Marcella Romero

Founder and CEO, Arriba Group


Winning women Asia-Pacific Marcella Romero

Marcella Romero is the Founder and CEO of the Arriba Group, a company that believes every individual deserves a better future. And so, it provides quality-allied health and employment services directly to individuals with or without disability, in addition to individuals belonging to various levels of government and private corporations.

Marcella is a strategic, passionate and innovative leader who expanded a one-woman home office to three successful enterprises — Rehab Management, AimBig Employment and LiveBig — with over 350 diverse employees across 98 offices, all working to deliver quality services to its clients. The company, in 2019, was recognized as one of the most innovative health companies in Australia and New Zealand. It was also listed as one of the AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies.

Marcella holds an undergraduate and master’s degree in Health Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney. She is an award-winning chief executive with over 20 years of experience working in Allied Health Services across workplace rehabilitation, disability employment and disability therapy services (under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)). She won the Comcare WHS (Innovation) Award in 2014. Marcella was also the finalist in the 2017 Telstra NSW Entrepreneur Award, Telstra 2019 NSW Business Women’s Awards (Medium and Large Business) and 2017 Health Executive of the Year Award (CEO Magazine ANZ). Recently, she was a finalist in the Australian Growth Company Awards for Women in Leadership (2019) and the 2019 CEO Executive of the Year Award (CEO Magazine ANZ).

“We aim to be Australia’s most progressive people-centric company providing allied health, disability employment services, and therapy and assessment services,” Marcella said. “Our constant innovation helps individuals, companies and the government to give people the opportunity they need — the opportunity to create their own future.”