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A first: woman appointed as Scouts’ new Chief Executive

Press Release – Scouts New Zealand
SCOUTS New Zealand announces the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Niamh Lawless. She is the first woman to take up the Chief Executive position in over 100 years of Scouts in New Zealand.

Mrs Lawless has extensive experience in community and government organisations around the world, most recently as Deputy Chief Executive with Barnardos New Zealand.

The position is based at the National Scout Centre in Wellington and is responsible for driving the organisation’s strategy, leading the management team and providing support and resources to youth and adult members.

Scouts has been growing for the past 5 years and youth membership now sits at 15,000 (including 20% female youth) who are supported by over 5,000 adult volunteers all over the country.

Mrs Lawless said she was attracted by Scouts ‘Adventure Plus!’ theme which underpins all the programmes the organisation offers to young people. These encourage youth to develop themselves to their highest potential.

“I am really into youth having self-belief,” she said. “More than anything I want to expand the organisation, broaden the range of experiences available and give young people the opportunity to learn things they can’t or don’t do in other parts of their lives.”

Mrs Lawless took up the Chief Executive role on 1 November.

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