Supporter gets a job as manager
Scott Nicholson has been a supporter of Empowermentnz since its inception.
“I didn’t think in my wildest dreams that I’d end up working for them.”
But that is what’s happened, with Scott now in his third week as the organisation’s first general manager.
Trustee Judy Abrahams says everyone is excited about the appointment and it will ease the load for others.
“There’s so much going on in the hub every time we open because so many people are coming in needing help. Everybody is so busy doing that and are not able to step back and coordinate the whole thing,” she says.
There is already a foodbank manager and a social work manager.
“We haven’t had anybody to take responsibility for all the funding applications and the general workings of the whole thing. There has been a lot of pressure, particularly on the social work manager, to do the funding applications,” says Judy.
That role now falls to Scott, as will developing policies, reporting to the Charities Commission and progressing the trust’s housing initiatives.
Scott is a former church minister and also has extensive experience in the business world.
“I came through the ranks in IT companies and started off as an IT consultant, but ended up working in finance and strategy for IT companies. Then I worked for Bethlehem Tertiary Institute as their business manager.”
He was also a minister at the Coolstore church in Te Puke until the end of last year.
He was shoulder-tapped and asked if he would throw his name into the hat for the general manager role.
One of the first things he did was to attend one of Empowermentnz’s Wednesday evening community dinners.
“Just hearing people’s passion and their stories, that made me excited,” he says.
Scott will be looking at the trust’s vision and develop strategies to move things forward. “Empowermentnz had been going nearly two years and it’s grown fast. A big part of [my role] is taking some time to consolidate the systems and things around that growth to enable the next phase of growth.”
Scott says he wanted to do something that had more meaning for him and that was actually investing into the lives of people.
“The fact that it’s in Te Puke, in my community, is even better.”
A big part of [my role] is taking some time to consolidate the systems and things around that growth to enable the next phase of growth.’
SCOTT NICHOLSON Empowermentnz general manager
Empowermentnz’s new general manager Scott Nicholson.