A former Google director has joined the executive team at allied health and meal preparation service Kinela, which has experienced a boom in demand in recent years and during the coronavirus pandemic
The NDIS-registered provider has announced the appointment of David Heymann as its Chief Operating Officer, saying he will lead the organisation through its next chapter on the back of a dramatic increase in demand for support services, triggered most recently by COVID-19.
The organisation was established in 2014 and currently delivers meals to the home of older Australians and people living with a disability, as well as providing telehealth services for people needing dietician, speech pathology and OT services.
Mr Heymann previously held senior roles with the internet giant, including most recent as Director of Partnerships Strategy and Operations.
He says there is currently enormous potential for creative organisations in the disability sector to innovate on traditional delivery, grow successful businesses and improve access to essential health and wellbeing services for those who need them most.
“It’s a truly exciting time to be joining the Kinela team as we look to scale our business and positively impact more Australians,” he said.
Kinela founder and CEO Karn Ghosh said the hire marked the a new step for the company as is developed new products and pursued new growth plans.
“As we continue to expand our operations and explore new ways to best support our nation’s vulnerable communities, David’s extensive experience, passion and dedication to innovation, customer experience and strategic partnerships will prove invaluable,” he said.
Kinela’s revenue has grown more than 150 per cent a year since 2017 and experienced huge growth in its customer base and food orders in the last year. It has also experienced growth of almost 200 per cent in allied health hours delivered since last June.
Mr Ghosh puts the company’s success down to its modern attitude and person-centric approach to health and wellbeing.
Kinela also maintains partnerships with food charities Foodbank and SecondBite.
Image: David Heymann (L) with Karn Ghosh