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Barnardos welcomes new Group Manager

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Barnardos welcomes new Group Manager

Barnardos is extending a warm welcome to its new Group Manager for Central/Southern Region.

Mark Wells has taken over from Pat Watson to lead the Central/Southern team, which covers the lower North Island and the South Island.

“One of the things that brought me to Barnardos was that it is an agency which is robust and is in a really wonderful position to play an increasing and significant role in the delivery of social services in this country,” says Mark.

His goals for the position are to ensure provision of quality early childhood services with a distinctly Barnardos brand and also to ensure access to a range of family social services in support of safe, strong families.

Mark brings to Barnardos a depth of experience of senior leadership roles in the not for profit sector, and says his client focused leadership style will be utilised well within the organisation.

“I came from a similar role in Relationship Services. Both organisations make a significant contribution to the non-Government sector, employing professional staff who are committed to and passionate about their work. They also face the traditional challenges of not for profit organisations - maintaining financial viability!

“I worked there for eight years and had a significant involvement in its development as an organisation.

His appointment comes just in time for him to lend his support to the Barnardos Annual Appeal, which takes place between the 4th and 10th March.

“I think it is critical to support community based organisations,” says Mark. “Especially ones like Barnardos, who strive to create positive early childhood experiences for children and community wellness in terms of general social service provision.”

ENDS. Media Contact: Stephen Doran, Communications Officer
(04) 385-7560 or 021 104-1946

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