholders and the wider Henley community as we work towards our second community hub for Charles Sturt. I will be leading the second stage of this project for Community Connections and am so excited to be working with our community to create a place where people can come together to share knowledge, connect and be inspired.
Finally, what do you like to do in your leisure time?
I have a 9-year old; my leisure time these days typically involves Marvel movies and skate parks!