The CEO of a leading insurance and technical support organisation based locally has been named as the state’s top leader.
At a special awards ceremony in Sydney on 19 September, Belinda Smith was announced as the Institute of Managers and Leaders State Winner (NSW) Leader/Manager in the Australian Leadership Excellence Awards.
The award recognises Belinda’s work as CEO for Rapid Solutions in developing a collaborative approach for the development of a new strategic plan. The plan has helped to further position the Newcastle based organisation within the insurance, technical training and pest management sector.
Growth in the sector and the Rapid Solutions business saw the organisation continuously expand in its Australian and New Zealand marketplaces the past few years.
Belinda joined the group earlier in 2017 and immediately moved to design a new strategic plan in collaboration with the Rapid Solutions’ team of more than 35 people. The plan was implemented in April this year and provides customers, staff and other stakeholders with more accessible and agile approaches to the delivery of its insurance and technical training services and products.
Chairman of Rapid Solutions, Steve Garrett said the award was testament to Belinda’s outstanding leadership qualities.
“Belinda has been instrumental in repositioning the company to meet increased customer demand while planning and implementing innovative ways to deliver services,” Steve said.
“The award particularly acknowledges her skills in working across the business, setting and implementing strategy, defining culture, decision making, ethical leadership and inclusion, networking and people mentoring and management.”
Belinda said that the award honoured the work of the team.
“The Rapid Solutions team has worked tirelessly to help set a strategy and then implement significant changes to the business to drive our competitive ability. They do this keeping our customers at the centre of the process,” Belinda said.
Rapid Solutions was established just over 25 years ago and is a leader in providing tailored insurance solutions for the niche property services market, including pest management, building inspection, agricultural pest and weed control services in Australia and New Zealand. It also provides technical advice and industry recognised training solutions for these sectors.
IMAGE | CEO of Rapid Solutions, Belinda Smith, has been recognised as top leader in NSW.