Community the focus for new Vinnies Tasmania chief

Heather Kent (Vinnies Tasmania)

Incoming St Vincent de Paul Society Tasmania chief executive Heather Kent knows where she wants to get started – right in the midst of her community. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

“My initial focus will be upon building strong relationships that foster existing trust and loyalty with the community,” Ms Kent said.

“I know that donors and volunteers already enjoy a long and rewarding relationship with Vinnies and its programs. To nurture those for the benefit of the community more generally genuinely excites me – I can’t wait to get started.”

Ms Kent replaces Lara Alexander, who was elected to the Tasmanian parliament earlier this year.

Ms Kent, who is the chief executive of the Royal Hobart Hospital Foundation, said St Vincent de Paul had a critical role to play not just in advocating, but in working with others to find new, sustainable solutions.

“The elements behind the increased cost of living (rising energy tariffs, supply chain effects on the price of goods and services, plus interest rate increases) are crystalising right at a time when there is a desperate shortage of suitable housing,” she said.

“These elements are impacting those at risk of vulnerability in many connected ways.”

Ms Kent said she looked forward to working at a strategic level, while remaining firmly focused on the difference Vinnies makes at grassroots level.

“I’m looking forward to the challenges I know I will face, but also the reward of working with like-minded colleagues in helping to make a difference for others where it is most needed,” she said.

Ms Kent will commence her new role at the end of August.


Community the focus for Vinnies’ new chief executive (By Veronica Cox, Hobart Archdiocese)

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