Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Intereach has a new chief


Intereach has announced the appointmen­t of its new chief executive officer.

Outgoing Intereach board chair Pat Fogarty — in one of her last duties in the role — said they were delighted to announce that Rick Lawford had taken up the position of CEO. Mr Lawford started in the role on Monday.

Mr Lawford has nearly 30 years’ experience in CEO and leadership positions across a vast range of aged, youth, disability, social enterprise and community services, with specific involvemen­t targeting greater independen­ce, connectedn­ess, wellness and enablement. His experience stretches across rural, regional and metropolit­an settings.

“During the recruitmen­t process, along with his diverse experience, Rick demonstrat­ed significan­t leadership talents within state and national peak bodies and special purpose sector forums,” Mrs Fogarty said.

While Mr Lawford will be based at the organisati­on’s administra­tive headquarte­rs in Deniliquin, he has committed to work from all other Intereach offices on an ongoing basis.

“He is especially keen to visit all our 17 offices within the first 60 days of his tenure to meet as many staff and volunteers as possible, within the confines of any COVID restrictio­ns of course,” Mrs Fogarty said.

Mr Lawford said he was looking forward to taking on the challenges of leading the consolidat­ion of Intereach’s recent growth, as well as achieving future growth and diversity throughout regional NSW and Victoria.

“I am genuinely excited by the opportunit­y to contribute to Intereach’s continued success and expanding its engagement with stakeholde­rs to build equitable, connected and resilient communitie­s that inherently care for their vulnerable members,” he said.

“I look forward to ensuring our culture continues to support this endeavour through the emergence of exceptiona­l leadership from within and a genuinely challengin­g, well-resourced and enjoyable environmen­t for all our valued employees, volunteers and partners.”

Mrs Fogarty said she wanted to acknowledg­e incoming chair Rob Brown “who volunteere­d significan­t hours ensuring a rigorous process achieved a great outcome with the CEO appointmen­t”.

Mr Brown was elected chair unopposed at the monthly Intereach board meeting, held last Thursday.

Mrs Fogarty said it was always her intention to step down as chair at the upcoming Intereach Annual General Meeting in October, however the recruitmen­t of a new CEO had “brought it forward”.

“This allows a new chair to start afresh with the new CEO, as opposed to me working closely with Rick for a few months and then standing down from the role,” she said.

“This just seemed like the sensible thing to do. I’ll obviously remain on the board and support Rob and Rick with this transition.”

Mrs Fogarty also acknowledg­ed the commitment, support and hard work of Acting CEO Yvette Buhagiar and the entire senior leadership team during the recruitmen­t period.

“They ensured it was business as usual, while still facing the challenges of the pandemic. In fact, I would like to thank all staff and volunteers for their continued commitment to Intereach and their communitie­s.”

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 ??  ?? ■ New Intereach CEO Rick Lawford.
■ New Intereach CEO Rick Lawford.

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