WESLEY Mission Victoria recently appointed Paul Linossier to the role of Chief Executive Officer.
Paul will begin at the helm of the organisation on December 14 replacing interim CEO Gary Henry, who took over the reins in May.
Acting board chairwoman Raelene Thompson said the board is delighted 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,” Raelene said.
“Under Paul’s 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.”
Paul joins Wesley from Our Watch, formerly the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children, where he has been a CEO since 2013.
Paul is highly regarded in the public and community services sector and was previously an Executive Director at Kildonan UnitingCare from 1985-1991.
He has also held notable leadership roles including CEO of Mackillop Family Services, Executive Director of Early Childhood Development with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and Executive Director, Vulnerable Children’s Strategy.
Upon accepting the role, Paul acknowledged the strong link between Wesley Mission Victoria and the people of Melbourne, dating as far back as 1893.
“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,” Paul 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.”
Paul’s appointment comes after Rob Evers stepped down from the role after three-and-a-half years.