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Danny MikatiWe are excited to announce some leadership changes at Bright Employment.

Danny Mikati joins Bright as co-CEO alongside founder and Executive Chairman, Tim Davies and co-CEO Larissa Davies. Danny joins Bright after 17 years’ exemplary service in the NSW Police with the aim of making fundamental changes to communities in welfare and employment. This new role complements his work as director of AusRelief and chairman at Bankstown PCYC. Danny sees the opportunity for Bright’s training and employment programs to transform lives by empowering families with the cornerstone of stability; meaningful employment.

Steve Lewis joins the Bright Employment team as Chief Operating Officer to support the company’s agenda to increase capacity and training capabilities. Steve brings with him a wealth of experience in management, operations and marketing at AMT Group, Microsoft and Nokia both locally and internationally. We also have three new team members with a collective 50 years’ experience in community work.

Bright Employment remains true to our purpose: to turn the welfare cycle around and get people into employment. The same fundamentals and ethos behind the training and employment programs at Wesley Mission’s Edward Eagar Lodge and the GIANTS endure. We continue to open our doors to everyone – refugees, youth at risk, and anyone else who comes our way.

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Danny Mikati joins Bright Employment as joint CEO with the aim of making fundamental changes to communities in welfare and employment. Danny joins Bright after 17 years’ exemplary service in the NSW Police with the new role complementing his work as director of AusRelief and chairman at Bankstown PCYC. Danny sees the opportunity for Bright’s training and employment programs to transform lives by empowering families with the cornerstone of stability; meaningful employment.

Danny seized the opportunity to join Bright as it offers another pathway to his vision of transforming lives through the provision of education and employment where it is needed most – in communities dependent on welfare or missing the essential support to find long-term career prospects.

“Bright has been founded on a vision I firmly believe in – to give people purpose. I’ve spent most of my life in service to community, and know all too well the unrivalled satisfaction and sense of accomplishment that is felt during success.

As a police officer for over 17 years I’ve seen what happens to people when they lose their sense of purpose. Sadly, the results can often end in tragedy. As a volunteer in the community space, both in local charities and humanitarian relief abroad, I’ve seen the desolation of poverty and institutional neglect. Yet those that emerge from this are some of the most resilient and resourceful people on the planet.”

Bright Employment transforms lives by providing industry-tailored training and job placement in hospitality and commercial cleaning. It was founded in 2014 by Tim and Larissa Davies with the aim of helping migrants, refugees and asylum seekers into employment and has now increased capacity to meet the demand for quality training and job assistance among other community groups in Sydney, as well as the huge demand from employers for skilled, qualified and experienced staff. Department of Employment projections indicate an increase in hospitality jobs of 16.9 per cent or 93,600 workers in the next two years.

Danny plans to build the capacity and strength of the programs, seeing a great opportunity for school leavers – the programs offer an alternative pathway to employment. Danny notes, “With the recent changes to NAPLAN and the requirement to achieve band 8 to be able to sit the HSC, there will be an abundance of youths looking to gain the necessary skills to be job-ready and employed in a short time. We are set up to help them.”

Bright runs a youth (17-25) hospitality program at the GIANTS café in Sydney Olympic Park. Students gain skills, hands-on experience and nationally recognised qualifications while providing food service to the athletes and public. Upon graduation, Bright staff support them in finding a job with their café, restaurant and hotel partners across Sydney, including The Star, Assetlink and Chur Burger.

The Bright Hospitality program at Wesley Mission’s Edward Eagar Lodge in Surry Hills offers a truly unique experience with students providing food service to up to 80 residents of this crisis accommodation facility. Students gain skills and qualifications while contributing to positive social and community outcomes.

Danny joins Bright as joint-CEO alongside founder and Executive Chairman Tim Davies and co-CEO Larissa Davies. Steve Lewis has also joined the Bright Employment team as Chief Operating Officer to support the company’s agenda to increase capacity and training capabilities. Steve brings with him a wealth of experience in management, operations and marketing at AMT Group, Microsoft and Nokia both locally and internationally. Both hospitality programs are overseen by Head Chef and Trainer Ty Bellingham.

Tim Davies remains actively involved in Bright Employment as in his role as Executive Chairman and as CEO for Bright Hospitality.

Danny Mikati background

During his tenure with NSW Police, Danny has been awarded for his significant contributions in domestic and family violence, youth, drugs, community engagement, terrorism and child protection. He received a Community Fellowship award from Western Sydney University in April this year for his work in tackling the issues of domestic and family violence and for his contribution to the communities of Greater Western Sydney. He was voted President of the PCYC Management Committee, Bankstown in 2013 and continues to mentor youth, dealing with grass-roots social welfare issues in the hope of creating a future with more well-informed members of the community. He was Operations Manager of the Australian National Sports Club and a martial arts and defence instructor. He is also one of three Directors of AusRelief, a humanitarian aid organisation working in Australia and abroad to provide aid, community and economic development.

Company Information

Bright Employment is a social enterprise whose purpose is to turn the welfare cycle around and get people into employment. We provide best-in-class training followed by employment assistance and opportunities to Australians, new migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Program partners include TAFE NSW, Upskilled, Wesley Mission and the GIANTS.

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