The Selwyn Foundation announces a range of top-flight appointments to its Board and Executive Leadership Team, as it prepares to excel in its new Social Impact Mission in support of disadvantaged seniors.
With three new Board Members, two newly created positions at Board Committee-level and a new Chief of Social Impact role as part of the Executive, the Foundation now looks forward to significantly expanding its charitable outreach and social impact investment work on behalf of older people who are vulnerable or in need.
Working with the recently appointed Chief Executive Denise Cosgrove who brings a strong history of working in the social investment and impact area, the new-look team will work to leverage gains from the sale of six of Selwyn’s retirement villages earlier this year, in order to achieve real improvements in the lives of vulnerable seniors living in the general community. A new strategic plan will be developed over the next six months, with the focus on delivering practical assistance to the increasing numbers of seniors who are facing extreme difficulties in the areas of loneliness and social isolation, financial hardship, access to affordable housing, and spiritually.
Commenting on the appointments, Selwyn Board Chair Hon David Cunliffe said: ‘We warmly welcome all our new appointees to the Selwyn family. With our strengthened capabilities at governance and operational level, new impetus and greater resources at our disposal, Selwyn will be able to deliver on its Charitable Mission on a scale never before deemed possible.
‘It’s a momentous time in the Foundation’s 68 years of charitable outreach, and we look forward to the incredible opportunity we now have to drive change for good in how we support and enhance the wellbeing of older people in Aotearoa New Zealand in the years to come.’
The new appointees to the Selwyn Board are:
The Right Reverend Te Kītohi Pikaahu ONZM, Bishop of Te Tai Tokerau and faith leader to Mihingare (Māori Anglicans) in Northland and Auckland.
Bishop Kito has served as a priest within Te Tai Tokerau for more than three decades and as a bishop for over twenty years. His vast knowledge and experience of Te Ao Maori will be invaluable, as the Foundation deepens its work amongst tangata whenua across Tamaki Makaurau and Te Tai Tokerau.