PSSC head heads south

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Presbyterian Support South Canterbury (PSSC) chief executive Michael Parker will take up a new role as chief executive of Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) in March.

Mr Parker has been with PSSC since 2001, initially as operations manager, before taking over as chief executive from Graeme Nind in 2003.

During Mr Parker’s time as chief executive, PSSC has grown to become one of the largest locally-owned organisations in South Canterbury, employing 420 staff with an annual turnover of $16 million and assets of $46 million.

Presbyterian Support South Canterbury operates three residential aged-care facilities – The Croft, Margaret Wilson Complex and Wallingford Home in Temuka – along with a large community services operation providing home-based care. Through Family Works, PSSC also provides social work, counselling and family-focused programmes.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of this new role and also wish to acknowledge the great team I have been privileged to lead during my time with PSSC. As PSSC approaches its 100th year of community care, our organisation is well placed to continue the important role we play in supporting South Canterbury people,” Mr Parker said.

“I look forward to maintaining strong links with PSSC in my new role with Presbyterian Support Otago.”

PSO operates eight residential aged-care facilities from Oamaru to Balclutha and inland to Wanaka under the Enliven aged-care brand, along with charity shops and community-based services for older people. PSO also provides family-focused services under the Family Works service brand.

Mr Parker will leave his current position in late February.

Presbyterian Support South Canterbury board chairman Eoin Powell said the board would be considering a recruitment programme for a new chief executive in due course.

“The PSSC board wish Michael well in his new position and thank him for his valuable contribution to Presbyterian Support South Canterbury,” Mr Powell said.