In April we said farewell to Gillian Bremner, as she embarked on the next chapter of her story. Now it is time to introduce a new name into our story – Chief Executive Michael Parker.
Michael is no stranger to Presbyterian Support. After spending time in the banking industry, he moved back to his home town of Timaru in 2001, and was appointed Operations Manager for Presbyterian Support South Canterbury. Michael was promoted to Chief Executive eighteen months later.
Michael applied for the Chief Executive role in Otago as he “felt ready for a change.” He had worked alongside Gillian, and others in the region, on various initiatives over the years and has spent some time in the region.
Michael is looking forward to his time leading Presbyterian Support in Otago. His focus in the first six months is on meeting everyone and building on the strong relationships that exist.
“Gillian’s knowledge has been invaluable during the transition period. I’ve met some really good people, both from within and outside the organisation.”
“The organisation's culture is really strong and this gives me great confidence. I’m keen to become more aware of the wider community that we work for in Otago."
“I believe the services we deliver have to be relevant. The key thing is to move with what people need, not what we think they need.”
“My plan is to continue building on what has already been started, and on the many opportunities that already exist.”
Michael and his wife, Gillian, have moved to Mosgiel. Gillian has transferred her employment to Dunedin.
Michael’s first impressions of living in Dunedin are really positive. From a lady he met walking her cat, to the helpful Post Office woman who remembered his name on multiple visits, to the mihi whakatau (welcome) from Presbyterian Support Otago staff that made him feel so welcomed.
Welcome to Presbyterian Support Otago, Michael. We look forward to creating the next chapter of our story with you.