Same but unique
October 31, 2019 | People at Mirus Australia
Andrew Farmer is the Chief Executive Officer at Mirus Australia. Andrew drives our strategy which is based on our priorities of growth, focusing on our core value and the future of Mirus Australia. Our vision is to play an essential part in shaping the future of a world-class aged care industry.
Andrew says, “an organisation is like a machine with lots of important components, which all have to work well together for the whole to run smoothly.” So that is what he does; evaluate components, roles, and people, and ensure the machine runs effectively and efficiently.
“We are creating a very clear vision and pathway to profitable growth,” says Andrew. “The key is to build on what we already have, and Mirus Australia has a great foundation. The changes in the industry bring equal challenges and opportunities and my role is to help us choose which ones we will focus on.”
Andrew says through his professional career, he has often ended up in leadership roles without actually intending to! He has often accepted leadership positions when it was clear someone needed to do it, and do it well! However, the CEO position was one of his professional goals, along with the personal goal of growing old with his beautiful wife.
He is the proud father of three girls who are all of school age and one of his hobbies is running after their activities! He is a ‘mad fan’ of the soccer team Manchester United, loves skiing and staying fit. From ages 4 to 13 years old he was a serious gymnast which included competing and he also played soccer from 5 to 18 years old and several other sports during his University years.
Andrew holds an honours degree in Chemistry from The University of Sydney and an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) and is considering the possibility of doing a Ph.D. around business psychology and what makes companies successful, including how they incorporate innovation and change.
Andrew worked for the management consulting firm PwC for nine years, including two and a half years at PwC Canada. He says this was a worthwhile experience as there were many opportunities for learning and growth.
“Human nature makes us all the same, but our perspectives are unique,” is his motto, and figuring out people’s skills, perspectives and views is what Andrew uses to steer us towards our vision of #makingagedcarebetter