Mr Mak is an experienced leader with a long history as a senior executive both inside and outside the social services sector.
Recently employed as CEO of Finlaysons, one of Adelaide’s leading commercial law firms, he was also the first non-doctor to be appointed as CEO of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and was CEO at SA Heart – a world class health organisation at the forefront of advances in cardiology.
“Gerry is an experienced CEO with substantial management experience across the private, not-for-profit and public sectors and we are fortunate to have such a smart and articulate individual join our organisation,” UCCO board chair, Michael Lanyon said.
“Our sector is moving into a very exciting new phase and I have no doubt that Gerry’s strong governance expertise, his strategic outlook and emphasis on sustaining a competitive advantage will be a tremendous asset to the organisation.”
Mr Mak said he was passionate about taking on a role in which he could utilise his commercial acumen in a community-focussed context.
“UCCO has a great reputation as a progressive, values-based agency and I am honoured to be taking on the role during such an exciting time,” Mr Mak said.
“The organisation already has an experienced and capable executive team in place and I am looking forward to working with them to take the organisation into its next phase of its long and illustrious history.”