A chat with The Common Good’s new CEO, Steve Francia
The Common Good

A chat with The Common Good’s new CEO, Steve Francia

Steve Francia joined The Common Good as Chief Executive Officer in March 2023. The Common Good’s Communication & Media Officer, Isabella Zaini, sat down with Steve to hear about his first few weeks as CEO and what he is most excited about for the year ahead.

Isabella Zaini:          

“Welcome to The Common Good Steve.”

Steve Francia:

“Thanks, Isabella, I’m very happy to be here. In fact, I couldn’t wait to start.”

Isabella Zaini:

“Can you share any first impressions?”

Steve Francia:

“I see The Common Good as a special, people-based organisation that has, with the incredible support of the community, helped dedicated and driven researchers continue to do their work and make life-changing progress in areas that matter. This, in turn, helps not just people here at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane’s northside or at the Caboolture Hospital; but it helps people around the entire world. That’s pretty special”.

Isabella Zaini:

“Steve, you have come to The Common Good with experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, and with that have had leading roles at LifeFlight Foundation, Mater Foundation, and the national Surf Life Saving Foundation. What attracted you to The Common Good?”

Steve Francia:

“There are a number of special things that The Common Good does and offers. And I say that because I have watched and experienced that for several years as a local community member and donor of The Common Good.

I lived locally for more than 15 years and have known our former CEO Michael Hornby for an even longer time. I’ve actually worked with Michael before, so I understand his values and desire to make big impacts. As a former colleague, I know how dedicated Michael was. He loves The Common Good and put significant time, focus and energy into it to ensure it was a “doing” organisation.

Michael left a culture that – whether it be patients, researchers, members of our community or our internal staff – is people-focused, and my number 1 goal is to ensure we continue that.

Isabella Zaini:

“It’s already been a busy first few months of 2023, and no doubt this will continue until the end of the year …. and beyond!?”

Steve Francia:

“It sure has been a busy start, and yes, I’m sure that will continue. I’m particularly excited about the launch of the Tradie Health Institute in June. It is the concept of collaboration that drives me more than anything at this point. There are a lot of people doing things to tackle silicosis and occupational lung disease and improve the lives of those suffering, and I think the main thing that The Common Good has shown with this world-first research establishment is to acknowledge that people need to collaborate to be able to attack this thing and make the most significant impact.”

Isabella Zaini:

“Thanks, Steve. Any last thoughts?”

Steve Francia:

“I’m incredibly proud to be the CEO of The Common Good, and I’m incredibly excited about what the future holds.

Thank you to our community for their support. Your friendship, connection and generosity are absolutely cherished, and what is crystal clear to me is that the positive, life-changing outcomes we achieve wouldn’t be possible without you, so thank you.

Published: April 13, 2023

Related news & events

The journey from the Cycle of Giving to the Tour de Brisbane

The Common Good

The journey from the Cycle of Giving to the Tour de Brisbane

In 2006, Mary and Mal Long started an event called Cycle of Giving to show their gratitude to Mal’s donor family and medical team.

Find out more

Chain Reaction Challenge 2024: Helping Kids visiting The Prince Charles Hospital

The Common Good

Chain Reaction Challenge 2024: Helping Kids visiting The Prince Charles Hospital

In March, dozens of cyclists from Brisbane will take part in a 1000 km cycle in and around Adelaide for the Chain Reaction Challenge 2024.

Find out more

30-year-old heart transplant recipient’s journey to the 2024 Tour de Brisbane

Heart Disease

30-year-old heart transplant recipient’s journey to the 2024 Tour de Brisbane

A Perth father who received a heart transplant three years ago is preparing to take part in the 2024 Tour de Brisbane. Read more about his journey and support his ride here.

Find out more

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2024

The Common Good

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2024

This February, we acknowledge International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2024 and some of the remarkable women who are making a difference in STEM.

Find out more

Marfan and Aortopathy Conference Brisbane 2024

The Common Good

Marfan and Aortopathy Conference Brisbane 2024

The Marfan and Aortopathy Conference Brisbane 2024 is on Saturday, April 20, at The Prince Charles Hospital. Click here for more details.

Find out more

What is Marfan Syndrome?

The Common Good

What is Marfan Syndrome?

What is Marfan Syndrome? It affects about 1 in 5000 people across the globe, and for some, it can lead to serious or even life-threatening complications. Learn more here.

Find out more

The Café for The Common Good finds new home at Caboolture Hospital

Social Enterprise

The Café for The Common Good finds new home at Caboolture Hospital

Caboolture Hospital Café: In exciting news, our café has a new home in the hospital’s recently opened Clinical Services Building.

Find out more

Take a walk down Memory Lane at The Prince Charles Hospital

Ageing

Take a walk down Memory Lane at The Prince Charles Hospital

At The Prince Charles Hospital, patients and their families are encouraged to take a trip down the newly completed ‘Memory Lane’. Read about the impactful project here.

Find out more

2023 Year in Review

The Common Good

2023 Year in Review

The Common Good’s 2023 Year in Review: It’s been an impactful year thanks to our phenomenal supporters! Click here to read all about it.

Find out more