After a twenty-year career serving as an Officer in the Royal Australian Navy, Stephen Becsi became the Bethanie Group Deputy Chief Executive in 2000. During his time at Bethanie, Stephen was the CEO of Bethanie Housing Ltd, as well as the Chief Development Officer for Bethanie Projects, overseeing the creation of new business opportunities through developments and acquisitions. During this period he managed a construction program of over $100 million which translated into an increase in Staff from 390 to 1700.
In 2009, Stephen was identified by the Royal Australian Navy as one of the very few uniquely qualified people in Australia capable of leading the biggest Strategic Reform Program in the history of Australia. Thus, after serving 9 years at Bethanie, he was seconded by the Royal Australian Navy as the Director Strategic Reform Program (SRP), contributing to Defence SRP by delivering savings of $2.8bn in operating efficiencies as part the Navy’s contribution to the Defence Departments $20bn in savings.
After completing his secondment, Stephen returned to Bethanie and was appointed as Chief Executive in February 2011. The Bethanie Group is a provider of aged care services and accommodation including residential aged care, community aged care, retirement living and community affordable housing. As one of WA’s largest providers of aged care services, Bethanie has been providing care to the WA community for 60 years. During the three years that he was the CEO, Bethanie was named a Finalist for Western Australian Company of the year in HR at the AIM WA Pinnacle Awards 2013, and Stephen was named a finalist for the CEO of the Year 2013 by the CEO Magazine, finalist in the Australian Human Resource Institute Lynda Gratton CEO of the Year 2013, and winner of the ACI Aged Care Industry most Influential Business Leader of the year 2013. Bottom line results improved by 300%, Clinical non-compliances reduced to zero, social justice results trebled, retention of staff improved, and Bethanie’s culture score improved by 108%. The successes achieved were a result of his focus on Culture and the need for all staff to positively demonstrate specific “signature behaviours” which are directly related to the CEO’s vision and the business objectives of the organisation. The six signature behaviours that all Bethanie staff from the Chairman to the part-time employee had to live and breathe became the foundation of the culture.
In March 2014 Stephen commenced a new chapter in his working life. Stephen took a bold but exciting new step of investing in Pulse Australasia, the company that was an integral part of the Culture Transformation program of the Royal Australian Navy and Bethanie.