Wesley Mission Victoria appoints new CEO

paul linossierWesley Mission Victoria has appointed Paul Linossier as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Linossier joins Wesley Mission Victoria from Our Watch, where he served as the inaugural CEO since 2013. Our Watch aims to prevent violence against women and children in Australia.

Mr Linossier has worked in the community and public sectors for many than 30 years and has significant experience in the Uniting Church. He was director of Harrison Youth Services (now UnitingCare Harrison) from 1980 to 1985 before becoming executive director of Kildonan UnitingCare from 1985 to 1991. He also held significant roles in the former presbyteries of Yarra Valley and Burke.

Other leadership roles include CEO of Mackillop Family Services, executive director of Early Childhood Development with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and executive director of the Vulnerable Children’s Strategy.

Ms Raelene Thompson, acting board chairperson, welcomed Mr Linossier’s appointment.

“On behalf of the board, I welcome Paul to Wesley,” she said.

“We are delighted that Paul has accepted the role. It marks a new and exciting phase in Wesley’s proud history of meeting emerging societal needs as we face the significant social justice challenges of the time.

“Under his leadership we are confident that Wesley will continue to be guided by our values of hope, compassion and justice, and build a community where all people can participate with dignity and hope.”

On accepting the role, Mr Linossier paid tribute to Wesley Mission Victoria’s long history of supporting vulnerable people. Wesley Mission Victoria was founded in 1893 by the Methodist Church of Australia in response to the severe economic depression in Melbourne during that period.

“I’m proud to join an organisation that has a strong history of advocacy for social reform and that seeks every day to live out its core values,” Mr Linossier said.

“I look forward to working with the Wesley Board and staff, supporters and partner agencies as we shape a contemporary and evolving response to the demands and challenges of the next decade.”

Mr Linossier replaces interim CEO Mr Gary Henry, who has been leading the organisation since May 2015, following the departure of Mr Rob Evers. He will commence his role from 14 December 2015.

Image obtained from Twitter.

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