Sup­porter gets a job as man­ager

Te Puke Times - - News - By STU­ART WHI­TAKER [email protected]­

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.

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