Hobson Leavy and The Auckland City Mission Board are very pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Farrelly as the Chief Executive Officer and City Missioner for the City Mission.
Chris has a long history of working with the poor and marginalised in Asia, Australia and New Zealand and has managed a number of health and social service organisations and programmes.
Chris is currently the CEO of Manaia Health PHO in Northland, a position he has held for the past 13 years. Manaia Health has 96,000 people enrolled in its services and extends its focus beyond clinical service delivery to also address the key social determinants of poor health such as poverty, substandard housing, and unemployment. Chris has led a number of programmes in these areas including a large housing insulation project, and the close working with Fonterra to bring back free milk into New Zealand schools.
Chris spent many years living in a South Korean slum where he led a number of health and social development programmes. Since returning home he has worked in the area of HIV-AIDS prevention and care, and hospital and health management.
Other areas of interest for Chris include, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and addressing inequity, partnership with Maori, mediation and conflict resolution. He has a number of academic and professional qualifications including a Master of Theology degree from the USA, and a Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution from Massey University.
Chris will take up the role on June 1, 2016.
The New Zealand Herald has published an article on Chris and his upcoming work at the City Mission, follow the link to read more: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11653773