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New CEO on board

Saturday, 20th January, 2018

Southern Cross Care Director Robert Johnson shakes hands with the group’s new CEO, Chris Wright.PICTURE: Kara de Groot Southern Cross Care Director Robert Johnson shakes hands with the group’s new CEO, Chris Wright.PICTURE: Kara de Groot

By Kara de Groot

Southern Cross Care has welcomed a new CEO to take the reins this week.

Chris Wright started as CEO on Monday, following five years in the Northern Territory as Regional Program Manager for Catholic Care, and then as acting CEO of the Barkly Regional Council.

The New Zealand-born man said he and his wife are happy to be in Broken Hill, and he already has plans for the company.

“The simple objectives are to stabilise the workforce and address some of the issues arising from the rapid growth of the organisation,” Mr Wright said.

“Southern Cross Care has grown from a fairly compact organisation to one employing more than 200 people, and it needs to make some changes to those functional relationships and ensure that processes satisfy the legislation as it affects the industry.

“There’s opportunity for growth and senior management will be actively exploring those growth opportunities in Broken Hill and Mildura, and down the road as well.”

Southern Cross Care director, Robert Johnson, said the board believed Mr Wright would be a great fit.

He said aside from Mr Wright’s qualifications, it was great to be able to bring new people to the town.

“We have to be aware that aged care is coming under scrutiny and we want someone who can ensure we do everything correctly and properly,” Mr Johnson said.

“Also, we’re bring new blood into Broken Hill, Chris is bringing his wife Marilyn and some of our other new hires have brought their families as well.”

Mr Wright said he’s already had a good impression of the role and people, and he’s excited to help Southern Cross Care grow.

“I took the role because the brief was good, the people I’ve met impressed me and I’ll be doing work I know I can do and have been involved with in the past,” Mr Wright said.

“One thing that excited me was knowing the competence of the people I’ll be working with, it’s a team that I know can achieve the tasks and long term goals we set ourselves, we have the ability and experience.

“It’s an exciting time for Southern Cross Care.”

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