Mildura Weekly : Friday January 20 Vol 11 No 11
28 news MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 MALLEE Accommodation and Support Program (MASP) has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer in respected local administrator Gary Simpson. Mr Simpson is the second CEO in MASP’s his- tory, replacing the long-serving Doug Tonge, who retired this year. Mr Simpson leaves a role as executive manager Service Support at Sunraysia Community Health Ser- vices, as well as working in several large workforce recruitment and training organisation, including Sunraysia Murray Group Training (SMGT). He is also an active member of the Sunraysia community, acting in several roles across the munici- pality. He is the director of the Merbein and District Community Bank, chair of the Sunraysia Academy of Sport, serves on Mildura’s Community Safety and Roadsafe committees and is a member of the Re- search, Evaluation and Measuring Committee of the Northern Mallee Community Partnership. Mr Simpson said there were useful parallels to draw from his experiences in Sunraysia’s training sec- tor during a period of rapid reform. “I think MASP is now facing some similar chal- lenges as we did at SMGT during the workforce training reforms several years ago,” he said. “It’s a challenge, yes, but it’s also an opportunity to posi- tion ourselves as a lead organisation for a changing future. “It’s exciting because it presents us with an op- portunity to be a strong and influential player in the Mallee.” MASP chair, Greg Leslie, said Mr Simpson would step into the role at a critical period for the organisa- tion and the community services sector. “It’s a really challenging time with a raft of gov- ernment reforms on the table, including the Road- map to Reform recommendations from the Fam- ily Violence Royal Commission, the Commission for Children and Young People’s “as a good parent would” (Geary) Report and the National Disability Insurance Scheme,” Mr Leslie said. “There is substantial structural and competitive change already happening which will continue to have implications for the future of services like MASP. “We’re confident Gary is the right person to nur- ture and grow that strong partnership in the long- term and secure MASP’s role of supporting the com- munities of the Mallee region.” MASP appoints its new CEO • WELCOME: Mallee Accommodation and Support Program has appointed local administrator Gary Simpson, right, as its new Chief Executive Officer. Gary is pictured with MASP chair, Greg Leslie. Green&Gold MILDURA PHONEBOOK produced by local people, for local people T 5021 1777 | F 5021 1733 | 424 San Mateo Avenue, Mildura E email@example.com | www.milduraphonebook.com.au App Store Google Play Keep a look out for your copy. NOW BEING DELIVERED across Sunraysia.
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