Experienced public sector and community services professional Paul Linossier has been appointed the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the new Uniting Church community services organisation due to come into operation on 1 October.
The new organisation will be formed from the merger of 20 UnitingCare agencies and Wesley Mission Victoria (WMV). It will be one of the largest community service providers operating in Victoria and Tasmania.
The network of UnitingCare agencies and WMV operate across metropolitan, regional and remote parts of Victoria and Tasmania, offering a broad range of services and advocacy to support thousands of vulnerable people.
Mr Linossier, currently the CEO of WMV, has more than three decades experience in leading organisational change and systems reform while maintaining a strong commitment to marginalised and vulnerable people.
Inaugural Board Chair designate Bronwyn Pike said she was delighted Mr Linossier had agreed to lead the new organisation given his broad experience.
“Paul is highly regarded in the public and community services sectors with a significant background in Uniting Church and other community service agencies, as well as experience in state government,” she said.
“He will bring to the organisation important skills in the areas of strategic planning and organisational review, which will be important as we seek to establish the new organisation.”
Mr Linossier said he was both humbled and excited by the challenge of leading the new agency.
“UnitingCare agencies have a long history of supporting vulnerable Victorians and Tasmanians,” he said.
“As one unified agency and ministry of the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, this vital support will now be expanded and strengthened.
I am proud to be working together with our agency leaders, dedicated staff, volunteers and community partners to continue to serve and advocate alongside those most in need.”